Environmental Program Manager

POET Energy
Sioux Falls, South Dakota, US
Apr 28, 2021
Jun 04, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type

At POET, it is our mission to be good stewards of the Earth by converting renewable resources to energy and other valuable goods as effectively as humanly possible. For over thirty years our drive and passion to change the world has enabled us to become the largest producer and marketer of biofuels in the world.


Our 28 Bioprocessing facilities produce over 1.9 billion gallons of ethanol, 5 million tons of Dakota Gold distillers grain animal feed and 600 million pounds of our Voila® corn oil. That's a lot of product! In addition, we provide CO2 to the beverage industry and contribute to sustainable roadways. We also buy 650 million bushels of corn per year from local producers. It is our role at POET bioprocessing to ensure safe, efficient, and profitable operations at each facility.


The Environmental Program Manager will be an influential leader that partners with the bioprocessing plants to develop and maintain world class environmental compliance programs. In this role, you will guide the environmental initiatives at each of the 28 facilities working closely with Environmental, Health, and Safety (EH&S) professionals. You will develop and guide your team of Environmental Engineers to enthusiastically support the department objectives. You will work closely with the Health and Safety Manager and report to the Vice President of Operations.

  • You will champion regulatory compliance and safe behavior across the company.
  • Provide management and oversight of environmental programs and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  • Design and oversee environmental compliance strategies.
  • Researching and understanding applicable federal, state and local government requirements and programs and reviewing plant programs to assure that our facilities are in compliance with all governmental regulations and that all applicable reports are complete.
  • Collaborate with POET's legal team and outside counsel as needed.
  • Documentation in the environmental field is critical. You will be responsible for the organization and maintenance of the document management system for environmental records and procedures.
  • Develop and deliver presentations to a variety of audiences, ranging from the POET Biorefining leadership team to bioprocessing team members and governmental agencies.
  • Train and develop the bioprocessing EH&S Specialists at the sites.
  • Manage the permitting process for new and modified environmental permits.
  • Oversee the process for performance testing for new and existing air pollution control units.
  • It will be critical that you facilitate communication between departments and bioprocessing locations to maintain effective teamwork.
  • You will provide direct leadership to a team of Environmental Engineers and influential leadership to the team of EHS Specialists located at the bioprocessing facilities. A portion of those responsibilities include oversight of team member training on environmental programs.
  • Since we're all about teamwork and getting the job done, your skill may be put to a lot of other uses!

  • You have a Bachelor's degree or greater in Environmental Science, Engineering, Science or a similar field.
  • You have at least 7 years of experience in managing a team associated with environmental compliance, ideally with multi-site responsibilities.
  • You are an excellent communicator that can translate complicated regulations for non-technical audiences and present to large groups enthusiastically.
  • You have a professional demeanor and can represent POET in discussions with government agencies.
  • You adapt well to change and effectively manage change with multiple teams.
  • Strategic thinker that thrives on continually finding new ways to improve programs and processes.
  • Detail oriented and punctual with administrative matters such as due dates, records, and organization.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Excel and experienced in using data analysis to identify trends and solve problems.
  • You can effectively work in a team environment with an open office setting and enjoy collaborative decision making.
  • You have a passion to learn and share what you learn with others.
  • You enjoy a balance of working in the office setting combined with time spent at bioprocessing sites for audits, training, and learning.

  • Culture is king at POET. We're all on the same team. We always communicate. And we park our egos at the door. These aren't just slogans on our walls. It's the way we do things at POET.
  • A portion of your time will be spent traveling to sites or to business meetings and conferences. At times, the travel will be overnight and multiple days.
  • The work environment at POET is dynamic. You should expect a balance between time spent in the office and at the bioprocessing facility, which may include some physical labor helping your team members.
  • We are all about community and family. You will be engaging and supporting a variety of team and community events.

POET is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status.
Job Summary
  • Job ID: 2021-4316
  • Employment Type: Regular Full-Time
  • Category: Environmental/Safety
  • Shift: Day
  • Travel Required: Up to 25%
  • Position Location(s): US-SD-Sioux Falls
  • FLSA Status: Exempt