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Deputy General Counsel - Environmental & Sustainability Law- Atlanta, GA at Oldcastle Materials Inc in Atlanta, Georgia

Posted in Legal 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:



Job ID:  301201


CRH is a leading global diversified building materials group, employing over 85,000 people at more than 3,600 locations in 32 countries.  Imagine a company capable of providing the modern building materials needed to build our homes, schools, communities, even the bridges and highways to get you there. We are CRH Americas, North America’s largest manufacturer of building products and the second largest globally. 


Position Overview

CRH Americas, Inc. is seeking an experienced attorney to join its collaborative legal department. In this hands-on role, you will report to the General Counsel of CRH Americas, Inc. and work closely with the Environmental Health & Safety (“EHS”) managers to address environmental issues. This role requires significant knowledge of the regulatory laws applicable to all three environmental media (air, water, soil) and compliance approaches with those laws. The position also requires significant negotiating experience with environmental regulators and a desire to develop sustainability initiatives.

Key Responsibilities (Essential Duties and Functions)

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.

  • Partner with EHS managers to respond to compliance matters and drive EHS programs.

  • Collaborate with the Company’s operating companies to obtain best-in-class environmental performance.

  • Help manage environmental consultants and outside counsel, if necessary.

  • Evaluate the Company’s environmental practices and sustainability initiatives on an ongoing basis.

  • Analyze regulations and legal precedent in order to make legal recommendations.

  • Serve as Company’s legal counsel in negotiations with Federal, State, and Local regulators.

  • Research, review, interpret, and draft legal documents such as consent decrees.

  • Supervise environmental litigation, including Superfund and insurance claims.

  • Review budgets and invoices from consultants and outside counsel.

  • Assist in the preparation of documents needed for accurate financial reporting.

  • Work collaboratively with all levels of internal and external clients.

  • Provide legal training to ensure that the operating companies comply with all applicable regulations.

  • Assist in litigation matters and represent Company’s businesses in enforcement or regulatory matters.

  • Identify legal exposures and take steps to ensure processes are in place to mitigate those exposures.

  • Counsel managers and other employees with regard to environmental matters.

  • Provide legal support for acquisitions and divestitures.

  • Create and provide training programs with regard to environmental law and sustainability.

  • Review, modify, and negotiate contracts related to environmental matters.

  • Select, develop, evaluate, motivate, retain, discipline, and train a staff, if needed.

  • Maintain professional demeanor at all times.

  • Regular and predictable attendance at assigned times is required. 

  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school.

  • License to practice law in at least one state.

  • At least eight years of practicing environmental law as part of an in-house team or law firm.

  • Knowledge of best-in-class practices with respect to environmental regulations and sustainability initiatives.

  • Working knowledge of laws, rules, and regulations governing the environment.

  • Working knowledge of Westlaw and other legal research databases.

Work Requirements

  • Must have expert proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

  • Must be 18 years in age or older.

  • Must pass pre-employment drug screen and criminal background check.

  • Strict adherence to safety requirements and procedures as outlined in the Employee Handbook.

  • Willingness to work independently within in a team environment and assist the team with other duties.

  • Must be willing to travel up to 30%.

Knowledge/Skill Requirements

  • Strong written and verbal skills to effectively interface with all levels of employees and government officials.

  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.

  • The ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects with minimal supervision.

  • Personal accountability for work, work product, and deadlines.

  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with a business-oriented service disposition.

  • Ability to make decisions and inspire client confidence.

  • Strong negotiation skills and the ability to analyze risk.

  • Ability to maintain high quality results in a team-oriented, rapid-paced, time-sensitive environment.

  • Strong problem-solving capabilities with the ability to visualize and communicate solutions.

  • Strong customer service focus.

  • Knowledge of the historic environmental issues facing industrial businesses.

  • Working knowledge of public disclosure of environmental matters.

  • Track record of operating at senior management level and building relationships among this group.

  • Track record of making sound strategic and objective decisions in challenging situations.

  • Proven track record of formulating creative solutions to commercial problems.

  • The ability to lead and manage a team and develop their talents.

  • Experience of managing relationships with external advisers and controlling costs.

  • A problem-solver who is pragmatic, creative, and willing to take responsibility.

  • Capable of synthesizing complex information and delivering succinct summaries.

  • A strong influencer who is able to create alignment while retaining the self-confidence to speak his/her mind.

  • A proactive, adaptable, and hands-on attitude to get things done.

  • Enjoys operating as part of a team, proactively builds relationships, and contributes to others’ successes.

  • A credible operator whose view is sought out and has an opinion that matters.

  • A strong manager with a track record of building a cohesive and supportive team.

  • Confidence in leading from the front while respecting what has been achieved in the past.

  • Sets high standards and continually seeks a better way to do things.

  • Resilience and a sense of humor.

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job

  • Able to communicate with others by telephone and in person.

  • Able to utilize a computer for word processing, email, document preparation, and presentations.

  • May require sitting for extended periods of time.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

  • The home office is an open office environment where the noise level is usually quiet.

  • The noise level and conditions at facilities and projects is similar to that of other heavy industries.

  • The position will require work outside of normal business hours.

The statements included in this job description are not intended to be all-inclusive. They represent typical elements and criteria necessary to successfully perform the job.  Other duties may be assigned as required.  Requirements for this job are subject to modification by the Company and its designees, and reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

What CRH Americas Offers You

  • Highly competitive base pay

  • Comprehensive medical, dental and disability benefits programs

  • Group retirement savings program

  • Health and wellness programs

  • A culture that values opportunity for growth, development, and internal promotion

About CRH Americas

CRH Americas has a long and proud heritage as one of North America’s largest corporations. We are a proud reflection of the hundreds of family businesses, local and regional companies and mid to large sized enterprises that together form the CRH Americas family. CRH Americas operates with a decentralized, diversified structure, letting you work in a small company environment while having the career opportunities of a large enterprise.

CRH Americas is a great place to grow! If you’re up for a rewarding challenge, we invite you to take the first step and apply today! Once you click apply now, you will be brought to our career site. Please complete your online profile which will be sent directly to the appropriate Hiring Manager. Our system allows you to view and track your status 24 hours a day. Thank you for your interest in the CRH Americas family!

CRH Americas is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer.

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