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Environmental Manager

The Swiss based Bachem Group is a public, innovation-driven company specializing in the development and manufacturing of pepTides and oligonucleoTides. As a full service provider Bachem offers products for clinical development and commercial applications as well as a comprehensive catalog and exclusive custom synthesis. With 50 years of experience and subsidiaries in Switzerland, the United States, the United Kingdom and Japan, Bachem is the partner of choice for the biotech and pharma industry worldwide.  
Bachem. Leading Partner in Tides 

In order to continue our organic growth, we are constantly looking for talent.


Job Responsibilities

The Environmental Manager oversees and manages environmental and sustainability issues at Bachem. These responsibilities include compliance with all applicable permits, environmental rules and regulations and ensures the facility achieves Corporate Social Responsibility goals.  The Environmental Manager is to guide and direct staff engaged in activities to comply with all local, state and federal environmental regulations. The Environmental Manager will work with the Director of EHS to implement programs, policies, and assessments to ensure the company is in compliance with all federal, state, and local internal health and safety rules.  In addition, this individual will be responsible for eliminating and/or controlling any hazardous conditions resulting from human error and equipment operation, which may lead to human injury and/or property damage.


Job Duties

With minimal supervision, this position is accountable for developing and ensuring the implementation of Health, Safety and Environmental Management Systems at Bachem to ensure compliance with all Federal, State and Local environmental regulations, and Bachem environmental policies

Determining the type of materials, supplies, machinery, equipment or tools to be used or merchandise to be bought, stocked and sold

Controlling the flow and distribution of materials or merchandise and supplies.

Providing for the safety of the employees or the property

Planning and controlling the budget; and monitoring or implementing legal compliance measures

The incumbent works closely with the Director, environmental and other personnel to ensure compliance with all internal Company policies, federal, state, and local laws, statutes, ordinances, codes and regulations applicable to Bachem.  For example, a working knowledge of applicable statutory codes (i.e. OSHA, EPA, etc.) is essential

The Environmental Manager ensures that all activities comply with Bachem and outside regulatory requirements

Maintain, develop and implement environmental programs and provide expert technical support to ensure program success. Through use of influence management skills, ensure all tasks are completed for facility to maintain environmental compliance

Perform periodic and random documented daily inspection of all environmental systems/processes and evaluate the environment, equipment and processes in working areas to ensure compliance with government environmental regulations and industry standards

The Environmental Manager conducts regular self-audits to ensure complete regulatory compliance; report gaps to the Director. Lead corrective action initiatives by identifying internal or external resources, providing feedback on noted deficiencies, and recommending solutions to achieve compliance

Performs routine industrial and hazardous waste management activities such as vendor scheduling and waste haul oversight, and manifest tracking and filing

Provide daily guidance and direction in environmental programs at the employee/supervisory level to ensure a common and effective approach

Evaluation and management of outside services and consultants related to the environment

Manage all wastewater compliance issues, including flow monitoring, reporting to County Sanitation District, and wastewater system improvements

Ensure compliance with all Air Quality permits conditions and regulations. This includes keeping accurate records, daily monitoring of fuel use and production records, and accurate and timely submittal of all required reports to the South Coast Air Quality Management District. Assist corporate staff and consultants on permit applications as required. NESHAPS reporting and compliance

Storm water Management. Perform all tasks required to comply with Storm Water, Spill Prevention Control and Counter Measure plans, Hazardous Waste, Universal Waste and Used Oil programs. This will include keeping accurate records, conducting and logging periodic inspections, and ensuring corrective action measures are completed

Spill Incident Response. Respond to any spill incident, including timely reporting of spills, as required, to appropriate local, state, and federal agencies. Report all spills to Director of EHS. Lead initiatives to prevent spills, and conduct periodic spill prevention training to appropriate employees

Maintains environmental files, records, documentation, as required for all regulatory agencies; modifies and implements compliance tracking problems and recordkeeping system.  This includes, but not limited to:  air, storm water, industrial waste water, hazardous substances, and special waste

Maintains inspection reports and daily advises the Director, of findings, deficiencies and remedial efforts needed to eliminate deficiencies

Provide daily and weekly reports to the Director

Create and distribute environmental manuals, documents and records as needed.

Liaison with personnel regarding violations and hold respective supervisory personnel accountable for deficiencies

The position must educate all levels of employees on complex compliance and technical issues

Maintain and update as needed SOPs (e.g. plans, programs) for all environmental practices, equipment.  This includes but not limited to:

Ensuring that each SOP has a training power point. Training modules are developed for both affected and awareness employees

Audit checklists are developed for each SOP to ensure compliance with the SOP

Quizzes are developed for each SOP to ensure understanding

Establish (as necessary), manage and administer all environmental plans and programs including, but not limited to:  Injury and Illness Prevention Program, Hazard Communication Program, Emergency Action and Fire Prevention Plan, Respiratory Protection Program, Control of Hazardous Energy Sources Program, Forklift Safety Program and Hazardous Waste Source Reduction Program

Co-Lead the safety meetings.  Attend meetings, workshops, training, and seminars for the purpose of conveying and/or gathering information required to perform job functions

Assists in maintaining, updating and coordinating company environmental training programs

Perform and contribute to the site training plans by conducting employee orientations, emergency response training, and coordination of modular training programs for the operations groups

Perform hazard and risk analysis to reduce the risk of safety incidents, and provide productivity tools to maintain plant safety

Develop and lead the environmental compliance team.  The team will review all plans, including but not limited to:  Storm water pollution prevention plan, California Accidental Release Program, Hazardous Substances, et.

Participate in the design qualification process for facilities, installations, equipment, and instrumentation to ensure compliance with the environment

Develop technical documents (i.e. URS)

Investigate incidents and accidents to identify their causes and find ways to prevent them in the future

Develop and lead emergency evacuation program

Help lead a Response Team and comply with all company policies. Respond to emergency situations during or after hours for the purpose of resolving immediate safety/security concerns


Your Profile

Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, engineering or science related field.

Minimum of 5 years’ experience, preferably in the chemical or pharmaceutical industry

Minimum of 3 years’ work experience in the pharmaceutical/chemical manufacturing environment

Familiarity and experience with local, state and federal codes as they apply to environment

Excellent written and oral communication skills

Basic computer knowledge, including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint

Ability to effectively organize, multitask, and work in a fast-paced, deadline driven work environment

Ability to communicate in a proactive and solution-focused manner, including keeping management aware of potential issues

Awareness and understanding of environmental policy and management system, the importance of conforming to environmental policies and procedures, and consequences of failing to comply with environmental policies and procedures

Ability to use test equipment, such as air monitors and water

Detail oriented with the ability to troubleshoot and resolve problems

Ability to work independently and manage one’s time

Communicate effectively and ability to function well in a team environment



Bilingual with fluency in Spanish

Professional Engineer Certification

California Accidental Release Program Level III

Air Permitting