Position Description

Principal, Chemical/Environmental Engineer
Company Tucson Electric Power
Location Tucson, AZ
Job Category Environmental Services
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UNS Energy Corporation, headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, is a subsidiary of Fortis Inc., the largest investor-owned electric and gas distribution utility in Canada. UNS Energy Corporation’s public utility subsidiaries, Tucson Electric Power Company, UNS Electric, Inc. and UNS Gas, Inc., provide electric and gas service to customers in southern and northern Arizona. For more information about UNS Energy Corporation, visit http://www.uns.com.

Tucson Electric Power provides safe, reliable electric service to approximately 414,000 customers in Southern Arizona. Although our company has been in business for more than 120 years, we continue to look for innovative ways of providing value, comfort, convenience and security to our customers every day. We’re evaluating cutting-edge energy technologies, reshaping our energy portfolio and expanding our renewable power and energy-efficiency programs. While our line of work can be challenging, it can also be rewarding. Our team of dedicated professionals values engagement, enthusiasm, innovation and collaboration.

In return, TEP offers a competitive compensation and benefits package that includes a 401k plan with a generous company match, a company-sponsored pension plan, tuition reimbursement, life insurance, long-term disability insurance and much more.

We are currently seeking a talented individual for the position of Principal, Chemical/Environmental Engineer. This is an environmental professional with significant experience in environmental compliance and permitting matters related to the electric utility industry.  The successful candidate will provide technical and regulatory expertise in water quality and waste management. Implement the Company’s Environmental Compliance Program, Corporate Environmental Policies and Procedures and internal/third-party multimedia environmental audits. Assist in the Company’s expansion of solar, wind and energy storage resources from an environmental compliance perspective. 


Position-Related Responsibilities

  • Extensive knowledge of the following federal water and waste statutes: Clean Water Act (CWA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) and underlying federal regulations and related State of Arizona programs; 
  • Oversees the development and maintenance of water quality and waste management programs across all business units and consistent with regulatory requirements, Company objectives and the Company’s Environmental Compliance Program and related Corporate Environmental Policies and Procedures;
  • Leads internal and third-party multimedia environmental compliance audits across all Company assets and environmental programs;
  • Leads waste vendor audits;
  • Works closely with appropriate department leadership to develop corporate environmental policy strategy for waste and water related matters; 
  • Coordinates policy advocacy efforts related to water and waste matters impacting the Company by identifying and tracking relevant policy and regulatory efforts, assessing the financial and operational impact to the Company, participating in related industry trade group discussions and advocacy efforts, drafting written comments and providing verbal comments on proposed regulatory efforts and supporting the transition to final rule implementation;
  • Collaborates and builds strong relationships with the Company business areas (includes providing technical support and traveling to Company assets);
  • Advises leadership of potential non-compliance issues and violations and works to resolve, learn from and prevent future issues in a timely manner;
  • Develops and conducts internal Company environmental training to enhance the understanding of environmental requirements and compliance obligations;
  • Evaluates and makes recommendations on environmental-related projects that would reduce the cost of compliance and/or increase profitability of Company’s business units or other Company subsidiaries.
  • Assesses the financial and operational impact of proposed legislation on Company facilities by working with Company business areas and other relevant departments;
  • Provide project management, scheduling, and budgeting skills for complex environmental projects. These projects may involve one or more partners and may be politically or financially complex;
  • Interact with governmental agencies regarding permitting, compliance and rulemaking activities; 
  • Conduct and/or supervise any Phase I or Phase II environmental assessments as may be needed;
  • Conduct and/or supervise any environmentally related due diligence work relating to the acquisition or disposal of assets;
  • Review and assist in the selection of a renewable energy portfolio and provide expert advice on environmental implications related to the expansion of solar, wind and energy storage resources;
  • Implements and updates the Company Environmental Compliance Program and related Corporate Environmental Policies and Procedures;
  • This position may require supervisory role of direct reports;
  • This position may provide services to affiliates of the Company subject to the UNS Energy Code of Conduct and the related Policies and Procedures.


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (Equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.)


Minimum Qualifications

  • Degree in an engineering discipline or related environmental science field.
  • At least 10 years of relevant experience in environmental compliance related to the energy sector or equivalent combination of education and experience.   
  • Must have a thorough understanding of environmental rules and regulations applicable to vertically integrated electric utility business.
  • Experience with renewable energy projects (solar, wind and battery) and an understanding of the applicable environmental and land-related rules and regulations. 
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Demonstrated analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated skill in use of software applications.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills such as collaborative, problem identification and conflict resolution skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Supervisory experience preferred.
  • Professional Engineer license or ability to obtain one in the state of Arizona within three years.
  • Experience designing and managing environmental-related audits preferred.
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