Environment Manager RBM

Belgium - Brussels
Rechargeable Battery Materials
Process & Product Development, Engineering & Technology, EHS

Posted on 20-01-2023

About Umicore

Reducing harmful vehicle emissions. Giving new life to used metals. Powering the cars of the future. As a global materials and technology group, we apply our specialist knowledge to offer materials and solutions that are essential to everyday life. We aim to be a clear world leader in materials for clean mobility and recycling and have turned our sustainability approach into an even greater competitive advantage. With ambitions like this, imagine what you could do?

About Rechargeable Battery Materials (RBM)

We are all on the move. Umicore’s rechargeable battery materials give people autonomy and connectivity. We are a pioneer in battery materials that give added range and performance to electric vehicles. Our materials also ensure longer battery life for portable electronics. To enable our customers to produce even better performing batteries we cannot stand still. We need to find new ways to do things, discover new solutions and develop new ideas. Which is where you come

What you will be doing

RBM business is expected to grow significantly next 3 to 5 years in Finland, Poland and Canada. Environmental impact studies are on-going for new and expansion projects covering metal refining, leaching and production of precursors to Cathode Active Materials (pCAM)  In this development, ensuring a minimal impact on the environment (water emissions, air emissions) is always important and new standards under development can have a significant impact!
Umicore has an ambitious Let’s go for Zero program, including bold targets for air and water emissions!

As RBM Environment manager you will be responsible for setting global environment standards for RBM operations, based on discussions with governments in the different countries, following up environmental legislation trends and development of documentation (dispersion models, ecotox studies, literature studies, etc.) to support RBM’s position. Furthermore, you will be instrumental in connecting environmental impact data from development cycles (DQP) of products and processes with the sites where applicable.

Your detailed responsibilities:

  • Support the negotiations with governmental agencies in case of new expansion projects
  • Define scope and follow up external studies (ecotoxicity studies, dispersion modelling, etc.) with consultants, universities to develop material to support Umicore’s position in discussion with the governments
  • Set RBM minimum environment standards for sites and new projects
  • Check environmental impacts of new products and new/improvement of processes during the development of new products and processes (DQP). Hence follow up gate reviews of various DQP programs (RTC, PTC, PDE, PTR, …) and align any relevant environmental aspects with the relevant sites
  • Develop an RBM water stewardship strategy aligned with the corporate strategy (specifically water stewardship),
  • Follow legislative trends in the key regions and countries where RBM is active and rapidly growing
  • Define and handle environmental critical metrics, collect and process environmental data, ensure quality of data, analyse trends and compare with group objectives, ensure clear communication of results for annual report as well as internal BU reporting
  • Support the EIA and permitting procedures where needed


You will be located in Brussels headquarter and travel regularly to different sites.

Who we are looking for

  • You have obtained a Master’s degree in Environmental Management/-Engineering/-Chemistry/-Technology and you have confirmed experience (+10 years) in environmental management in manufacturing plant, environmental risk assessment, environmental consulting or similar work areas
  • Experience with EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment), environmental permitting process is a must
  • You have good knowledge about dispersion modelling, eco-toxicity study, air pollution mitigation, wastewater treatment process
  • Sound knowledge of environmental risk assessment principles and techniques
  • Familiarity with environmental legislation in Europe and Canada
  • Capability to quickly analyse data and information and evaluate these in multi-stakeholder situations
  • Networking skills across multiple countries
  • Experience in research and/or professional connections to academic/research institutions and industry associations in the subject area is an added value
  • Experience in working in an intercultural environment especially in approaches to environmental and H&S issues by local authorities and sites
  • Excellent written and spoken English communication

What we offer

We aim to lead the way. Not just for our customers, but for our employees too. That is why we strive to create a collaborative environment in which we can all succeed, and a culture through which we can all share ideas, develop our expertise and advance our careers. We engage in building an inclusive work culture that offers equal opportunities for all employees irrespective of their diverse backgrounds. As you would expect from a world-leading organisation, we will also reward your contribution with a competitive salary and benefits. With all this and more, imagine what you could do?

If our battery materials can power electric vehicles, IMAGINE WHAT YOU COULD DO