Manager, Environmental

DTE Energy Houston , TX 77020

Posted 3 months ago

The future is bright at DTE Energy! We are one of the largest Fortune 500 diversified utilities in the United States with an aspiration to be the best-operated energy company in North America and a force for good in the communities we live and serve. We have businesses in 26 states and are comprised of regulated utility and non-utility businesses. Our utility business provides electric and gas service to approximately 3 million customers. Our non-utility businesses include a diversified portfolio of energy related companies, ranging from gas storage and pipelines to renewable power development.

DTE Energy's utility and non-utility businesses are poised for significant growth. We look forward to working with highly motivated and team-oriented individuals to energize our efforts of growing economically and environmentally.

Recently, DTE Energy has been recognized as an outstanding place to work and has received the following accolades:

  • Gallup Great Workplace Award for multiple years

  • Civic 50 Award for corporate citizenship excellence

  • Indeed's annual "50 Best Places to Work" award for two years running

  • Metropolitan Detroit's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to work For

  • J.D. Power Customer Satisfaction Award

  • Professional Women's Magazine/Black EOE Journal "Best of the Best"

  • Computerworld's 100 Best Places to Work in IT

  • Best Employers for a Healthy Lifestyle Gold Award

  • Detroit Free Press Green Leaders Award

Job Summary

LOCATION: HOUSTON, TX

Senior level engineer responsible for environmental regulatory compliance and activities. Responsibilities include supporting the development, engineering and construction, asset management and operations departments with permit, design, and procedural issues as well as due diligence activities associated with acquisition initiatives. The employee exercises independent discretion and judgment within established policies, procedures and practices and manages a team of environmental specialists and engineers. Performance results are reviewed through the achievement of set goals and adherence to these policies, procedures and practices.

Key Accountabilities

  • Manages environmental staff by establishing priorities and goals for the department and individual staff; conducts quarterly progress reviews with staff and documents staff performance annually.

  • Maintains environmental department records in accordance with Company records retention policies and regulatory requirements.

  • Provides environmental resources and information throughout company via email, brown bag presentations and other internal correspondence to help all staff maintain proper environmental awareness.

  • Establishes environmental requirements regarding air quality emission levels, sound levels, existing site contamination, sewer discharge requirements, river or stream discharge limits (NPDES) and need for environmental assessment report.

  • Interfaces with local environmental authorities and utilizes outside environmental consultants as required.

  • Interfaces with development team (i.e., project development managers and technical managers) regarding environmental requirements of the development design.

  • Advises development team about environmental permits required for air quality, sound levels, water discharge, wet lands construction and current definition of best available control technologies (BACT) by local and federal authorities to meet emission levels.

  • Provides scheduling input, technical description on environmental issues and estimate of permitting cost for proposal preparation.

  • Interfaces with design-build teams (i.e., project managers, technical managers, and EPC contractors) to obtain technical data necessary for permit preparation and application.

  • Directs permit application with assistance from outside environmental consultant as required.

  • Coordinates meetings with governing environmental authorities and public presentations concerning permit applications.

  • Reviews technical designs to establish permit requirement compliance; makes recommendations to minimize Company's environmental liability regarding spills or discharges of fuels or chemicals.

  • Coordinates necessary environmental testing and reports utilizing outside testing firms.

  • Interfaces with operations managers and plant managers for compliance with all environmental permit requirements such as testing, monitoring, and reporting.

  • Reviews and monitors plant procedures for environmentally safe handling of fuels and chemicals.

  • Reviews procedures for handling and reporting spills or discharges from plants to minimize environmental impact.

  • Updates management on environmental law revisions and potential design modifications.

  • Attends environmental seminars annually to stay current with emerging environmental technologies and regulations.

Minimum Education & Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in Environmental Engineering or related field, with seven years of job related experience, including specifically State of Louisiana regulatory compliance experience.

Other Qualifications

Preferred:

  • Master's Degree or higher in Engineering or job related discipline (MBA, JD, PhD)

Other Requirements:

  • Knowledge of the regulatory process, operations, pollution control equipment design and function

  • Knowledge of environmental assessments and due diligence activities

  • Strong working knowledge of regulatory requirements associated with utility assets

  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple tasks

  • Demonstrated problem solving and decision making skills

  • Intermediate knowledge of MS applications, including Word and Excel, in a Windows environment; working knowledge of Internet research and e-mail applications

  • Ability to identify, define, investigate and assess environmental problems

  • Ability to research and interpret environmental regulations for permitting and compliance strategy development

  • Ability to clearly and concisely communicate environmental regulations to all levels of staff and management

  • Ability to effectively relate environmental procedures to work force

  • Possess excellent written and verbal communication skills and strong communication and presentation skills

  • Possess excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Possess strong communication and presentation skills

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisor, coworkers, subordinates, management, governmental agencies, and the general public

  • Ability and willingness to travel to multiple project locations (30% or more of the time)

Physical Demands:

  • The physical demands characterized here epitomize those that must be met by an employee to properly perform the integral functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • In order to properly perform the integral functions of this job, the employee is occasionally required to: stand or walk and stoop or kneel. Frequently, the employee is required to sit. It is crucial to the outcome of job tasks that the employee is able to: talk or hear; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms extensively.

  • The employee may be required to frequently lift objects of up to 10 pounds in weight. Vision requirements for this position include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

Working Conditions:

  • The employee generally performs job duties in a climate controlled office environment, with a moderate noise level. However, on an occasional basis the employee may be required to travel to project sites where noise levels and environmental conditions may vary.

Additional Information

Incumbents may engage in all or some combination of the activities and accountabilities, and utilize a variety of the competencies cited in this description depending upon the organization and role to which they are assigned. This description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by incumbents in this job. It is not intended as an all-inclusive list of accountabilities or responsibilities, nor is it intended to limit the rights of supervisors or management representatives to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.

DTE Energy is an equal opportunity employer and considers all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, disability, national origin, citizenship, height, weight, genetic information, marital status, pregnancy, protected veteran status or any other status protected by law.

Nearest Major Market: Houston


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