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Assistant General Counsel - EHS

Date: Jan 3, 2019

Location: Columbia, MD, US, 21044

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Requisition ID: 3168 

Built on talent, technology, and trust, Grace is a leading global supplier of catalysts and engineered materials. The company’s two industry-leading business segments—Catalysts Technologies and Materials Technologies—provide innovative products, technologies, and services that enhance the products and processes of our customers around the world. Grace employs approximately 3,900 people in over 30 countries.

Job Description

Reporting to the Associate General Counsel for EHS, the Assistant General Counsel - EHS will provide well-informed legal advice for the complex global Grace business.  This lawyer will be a key part of the Legal-EHS group.  We provide regulatory interpretation and practical advice for manufacturing operations and global business practices; we reduce historic liabilities for legacy contamination; we support due diligence and integration of acquisition targets; we negotiate for advantageous, do-able, and adequately flexible terms in contractual and permitting contexts; we lead responses to enforcement actions; we work closely and constantly together, with teams that combine legal and technical expertise; we provide training and education on growing environmental requirements; and more. 




  • Manage enforcement, permitting, and regulatory matters under major environmental statutes such as CAA, CWA, RCRA, CERCLA, and/or TSCA
  • Offer practical advice and counsel to operating locations on EHS matters
  • Counsel business on regulatory compliance
  • Advance regulatory commercial and operational excellence
  • Support merger and acquisition activity, including due diligence
  • Support the work of EHS consultants and auditors

Required Skills

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Sophisticated current EHS legal experience
  • Ability to work across teams, departments, businesses, and cultures
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully manage multiple projects in a fast-paced, global, team environment
  • Basic interest in chemical manufacturing processes and comfort with scientific and technical principles
  • Ability to travel (10% to 25%)

Required Experience

  • Law degree from an accredited law school
  • 10 to 15 years experience in a law firm, trade association, corporate legal department and/or government environmental agency, dealing with environmental compliance for manufacturing
  • Knowledge of US federal and state environmental regulatory systems
  • Experience handling complex legal projects such as Superfund, enforcement defense, and industrial permitting
  • Deep expertise in at least one media-specific environmental statute (e.g. CAA, CWA, RSRA, TSCA)
  • Some exposure to non-US environmental legal issues, a plus
  • Some exposure to food and drug laws, a plus
  • Familiarity with document management programs
  • Non-English language skills, a plus

Grace is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. Please, no phone calls or emails. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Grace via email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of Grace. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Grace as a result of the referral or through other means.

Nearest Major Market: Baltimore