Responsibilities for this role fall within the areas of Sustainability, and Environmental Affairs which includes Compliance Support, Remediation Programs, Enforcement, and Acquisitions/Divestitures.
- Direct global and regional efforts to implement H. B. Fuller’s Sustainability strategies and programs with attention to development and integration of corporate policies, procedures, strategies, directives and mission statements, performance metrics, and reporting and verification requirements;
- Maintain close working relationships with the CEO and Chief Counsel, and participate as a member of the corporate Sustainability Steering Committee to align regional efforts with global initiatives, goals and performance metrics; ensure that these align with the efforts of the investor relations team;
- Provide periodic reports to management on sustainability progress;
- Assess current and emerging national, regional and local sustainability laws, programs and directives relevant to H. B. Fuller operations and performance measures;
- Oversee internal sustainability reporting; implement protocols for verifying reported figures and provide assistance as needed with corporate external reporting and accounting, e.g., Responsible Care, Ecovadis, etc.;
- Coordinate and lead appropriate regional and facility-level strategies, workshops, programs/projects to maintain or enhance company sustainability performance and minimize impacts; and
- Provide leadership direction and ensure appropriate training for all regional personnel in sustainability functions.
- Conduct baseline assessments of all facilities to ensure that appropriate compliance programs are in place. Work with GBU and site leadership to prioritize and address any identified deficiencies.
- Conduct detailed environmental program reviews (Air, Water, Waste, GHG, etc.) and suggest improvement opportunities for global applicability.
- Review and approve environmental permit applications and lead the efforts of cross-functional permitting teams including facility, corporate and third-party consultants; and
- Develop regional compliance improvement programs addressing requirements of current and pending legal requirements, corporate procedures and industry practices.
- Serve as the global leader for all external communications relating to environmental compliance matters.
- Track enforcement activities and assist in the response to actions, including post inspection information requests, notices of noncompliance or violation and administrative or judicial actions; lead negotiations with regulators to ensure best possible terms/outcomes for H. B. Fuller, and
- Work with internal and external counsel on enforcement matters and provide regular reports to management and legal department on compliance status.
- Lead the management of all environmental cleanup matters from investigation to closure, including cost modeling, oversight of technical consultants, prioritizing sites, developing strategies, budgets and schedules and producing internal and external status reports, as appropriate.
- Provide specific expertise in terms of remediation strategies for each subject site; develop forward looking plan aimed at reducing ongoing liability and cost;
- Identify and leverage innovative technologies for abatement of contaminated sites;
- Review and update Corporate Finance, Legal, Real Estate and Risk Management departments on open or pending environmental liabilities and prepare environmental disclosures as requested.
Acquisitions and Divestments
- Direct & lead environmental due diligence for acquisitions and environmental disclosures for divestures;
- Support the integration of new acquisitions into the H. B. Fuller EHS and sustainability programs;
- Direct environmental activities related to the closure and disposition of H. B. Fuller facilities; and
- Provide expertise for site development and/or capital projects globally.
- Minimum of 15 years’ experience in the fields of EHS management and compliance and sustainability programs, preferably in the chemical manufacturing and processing sector.
- Advanced degrees (i.e., Masters of Science or higher) in environmental law/policy/sciences or similar is required.
- Substantial experience in dealing with enforcement/legal matters pertaining to environmental issues at operating sites, as well as developing, implementing, managing and auditing programs applicable to multiple facilities across multiple jurisdictions globally.
- 10+ years’ experience in managing remediation projects.
- 3-5 years of experience in corporate sustainability metrics.
- Travel: Job requires 50-75% travel, including international destinations.
- Open to base location for this role.