Regional Environmental Manager I

Schnitzer Steel Billings

Little Rock, AR


The Regional Environmental Manager I (REM-I) reports directly to the Environmental Operations Director, and indirectly to the Regional Director. The REM-I’s work activities may be supervised by local and/or national employees designated as REM-II and/or REM-III. The REM-I is responsible for implementation of company policies and procedural plans related to all environmental media; including air, stormwater, groundwater, solid, and/or hazardous waste. The REM-I maintains regional facilities in compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local environmental laws, standards, and permits; and has responsibility for maintaining facility compliance with applicable environmental permit conditions. 

Salary Range: $`112,000 - $122,000 Annually

This position has direct responsibility for conducting on-site fieldwork associated with sampling, monitoring, observing and recording environmental data; and preparing reports, records, and plans required by regulatory permit, plan, or agreement. The REM-I assists in the installation, and operation of pollution control equipment and associated metering and/or measuring devices. The REM-I delivers training programs and provides other advice to metals operations management on practical and necessary steps to prevent or abate pollution arising from operations and maintain compliance with regulatory requirements contained within a variety of environmental permits, plans and policies. The REM-I provides first line immediate environmental emergency responses to incidents, spills, releases, and accidents. The REM-I assists with site investigations and remediation projects related to identified environmental issues. The REM-I seeks to decrease accidents, errors, compliance deviations and increase profits.

Essential Functions:

Environmental and Health & Safety 

  • Ensures all Company and business unit Health, Safety, and Environmental standards are strictly adhered to.
  • Monitors capital projects and provides recommendations for improving environmental controls.
  • Encourages reporting of environmental control violations.
  • Assists in conducting appropriate training for site personnel as required by local, state and federal regulations.
  • Assists in development and implementation of environmental procedures for all sites.
  • Monitors pending legislative and regulatory actions to evaluate the potential impact on operations and develops appropriate response plans to prepare for and ensure compliance.
  • Provides a safe environment for all employees, customers and visitors.

Operational Performance & Best Management Practices

  • Spends approximately 70% of time in the field to assist operations staff in driving continuous improvement related to environmental compliance programs.
  • Prepares and maintains environmental records and reports.
  • Ensures investigations and incident analyses are completed in order to implement necessary corrective actions.
  • Assists as requested, in the oversight of remedial actions involving multiple media under various federal, state, and local jurisdictions. Includes scheduling work in coordination with operations, managing activities to maintain budget and schedule, and reporting status (and end results) to management and regulatory agencies as necessary.
  • Assists in efforts to achieve specific waste reduction/minimization at regional locations.
  • Collects, evaluates, and disseminates pertinent information relating to environmental compliance requirements and maintains appropriate reference files.
  • Advises operating managers concerning the organization's environmental objectives and assists in determining and implementing corrective actions to ensure consistency in company regulatory compliance efforts.
  • Recommends changes in procedures, design, or equipment when necessary.
  • Provides oversight and management of work performed by various consultants and contractors.
  • Plans, conducts, and/or supervises consultants completing environmental research or other project assignments.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by metals environmental or operations management.

Equipment & Maintenance

  • Provides technical supervision for construction, installation, operation & maintenance of pollution control equipment.
  • Works closely with maintenance department personnel to ensure proper management of maintenance-derived waste materials and appropriate permitting of maintenance equipment.

Inventory & Quality Control

  • Prepares and submits permit documents, reports, and records to regulatory agencies on time.
  • Maintains on-site records for all environmental regulatory requirements and meets due dates for all associated requirements and submittals.
  • Maintains emergency response plans and operation and maintenance plans.
  • Maintains inventory of existing environmental control infrastructure and their current status with regard to compliance with federal, state, and local regulatory laws.

Budgeting & Forecasting

  • Manages environmental vendor contracts and budgets.
  • Prepares proposals and cost estimates for future work.
  • Maintains budgets and schedules.

 

Interpersonal Contacts:

Internal contacts include all levels of personnel, including senior management, to develop policies, recommend actions, discuss issues, and distribute information. External contacts are with environmental consulting firms, government agencies, legislators and staff, trade associations, real estate brokers and developers, vendors, and private industries to gather information, resolve problems, and to ensure regulatory compliance. Position does require strong communication and documentation skills, working closely with operations facility managers and other personnel in communicating environmental goals and compliance. Furthermore, ensuring an open and collaborative communication style and maintaining professional dialogue with key business partners (i.e. Regional Directors, Operation Managers, other H&S Engineer peers, Environmental Manager peers, etc.) throughout the organization is essential to success.

Job Conditions:

Office and active field working environment including collection of samples for testing, general information gathering, and project management at various locations. It is necessary to be able to walk/climb in active industrial yards with uneven surfaces and to out-of-the-way areas. Must be comfortable with heights. Occasional exposure to inclement weather conditions and travel is required.  Increased time spent involved in environmental issues at sites owned/operated by joint ventures and/or sister companies. Regional and domestic travel required. Position may have to respond to urgent situations on off hours and/or weekends and holidays. 

Physical Activities Required to Perform Essential Functions:

Ability to lift and carry up to 20 pounds frequently, and up to 50 pounds occasionally; be mobile within an office and field environment; operate an automobile; be mobile to travel frequently by auto and airplane to local and regional locations; climb; negotiate uneven surfaces; sit, stand, and/or walk for extended periods of time; keyboard for up to several hours per day; and communicate in a professional manner in person and by phone. Visual acuity for extensive reading, examining documents, conducting field sampling related activities, operating an automobile, and operating a laptop computer.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience with a preference for engineering or science background including environmental science, chemistry, geology or biology.
  • Minimum of one to three years experience with environmental regulations and sampling for testing air, water, soil, hazardous waste, and materials.
  • Sufficient education or experience in technical field work preferred.
  • Preference for person trained or certified in hazardous materials handling, clean-up, or response.
  • Knowledge of local, state, and federal environmental programs and regulations with approved sampling techniques and procedures.
  • Strong analytical, interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills required.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, environmental management systems, and environmental testing or analytical equipment.
  • Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to define problems; collect data; establish facts; draw valid conclusions in controlled situations; and read and understand engineering plans and specifications.
  • This position requires possession of a valid driver’s license and the ability to drive an automobile.

 

PLEASE NOTE: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required.

All U.S. applicants must be 18 years of age or older and all Canada applicants must be 16 years of age or older.

Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. participates in e-verify for all U.S. new hires.

An offer of U.S. employment by Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. or any of its subsidiaries is contingent on the satisfactory completion of a post-offer drug screen and background check. 

All new hires must review and sign an Arbitration Agreement. This applies to all U.S. non-union employees.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, marital status, disability status, national origin or ancestry, veteran status, age, prior industrial injury, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other protected status under local, state or federal law.

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