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Group Environment Director

Belgium - Brussels
Environment Health and Safety

Posted on 20-10-2023

About Umicore

Reducing harmful vehicle emissions. Giving new life to used metals. Powering the cars of the future. As a global circular 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 Corporate EHS

Corporate EHS is a dynamic team across different regions and locations with a deep knowledge in the fields of Environment, Health & Safety. Every day, we provide a broad range of services aligned with the Umicore’s Let’s Go For Zero Strategy and delivering on RISE 2030 ambitions. The variety of our work means 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 in.


What you will be doing?

The future Group Environment Director will be responsible for managing environmental risk of former mining and industrial sites. In addition to this will be in charge of EHS-related aspects of M&A projects so that Umicore’s exposure to legal and financial liabilities is optimized and Umicore’s reputation is preserved.


Main areas of responsibility:

  • Help Umicore’s sites and former mining facilities reduce its impact on the environment and pollution prevention
  • Evaluate the existing situation of former sites and understand the environmental challenges/risks and recommend solutions
  • Map entire environment portfolio worldwide, discuss present status, progress with local responsible staff, evaluate existing provisions and future needs
  • Work together with external stakeholders like government institutions, authorities, associations and ensuring that all activities are handled in accordance with federal/central and state laws and regulations related to environmental protection
  • Engaging with Umicore’s corporate departments like legal, communication, sites/plants and business units and ensure structured communication with internal and external stakeholders
  • Promote awareness of environmental issues within Umicore and also for upcoming new sites/plants
  • Conceptualizing and implementing environmental policies, procedures, standards and guidelines to ensure compliance with state and federal laws as required
  • M&A projects: take the lead of EHS aspects in ongoing and future M&A projects, supported by external consultants and in accordance with existing internal procedures
    • Identify and valuate existing and future liabilities
    • In case of an acquisition, advice whether identified liabilities represent a deal breaker or not
    • Assist corporate development and legal departments in drafting EHS clauses of the transaction contracts


You are an ideal candidate for us as you:

  • Hold a University degree in geology or bio-engineering or environmental engineering or chemistry
  • Have gathered at least 15+ years of experience in managing environmental issues at sites and M&A projects with mining (related to minerals & metal) industries
  • Have profound knowledge of risk-based land management (risk assessment methodologies and science behind it) and remediation technologies
  • Have gained experience of environmental legislation in different countries and at EU-level: contaminated soil and groundwater, mining and post-mining, waste, air, water…
  • Have analytical & conceptual capabilities and problem-solving skills accompanied by strong organizational skills
  • Are able to think out of the box to find defendable, original and cost effective solutions
  • Are an experienced leader and show strong interest in people management, being people motivator
  • Have working experience with multi-cultural teams and passionate about diversity
  • Possess excellent communication, negotiation, relational and inspirational skills
  • Work result-oriented and are performance driven with a strong passion band drive to win
  • Are stress resistance / Resilience
  • Are perfectly 3-lingual Dutch, French, English
  • Are willing to travel


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?