The Enviva team is driven by our shared vision for a renewable energy future. We are a fast-growing, purpose-driven, global energy company specializing in delivering sustainable wood biomass solutions. We are the world’s largest producer of wood pellets, which provide a low carbon alternative to fossil fuels.
Enviva is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland with operational headquarters in Raleigh, North Carolina. The company owns and operates manufacturing facilities in Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. Each location is home to a team of experts dedicated to managing safety, quality, and reliability while ensuring a seamless supply of renewable products that exceed customers’ expectations around the globe.
At Enviva, we value our people, our forests, and our communities. Together, we serve our customers with the professionalism of a global leader and the entrepreneurial spirit of a company that is redefining the future of renewable energy today.
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The Senior Director, Environmental Affairs, is a key senior management role to lead and enhance environmental affairs function at Enviva, the world’s largest producer of sustainable renewable biomass. This role is a primary internal and external owner, manager and leader of environmental permitting and compliance efforts for the company, with high visibility and engagement with the company’s executive leadership, environmental regulators, and various internal and external stakeholders. This person will be responsible for developing, influencing, implementing and managing environmental permitting and compliance strategy for current and future wood-pellet plants and port facilities and managing the environmental engineering and compliance teams. This position has a high potential for further professional advancement and growth within the company.
In addition, this person will be responsible for owning, prioritizing, managing, developing and growing the talent of the existing team of environmental engineers and compliance managers to ensure that the team executes environmental strategy to meet the company’s business objectives for all facilities, which will include 1) filing and obtaining permits that meet regulatory requirements while providing flexibility for future company’s growth and optimization, 2) translating those requirements into actions necessary to ensure environmental compliance, 3) ensuring those actions are completed correctly and on time and 4) managing and mitigating compliance risks to an amicable resolution. The Senior Director, Environmental Affairs will anticipate, propose and drive continuous improvements in environmental controls to achieve industry leading environmental compliance, reduce operating costs, and increase operational flexibility. This person will report directly to Executive Vice President of Communications, Public & Environmental Affairs, located at the company’s headquarters in Bethesda, MD.
Essential Job Functions:
- Develop, implement and influence environmental permitting and compliance strategy for the growing business needs to ensure environmental stewardship of the company in the wood products industry.
- Engage, build and enhance relationships with environmental regulators across various states.
- Influence and represent Enviva with regulatory agencies and public interest groups in the permitting and compliance process.
- Engage and influence with executive leadership at the company to further enhance, elevate and strengthen environmental affairs function.
- Manage, develop and grow a team of talented environmental engineers, compliance managers, and external environmental consultants, and environmental legal counsel.
- Own and drive priorities for all permitting and compliance matters for the team to ensure achievement of company’s goals and environmental compliance.
- Implement permitting strategy in permit application process for all facilities, including ongoing permit modifications to allow for operational flexibility and growth.
- Effectively collaborate, communicate and influence internal cross-functional stakeholders, including operations, engineering, corporate development and construction teams.
- Direct and supervise development and deployment of an environmental compliance management system.
- Manage, enhance and direct environmental compliance team, including management of permit emissions compliance testing and reporting at the facilities.
- Identify opportunities and develop strategies to reduce emissions and impacts (i.e., fugitive and source emissions).
- Define, develop and manage executions of environmental Key Performance Indicators.
- Create a shared vision for Environmental Excellence and apply Enviva’s Operational Excellence Management System and Operational Discipline to achieve that vision.
Minimum Qualifications and Skills
- BA/BS in Environmental Engineering or similar degree and a minimum of 15 years’ experience in an environmental role, with a strong preference for working experience in wood products industry.
- Solid working knowledge of the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts and applicable state environmental regulations.
- Broad knowledge of environmental permitting process and requirements applicable to process-based manufacturing, including air, wastewater, stormwater, solid and hazardous waste, wetlands, Corp of Engineers and other environmental requirements.
- Demonstrated people and project management experience in an environmental affairs function with the focus on environmental permitting and compliance.
- Strong understanding and experience with managing and executing successful emissions testing and compliance program.
- Leadership qualities and strategic thinking.
- High degree of professionalism, integrity and work ethic.
- Ability to manage and adjust to multiple tasks/projects and shifting priorities.
- Desire to learn quickly a growing wood-pellet industry and take on new challenges.
- Demonstrate excellent written and verbal communications, planning, documentation and organization skills.
- Willingness to travel (regionally / domestically) up to 50%.
- Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Sharepoint.
- Prior experience working in a wood products or other process-based manufacturing company with primary responsibility for environmental compliance particularly air quality.
- Strong understanding of implementation of ISO 14001 or other Environmental Management Systems.
- Proficiency with database, project management, and reporting processes.
- Knowledge of advanced statistical analysis methodologies (i.e. hypothesis testing, regression, etc.).
- Ability to become Method 9 certified.
- Working knowledge of Ambient Air Quality Modeling.
- Prior environmental work experience in Mid-Atlantic and/ Southeast of the U.S, and familiarity with state regulatory regimes.