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Regional Environmental Manager II

Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc.
Portland, Oregon, US
Closing date
Sep 23, 2022

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Academic / Research, Consultancy/Private Sector
Conservation science
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
The Regional Environmental Manager II (REM-II) reports directly to the SSI Senior Environmental Manager, and indirectly to Regional Directors for SSI's Auto Parts Business (APB) and Metals Recycling Business (MRB) divisions. The REM-II's work activities may be supervised by local and/or national employees designated as REM-III or Senior Managers. The REM-II 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-II 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.

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-II assists in the overall planning, design, installation, and operation of pollution control equipment and associated metering and/or measuring devices. The REM-II delivers training programs and provides other advice to APB and MRB 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-II provides first line immediate environmental emergency responses to incidents, spills, releases, and accidents. The REM-II provides appropriate notifications to management and appropriate regulatory agencies and assists with site investigations and remediation projects related to due diligence activities and other identified environmental issues.

Essential Functions:

  • Environmental and Health & Safety (H&S)

  • Ensures all Company and divisional 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 50% of time in the field to assist operations staff and other REMs 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 planning, review and oversight of remedial actions involving multiple media under various federal, state, and local jurisdictions. Includes developing appropriate work scopes, requesting and reviewing proposals, selecting consultants & contractors, establishing budgets for management approval, scheduling work in coordination with operations, managing activities to maintain budget and schedule, 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 regional management and 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.
Represents the organization occasionally at public and/or private discussions including technical forums, regulatory hearings, legal actions, or other public meetings.
Maintains relationships with outside associations concerned with environmental protection, regulatory officials, and local politicians.
Assists, as requested, in efforts to develop, plan, and manage environmental investigations associated with past operations and sites being evaluated for acquisition or sale.
Provides oversight and management of work performed by various consultants and contractors, as well as coordination with both in-house and outside legal counsel.
Plans, conducts, and/or supervises consultants completing environmental research or other project assignments.
Performs other related duties as assigned by SSI environmental or divisional operations management.
Equipment & Maintenance
  • Ensures construction plans are reviewed to determine that pollution control considerations are adequate and provides technical supervision for construction and installation 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 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.
Establishes departmental and project budgets for management approval.
Maintains budgets and schedules.
Administrative Management
  • Occasionally interviews prospective management and/or production employees.

Occasionally works with HR personnel to prepare job descriptions for positions with environmental responsibilities.

Internal Control Responsibilities:

Supports the Company's Internal Control process which includes understanding, communicating and complying with defined internal controls as well as suggesting and making modifications to the policies, procedures, and controls to better relate to the business. Communicates upward problems in operations, noncompliance with the code of conduct, or other policy violations or illegal actions.

Supervisory Responsibility:

Occasional or routine supervisory responsibility for environmental employees designated at the REM-I, EHS Engineer, and/or EHS Analyst levels. Position includes routine management of engineering contractors, environmental consultants and other contractors. Possible supervision of pollution abatement equipment operators.

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 legal and 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 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, H&S Engineer peers, Environmental Manager peers, etc.) throughout the organization is absolutely 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.


Bachelor's degree with emphasis for engineering or science background including environmental science, chemistry, geology or biology highly preferred. Minimum of three to five years experience with environmental regulations and sampling for testing air, water, soil, hazardous waste, and materials. This position requires possession of a valid driver's license and the ability to drive an automobile.

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.

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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