The RequirementsTo be a good fit for this opportunity you should have:
- 5+ years of industrial experience in an environmental leadership role
- Experience in a similar industry that requires air and wastewater permitting (ideally Wood & Forestry or Pulp & Paper; otherwise, our preference is for another processing industry such as Chemical or Pharma, or heavy industrial)
- Strong familiarity with EPA and NCDENR regulations
- Considerable knowledge of environmental principles and practices
- The ability to read, analyze, and interpret regulations and documents
- A demonstrated ability to coach employees and hold people accountable while keeping them motivated
- Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, and the ability to build rapport and relationships with people from all levels both inside and outside of the organization, including working with local, regional, and state government employees
- Great skill at organization, the ability to set priorities, and the knowledge to create strategies that allow you to deal with the workload in an organized way
- Very strong administrative skills, and the ability to focus on details
- The ability to work well and stay calm in a high pressure, fast-moving environment
- The ability to respond to complaints or sensitive inquiries from authorities and/or the local population when needed
- A degree in Environmental Engineering or Environmental Studies
- Experience with safety regulations
- Experience in a European headquartered company
Work schedule: At this time, this is not a typical business-hours job. You’ll need to work until the work is done, and that may mean longer hours during the greenfield phase of the project (the first two years or so). This could include an occasional evening, and pretty regular work on Saturdays. Once the plant is up and running we expect your schedule to move to more traditional hours and be limited mostly to M-F.
The RoleYour goals
As part of our greenfield project to get our first U.S. manufacturing plant up and running, you’ll be the driver for all of our needs related to environmental regulations and permitting. You’ll begin by training on our system and our culture and building a network within our organization of over 8,200 employees worldwide. As an organization, we’ll support you in terms of professional skills growth, system support, and more. Even from the U.S., you’ll be an important part of our overall team, acting as the subject matter expert to help lead us to ensure our compliance with local, regional, state, and federal environmental regulations.
Your key goal will be to bring your experience with and understanding of the legal and compliance requirements related to all types of permits we need for our manufacturing plants, primarily air and stormwater, to acquire the correct permits and to help us build the right structure around environmental needs so that we begin and remain compliant. To do this, you’ll need to come in with a strong understanding of local environmental processes, as well as how the manufacturing facility and production process works, so you can make all of the appropriate links to compliance requirements.
Your daily work
During the first few years, about half of your job will be coordinating with authorities in the county, city, or state to apply for permits, connect with all stakeholders that need to be considered, and coordinate between these different authorities. Once we’re heading into operation, your job will shift more to internal tasks, such as working with production departments, communicating with team leaders, completing paperwork, training plant employees, etc.
Your growth trajectory
You will be our first step to establishing a team to complete the extensive environmental tasks that will arise as we create the plant. During the construction phase we intend to offer resources for you to hire additional staff to assist with any special topics or focused areas. As soon as we’re operating, you’ll be in a great position to become the team leader for that team, giving you responsibility for a few direct reports. This built-in career ladder will help you grow with the company, and give you plenty of opportunity to build your skills.
As we work in a project environment for about the next two years, things will be very flexible. Early on, for example, you may be asked to complete some of the health and safety tasks until we hire a department head for that area of the business. You’ll need to be flexible and adapt to quickly solve problems in the best way you can, but you’ll also have plenty of opportunities to help build the department, processes, procedures, and more to shape your job, and the company, for the future.
