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Senior Legal Counsel, Global Environmental Regulatory Director
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Senior Legal Counsel, Global Environmental Regulatory Director The candidate will directly support and report to the Head of Global Environment, Health Safety, and Sustainability (EHSS). Provide leadership on all aspects of compliance related to global environmental regulations and environmental policies to drive compliance. Development and oversight of the company's environmental standards. Accountable for identifying and managing significant environmental aspects. Keeping accurate and complete environmental reporting of metrics. Assuring that environmental assessments are thoroughly completed on a timely basis. Completion of required training. Managing interfaces with governmental authorities. An investigation into areas of potential EHSS non-compliance to determine potential legal ramifications, develop strategies to correct noncompliance, and provide guidance to operations on potential liabilities. Assist with mergers and acquisitions and remediation activities in coordination with the EHS Remediation and Due Diligence Senior Manager. Providing subject matter expertise to the Global Environmental Core Competency Team (CCT). Provide leadership, guidance, and direction to Global team members/ Program owners for Environment Regulatory. Embed Word Class Manufacturing ENVIRONMENTAL and ENERGY Pillar requirements into Global EHS Management System and governance standards. Monitor EHS performance and provide Global EHS communication/reports to Leadership, including KPIs/KAIs, key initiatives, and Board of Directors support. Assess future risks and opportunities & reflect necessary changes within the Global EHS Strategy. Develop and deploy environmental assessment protocols. Provide environmental assessment training and conduct assessments at various locations. Assist sites with their licenses and permitting requirements as needed. Develop and manage systems and practices that encourage continual improvement in environmental performance at each of the operating units. Facilitates evaluation and implementation of fiscally and socially responsible methods of reducing environmental footprint. Provides direction around environmental opportunities in the reduction of air emissions, water, and waste in support of the World Class Manufacturing (WCM) process and company commitments and yearly targets. ISO14001 - Develop/maintain standardized programs and processes that help obtain & maintain ISO 14001 certification. Work with ISO 14001 certification body to obtain and/or continue certification. ISO 50001 - Develop/maintain standardized programs and processes that help obtain & maintain ISO 50001 certification. Work with ISO 50001 certification body to obtain and/or continue certification. Develop and maintain handling methodology, standardization & mitigation aligned with regulatory, WCM, and company standards and commitments. Develop and promote water usage reduction programs and processes that support WCM and company commitments and targets. Determinations on greenwashing and claims verifications/substantiation. Green bond criteria and frameworks legal assessments. Environmental requirement risk assessments. Develop and maintain process alignment in support of local regulations and/or company standards. Develop environmental training programs that meet or exceed federal, state, and/or local requirements. Develop and provide train-the-trainer programs to cascade training to those within the organization. Supports response actions to emergency situations dealing with the environment, employees, or the community. Collaboratively work with the operations team to develop and deploy business continuity programs. Build organizational capability by providing environmental training and development of EHS professionals to ensure each site within the organization has the appropriate technical and functional competencies.

The candidate must have a Juris Doctorate degree with an Environmental law certificate and 15+ years of combined global experience in Environment, Health & Safety in an industrial/ manufacturing setting or combination infirm and in-house experience. A Bachelors in EHS, Occupational Health, Safety or related science field is preferred. Must obtain admission to Michigan bar within 12 months of employment. Experience working in a complex matrix organization and multicultural environment is required. Demonstrated experience implementing change on a large scale is required. Experience in Lean Manufacturing/ World Class Manufacturing Methodology is a plus. ISO14001 and/or Environmental Compliance Lead Assessor is an asset. Demonstrated global acumen at all levels of the organization and an ability to establish credibility and drive change within the organization. Working knowledge of FTC green guides and EU green design and claims, Green financing, Environmental regulatory schemes, including non-compliance, eco-fees, and requirements for the consumer goods sector is needed. The ability to travel a minimum of 50% of the time, internationally is required. Demonstrated knowledge and application of safety and environmental management systems Is desred.
 
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