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Company Name:
Approximate Salary:
Vernon, California
United States
Job Categories:
Environmental Manager/Coordinator: Single site
Industry Segments:
Consumer Goods, Food & Beverage, Manufacturing - Miscellaneous
Experience level:
6-10 years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree
Reference Number:

Plant Environmental Manager

The position summary states the general nature and purpose of the job. Overall accountabilities are defined in this section. 

The Plant Environmental Manager oversees and manages environmental and sustainability issues at the facility, including compliance with all applicable permits, environmental rules and regulations, continued conformance with ISO 14001 requirements and ensuring the facility achieves sustainability goals relative to water savings, energy savings and zero landfill. Helps facility to resolve environmental issues. Responsible for the assigned areas of the Maintenance team, wastewater, and the supervision of those employees.

EEO/AA Information:
Smithfield is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with disability, or any other protected group status or non-job related characteristic as directed by law.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities - Responsibilities and tasks are written as follows: 

  • As necessary, writes and revises the following plans: Emergency Response (in tandem with Safety department), Chemical Approval Handling & Management, SPCC, SW3P, Lead based Paint Operations, Air Compliance/Air Permits, Water Conservation, Waste Minimization, Wetland Mitigation and Destruction Prevention, Hazardous Material Security Plan.
  • Schedules regulatory and external party audits with the facility to ensure compliance and promote relations with the community and other parties.
  • Follows Smithfield company policies and report non-compliance within the facility to appropriate individuals for correction and or re-training.
  • Assists Facility Environmental Coordinators with environmental compliance issues including wastewater permitting, air permitting and storm water permitting. Includes report preparation and permit applications.
  • Performs facility water, energy and waste management reviews, project scope development, and project management
  • Responsible for the Environmental Management Systems which ensures that ISO 14001 certification is maintained and the facility remains in compliance. Performs internal EMS Audits.
  • Follows procedure guidance and keeps procedures updated
  • Maintains all required ISO records & documents
  • Meets with ISO Teams Monthly
  • Reviews Plant Status
  • Reviews ISO Projects and Progress towards Objectives
  • Maintains data and tracks plant performance
  • Reviews Corrective Action Requests (when applicable)
  • Ensures ISO System is always “audit ready”
  • Prepares Tier II Reports, Form R Reports, Stormwater, Air Permit, Oil Tank Inspections, Annual Waste Report as well as “Other Requirements” listed in WEBEMS Monitoring Section
  • Conducts all appropriate training for ISO related matters. To include Pure Safety, SPCC, Universal Waste and ISO Awareness. Ensures annual emergency drills occur and are documented in Form 6-1, Hazardous Waste
  • Responsible for water quality; both at the water and wastewater treatment plants.
  • Confirms adherence to the same water quality standards as any public water supply within the state as our finished product serves both our production operations and our work force’s domestic needs while on address.
  • Responsible for potable water quality at the wells and wastewater treatment plant, ensuring water discharged to the river meets regulatory compliance.
  • Maintains compliance with all regulatory requirements and record retention in the EMS (Environmental Management System).
  • Confirms that physical, chemical and biological treatments are conducted to ensure the effluent water has been adequately treated and is of acceptable quality per State & Federal EPA regulations in order to be discharged to the city or stream.
  • Leads Monthly EMS Team Meetings.
  • Supervises and provides leadership to the Maintenance personnel and waste water Operators on a daily basis.

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 of personnel so classified. May perform other duties as assigned.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from four-year college or university in Chemistry, Biology or related science field and 5+ years’ experience.
  • 3+ years supervisory level experience in water and wastewater treatment, preferably in a large industrial facility.
  • Previous experience or training with air permit requirements, EPCRA reporting (SARA 312 Tier II, Form R’s), land application of wastewater bio solids is required.
  • Previous experience with Process Safety Management (PSM) programs, preferred.
  • Requires a working knowledge of Microsoft Office’s Word and Excel.
  • Ability to work with, and lead, a diverse workforce.
  • Strong critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Capable of communicating and expressing ideas clearly and concisely, in both written and verbal formats.
  • High level of organizational planning, teamwork, analytical reasoning, and adaptability.
  • Must be able to travel 5-10% of the time and work nights & weekends.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Provides leadership and guidance to wastewater employees.
  • Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws.
  • Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and assisting in providing appropriate resolutions.

Work Environment:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The plant environment will include wet or humid conditions (non-weather related), extreme cold and heat (non-weather related), working near moving mechanical parts, exposure to fumes or airborne particles, and chemicals.
  • Noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but can be loud when in the production area.

Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those an employee should possess to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust focus.
  • Frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear.

Smithfield Foods is a leading consumer packaged meats company. We are also the world’s largest pork processor and hog producer, committed to providing good food in a responsible way. We accomplish that by maintaining robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental, and food safety and quality programs


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