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Refrigeration & PFAS Programs Manager, ESP – Lakeland

Location: Lakeland, FL
Job ID: 27449BR
Department: Environmental and Sustainability Program
Working Hours: Minimum of 45 hours per week
Pay Frequency: Monthly
Date Posted: Jan 22, 2024

$67 - 101k


Publix Super Markets is consistently ranked as one of the premier food retailers in the U.S. We are privately-owned, hold no long-term debt, and continue to grow year after year. Publix and our associates excel in community involvement, volunteerism, and environmental sustainability. Our collective commitment to diversity has contributed to our success in being a great place to work and shop. It’s satisfying to work for — and be an owner of — a Fortune 100 company that is widely recognized as a leader in the supermarket industry.

The Environmental & Sustainability Programs department engages in environmentally responsible business practices to reduce Publix’s impact on the environment while conserving natural resources and ensuring economic stewardship for our stockholders. Within the department, the Refrigeration and PFAS Programs Manager oversees the regulatory programs and projects focused on required chemical reporting, recordkeeping, testing, and other restrictions related to certain chemical substances and mixtures.

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Managing Retail Refrigeration and Comfort Cooling regulatory programs and acting as SME for all EPA refrigerant regulations involving ozone depleting substances and refrigerants with high global warming potential
  • Managing the anhydrous ammonia and gaseous chlorine process safety and risk management programs and acting as SME for Clean Air Act Section 112(r) regulations regarding chemical accident prevention programs
  • Developing, managing, and improving the new per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) compliance programs
  • Evaluating the need for compliance program related projects in response to federal, state, and local regulatory changes or significant operational changes affecting applicable environmental programs

In Publix’s corporate offices, we value in-person interactions, similar to those our store associates have with customers. Many of Publix’s corporate offices offer work from home up to two days a week. Each business area implements their policy differently and should be discussed during interviews.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in an Environmental or Occupational Health & Safety field such as Environmental Science, Health & Safety, or equivalent experience
  • At least two years of experience managing projects and programs related to environmental compliance, industrial hygiene, or equivalent
  • In depth knowledge of federal, state, and local laws and regulations regarding applicable regulatory programs
  • Ability to understand new and complex issues, help develop initiatives and goals, and effectively execute strategy
  • Verbal and written communication skills
  • Decision making and problem-solving skills
  • Project management skills
  • High degree of self-motivation, commitment, and integrity
  • A general knowledge of government agencies and how permitting programs work
  • Ability to demonstrate critical and strategic thinking skills, including analytical skills
  • Ability to be accurate and detail oriented
  • Ability to act in a professional manner, work independently and be a self-starter
  • Ability to be exposed to and handle highly confidential information
  • Intermediate skills with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Access, and SharePoint
  • Ability to drive an automobile and willingness to have driver’s record checked
  • Ability to travel via commercial airline or the company airplane
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule and be available 24/7 as business needs require

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in in either Business Administration or Environmental Science
  • Four or more years of experience managing projects and programs related to environmental compliance and industrial hygiene
  • Registered Environmental Manager (REM), Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM), or Professional Engineer or Geologist (PE or PG)
  • Knowledge of all Publix operations and applicable activities across retail, manufacturing, warehousing, and support
  • Knowledge of Publix’s overall strategic direction
  • Knowledge of Publix’s business processes related to environmental work
  • Advanced skills with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Access, and SharePoint
  • Advanced skills with Federal, State, local, and internal regulatory database systems


  • Employee stock ownership plan that contributes Publix stock to associates each year at no cost
  • An opportunity to purchase additional shares of our privately-held stock
  • 401(k) retirement savings plan
  • Group health, dental and vision plans
  • Paid Time Off
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Short- and long-term disability insurance
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Free hot lunches (buffet-style) at facilities with a cafeteria
  • Visit our website to see all of our benefits: Benefits – Jobs (

Year End Bonus

As a year-end bonus to associates, Publix issues one month’s extra pay (pro-rated in the first year) each year if associate remains employed through issue date of the bonus check that year. This is calculated as a 13th month of pay in the Potential Annual Pay with Bonus line above.

Additional Information

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Please do not use your Publix email address when applying. Once your application has been successfully submitted you will receive a confirmation email.

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