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Dir Engineering Science and Wastewater Treatment (South East U.S.)

Engineering/Environmental Protection
21013272 Requisition #

Equal Opportunity Employer: Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran


WM, a Fortune 250 company, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste and environmental services in North America. We are strongly committed to a foundation of operating excellence, professionalism and financial strength. WM serves nearly 21 million customers in residential, commercial, industrial and municipal markets throughout North America through a network of collection operations, transfer stations, landfills, recycling facilities and renewable energy projects.

Why join our team?
At WM, we believe that the proud, caring, resilient members of the WM family are the foundation for our success. As such, we commit to taking care of each other, our customers, our communities, and the environment.  We believe in "Success with Integrity"- essentially, Doing the Right Thing, the Right Way. We commit to being accountable, honest, trustworthy, ethical, and compliant in all that we do.

I. Job Summary

Implement initiatives targeting landfill liquids management and treatment developed by the Engineering Science and Wastewater Treatment (ES&WWT) Program corporate-wide based on companywide strategic goals and objectives. Reports to the Sr. Director of ES&WWT program. Responsible for help to establish, developing and imple­menting the policies, procedures and systems relating to the corpora­tion’s handling, disposal, and treatment landfill liquids as a result of operations of all our facilities. Obtains advanced in­formation on new developments in regulatory changes in en­vironmental re­quirements, communicates this this data into the organization’s strategic and tactical busi­ness planning, and develops technical approaches for dealing with spe­cific projects throughout the organization. Works with the Director and other team members on technology research and development with a multi-disciplinary group of internal and external technical experts. Communicates with Corporate and Area Management regarding the policies and proce­dures, special projects, best management practices for ensuring that environmental stan­dards are met. 

II.  Essential Duties and Responsibilities  include the following.  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  Other minor duties may be assigned. 

  • Plans, directs, and coordinates activities of internal and external staff involved in directing research, procedures, best management practices, equipment, and techniques to provide environmental solutions to the corpora­tion’s management, treatment, and disposal of landfill liquids.  More specifically:
  1. Assist with establishing policy, procedures, training and guidance on engineering and environmental compliance (in compliance with the environmental protection department) for the corporation and is responsible for implementing programs to the field in connection landfill liquids handling, treatment and disposal.  More specifically:
  • Treatment of contaminant laden semi-liquid, liquid, and gaseous waste from our facilities using biological, chemical and separation technologies such as centrifuges, presses, filters, and flotation devices related to leachate and landfill gas.
  1. Provides leadership and technical support in permitting, design and construction of leachate treatment facilities, as well as due diligence during acquisition for waste management assets.
  2. Uses process engineering tools such as flow and mass balances to trouble shoot and develop action plans to improve performance of leachate treatment facilities to ensure compliance with discharge permits.
  3. Directs development initiatives leachate and groundwater treatment technology to improve operational efficiency and enhance environmentally sound solutions.
  4. Serves as technical resource and interacts daily with program management to Corporate and Field Personnel in the following disciplines: Engineering Science, Wastewater Treatment Technology using Biological and Chemical Treatment and New Environmental Technologies, Bioremediation, and Environmental Compliance.
  • Balances the financial goals of the enterprise with the external regulations and applied environmental solutions.
  • Directs the development of internal policies, procedures and practices dealing with environmental management based on the best available scientific evidence and judgment.
  • Conducts independent research on the organization's environmental problems to establish a basis for program changes and improvement in liquids management and treatment.
  • Keeps abreast of pending regulatory development through reference sources. Obtains insights on legislative agendas at both the Federal and State levels (focus is on the state level).
  • Confers with local and state regulatory agencies to address and help resolve national/local environmental quality standards, industrial practices, and new developments in wastewater treatment.

III.  Supervisory Responsibilities

A high level of supervisory skills required in this job is the management of managerial employees.  This includes:

  • Direct supervision of outside consultants and research scientists that are engaged in addressing new technologies, solutions to existing environmental challenges or new services offerings.

IV.  Qualifications

The requirements listed below are representative of the qualifications necessary to perform the job.


A.  Education and Experience

Required: Bachelors of Science Degree, including Engineering, Environmental Management, Biology, Chemistry or similar area of study, and ten or more year’s previous experience.  Experience should in­clude a minimum of 12 years of industrial wastewater treatment design and operations and 3 years of management responsibility.

Preferred: Master’s Degree of Science, in Engineering, Environmental Management, Biology, Chemistry or similar area of study, and 10 or more years of industrial wastewater treatment design and operations experience.


B.  Certificates, Licenses, Registrations or Other Requirements

Certifications and/or PE license preferred but not required.

C. Other Knowledge, Skills or Abilities Required

Specific experience in the area of environmental engineering and environmental solutions specializing in the handling, treatment, and disposal of landfill liquids the resulting from operation of all our facilities. 

  • Wastewater treatment process modeling of biological and physical/chemical unit operations and/or systems using flow and mass balance calculations.
  • Capable of utilizing Microsoft Office Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, Word, SharePoint, and BioWin/GPS-X
  • An enthusiastic, dedicated, self-disciplined and self-reliant person capable of being decisive with the best available scientific evidence and judgment.
  • An ability to clearly articulate (both verbally and written) in a professional manner to fellow employees as well as multi-disciplinary group of internal and external technical experts.
  • Capable of multi-tasking on a wide range of activities in an ever-changing setting.
  • Role model and enable development of competencies in others needed to implement WM’s strategy
  • Establish and support a safety culture in which all accidents are preventable

V.  Work Environment

Listed below are key points regarding environmental demands and work environment of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Required to use motor coordination with finger dexterity (such as keyboarding, machine operation, etc) most of the work day;
  • Required to exert physical effort in handling objects more than 30 pounds rarely;
  • Required to be exposed to physical occupational risks (such as cuts, burns, exposure to toxic chemicals, etc) rarely;
  • Required to be exposed to physical environment which involves dirt, odors, noise, weather extremes or similar elements occasionally;
  • Setting for this job is an home office or field setting
  • Normal travel for this job is 35-50%.

At Waste Management, each eligible employee receives a competitive total compensation package including Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance and Short Term Disability. As well as a Stock Purchase Plan, Company match on 401K, and more! Our employees also receive Paid Vacation, Holidays, and Personal Days. Please note that benefits may vary by site.

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