Compliance Officer (Environmental/wildlife regulation)

Do you have environmental/wildlife regulation experience and would like to work in a team of professionals supporting world-leading science?

About the role:

We are looking for a Compliance Officer to enable our Tree of Life Programme’s research activity to comply with licensing and legal requirements associated with the acquisition of non-human samples for research, including relevant national and international legislation, UK wildlife law, CITES, CBD and the Nagoya Protocol.

As our Compliance Officer you will be responsible for advising on and communicating requirements to our researchers and external partners, and managing and developing systems for recording all relevant information, ensuring that any restrictions on use, or requirements for reporting to collaborating partner organisations, are communicated to relevant staff.

You will report to the Institute’s Regulatory Compliance Manager, with a dotted line into the Tree of Life’s Head of Strategic Delivery and Operations and you will be embedded in the Tree of Life Programme administration team.

About you:

We are looking for a strong team player with excellent communication, administration and organisational skills, who is looking for a regulatory compliance role.

You will have ideally worked for a wildlife trust, conservation or environmental organisation, or an environmental regulator, such as Natural England, and bring with you knowledge about UK wildlife law, licences and permissions.

Working with us:

Our Campus provides a unique and beautiful working environment with an impressive range of services and facilities and we pride ourselves on taking care of all our staff and provide a competitive and comprehensive range of benefits for you and your family, to compliment your lifestyle.

We appreciate the importance of achieving work-life balance and support this with a number of family-friendly policies and benefits including a flexible working policy for those who may wish to apply to amend their working pattern or arrangement

Essential Skills
Graduate qualification in a relevant scientific / environmental discipline, for example, biology, ecology, environmental management or geography or equivalent experience working in a scientific / environmental discipline
Excellent and proven administrative skills
Excellent written and oral communication and reporting skills
Proven ability to work to deadlines and manage complex processes involving a number of individuals
Fluency in essential IT skills including spreadsheet analysis
Proven ability to work well within a team and with external parties
Some knowledge of UK wildlife law / permits / licences / consents relating to non-human samples
Ideal Skills
Experience of working in a regulated environment or for a regulator
Other information
Whilst the developments around COVID-19 continue to evolve, the Wellcome Genome Campus is closed for all but essential functions and facilities.

People remain at the centre of everything that we do and the majority of our staff are now working remotely to ensure continuity of operations, making use of remote communication and collaboration tools.

Interviews will be planned virtually and the successful candidate should expect to be fully supported through remote on-boarding and working from home until the Campus re-opens to all staff.

Closing date: 5th July 2020

About Us
The Wellcome Sanger Institute is a world leading genomics research centre. We undertake large-scale research that forms the foundations of knowledge in biology and medicine. Our findings are used to improve health and to understand life on Earth. Find out more at or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Youtube and on our Blog.

Our benefits:
There’s an attractive benefits package on offer at the Wellcome Genome Campus. We appreciate the importance of achieving work-life balance and support this with a number of family and carer-friendly policies. Plus a flexible working policy for those who may wish to amend their working pattern or arrangement.
As well as the usual benefits you would expect, we go much further:

25 days annual leave (extra 1 day to a maximum of 30 days for every year you work)
Auto-enrolment into a generous Group Defined Contribution Pension Scheme, with enhanced company contribution (for more information, see our Pensions page)
Up to 2 days annual paid volunteering leave
Up to 10 days paid Emergency Carers Leave per year
Family friendly environment including options for flexible and part-time working, an on-site Workplace Nursery salary Sacrifice Schemes for pre-school children and Summer holiday club
Life Assurance Cover and a Group Income Protection Scheme (if on a contract of 12 months or more)
Enhanced maternity leave and parental leave
Access to substantial number of courses and training events onsite
Private Healthcare Scheme (after 6 months service)
Eyecare and Dental payment plans
Concessions and discounts from our corporate perks site

Being part of the Wellcome Genome Campus you will be part of the beautiful working environment with an impressive range of benefits, services and facilities also including:

Free bus service to and from Campus, covering various routes around Cambridge, Saffron Walden and surrounding villages
A car-share initiative
Free parking
A number of on-site venues where you can meet, eat and socialise with colleagues
A thriving Sports and Social Club which provides members with subsidised access to a gym, tennis courts, sports hall, fitness classes and a vibrant social calendar of events
Find out more about our Wellcome Genome Campus.

We have recently been awarded an Athena SWAN Silver Award. We will consider all individuals without discrimination and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees, where everyone can thrive.

Application Closing Date: 
05 July