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Environmental Specialist

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Job ID 278704 Date posted 10/18/2023 Location : Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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Job Purpose and Impact

The Environmental Specialist is a subject matter expert who co-leads the Environmental Health and Safety agenda in partnership with the facility manager & facility EHS manager. In this role you manage the execution and continuous improvement of the Environmental, Health & Safety management system with emphasis on environmental compliance and continuous improvement for a highly complex facility housing highly regulated processes.

Proactively and with minimal supervision, you will 1) manage the integration, execution and maintenance of Cargill processes, EHS programs and projects; 2) resolve complex, non-routine EH&S issues; 3) mentor less experienced EH&S professionals, and 4) manage the local regulatory relationship to ensure safe operations and compliance with federal, state and local regulations and requirements.

Important Information

This position is based in Cedar Rapids, IA. Relocation assistance is available.

Key Accountabilities

  • Ensure strong alignment of EHS goals, metrics and targets with plant vision and targets. Govern site EHS performance targets together with plant manager & plant EHS manager.
  • Consult on planning, issue and incident response and operational environment, health and safety, and process safety compliance.
  • Understand systems, integrated processes, regulatory issues and workforce conditions.
  • Partner with plant manager / plant EHS manager / project leaders and regional EHS organization to promote and drive a strong EHS culture in the facility team by building a mindset where a continuous improvement mentality is viewed essential to success.
  • Understand, implement and accurately execute environmental, health and safety controls and programs and EHS work processes (risk identification & assessment, emergency action planning and incident management, Agency inspections, Audit and internal inspections). Ensure they work as intended, are integrated in common operational work processes, demonstrate compliance and monitor performance against goals.
  • Determine suitable EHS training content and delivery mode, in line with global, regional, and legal requirements, conduct gap assessment to identify competence needs, adjust curriculum to reflect site-specific demand. Organize and provide appropriate training (if qualified). Govern the management of training records together with the plant manager.
  • Identify EHS contractor support/talent needs and oversee onsite EHS contractor activity. Understand local risks applicable to contractor and external service providers, implement, monitor and evaluate approved processes to control local Environmental, Health and Safety risks with contractors and monitor local performance.
  • Support the plant manager in managing the external reputation and facilitate the community/governmental interaction. Prepare required reports, requests-for-information, and inquiry responses. Facilitate governmental inspections, customer visits, and Cargill audits.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Science, Technology or Engineering, or in a related field with EHS interface
  • Minimum of four years of relevant work experience in an operational/industrial environment
  • Strong working knowledge of environmental regulations, practices and standards that govern food and bio industrial facilities
  • Experience managing complexity: make sense of complex, high-quantity, and sometimes contradictory, information to effectively solve problems.
  • Basic business acumen and the ability to partner and communicate effectively with business and community counterparts
  • Mastery of Microsoft Excel software
  • Strong written and verbal English communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience managing air permitting application, renewal or compliance
  • Experience working with local/state regulatory agencies
  • Successfully lead complex environmental initiatives with minimal supervision
  • EHS professional certification
  • Lean Six Sigma belt certification
  • Mastery of Pi AF software
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures
  • Proven ability to effectively deliver processes to optimize business resources
  • Knowledge of Federal, State, and Local regulations for air, water, solid waste, health and safety and process safety

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

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