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Professional Standards Specialist

Royal Society of Chemistry
Cambridgeshire (GB) - Hybrid
£39,925 - £44,359 per annum plus benefits
Closing date
12 May 2024

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Not For Profit
Contract Type
Full Time
Accreditation Requirements
Chartered Chemist is required for this role

Job Details

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) is seeking a Professional Standards Specialist to join our Qualifications team on a temporary basis covering maternity leave (9-12 months).

This is a key role responsible for the project management of professional practice in relation to our members' continuing professional development (CPD) and Chartered status.


In this position, you will:

  • Oversee the promotion of best practices in professional development and training for our members, particularly in supporting the achievement of Chartered designations.
  • Manage the RSC's portfolio of accredited company schemes, which will involve substantial UK travel and the ability to influence existing and potential customers. This requires interacting with high level contacts at leading multinational companies.
  • Contribute to the development and advancement of our professional registers, working closely with our Registration Officer.
  • Play a significant role in delivering our membership and industry strategies through the enhancement of CPD offerings.

In this role it is expected that you will attend the office once a month. The role will require travel across the UK and potentially internationally. If you need flexible working arrangements, please outline this in your application.


What we are looking for:

  • A degree in the chemical sciences
  • Either membership of the Royal Society (MRSC) of Chemistry and the award of Charted Chemist, or eligibility to apply for these.
  • A consolidated knowledge of science with developed professional key skills obtained through postgraduate employment.
  • Some project management experience
  • The ability to demonstrate an understanding of continuing professional development
  • Excellent communication and team building skill


A full job description is available here.


If you are interested in this role, please apply before the end of the closing date. When applying, you will need to provide an up-to-date CV and a supporting statement (no more than 500 words) indicating how your skills/ expertise match the competencies outlined in the Job Description. 


About the RSC

Visit our Work For Us website to learn more about us, our benefits, equal opportunities statement and inclusive culture pledge.

At the RSC we embrace flexibility and offer hybrid working, which means our teams come together when they need to collaborate. Although this role is contractually based at our Cambridge office, you will be able to work from home within the UK, with the expectation that you will attend the office as needed for your role.

At the RSC, we recognise the benefits of a diverse workforce and welcome applicants from a range of backgrounds to apply. We particularly encourage applications from disabled and ethnic minority candidates.

As a part of the Disability Confident Scheme, we endeavour, where possible, to offer an interview to candidates meeting the essential criteria of the role, who has a substantial physical/mental impairment which impacts their ability to carry out day-to-day tasks.

We are committed to making our recruitment processes accessible to all and as part of this, we are flexible in the ways we give and receive information. If you would like to apply using a different format, please contact the Recruitment Team at or on +44 (0) 1223 432229 and we will do our best to put any reasonable adjustments in place.

If you have any questions, please contact us at


The Royal Society of Chemistry is the largest organisation in Europe for advancing excellence in the chemical sciences. Supported by a worldwide network of members and an international publishing business, our activities span education, conferences, science policy and the promotion of chemistry to the public.


The RSC has a broad range of diverse career opportunities. Our teams are highly motivated and successful with our employees citing 'the people' as the best thing about working at the RSC. Working for the RSC provides a great opportunity to keep up to date with the latest developments in science without working in a lab.

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Royal Society of Chemistry
01223 432441
Thomas Graham House
Science Park
Milton Road

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