Water Quality Compliance Specialist* (Bemidji)

3M in Bemidji, MN

  • Industry: Engineering - Environmental Engineer
  • Type: Full Time
  • $105,795.00 - 133,390.00
position filled

Position Description

3M is seeking a Water Quality Compliance Specialist for the Environment, Health, Safety, and Medical department located in Maplewood, MN. At 3M, you can apply your talent in bold ways that matter. Here, you go.

Job Summary :

The person hired for the position of Water Quality Compliance Specialist will lead water quality permitting and regulatory projects for 3M manufacturing locations to drive environmental compliance and effective program implementation. The person will collaborate with technical and legal experts, business leaders, government agencies, and other stakeholders.

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This position provides an opportunity to transition from other private, public, government or military environments to a 3M career.

Primary Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Primary subject matter expert for 3M on National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) regulations and related requirements
  • Lead teams regarding permitting strategy, implementation of controls, and directing compliance program development
  • Determines applicability of NPDES requirements to 3M manufacturing operations in the United States
  • Leads teams or projects to modify and renew water quality permits for 3M manufacturing facilities
  • Identifies facility-specific compliance requirements related to water quality stemming from new permits and changes in regulations, and documents clearly to support site-by-site implementation
  • Designs and implements improvements to water quality permitting and compliance programs, including Standard Work around Management of Change to ensure ongoing compliance with water quality regulations
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of internal programs, processes, and technology related to the water discharges at 3M manufacturing facilities globally
  • Engages with regulatory agencies on applicability of water quality-related legal requirements to 3M manufacturing facilities
  • Provides technical input to national, state, and local government entities on water quality rules or policies under development
  • Leads and participates in global environmental audits of 3M manufacturing sites, applying technical and regulatory expertise for water quality program improvements
  • Basic Qualifications:

  • Possess a Bachelors degree or higher in a science or engineering discipline (completed and verified prior to start) from an accredited institution
  • Minimum seven (7) years of combined experience in water quality permitting and/or regulatory compliance in a private, public, government or military environment
  • Minimum five (5) years working directly with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) regulations in a private, public, government or military environment
  • Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree or higher in Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or related discipline from accredited institution
  • Experience leading factory compliance activities related to wastewater and stormwater discharges
  • Possesses a working knowledge of water pollution control equipment chemistry, design, and operation in order to facilitate problem resolution
  • Experience interpreting state-specific water quality permitting and pollution control regulations (several different states and/or countries is highly desirable)
  • High attention to detail, with process-oriented view and ability to document conclusions clearly and concisely
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to maintain good working relationships with colleagues
  • Ability to communicate with varying levels and functions within the organization as well as in one-on-one, small groups and large audience settings
  • Minimum six (6) years of experience with project management and prioritization skills
  • Demonstrated self-starter with the ability to multi-task
  • Minimum one (1) year of Lean Six Sigma/Quality Improvement experience
  • Demonstrated ability to develop into a new position via acceptance of coaching, mentoring and networking to strengthen knowledge and expertise
  • Ability to understand and apply analytical and statistics tools
  • Experience leading a global cross functional team
  • Microsoft Office proficient, various database applications a plus
  • Location: Maplewood, MN

    Travel: May include up to 30% domestic/international

    Relocation: Is authorized

    Must be legally authorized to work in country of employment without sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H1B status).

    Responsibilities of this position may include direct and/or indirect physical or logical access to information, systems, technologies subjected to the regulations/compliance with U.S. Export Control Laws.

    U.S. Export Control laws and U.S. Government Department of Defense contracts and sub-contracts impose certain restrictions on companies and their ability to share export-controlled and other technology and services with certain "non-U.S. persons" (persons who are not U.S. citizens or nationals, lawful permanent residents of the U.S., refugees, "Temporary Residents" (granted Amnesty or Special Agricultural Worker provisions), or persons granted asylum (but excluding persons in nonimmigrant status such as H-1B, L-1, F-1, etc.) or non-U.S. citizens.

    To comply with these laws, and in conjunction with the review of candidates for those positions within 3M that may present access to export controlled technical data, 3M must assess employees' U.S. person status, as well as citizenship(s).

    The questions asked in this application are intended to assess this and will be used for evaluation purposes only. Failure to provide the necessary information in this regard will result in our inability to consider you further for this particular position. The decision whether or not to file or pursue an export license application is at 3M Company's sole election.


    Associated topics: environmental, environmental impact assessment, environmental protection agency, geotechnical, green energy, hazardous material, hydrogeologist, pollution, water safety, water treatment

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