Plant Environmental Manager

  • Smithfield Foods
  • Smithfield, VA, United States
  • May 05, 2017
Full time Administrative/Executive Communication/Public Outreach Energy Efficiency Environmental Science/Engineering EHS - Environmental, Health & Safety Waste Management/Recycling Water Quality

Job Description

The Plant Environmental Manager oversees and manages environmental issues, including compliance with all applicable permits, environmental rules and regulations, continued conformance with ISO 14001 requirements and ensuring the facility achieves sustainability goals relative to water savings, energy savings and zero landfill.

EEO/AA Information:

Smithfield is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with disability, or any other protected group status or non-job related characteristic as directed by law.


Responsibilities and tasks are written as follows: 

Water and Wastewater Treatment

  • Responsible for water quality; both at the water and wastewater treatment plants.
  • Maintains compliance with all regulatory requirements and record retention in the EMS (Environmental Management System).
  • Confirms adherence to the same water quality standards as any public water supply within the state as our finished product serves both our production operations and our work force’s domestic needs while on address.

Portable Water Quality

  • Responsible for potable water quality at the wells and wastewater treatment plant, ensuring water discharged to the river meets regulatory compliance.
  • Confirms that physical, chemical and biological treatments are conducted to ensure the effluent water has been adequately treated and is of acceptable quality per State & Federal EPA regulations in order to be discharged to the city or stream.
  • Oversees maintenance activities for wastewater treatment plant, supervises confined space entries and manages projects with contractors for work on the wastewater treatment plant.


  • Responsible for the Environmental Management Systems which ensures that ISO 14001 certification is maintained and the facility remains in compliance. Performs internal EMS Audits.
  • Assists Facility Environmental Coordinators with environmental compliance issues including wastewater permitting, air permitting and storm water permitting. Includes report preparation and permit applications.
  • Performs facility water, energy and waste management reviews, project scope development, and project management

Capital Improvement Projects

  • Reviews all capital improvement projects on address to ensure that there will not be detrimental environmental impacts. Works with Plant Engineer and General Manager when necessary for the development of any expansion plans.
  • Analyzes projects to determine if there are potential impacts to the wastewater treatment facility or permits, as well as any long-term environmental concerns.

Communication with Outside Contacts

  • Ability to represent Smithfield in a positive and professional manner with internal and external contacts. Examples of outside contacts include MDNR, EPA, Engineers and Contractors.
  • Maintains a strong working relationship with vendors and external contacts while accomplishing department goals.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. May perform other duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions. 

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from four-year college or university in Chemistry, Biology or related science field and 5+ years’ experience.
  • 3+ years supervisory level experience in water and wastewater treatment, preferably in a large industrial facility.
  • Previous experience or training with air permit requirements, EPCRA reporting (SARA 312 Tier II, Form R’s), land application of wastewater bio solids is required.
  • Previous experience with Process Safety Management (PSM) programs, preferred.
  • Requires a working knowledge of Microsoft Office’s Word and Excel.
  • Ability to work with, and lead, a diverse workforce.
  • Strong critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Capable of communicating and expressing ideas clearly and concisely, in both written and verbal formats.
  • High level of organizational planning, teamwork, analytical reasoning, and adaptability.
  • Must be able to travel 5-10% of the time and work nights & weekends.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Provides leadership and guidance to wastewater employees.
  • Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws.
  • Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and assisting in providing appropriate resolutions.

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Job Level

Senior-level, Executive-level