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Senior Counsel - Regulatory, Environmental, Health and Safety

locationGlenview, IL, USA
PublishedPublished: 6/14/2022
Full Time

Job Description

Senior Counsel - Regulatory, Environmental, Health and Safety

Schaumburg, IL or Decatur, IL

Primient is seeking an experienced attorney to join our legal team as Senior Counsel - Regulatory, Environmental, Health and Safety. The person in this role will be responsible for providing sophisticated, best in class legal advice to all levels of the organization. This attorney will support, collaborate, and guide business partners on state and federal regulatory matters applicable to our corn wet milling and biomanufacturing operations, including Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") requests for Information and investigations, permitting issues, Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") investigations and workplace safety and health compliance requirements, and any other environmental, health and safety ("EHS") regulations impacting our business.


Established yet entrepreneurial: Primient is an industry leader with proven products, six manufacturing plants, 1500+ employees and deep roots in corn wet milling. Yet we're also a brand-new company that is ready to drive change and create impact.

Inspired by a meaningful purpose: we use renewable sources to produce plant-based ingredients for some of the world's best-known brands. It feels good to produce safe, high-quality, sustainable products - that go into everything from sodas to hand cream and cardboard to clothing.

Poised for a new era of success: we're investing in our plants and people to unlock our potential in the industrial and food sectors. Guided by our values of Safety, Excellence, Integrity, and Growth, we're focused on growing our business, our reputation, and the career of every colleague.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Manage and advise management on legal aspects of the Company's environmental regulatory compliance and responses to any enforcement actions including investigating and responding to requests for information, notices of complaint, notices of violation and citations from EPA, OSHA and EHS related agencies.
  • Provide primary legal advice regarding a wide range of health and safety regulatory, compliance and policy issues, including auditing, incident response and government reporting.
  • Supervise and manage outside counsel and consultants engaged to assist with environmental litigation and regulatory matters.
  • Participate in meetings and proceedings with regulatory agencies.
  • Identify and advise on environmental permitting and other environmental risks in the context of operations, commercial transactions, and new projects. Collaborate with EHS team on Company-wide EHS initiatives.
  • Collaborate closely with EHS business partners to assess legal impact on major business decisions.
  • Counsel and train internal business partners on environmental, health and safety regulations, OSHA compliance and safety-related internal investigations.

What You'll Need

  • 7+ years of legal experience primarily focused on regulatory, environmental and workplace safety and health issues, preferably with experience in manufacturing, food manufacturing or the corn wet milling industry.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams.
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills.
  • The preferred candidate will have inhouse work experience in combination with experience at a law firm or a state or federal agency responsible for environmental, safety, and health regulatory oversight.


This position is located in either our Decatur or Schaumburg, Illinois offices. Some travel to our other manufacturing plants will be required as needed.

What we offer you:

At Primient, you will have the opportunity to drive end-to-end solutions, while owning a high level of accountability and ownership. Additionally, we offer....

  • Eligible for Health, Dental, and Vision Benefits from Day 1
  • 401k Matching
  • Bonus Program
  • A chance to make dynamic, substantive change in a growing company
  • Relocation Eligibility Available

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

We are passionate believers in the power of difference. We strive to represent the communities in which we operate and to provide an inclusive, welcoming environment for all. We want Primient to be a place where every employee feels they belong and knows they are seen, heard, valued and safe to speak up. Our aspiration is to unlock the full potential in diverse perspectives, while offering everyone an equal chance to grow, thrive and progress.

Primient is an equal opportunity employer, committed to the strength of an inclusive workforce.

California Consumer Privacy Act ("CCPA")

The Company is committed to complying with the California Consumer Privacy Act ("CCPA") and all data privacy and laws in the jurisdictions in which it recruits and hires employees. We collect the following categories of personal information for the purpose of hiring the best qualified applicants and to comply with applicable employment laws: Name and contact information; Job preference and work availability; Social Security Number and/or other identification information; Education and qualifications; Employment history and experience; Military service; Reference and background check information, including relevant criminal history and credit history; Social media information; Pre-employment test results; Post-offer medical examination information and results, including drug test results; Voluntary self-disclosure information regarding minority, veteran, and disability status; and Information provided by you during the hiring process.

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