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  • Job reference: RMS0141919

Environmental and Regulatory Advisor

  • Sector: Oil & Gas
  • Location: St. John's
  • Job type: Contract
  • Date posted: 16/07/2014
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The Company:
Our client, a major owner/operating company, seeks expertise for offshore mega-projects in Canada.

This opportunity is open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents only. First consideration will be given to residents of Newfoundland & Labrador.

The Role:
As the Environmental and Regulatory Advisor you will:

• Provide overall leadership for environmental, socioeconomic, health, and emergency preparedness and response issues (as they relate to spills) associated with the project
• Coordinate efforts to identify and acquire in a timely manner regulatory approvals, authorizations, permits, and licenses required by the project (e.g., Environmental Assessment updates, Operations Authorizations, Environmental Protection Plan, Environmental effects Monitoring, Disposal at Sea Permits, etc.)
• Ensure that environmental, socioeconomic, and health requirements/standards are properly integrated into project designs and implementation plans
• Provide input to the SSH&E-related Coordination Procedures for EPC Contractor ITT packages regarding environmental and/or socioeconomic and/or health matters
• Ensure that construction, commissioning, and start-up activities and the transition to operations fully comply with applicable federal, provincial and local regulatory requirements and the project's obligations/commitments appearing in the ESHIA, EMP, loan agreements, and other agreements/contracts
• Coordinate the project's assorted E&R-related activities such as development and implementation of Environmental Management Plan including Spill Response plans, Environmental Effects Monitoring plans and waste management plans; participation in public consultation programs; monitoring of E&R performance; and stewarding compliance with Environmental Standards, etc.
• Ensure the proper investigation, recording, and reporting of identified E&R compliance initiatives and non-compliance situations regarding environmental and/or socioeconomic and/or health matters
• Coordinate interfaces with Government agencies and external stakeholders (Fishers, FFAW, Environment Canada, Dept. Fisheries & Oceans, etc.) regarding the preparation of the project's Environmental Assessment Updates, Environmental Protection Plan, Environmental Effects monitoring program, regulatory compliance issues, and E&R performance/EMP implementation
• Coordinate in-the-field visits/inspections by senior management, senior Government officials, and representatives of other key stakeholders regarding environmental and/or socioeconomic and/or health matters
• Participate in the project’s Management of Change process to assess environmental, regulatory and socioeconomic implications of proposed changes Establish roles and responsibilities for project permitting and approval activities and EMP implementation
• Lead activities of, and provide support to, assigned project E&R resources (e.g., monitors, technicians, administrative staff)
• Ensure stewardship and reporting of E&R performance indicators regarding environmental and/or socioeconomic and/or health matters to meet project and Corporate requirements
• Provide cost and schedule estimates for the regulatory approvals process as well as for the production of the project’s EHSIA and EMP and the implementation of the EMP
• Ensure appropriate tools and logistical support is provided to the project's E&R personnel
• Communicate with, and (on an as-needed/scheduled basis) coordinate presentations to, the PT on the project’s issues regarding environmental and/or socioeconomic and/or health matters
• Ensure effective communications/coordinate the flow of information between field locations and the PT office regarding environmental and/or socioeconomic and/or health matters
• Work with Public Affairs on developing acceptable messages for public forums and inquiries regarding environmental and/or socioeconomic and/or health matters, as appropriate, in order to address Government agency, community and stakeholder concerns and issues
• Develop and implement government relations/communications plans regarding environmental and/or socioeconomic and/or health matters for proposed project facilities

Essential Skills / Qualifications:
• University degree in Natural or Environmental Sciences, Natural Resource Management, Social Sciences (e.g., anthropology, sociology), Engineering or some other technical field related to E&R management regarding environmental and/or socioeconomic and/or health matters
• Senior level position with broad technical and environmental and/or socioeconomic and/or health skills and a working knowledge of project management, construction and operations
• 10+ years broad-based experience preferred, with prior experience in one or more environmental- and/or socioeconomic- and/or health-related discipline
• Proven management and leadership skills
• Ability to assess and act on project resource needs
• Experience working in Canadian oil and gas regulatory regime; knowledge of relevant Canadian legislation
• Experience interacting with government officials and with a variety of external entities
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