ReachCentrum is looking for a Manager for the Support Services group

May 2014

ReachCentrum is looking for a Manager for the Support Services group overseeing the work of project managers and also supporting customers by managing the entire administration of the consortium.

ReachCentrum is the Cefic subsidiary aiming to assist industries to become compliant with the REACH regulation on chemical substances and the Biocidal Product regulation. REACH mandates chemical companies to register their substances manufactured or imported in the EU in a joined effort with other potential registrants of the same substance. In order to prepare the necessary communication and decision making processes companies organize themselves in REACH consortia or SIEF leadership teams.

Consortia exist in various stages: some are working on registrations for 2018 while others are in post registration phase either in maintenance of activities or Substance evaluation/dossier compliance. As well, there are consortia set up for authorization under REACH.

The biocidal Product regulation is requiring that manufacturers of Biocidal products are getting an authorisation for staying on the EU market or putting new Biocidal Products on the EU market.

Currently ReachCentrum is managing about 100 consortia and the demand is growing. It is also expected that many companies require support with the 2018 deadline registration not necessarily organized in a consortium. As a result ReachCentrum is seeking an experienced manager who can manage consortium projects as well coordinate activities of 5 enthusiastic project managers.

Job description
The Support Services Manager oversees the work of project managers and also supports customers by managing the entire administration of the consortium. This position requires solid management and financial skills and depending on the stage a project is in, sound project management experience, high level of executing administrative responsibilities and financial skills.

ReachCentrum has extended its product portfolio over the past years and intends to further develop new services. As part of the role, the successful candidate will contribute in the development of the services.

Additional skills required includes: REACH expertise, negotiation, collaboration of companies, advocating common interests. 

Aim of the position
The Support Services Manager is responsible for the acquisition, planning, assigning of projects, takes care of project management of new and existing consortia and supports other type of projects.

Main Tasks
Support Services management:

  • Assign new projects to project management staff
  • Coordinate and harmonize approaches towards existing and new projects
  • Acquire new projects in the field of consortium management and other support services
  • Take care of budget proposals to management and follow up of budget
  • Coaching of staff

Project Management:

  • Organize projects (consortium and/or SIEF Leadership teams) activities
  • Maintain, communicate and manage the project planning
  • Maintain consortium administration (e.g. budget) and organize the communication with other stakeholders (potential new Consortium members, data sharing requests, etc.)
  • Chair consortium meetings between technical stakeholders in the taskforces organized and the managerial stakeholders involved or facilitate these meetings
  • Coordinate the ongoing technical work of the consortium
  • Solve ongoing and potential issues
  • Liaise with authorities like ECHA 

Hierarchical position
Project Manager reports to the Managing Director of ReachCentrum and is supported by ReachCentrum staff.

The ideal candidate has:

  • A degree in chemistry
  • Solid knowledge of REACH and experience with European chemicals law (REACH and CLP). Highly attractive if candidate has Biocidal Product Regulation experience 
  • Management skills and experience with managing a group of (project ) managers
  • Relevant Project Management experience preferably within chemicals industry
  • Proven record of working with multiple stakeholders in joint projects where communication and decision making are critical
  • Effective communicator, active listener and excellent interpersonal skills

If you are interested, please forward your resume and motivation letter to Gert Roeland (HR Manager) [email protected] before June 19th 2014. For further details, please contact Leo Appelman (MD ReachCentrum) at + or via email at [email protected].