External Affairs and Compliance Specialist

Storing vital products with care

Storing vital products with care

Position Summary

The overall responsibility of this position is to ensure compliance with local, state and federal environmental, health and safety regulations for the Company.

Essential Job Functions

  • Participate in internal planning and scheduling meetings to keep abreast of infrastructure replacement projects schedule and changes

  • Develop, implement and maintain internal policies and procedures to ensure compliance with internal and external standards and regulations

  • Ensure organization is adhering to all state and federal regulations relevant to the industry and to the companies' internal guidelines

  • Managing, and overseeing external and internal audits

  • Recommending and implementing changes to procedures and practices that are not compliant with industry regulations

  • Monitor and evaluate state legislation and other governmental actions and initiatives

  • Provide regular reports to the Managing Director on the status of pending legislation affecting Vopak companies and/or objectives

  • May assist in the preparation of Vopak comments and public statements on legislative issues and regulatory proposals 

  • Facilitate meetings with municipalities, engineering, construction and operations leaders to review and collaborate on projects 

  • Maintain liaison with regulatory agencies, legislators, legislative staff, and state agencies

  • Under direction of the Managing Director and Communications Manager, initiate and implement public education, and/or campaign/advocacy programs such as employee outreach efforts, public opinion research, website content, multi-media advertising, and direct mail efforts 

  • Ensure that organizations comply with industry specifications, standards, regulations, and laws

  • Review operational practices, create and enforce compliance plans, and perform regulatory risk management

  • Review documentation and procedures, collaborating with internal and external stakeholders on compliance-related issues, and performing compliance audits and compiling reports.

  • Developing and enacting regulatory compliance strategies

  • Coordinating regulatory compliance procedures across organizational structures

  • Providing training in compliance practices and procedures

  • Monitoring compliance and facilitating interventions to manage risks

  • Documenting compliance-related processes and maintaining records

  • Keeping abreast of regulatory changes and developments in the regulatory environment


Education Requirement

BS/BA degree in communications, public relations, business administration, political science or related field required. In lieu of a degree, experience relative to the positions principal objective and essential functions may be considered.

Experience Requirement

  • 5-7 years of experience working in a plant or regulatory environment

  • Knowledge of Environmental Management Systems  

  • Working knowledge of RCRA, CalOSHA, CalEPA, permits and regulations,knowledge of industry regulations and governing laws strongly desired

  • Ability to establish working relationships with local, state and federal officials, as well as the press and public

  • Proven excellent oral and written communication skills required

  • An in-depth understanding of applicable internal and external rules, guidelines, and regulations.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and database software

  • Attending educational and professional development programs to improve your job knowledge and enhance the strength of the organization.

  • Ability to understand and maintain confidentiality

  • Excellent interpersonal and teaming skills required

  • Self-motivated ability to work in a fast-paced, high stress business environment, managing multiple tasks

  • Skills to create and maintain valued relationships with internal business partners and external entities such as municipalities, community groups, industry associates, company affiliates and contractors

  • Ability to learn energy industry issues, regulations, trends 

  • Ability to competently and professionally interact with the public under a variety of circumstances

  • Ability to maintain an environment of effective internal/external customer interaction

  • Flexibility for varied work schedule and required travel, to accommodate internal and external meetings, municipality communications, construction schedules, customer service and emergency support

Application process

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1st interview
Step 3 (optional)
Online assessment
Step 4
2nd interview
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