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Senior Project Manager - EH&S

J.S. Held
Chicago, IL
  • Posted: over a month ago
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Job Description

The Company

Are you looking to join an organization that is growing and dynamic? What about a high-energy, collaborative environment that rewards hard work?

J.S. Held is a global consulting firm providing technical, scientific, and financial expertise across all assets and value at risk. Our professionals serve as trusted advisors to organizations facing high-stakes events demanding urgent attention, staunch integrity, clear-cut analysis, and an understanding of both tangible and intangible assets. The firm provides a comprehensive suite of services, products, and data that enable clients to navigate complex, contentious, and often catastrophic situations. We have over 100 locations worldwide. We are highly committed to all members of our community, both employees and clients. Our organization focuses on promoting a sense of community and inspiring our people to achieve results that exceed goals.

The Team and Job Summary

We are seeking an EHS Senior Project Manager to join our Environmental Health & Safety team.  This is a unique opportunity for an entrepreneurial, highly driven person with a well-rounded skill set to join the Chicago team, whose responsibilities extend beyond those of traditional Project Manager. The ideal person for this role will need to not only have a strong grasp of environmental consulting, but also be flexible and a strategic thinker able to take on a variety of tasks.

The Senior Project Manager (SrPM) performs and directs professional environmental consulting services for a wide range of insurance, industrial, maritime, and commercial clients. The work requires a professional knowledge of the principles, methods and techniques of environmental science, industrial hygiene and occupational safety. The SrPM shall possess an understanding and the ability to utilize pertinent aspects of chemistry, biological sciences and public health that pertain to environmental remediation projects involving lead, asbestos, mold, and other environmental exposure-hazard concerns.  The ability to recognize and evaluate health hazards associated with catastrophic loss to property caused by storms, construction defect, sudden power failure, fires, and flooding as well as the environmental, health and safety impacts related to chemical releases and oil spills is required.

Job Responsibilities


  • Apply professional environmental science competence with specialized knowledge of chemistry, industrial hygiene and biological science.  Perform as a team leader to resolve client Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) concerns as necessary and ensure regulatory compliance.
  • Ability to write technical proposals and detailed scope of work for EH&S projects.
  • Prepares and submits budget requirements to complete projects.
  • Willing and able to travel by air, sea and land at short notice to reach project locations.
  • Obtain and maintain licenses in multiple states for mold, lead and asbestos disciplines, as well as national certifications.
  • Collaborates with management team on staffing requirements and provides leadership on multiple projects concurrently.
  • Develops and consistently grows clientele and client relationships.
  • May perform QA/QC on project reports submitted for review as part of a review team.
  • Prepares studies and reports following standard formats and procedures.
  • Investigate, measure and evaluate environmental, health and safety conditions; and carrying out relevant research, development, and planning to complete comprehensive reports for review.
  • Willingness and ability to work hours on an as-needed basis during catastrophe events and unplanned “rush” projects for clients.
  • Reviews time and expenses charged to the Projects managed.

Supervisory Responsibility

This position approves and coordinates environmental consulting staff assigned to environmental projects. Directly supervises employees, vendors or contractors involved in each project. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Other responsibilities include training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; addressing complaints; resolving problems; integrates and collaborates with J.S. Held team managers to maximize the J.S. Held footprint; and a desire to offer comprehensive services to clients.



Required Qualifications


  • Bachelors/Master's degree in Science/Geology/Engineering
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • TWIC card eligible
  • 40 Hr. HAZWOPER and 8 Hour Refresher Certificate
  • Ten years of relevant experience
  • Excellent Communication Skills
  • Subject Matter Expert in Multiple Scientific Principles
  • Strong Project Management Skills including Time Management
  • Results Driven Leadership Skills
  • Good Business Judgement Skills
  • Teamwork Oriented
  • Problem Solving/Analysis
  • Builds and Maintains a Highly Ethical Practice and Reputation
  • Outstanding Customer Relationship Management Skills
  • Possess Financial Management Skills to Keep Projects on Budget



Work Environment


Office or field environment will be where work is performed.


  • Wet or humid conditions may be encountered during field work with high ambient temperatures in the summer or cold ambient temperatures in the winter.
  • Able to work in elevated areas with fall protection equipment.
  • Noisy environments may be encountered with the need for hearing protection.
  • High levels of personal protective equipment may be required at various times, depending upon the client location and hazards present.  A full yearly physical examination will be performed by an occupational physician to ensure that personal protective equipment, where necessary, can be worn and the employee is medically fit for the required field work.


Physical and Mental Job Qualifications


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


  • Sitting limited to lunch, breaks and driving.
  • A number of duties performed on feet.
  • Walking for long periods on many different terrains that could range from flat to hilly or rough and slippery.
  • Able to carry equipment as much as 40 lbs unassisted.
  • Must be able to use hands and fingers to pick up objects, turn on regulators, insert earplugs, use hand tools.
  • Push or pull items.
  • Able to reach above head.
  • Able to bend at the knees.
  • Able to climb ladders to reach high areas or down into tanks or excavations.
  • Able to wear a self-contained breathing apparatus and perform required job duties at the same time.
  • Able to squat, kneel or crouch in confined spaces when necessary.
  • Vision must be correctable to at least 20:40 with ability to distinguish colors with good depth perception and peripheral vision.


This is a full-time, salaried position.  Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; however, flexible hours are required to complete job tasks in some circumstances.  This position can require rapid response due to chemical or weather-related emergencies out of normal business hours; travel out of town as needed and weekend work may be involved where necessary.




Travel is primarily local, but can also be regional or national depending on the project or need.  Rapid response to client emergencies and overnight travel are sometimes  required.


J.S. Held is dedicated to becoming the global leader in providing multi-disciplinary consulting services to the construction, government, healthcare, industrial, insurance, energy, legal, and technology, communities. We have diverse practice areas including Construction Advisory, Financial Investigations, Forensic Accounting & Economics, Forensic Architecture & Engineering, Surety, Environmental Health & Safety, Equipment, Toxicology, and Building & Property Consulting, among other disciplines. J.S. Held is devoted to recruiting and cultivating top industry talent to build a collaborative and diverse team of experts. We leverage our experience to provide local, cost-efficient solutions and an unrivaled client experience.


Our mission is to serve as trusted, expert advisors to organizations around the world facing high-stakes situations that demand urgent attention, exceptional knowledge, staunch integrity and objective, clear- cut analysis and advice.


Some of the Benefits We Have Include

J.S. Held understands all our employees are people and sometimes life needs flexibility. We work to always provide an environment that best supports and suits our team’s needs.

  • Our flexible work environment allows employees to work remotely, when needed
  • Generous PTO Policy
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • 401k Match
  • Commuter Benefit

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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EEO and Job Accommodations

We embrace diversity and our commitment to building a team and environment that fosters professional and personal enrichment is unwavering. We are greater when we are equal!

J.S. Held is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to hiring a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request for a reasonable accommodation, please email and include “Applicant Accommodation” within the subject line with your request and contact information.


J.S. Held


Chicago, IL
60654 USA



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