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Company Name:
Approximate Salary:
Schenectady, New York
United States
Job Categories:
Environmental Attorney
Industry Segments:
Chemicals, Environmental Services, Insurance/Real Estate/Legal Services
Experience level:
6-10 years
Education level:
Doctorate Degree
Reference Number:

Environmental Attorney


General Description:  The Environmental Counsel is responsible for leading, mentoring, and influencing members of the corporate and field-based SI Group Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) and operations teams in order to provide direction on key environmental matters within SI Group’s operations globally.

Remediation Programs

  • 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.  (SI Group spends an estimated $5-15 million annually on remediation.)
  • 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.

Compliance Support

  • Conduct baseline assessments of all facilities to ensure that appropriate compliance programs are in place. Work with EH&S and Operations teams to prioritize and address any identified deficiencies.
  • Conduct detailed environmental program reviews (Air, Water, Waste, 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 SI Group, and
  • Work with internal and external counsel on enforcement matters and provide regular reports to management and legal department on compliance status.

Acquisitions and Divestments

  • Direct & lead environmental due diligence for acquisitions and environmental disclosures for divestures;
  • Support the integration of new acquisitions into SI Group EHS and sustainability programs;
  • Direct environmental activities related to the closure and disposition of SI Group facilities; and
  • Provide expertise for site development and/or capital projects globally.

Education and Experience

  • Min of 7 years’ experience working for a national or multinational law firm with a significant environmental practice and/or experience with a multinational company with significant remediation obligations, preferably in the chemical industry.
  • 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.
  • Significant direct experience in managing remediation projects


  •  Good communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills within and across departments and externally; must be proactive in providing counsel to internal clients.
  • Sound judgment; ability to clearly make reasoned recommendations; ability to cross think and determine who should be kept informed.
  • Self-starter with good business sense and a sense of urgency, honesty and fairness.
  • Deep knowledge of environmental law and remediation strategies.


  • Do the Right Thing - Commitment to safety and compliance in all actions; behave in a professional manner, treating others with respect and dignity; support strategic initiatives with actions and behaviors; act with integrity by following through on commitments
  • Captivate our Customers – Proactively anticipates customer needs (internal/external); showcases high level of engagement and enthusiasm in all interactions; delivers high-quality products and services in a timely manner; establishes and maintains effective professional relationships, gaining customer trust and respect
  • Results Matter - Demonstrate clear and compelling actions to achieve business and performance objectives; seek to accurately prioritize activities; bring a sense of urgency to getting things done; sets clear metrics to measure progress and report results
  • Lean In – Seeks to motivate and bring out the best in each other, both with actions and with words; take ownership and hold self and others accountable; assumes positive intent from others and has courage to take the lead; respectfully challenges biases and conventional beliefs to solve problems & drive innovation; exude positive energy, curiosity and a bias for action
  • Reach Beyond Your Possible - Aspire to make the impossible, possible, and strive to reach it; take calculated risks, celebrating successes and learning from failures; set aggressive targets that move the business forward; collaborate with others across the organization to utilize the full potential of the team
  • Better Every Day - Demonstrate a personal commitment to a continuous improvement mindset; build a strong external network of experts, both internal & external; actively work to strengthen personal knowledge and skills; finds opportunities to educate others by mentoring, training or coaching
  • Embrace the Grit – shows perseverance in challenging and difficult situations; committed to success and positive outcomes, regardless of the obstacles; approaches change in a positive way and maintains forward progress
  • Talent Coach - Coaches and supports direct reports in developing knowledge, skills and abilities with respect to performance and development opportunities, sets inspiring goals, meets regularly to provide feedback, and redirects activities, as needed, adheres to people management process timelines and policies, delivers and cascades communications appropriately to direct reports.