Job Position: Sr. Manager Sustainable Development

Location: Charlotte NC USA

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Job Description

Albemarle is looking for an experienced environmental professional to join our Lithium Resources Group to manage current and future lithium resource growth projects.

The Sr. Manager Sustainable Development will manage project, operational and corporate stakeholders with environmental compliance and social responsibility expertise to ensure the success of Albemarle’s global lithium business. The primary responsibilities of the role will be to direct work to align with various international standards for mining projects; mainly those included within the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance Standards (IRMA Ready Standard & IRMA Standard). Initially, the role will manage all sustainable development compliance actions required for the Kings Mountain Lithium Project (located in North Carolina) but will eventually expand to new mine development projects throughout North America and beyond.

This position is part of the lithium resources organization and will play an integral part in leading sustainable development practices, critical to Albemarle’s growth.  The role will report to the Sr. Director Environment and will be based in our Charlotte office in North Carolina.

Essential Functions

  • Grow and lead the sustainable development function that is responsible for ensuring all new lithium development projects are studied, designed, and executed in a sustainable manner.
  • As required, grow the regional and global sustainable development team to support the growth of Albemarle’s lithium resource division.
  • Direct all coordination and project management work required to gain and maintain alignment with industry best practice standards for all new lithium development projects including, but not limited to:
    • Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA)
    • International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM; general alignment)
    • Dam Safety Governance (CDA, ANCOLD, GTMI, etc.)
    • Technical Guidelines (INAP GARD, etc.)
    • others, as required.
  • Provide subject matter expert support regarding compliance with the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance and/or other standards/guidelines that apply to the mining and mineral extraction industry.
  • Direct the documentation processes required to support IRMA auditing for business integrity, planning for positive legacies, social responsibility, and environmental responsibility.
  • Direct all project management activities related to the completion of Environmental and Social Impacts Assessments (ESIAs). Lead the coordination of other support functions responsible for providing technical and permitting information to support the ESIA process (ie: Community Affairs, Environmental, Studies/Projects, etc.). Direct the external engagement strategy for the ESIA process with close collaboration with Albemarle’s Community Affairs team.
  • Support the development of a company-wide IRMA “playbook” to set a global strategy in achieving and maintaining IRMA certification. Develop the strategy to ensure future lithium development projects reach the highest level of certification for IRMA.
  • Work closely with the technical/engineering teams, capital projects, operations, community affairs, and corporate support functions to ensure consistent alignment, excellent communication, and a collaborative culture.
  • Influence and educate internal stakeholders on sustainable mine development components including stakeholders from resource development/evaluations, mine engineering teams, major capital projects teams, as well as corporate HSE, legal, and sustainability functions.
  • Manage the preparation of budget estimates related to sustainable development initiatives.
  • Lead the development of internal policy and standards related to sustainable development.


  • Action oriented with the ability to multi-task, prioritize, and be self-directed.
  • Ability to think critically and strategically.
  • Ability to distill complexity and assess technical risk.
  • Strong project and technical acumen
  • Strong problem solving and analysis skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Team player with the ability to proactively engage and collaborate.
  • Ability to influence across different functions.

Required Education and Experience

  • Environmental and/or social impacts assessment experience within the mining industry is mandatory.
  • Minimum: Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate profession (environmental engineering, environmental sciences, social sciences, policy development, compliance, HSE, etc.).
  • Expert level knowledge on global mining standards, guidelines and assurance framework, including but not limited to (*preferred):
    • Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance* (IRMA)
    • International Council on Mining and Metals* (ICMM) Standards
    • Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) Standards*
    • Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management (GISTM)
    • UN Sustainable Development Goals*
    • Extractive Industry Transparency Initiatives (EITI)
    • Free, Prior, and Informed Consent Framework*
    • Other commodity assurance programs (ie: Copper Mark, Aluminum Stewardship Initiative)
  • 15 to 20+ years of experience in managing environmental and social impacts assessments, compliance audits and certification processes for new and/or existing mining development projects.
  • High level of competency with program management, database management (auditing), and influencing other project, technical, and social teams to ensure delivery on collective objectives.

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