As part of your role, you will be expected to:
- Provide oversight and compliance with all Federal and State environmental-related legislation and regulations
- Complete tasks associated with administration, record keeping, and distribution of site environmental communications and various reports
- Oversee required training of employees on environmental compliance
- Work with management and workers in order to identify and correct potential noncompliance issues in workplace
- Be a resource to Area Owners for the successful follow-up on employee non-compliance with regard to environmental policies and procedures in the workplace
- Engage Area Owners to address environmental non-compliance, but with the understanding that the Area Owners need to lead and be at the forefront for review of incidents and non-compliance
- Regularly review the environmental work order backlog and challenge Area Owners when progress isn’t being made
- Submit Title V and related Air Permit, Wastewater and Spray Field Reports in a timely manner
- Submit NPDES Stormwater and NonContact Water, Hazardous and Solid Waste Reports in a timely manner
- Submit “Right to Know” and EPA managed reports in a timely manner
- Ensure all deviations are included in reports and all agency submittals are accurate
- Be the lead for Safety Data Sheets, Chemical Inventory, X-Ray and Radiation Program Management, Hazardous Material Management and Mitigation, Hazardous Waste and Used Oil Management and Recordkeeping
What's in it for you?Build a career home
You will expand your skills and experience in this role, setting the stage for you to grow right along with our North American business. We’ve enjoyed success in expanding across the globe and we expect to see strong growth in short order. The corporation is committed building the business in the U.S. and Canada -- and to supporting your career goals -- over the long haul.
Setting you up for success
We are already laying the foundation for a long-term, mutually beneficial relationship. We’ll start you with an intensive training and onboarding, including visiting corporate headquarters in Austria to meet colleagues and learn about our model. You’ll have contact with your European counterparts for support (though you’ll need to bring the experience and knowledge of U.S. environmental laws and regulations to the table). Our goal is to do everything we can to set you up well, and then let you run with the autonomy to build your own success.
Leadership through innovation
We have a very strong concept to bring to the market, backed by global market leadership that is clearly ahead of the competition. When others want to know where our industry is headed, they look to EGGER. We’re certainly proud of this, but we’re not sharing it to brag. Instead, we want you to know why we feel so assured that this initiative has strong potential for long-range success.
Impact from the beginning
You’ll be one of the first team members to join us as we take on this exciting initiative. We have established a strong network of distributors, primarily large lumber yards, have product on the ground, and a new line of innovative products. Each of our pieces are falling into place, and you will play an essential role in ensuring we are set up well from the regulatory and compliance side, allowing you to make an impact from the beginning.
We are a family-owned business and a company that respects and values our employees. You will never be just a number here. At EGGER, every human being has relevance and makes a difference. We appreciate our employees and value their contributions.
Our products are carefully designed to reflect current demand and trends. For example, high fashion informs our furniture design, keeping us current and relevant. We do the research and understand the data, ensuring we’re always on the cutting edge of in-demand design trends.
In addition to a competitive salary and bonus opportunity, we offer a benefits package including medical and other insurance, paid time off, a 401(k) plan, and more.
Video: EGGER provides new employees with a training program with a vision.
Keys to SuccessThough you’ll have plenty of opportunities to learn and challenges to meet, this is not the place where you’ll learn the ropes in environmental engineering. To excel in this role you’ll need to come in with a strong body of industry knowledge, as well as the ability to quickly find answers that will keep us compliant. And while you’ll eventually build up a team, in the first couple of years you’ll be the sole member of the EH&S department in this facility, so you’ll also need the ability and desire to be a hands-on leader, ready to roll up your sleeves and get the work done from the very first day, and not to be stopped by long hours or complex questions.
In addition, you have to be an excellent communicator to do this job well. You need to come across just as well in writing as you do in person. You will be the point of contact for all local, county, and state authorities, and at least in the first two years you can expect to attend meetings, make phone calls, and work through email to coordinate and communicate among the different levels. You’ll also work on a daily basis with the internal teams, and you’ll need to build strong relationships to influence people who don’t report directly to you. If communication is not one of your strong suits, this may not be a good fit.
Our ideal candidate is flexible, and understands that in a project environment like this one things won’t be very well defined just yet. You’ll come in with the entrepreneurial spirit to drive the function and the department, ask for what you need, but be willing to put in extra sweat equity until we’re up and running.
If this sounds like the right mix of challenge and opportunity, then we want to hear from you!