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Kenilworth, New Jersey
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EH&S Engineer/Specialist: Single site
Environmental - Air pollution
Environmental Engineer/Specialist: Single site
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Experience level:
6-10 years
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Bachelor's Degree
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Senior Specialist, Safety & Environmental (Air)

Merck & Co., Inc. Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. known as Merck in the United States and Canada, is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where Merck has codified its legacy for over a century. Merck’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.

Provides technical expertise, guidance and overall support in the site's compliance with federal, state and local air quality regulations at the Kenilworth site. Integrates EHS programs into daily operations to assure regulatory compliance, achieves continuous performance improvement, meeting EHS performance objectives.
Partners with operations to develop objectives to achieve these goals in alignment with site business goals and values. Performs responsibilities and addresses problems with limited supervision. Position focuses include air quality permitting, emissions inventory, refrigerant management and other environmental regulatory topics. 

  • With a deep knowledge of EHS regulations and their applicability coordinate, guide, review and oversee implementation of site air quality program, training, presentations, policies and procedures.
  • Analyze data and prepare air permit applications and other environmental applications for submittal to state and federal environmental agencies. Applications include Title V permit, General permits, and include applicable requirements from MACT, RACT, NESHAP, NSPS, NSR / PSD, air pollution control technologies, stationary and non-stationary sources, and GHG sources as applicable for the site’s current and future projects.
  • Calculate air emissions from a variety of pharmaceutical and research processes on site using spreadsheets and emissions databases. Create and update applicable spreadsheets.
  • Review and analyze air permits to evaluate appropriate implementation in the field.
  • Verify compliance with regulations and ensure all required records, reports, notifications, etc. are maintained, prepared, and/or submitted in accordance with established guidelines and/or regulatory deadlines. Recommend changes if compliance gaps are identified. Work with stakeholders to develop solutions to issues and to develop improvements. Track implementation.
  • Responsible for periodically reporting metrics to site and Company management on the effectiveness of the program implementation and changes or improvements being implemented.
  • Participate in regulatory inspections and internal audit processes.
  • Evaluate applicability of risk management plan rule and develop and submit plan as required.
  • Prepare and submit SARA Tier II and TRI reports and emergency planning information to support the reports.
  • Analyze, interpret and distill data and information to support submittals to regulatory agencies and to explain requirements and best implementation practices to internal clients.
  • Execute on all aspects of company’s Air Program strategy to ensure compliance with all federal, state and local regulations, as well as Company standards.
  • Remain current with all environmental regulations and as they apply to our industry. Identify the environmental requirements Interpret environmental regulations and assist in the development of site guidelines and practices for air compliance.
  • Review processes, facilities, procedures and management of change documents to assure conformance to recognized EHS regulations, standards and guidelines. Review environmental regulatory requirements as they apply to specific projects, and work with project engineers to ensure projects are designed and developed using criteria that recognize all relevant environmental requirements
  • At times direct the activities of third party EHS or Legal consultants to prepare necessary permit applications or other required studies compliance materials.
  • Provide leadership to formation and sustained performance of action oriented EHS committees, particularly as impacts high risk work programs.
  • Complete hazard assessments, job safety analysis, process hazard analysis, life safety reviews, incident investigations, environmental regulatory field analysis, other environmental media reports and evaluate execution of high risk permit activities.
  • Provide support to client groups in completing incident and near miss analysis, training, self-assessments and addressing specific EHS concerns as they are raised.
  • Possess experience with EHS agency inspections and regulatory advocacy.
  • Provide guidance to other team members to complete work assignments and to achieve department goals/objectives. May train and mentor less experienced professionals.


Education Minimum Requirement: 
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry or similar environmentally-related discipline required.

Required Experience and Skills: 
  • Minimum 5-8 years applied professional EHS work experience, including air program compliance.
  • Advanced level of proficiency in the areas of air permitting or, negotiating with regulatory agencies, or supporting EHS agency inspections.
  • Proficient in critical thinking, communication skills, project management and MS Office suite (Word, Excel, Power Point).
  • Basic level of skill with managing budgets.

Preferred Experience and Skills: 
  • New Jersey-specific permitting and environmental agency experience preferred.
  • Experience in a pharmaceutical or power generation/utility environment a plus.
  • Relevant professional certification(s) preferred such as P.E. and/or CSP.

Your role at Merck is integral to helping the world meet new breakthroughs that affect generations to come, and we’re counting on your skills and inventiveness to help make meaningful contributions to global medical advancement. At Merck, we’re inventing for life. 


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