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Principal Environmental Engineer Job


King of Prussia, PA, United States

Employment Type:  Regular
Category:  Health / Environment / Safety
Posting Date:  Jun 17, 2022

The position reports to either the Director, Environment and Sustainable Development, or a Corporate Regional Environmental Manager. The job holder will occasionally receive guidance from the Vice President, Manufacturing, GASP, Engineering and Regulatory Services.  The position will lead multifunctional teams of varying competency levels to accomplish complex environmental projects.


Key Activities & Responsibilities

50% Corporate Manufacturing Support:

The position is responsible for the varying environmental matters in relation to manufacturing facility support:

  • Provide a variety of environmental engineering services to Arkema manufacturing facilities including regulatory permit development/strategy, agency negotiation, engineering calculations, design reviews, training etc.
  • Coordinating and performing environmental audits at both Arkema manufacturing facilities and at vendor locations that provide specialized services to the company.
  • Direct and manage environmental consultants to accomplish environmental Corporate or plant projects.
  • Lead, train, and motivate, a productive and technically competent team of facility professionals responsible for carrying out environmental compliance, capital project support, and sustainable development.
  • Tracking and addressing environmental performance criteria (i.e. permit excursions, fines, penalties, deficiency notifications etc.) at company manufacturing locations.
  • Track environmental performance metrics, identify areas of interest, and coordinate corrective actions, where necessary.

50% Corporate Environmental Responsibilities:

  • Governmental lobbying, communication, implementation and related activities concerning federal and state environmental regulatory actions and/or proposals.
  • Establish and implement environmental objectives for Arkema Inc. that align with worldwide Arkema objectives and allow for sustainable growth. Communicate objectives to stakeholders including top management and business groups and report results.
  • Lead negotiations with Federal, State, Local agencies and community organizations regarding environmental and remediation requirements at active and inactive sites in order to achieve reasonable and justifiable results which are consistent with the corporate strategy.  This may need to be accomplished utilizing support from other senior management personnel within Arkema such as the Law, Technology and Public Affairs Departments.
  • Represent Arkema Inc. in organizations such as American Chemical Council, Texas Chemical Council and other relevant associations.


Context & Environment

Environmental requirements for the chemical industry are ever changing and complex. Compliance can be challenging since many of the regulations differ from state to state. Numerous stakeholders with diverse interests can be involved with the environmental compliance and remediation processes including federal, state and local regulatory agencies; community groups and individuals; public interest groups; the media and shareholders. Compliance is crucial since a deficient environmental program can result in excessive expenditures and legal liability if not managed properly. The job holder must be able to define and carry out practical technical approaches which are dynamic, innovative and integrated with sound business management principles, fiscal responsibility, risk management techniques, and communications skills. Environmental control systems and compliance have a direct impact on the bottom line results of the corporation. The positions works within the Corporate structure to aid and assist plant facilities achieve environmental compliance and excellence. The position is predominantly a consulting role since each site has ultimate responsibility for environmental compliance.  The position could require up to 50% travel (including international).


Required Education/Qualifications/Work Experience


  • Position requires a Chemical Engineering or Environmental Engineering (or related) degree, at least  8 to 10 years of experience in the environmental engineering field along with a strong familiarity with the chemical manufacturing industry.
  • Requires comprehensive technical, regulatory and program expertise in all aspects of environmental management associated with complex chemical manufacturing and treatment/control technologies.
  • A graduate-level degree in chemical / environmental engineering with relevant industry experience, including Federal / State regulatory compliance and chemical / environmental process experience.  Should be a recognized corporate/industry-wide authority.
  • Advanced written / oral communication skills to develop concise reports a presentation on complex technical matters and major program initiatives.  Community relations contacts and skills to negotiate with regulatory agency officials.
  • Advanced skills in spreadsheet and modeling software.  
  • Advanced interpersonal and auditing skills. 
  • The job holder must possess strong interpersonal, organizational and communication skills, the ability to multi-task, along with the capability to work independently and in a team environment.


Demonstrated Competencies

Accomplishes assignments/goals/objectives with minimal supervision and direction. Position responsible for providing support to the manufacturing operations with their needs in the areas of environmental management, environmental engineering, regulatory compliance, and training. These services are focused on the continuous improvement of environmental performance within the Arkema Group. Ensure that the Environment & Sustainable Development group maintains the expertise and critical skills necessary to provide the value added services to the corporation in order to satisfy the environmental compliance and remediation obligations of  Arkema Inc. in the most cost effective means possible with respect to key business objectives and in compliance with all regulatory requirements. Provide strategic direction to the group and to senior management in analyzing environmental regulatory requirements, permitting strategies, sustainable development opportunities and remediation requirements and in formulating and executing innovative plans for compliance and sustainable growth. Direct the remediation program and spending in a fiscally responsible and technically competent manner, that result in effective management of the environmental risks and liabilities for the corporation and that preserves and enhances shareholder value.  Analyze the range of remediation liabilities, develop remediation alternatives, probabilistic outcomes, risks, associated cost estimates, and counsel the Legal and Risk Management Departments with respect to potential settlement strategies in negotiations with the corporation’s major insurance carriers.   While most of the activities are self-directed, there is a need to closely coordinate and team with other HES staffers, and other key functions in the company, e.g., operations, law, business, senior management.

Building on its unique set of expertise in materials science, Arkema offers a portfolio of first-class technologies to address ever-growing demand for new and sustainable materials. With the ambition to become in 2024 a pure player in Specialty Materials, the Group is structured into three complementary, resilient and highly innovative segments dedicated to Specialty Materials - Adhesive Solutions, Advanced Materials, and Coating Solutions - accounting for some 80% of Group sales, and a well-positioned and competitive Intermediates segment. Arkema offers cutting-edge technological solutions to meet the challenges of, among other things, new energies, access to water, recycling, urbanization and mobility, and fosters a permanent dialogue with all its stakeholders. The Group reported sales of €8.7 billion ($9.7 billion) in 2019, and operates in 55 countries with 20,500 employees worldwide.

The diversity of its employees is an asset that the Arkema group wants to preserve. Its non-discrimination policy applies to recruitment, salary levels and career management. The Arkema group is committed to ensuring diversity among its employees.

Arkema Inc. provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Arkema Inc. complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence.

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