Reporting Forensic Scientist


Company Description
Eurofins Scientific is an international life sciences company which provides a unique range of analytical testing services to clients across multiple industries. The Group believes it is the world leader in food, environment, pharmaceutical and cosmetics products testing and in agroscience CRO services. It is also one of the global independent market leaders in certain testing and laboratory services for genomics, discovery pharmacology, forensics, CDMO, advanced material sciences and for supporting clinical studies. In addition, Eurofins is one of the leading global emerging players in specialty clinical diagnostic testing.

In 2018, Eurofins generated 4.2 billion euro proforma turnover, from 800 laboratories across 47 countries and employs about 45.000 staff.
Job Description
You will be part of a dynamic team responsible for the assessment, strategy setting and interpretation of forensic cases, including the supervision of examiners, when required. Expert opinion to be communicated via the production of a Witness Statement or equivalent, and, occasionally, attendance at Courts of Law to provide evidence.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities

Adhere to all aspects of the customer Operational Protocols and Eurofins Quality Manual.
Efficiently own a forensic caseload, as set by the Casework Team Lead.
Manage casework obligations, including adherence to customer authorisations, contractual time frames and compliance of health & safety protocols.
Set and agree examination strategies, attend case conferences, supervise examiners and produce a Witness Statement or other evidential outputs, as required.
Communicate effectively with customers throughout the lifetime of a case, to ensure understanding of expectations and fully explain any scientific limitations.
Discuss findings with the customer/CPS.
Carry out or instruct others to conduct necessary examinations / analysis as per standard operating procedures to required timescales.
Fully adhere to the Forensic Regulator’s Code of Practice.
Responsibility for the day to day financial obligations and time booking on the case management system (CLIMs) in association with the allocated case.
Seek continual improvement of methodology and processes that will have a positive impact on quality and effectiveness.
Mentor, advise and coach examiners and junior reporters within field of expertise.
Assist the casework team leader with the operational management of cases, validations and R & D within the team.
Demonstrate initiative; adopting a pro-active attitude to continuous improvement within the areas of science, quality and efficiency.

Either presently competent as an expert witness in any evidence type within the marks & traces remit, or a former Reporting Scientist with lapsed competencies.
A recognised qualification in a science-based degree (chemistry, forensic, analytical sciences).
Previous experience in a busy and demanding working environment, in a scientific capacity.
An expansive and demonstrable understanding of forensic techniques and analysis utilised in the M&T team, including, but not limited to, trace evidence recovery, chemical analysis and marks comparisons.
Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential in this role.

Peer reviewer in any marks & traces evidence types.
A current reporting scientist in more than one marks & traces evidence types.
Demonstrative knowledge of health & safety, such as COSHH assessor.
Previous involvement in validation activities / Research & Development.
Extensive understanding of other evidence types and techniques employed in other casework teams (Biology, DNA and Drugs of Abuse).
Essential competencies and behaviours

Demonstrate ownership of issues that arise day to day, only escalating when necessary to the Casework Team Leads.
Display patience, determination, attention to detail and integrity at all times.
Exhibit high levels of concentration, accuracy and reliability (scientifically, within the quality area and management of cases).
Able to manage a demanding workload; show excellent organisational skills and high levels of personal resilience and flexibility with the ability to work to deadlines under pressure.
Communicate and work co-operatively with others, focussing on a collective rather than individual goal.
Maintains clear communications with customers, clarifying expectations and monitoring satisfaction levels.
Communicate proactively and effectively with the customer to ensure customer expectations are understood and delivered. This includes scientific aspects in addition to authorisation / financial obligations and delivery dates.
Views challenges and opportunities from a customer perspective, seeking information about the real underlying needs of the customer beyond those expressed initially and exceeds customer expectations.
Demonstrate initiative, adopting a pro-active and enthusiastic attitude to continuous improvement.
Act as a role model for other scientific staff including examination teams.
Ability to explain highly complex, scientific concepts to non-scientists (both verbally and non-verbally).
Additional Information
The role may be required to participate in any requirement for shift working and/or weekend rota cover (in office or on call) as business needs dictate, either on the basis of hours which are additional to the standard week or by rostering. Where this is required, appropriate rota payments will be made.

Due to the highly sensitive nature of the work, applicants should note that security clearance is required for this role. To gain security clearance you must have three years continuous residency in the UK. Criminal convictions may prevent you from gaining security clearance.  In addition, this role will in require alcohol/drug screening.

Due to the nature of the work we undertake on-site, you must inform us if you come into contact with any firearms or ammunition through work or any other reason as there will be precautions you will need to take in order to enter the premises.  This also applies to persons involved in clay pigeon shooting, and those who regularly use any cartridge based tools such as nail/stud guns.  Please provide details on your application.

Vacancy Reference: EURO390

Hours: 37.5 Hours Per week

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