Consultant Chemist - Forensic Investigations

Talk to Katy Matthews
+44 (0) 2380 983048
((BST: 8:00 - 18:00 (Mon/Thurs) 8:00 - 16:00 (Fri)))

Share this Job




Marine, Shipping & Maritime




Please call for more information.



Contract Type


Consultant Chemist - Forensic Investigations 

Join our clients dynamic team at their oil consultancy division as a Consultant Chemist, where you'll spearhead forensic investigations into quality disputes across a diverse range of liquid cargoes and fuels. You'll play a pivotal role in providing technical insights to clients in the marine and energy sectors, including global entities such as insurance companies, oil traders, bunker suppliers, and ship owners, among others.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • conducting on-site investigations at short notice, gathering crucial evidence, overseeing sampling procedures in line with international standards, and managing high-pressure scenarios with finesse.
  • Your expertise will be instrumental in conducting laboratory analyses using both routine international standard methods and advanced forensic techniques.
  • Subsequently, you'll consolidate your findings into comprehensive technical reports and may even offer expert testimony in legal proceedings.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Conduct on-site forensic investigations globally, spanning vessels, shore storage terminals, refineries, and laboratories.
  • Develop and implement sampling and testing protocols adhering to international standards.
  • Supervise and witness sampling operations, ensuring accuracy and compliance.
  • Gather pertinent evidence related to incidents under investigation, including thorough documentation review.
  • Lead laboratory analysis utilizing standard test methods and advanced analytical techniques.
  • Effectively manage cases by liaising with clients, stakeholders, and other experts involved.
  • Prepare detailed technical reports and provide expert advice to clients.
  • Participate in client meetings to discuss investigation findings.
  • Offer expert testimony in mediation, arbitration, or court proceedings.


  • Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or Petroleum Chemistry.
  • Proven experience in oil, petrochemical, and bunker fuel sampling.
  • Expertise in testing petroleum products and petrochemicals according to international standards and advanced instrumental techniques (e.g., Gas Chromatography, Mass Spectrometry).
  • Willingness to travel at short notice and work flexible hours.
  • Self-motivated, pragmatic, and adept at problem-solving.
  • Ability to thrive under pressure, both in the field and within a team environment.
  • Strong communication skills, capable of conveying complex scientific concepts to diverse audiences.
  • Preparedness to provide expert witness testimony as needed.


You may also be interested in...

Our client is one of the world’s largest independent owners and operators of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) carriers, providing LNG and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) services. Their purpose is to lead the way in the transfer of energy, to power life and keep the world in motio...
Salary: Competitive Sector: Shipping & Maritime Contract Type: Permanent Town/City: Singapore
Due to recent success, they are on the lookout for an experienced Chartering Manager to specifically focus on their tonnage desk. You will be responsible for managing chartering activities, optimizing vessel performance, and fostering strong relationships with clients and partner...
Salary: Competitive Sector: Shipping & Maritime Contract Type: Permanent Town/City: Singapore
Due to recent expansion within their fleet, they are currently on the lookout for a Senior Technical Superintendent for their Dry fleet. You will be responsible for leading an on-shore and off-shore team to deliver high quality, innovative and sustainable solutions to customers w...
Salary: Competitive Sector: Shipping & Maritime Contract Type: Permanent Town/City: Singapore
Due to recent expansion, they are on the lookout for a Marine Operations Manager, and you will be responsible for day-to-day management of your assigned LPG Vessels. You will be expected to analyse reports such as Safety, SIRE and Internal audits and advise vessels on matters rel...
Salary: Competitive Sector: Shipping & Maritime Contract Type: Permanent Town/City: Singapore
Consortio have partnered with a world leading marine consultancy, accident investigation firm. The company has been running and leading the market for over 100 years and are known as the go to firm for forensic analysis, expert witness work and casualty investigation. They provid...
Salary: Competitive Sector: Shipping & Maritime, Marine Contract Type: Permanent Town/City: Singapore