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Senior Environmental Specialist

Niron Magnetics

Niron Magnetics

Operations
Minneapolis, MN, USA
Posted on Thursday, April 4, 2024

Niron Magnetics, recently featured in TIME Magazine and Forbes, is a well-funded venture-backed pre-revenue business developing the only known magnetic material with the potential to displace widely used rare earth permanent magnets at commercial scale. These rare earth permanent magnets are found in electric motors, generators, sensors, actuators, and a variety of everyday machines. They are critical to the green economy. Unfortunately, the mining and refining of rare earth materials incur harsh social and environmental costs. Further, reliance on rare earth permanent magnets represents a strategic supply chain risk, creates a geopolitical vulnerability and creates risk of supply shortages.

Niron’s Clean Earth MagnetTM is free of critical materials (including rare earth elements), which eliminates the environmental damage caused by their use. It is made up of abundant, commodity inputs enabling a secure supply chain. Niron is comprised of a team of engineers, scientists, and business leaders with a desire to make a positive impact in our community.

Niron is supported by both the U.S. Department of Energy and the Department of Defense. Strategic investors include Samsung, Volvo Cars, GM Ventures, Stellantis Ventures, and Western Digital Capital. Financial investors include Anzu Partners and Artiman Ventures.

Position Summary:

At Niron, environmental integrity is not just a part of our business—it's the essence of our operations. We are committed to being a leader in environmental performance, ensuring the well-being of our employees and the community. Our vision extends beyond compliance; we aim to set a benchmark for environmental excellence in our new industry.

Joining us as a Senior Environmental Specialist means you're not just taking on a job, but embracing a career filled with growth and opportunity. As we look towards a significant expansion of our operations, this role is designed for someone ready to step into a future of increased responsibility and leadership. For the ambitious professional, Niron offers a platform to innovate and excel.

In this dynamic role, you will be instrumental in developing, managing, and advancing our proactive environmental strategies. More than adhering to standards, you will be cultivating a culture where environmental care is ingrained in every action we take. As we prepare to meet the challenges of growth, including the potential to fall under more stringent environmental regulations, your expertise will be crucial in building and leading a robust Environmental Program from the ground up.

Based in our Minneapolis, MN office and reporting to our EHS Manager, you will be at the forefront of ensuring that Niron's expansion is synonymous with sustainable development and environmental stewardship. This is a pivotal moment to join Niron—a time when your impact will not only shape our current practices but also define our legacy of environmental responsibility.

Key Responsibilities:

Regulatory Compliance:

  • Develop and oversee environmental policies and procedures to ensure full compliance with all applicable local, state, and federal environmental laws and regulations.
  • Manage, maintain, and submit for necessary environmental permits, licenses, and certifications, focusing on air quality, waste water, hazardous waste, and other critical environmental areas.
  • Keep abreast of legislative changes in environmental regulations and adapt company policies to maintain compliance.
  • Responsible for overseeing all regulatory and safety pieces for all chemicals that are to be used at Niron

Environmental Risk Assessment and Mitigation:

  • Conduct comprehensive environmental audits and risk assessments, reporting findings and ensuring any issues are addressed promptly.
  • Create and implement strategies to mitigate environmental risks.
  • Work with R&D, Engineering, and Operations to integrate environmental considerations into project planning and execution.

Training and Education:

  • Develop and deliver environmental training programs, including new hire orientation, proper chemical handling, waste management, emergency response, and sustainable practices.
  • Empower team members with the knowledge and tools to fulfill their environmental responsibilities effectively.

Environmental Impact Management:

  • Investigate environmental incidents, identifying root causes, and implementing corrective actions to prevent future occurrences.
  • Maintain meticulous records and ensure reporting complies with all regulatory requirements.

Sustainability and Environmental Improvement:

  • Lead initiatives to reduce waste, conserve resources, and promote sustainability throughout the organization.
  • Advise on the management, handling, storage, and disposal of hazardous materials, waste streams, and recycling streams.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, or a related field.
  • Minimum 7+ years of experience in environmental roles, with a strong preference for backgrounds in the chemical industry. Experience in chemical safety is a must.
  • In-depth knowledge of environmental regulations, a proven track record of managing compliance issues, writing policies and procedures, and working extensively with government agencies.
  • Effective communication skills, capable of engaging with personnel at all levels of the organization.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Exceptional organizational skills with meticulous attention to detail.
  • Preferred certifications include Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM), Certified Environmental Professional (CEP), or equivalent.

Compensation:

  • Competitive base salary - Commensurate with experience.
  • Comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, and vision insurance, with premiums fully covered for employees & 50% for dependents
  • Equity participation in Niron through stock option grants.
  • 401k plan with generous company matching.
  • Mental health support services.
  • Generous paid time off, including vacation, sick leave, and holidays.
  • Disability and life insurance policies.
  • Access to low-cost onsite EV charging.
  • The opportunity to be part of a dynamic, well-funded venture-backed startup environment.