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Smithfield Environmental Manager in Denison, Iowa

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Are you an ambitious, enthusiastic leader with a desire to guide teams in achieving established goals and is interested in producing good food, responsibly for families across America? Then join one of the country’s top 25 consumer packaged goods companies, Smithfield Foods! In Operations, you would be on the front-line of the business; overseeing production, tracking product yields, and making necessary adjustments. Ensuring that safety and USDA health standards are met throughout all steps of the manufacturing process. You would be a key player in upholding the trusted quality in which Smithfield, Eckrich, Nathan’s Famous, and our other brands are known to possess. The Plant Environmental Manager oversees and manages environmental and sustainability issues at the facility, 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. Helps facility to resolve environmental issues. Responsible for the assigned areas of the wastewater, and the supervision of those employees.

Core Responsibilities

  • As necessary, writes and revises the following plans: Emergency Response (in tandem with Safety department), Chemical Approval Handling & Management, SPCC, SW3P, Lead based Paint Operations, Air Compliance/Air Permits, Water Conservation, Waste Minimization, Wetland Mitigation and Destruction Prevention, Hazardous Material Security Plan.

  • Schedules regulatory and external party audits with the facility to ensure compliance and promote relations with the community and other parties.

  • Follows Smithfield company policies and report non-compliance within the facility to appropriate individuals for correction and or re-training.

  • Assists Facility 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

  • Responsible for the Environmental Management Systems which ensures that ISO 14001 certification is maintained and the facility remains in compliance. Performs internal EMS Audits.

  • Maintains all required ISO records & documents

  • Follows procedure guidance and keeps procedures updated

  • Meets with ISO Teams Monthly

  • Reviews Plant Status

  • Reviews ISO Projects and Progress towards Objectives

  • Maintains data and tracks plant performance

  • Reviews Corrective Action Requests (when applicable)

  • Ensures ISO System is always “audit ready”

  • Prepares Tier II Reports, Form R Reports, Stormwater, Air Permit, Oil Tank Inspections, Annual Waste Report as well as “Other Requirements” listed in WEBEMS Monitoring Section

  • Conducts all appropriate training for ISO related matters. To include Pure Safety, SPCC, Universal Waste and ISO Awareness. Ensures annual emergency drills occur and are documented in Form 6-1, Hazardous Waste

  • Responsible for water quality; at the wastewater treatment plants.

  • Maintains compliance with all regulatory requirements and record retention in the EMS (Environmental Management System).

  • 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.

  • Leads Monthly EMS Team Meetings.

  • Supervises and provides leadership to Wastewater Operators on a daily basis.

    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 from a regionally accredited four-year college or university and 5+ years’ relevant experience, required.

  • Minimum of 3+ years’ experience in a position of leadership to include team development and management, required.

  • Experience in wastewater treatment, preferably in a large industrial facility, preferred.

  • Previous experience or training with air permit requirements, EPCRA reporting (SARA 312 Tier II, Form R’s), land application of wastewater bio solids is preferred.

  • 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.

  • Ability to work well with others in fast paced, dynamic environment.

  • Ability to be respectful, approachable and team oriented while building strong working relationships and a positive work environment.

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.

Work Environment & Physical Demands

The work environment characteristics and physical demands described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The plant environment will include wet or humid conditions (non-weather related), extreme cold and heat (non-weather related), working near moving mechanical parts, exposure to fumes or airborne particles, and chemicals.

  • Noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but can be loud when in the production area.

  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

  • Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust focus.

  • Frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear.

Careers and Benefits

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About Smithfield Foods

Headquartered in Smithfield, Va. since 1936, Smithfield Foods, Inc. is an American food company with agricultural roots and a global reach. Our 40,000 U.S. and 15,000 European employees are dedicated to producing "Good food. Responsibly. ® " and have made us one of the world's leading vertically integrated protein companies. We have pioneered sustainability standards for more than two decades, including many industry firsts, such as our ambitious commitment to cut our carbon impact by 25 percent by 2025. We believe in the power of protein to end food insecurity and have donated hundreds of millions of food servings to our neighbors in need. Smithfield boasts a portfolio of high-quality iconic brands, such as Smithfield ® , Eckrich ® and Nathan's Famous ® , among many others. For more information, visit , and connect with us on Facebook ( , Twitter ( , LinkedIn ( and Instagram ( .

EEO/AA Information

Smithfield is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, gender identity, protected veterans status, status as a disabled individual or any other protected group status or non-job characteristic as directed by law.

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ID 2021-17938

Job LocationsUS-IA-Denison

Category Corp Affairs/Environmental

Type Full-Time

FLSA Status Exempt

Shift 1st Shift