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Date: Nov 12, 2020

Location: Marlborough, MA, US, 01752

Company: Boston Scientific

Additional Locations:  This position can be remote anywhere in the US, with the willingness to travel to the BSC sites (domestion and internationally) when needed. 


Purpose and Passion • Comprehensive Benefits • Life-Work Integration • Community • Career Growth

At Boston Scientific, you will find a collaborative culture driven by a passion for innovation that keeps us connected on the most essential level. With determination, imagination and a deep caring for human life, we’re solving some of the most important healthcare industry challenges. Together, we’re one global team committed to making a difference in people’s lives around the world. This is a place where you can find a career with meaningful purpose—improving lives through your life’s work.


About the role:


This Counsel III, director-level attorney (EHS Counsel III) will serve as the Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) counsel for Boston Scientific Corporation (BSC). The position entails providing regulatory compliance assistance; coordinating regulatory filings; communicating with the EPA, OSHA and other U.S. federal regulatory departments and agencies with responsibility for administering the federal environmental laws, state and local regulatory agencies, and other external regulators; collaborating with BSC’s in-house attorneys and outside counsel to represent BSC in environmental or safety compliance enforcement actions or litigation; assisting in the identification, investigation, and reporting of environmental and safety incidents; reviewing and commenting on BSC’s EHS policies, programs and communication; developing and implementing risk management and auditing strategies; and ensuring legal compliance with EHS-related laws and regulations.


BSC’s EHS Counsel III will work closely with the senior leadership of BSC’s legal department and its business, operations, and quality teams to develop and implement global legal strategies to comply with EHS laws and regulations.  BSC’s EHS Counsel III will provide legal counsel regarding EHS legal issues related to the operation of a medical device company with offices and manufacturing facilities across the United States and overseas. This position will require travel as necessary to represent and protect BSC’s interests.




BSC’s EHS attorney will be specifically responsible for directing the EHS legal function, including the following:


  • Ensuring compliance with EHS laws and regulations based on subject matter expertise in the relevant laws and regulations (e.g., Clean Air Act (including its Risk Management Program), Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation Recovery Act, Comprehensive Environmental Recovery, Compensation, and Liability Act, Oil Pollution Act, Toxic Substances Control Act, Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, Rodenticide Act, OSHA Process Safety Management program, OSHA standards under 29 U.S.C § 1910, DOT/PHMSA pipeline and vehicle regulations, and other EHS laws and regulations)
  • Assisting and advising BSC leadership regarding EHS legal initiatives, requirements, and compliance obligations
  • Auditing BSC’s environmental compliance protocols and updating or revising to the extent needed
  • Documenting EHS compliance processes and instituting best practices
  • Leading the creation of standard operating procedures, tools and guidelines on specific EHS legal and regulatory requirements
  • Serving as a member of due diligence teams on acquisitions and post-closing  integrations to assess the state of, and ensure compliance with, EHS laws
  • Advising regarding environmental due diligence and negotiating environmental contract terms in major commercial or real estate transactions
  • Reviewing and assessing environmental and safety issues associated with major capital projects in collaboration with EHS, operations, and quality teams
  • Coordinating regulatory filings, leading or teaming in communications with U.S. EPA and OSHA, state and local regulatory agencies, and other external regulators, including managing outside counsel resources associated with such activities
  • Assisting in the investigation and reporting of environmental and safety incidents
  • Reviewing and commenting on EHS policies, programs, and communications
  • Overseeing the development and delivery of EHS training content for business clients
  • Identifying EHS best practices through internal and external benchmarking and working with the EHS function, operations, and quality to replicate those best practices across BSC’s manufacturing and operations footprint
  • Increasing awareness across the company of the unique requirements of EHS compliance and the availability of the EHS legal team to serve as a subject matter resource
  • Maintaining effective and proactive communications across the Company on EHS legal and policy issues
  • Developing and maintaining effective relationships with other legal professionals, including the Ethics and Compliance and Litigation organizations, to meet EHS legal support needs, align processes, and support broader initiatives
  • Collaborating with BSC’s in-house litigation team and outside counsel in connection with environmental or safety compliance enforcement actions or litigation
  • Collaborating with BSC communications professionals as BSC engages with agencies and policymakers in connection with issues of EHS law and policy


What we’re looking for:

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher with high academic achievement from a highly regarded college or university, and a JD with high academic achievement from an ABA-accredited and highly regarded law school. 
  • A minimum of ten (10) years of legal experience and subject matter expertise in environmental, health, and safety laws in the U.S. and abroad.  Admitted to practice law in a state within the U.S.
  • Strong law firm training and/or in-house experience strongly preferred. Experience working for government agencies will be an advantage.
  • Strong leadership skills, both in the position as supervisor of a work group, and as an influential leader among peers and other legal and business colleagues
  • All applicants must have unquestioned integrity and ethics in business and personal conduct


The ideal candidate will have the following professional skills and experience:

  • Excellent broad-based leadership skills and a demonstrated ability to motivate colleagues and build teams and relationships, marked by energetic, enthusiastic, self-motivated and results-oriented conduct
  • Strong interpersonal skills: mature and flexible demonstrated by and ability to work and communicate effectively with senior business and legal management
  • A strong sense of personal and organizational accountability and loyalty, and a commitment to operating with independence and fairness in a multicultural environment
  • Deep subject matter expertise in U.S. environmental regulations, permitting and compliance enforcement matters, experience in environmental due diligence and remediation projects, as well as real estate transactions and commercial leasing matters
  • Experience handling personnel safety and process safety regulatory issues and OSHA inspections and enforcement
  • Experience working with or as part of federal and state environmental regulatory authorities
  • Understanding of and firsthand experience with business environments, products and services in an international manufacturing company
  • Highly developed sense of judgment, risk management skills, and ability to balance business needs, regulatory obligations and reputational risks in an objective, practical way; demonstrated ability to both grasp the "big picture” and attend to details
  • Proactivity and creativity in identifying issues, solutions, and opportunities for efficiency and synergies among programs, regions and markets
  • Ability to anticipate and react quickly to the evolving global regulatory environment
  • Demonstrated legal leadership and management abilities, including management of a team of attorneys and other legal professionals, and supervision of outside counsel
  • Demonstrated ability to lead successfully in geographically dispersed environments
  • Highly effective written and verbal communications skills; ability to communicate and relate at all levels of the organization; ability to define and enforce standards where necessary in a persuasive and winning manner
  • Strong “executive presence” with the stature to deliver advice in a manner that is respected and valued by clients and colleagues, demonstrated by a proven track record of gaining the confidence and respect of senior business management
  • Strong reputation for integrity and ability to balance business partnership with the need to exercise independent judgment and to raise potentially sensitive or contentious issues in a timely and constructive manner
  • Able to develop and drive policy and program development and implementation; must be able to manage the development of broad-based training programs throughout the organization
  • Ability to represent the Company effectively with government representatives and officials at all levels and in all situations
  • A high level of comfort with the fast pace of in-house legal practice and the ability to function effectively and efficiently in a dynamic environment


About us

As a global medical technology leader for more than 35 years, our mission at Boston Scientific (NYSE: BSX) is to transform lives through innovative medical solutions that improve the health of patients. If you’re looking to truly make a difference to people both around the world and around the corner, there’s no better place to make it happen.


Requisition ID: 471255


Nearest Major Market: Boston

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