US Sustainability Specialist



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Gaithersburg, MD, USA
Posted on Saturday, February 10, 2024

Open for hire at one of the following locations – Gaithersburg. - Job ID: 6104 - Hiring Manager: Brian Whipple

Become a member of the BioNTech Family!

As a part of our team of more than 5.000 pioneers, you will play a key role in developing solutions for some of the most crucial scientific challenges of our age. Within less than a year, we were able to develop our COVID-19 mRNA vaccine following the highest scientific and ethical standards – writing medical history.

We aim to reduce the suffering of people with life-changing therapies by harnessing the potential of the immune system to develop novel therapies against cancer and infectious diseases. While doing so, we are guided by our three company values: united, innovative, passionate. Get in touch with us if you are looking to be a part of creating hope for a healthy future in many people's lives.

US Sustainability Specialist

Primary Responsibilities

  • This role will directly support the Assoc. Director of Environment, Health, and Safety in the management of the EHS program for BioNTech’s facilities in the US, including Cambridge, MA and Gaithersburg, MD.
  • Program Management. Responsible for management of the sites’ Environmental Management System (ISO14001). Develop and update site sustainability and decarbonization plans outlining vision, direction and key initiatives, supported by an annual Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability operating plan and budget. Provide guidance and support to internal teams, fostering a culture of sustainability throughout the organization. Oversee process to collect and report out data related to key sustainability initiatives and program KPIs.
  • Project Management: Lead and coordinate sustainability projects and initiatives across US sites. Collaborate with internal teams to ensure alignment with sustainability objectives and drive implementation of sustainable practices. Work with cross-functional group leaders and committees, and external sustainability consultant(s) to analyze sustainability performance, develop and achieve key objectives. Management and execution of Green Labs programs, including training, reporting, sustainability initiative design and development, stakeholder management, and serving as a Green Lab ambassador.
  • Compliance and Reporting. Lead process for responding to inquiries and requests related to sustainability data, ensuring accuracy, transparency, and timely responses to stakeholders, and regulatory bodies. Stay informed about relevant sustainability regulations, ESG frameworks, certifications, and best practices. Support in the preparation and submission of sustainability reports as required by regulatory bodies and industry standards.
  • Emergency Management. Support development and review of emergency and crisis management program operational plans, related policies and procedures. Provide leadership, training, coaching, mentoring, and hands-on support relating to emergency preparedness and crisis management. Coordinate the site-level emergency response teams, including updates to curriculum, training, materials, and external trainer support.


  • Bachelor of Science degree in engineering, architecture, sustainability or related field with 2-5 years’ related experience (preferably in a lab and/or manufacturing environment)
  • Knowledge of relevant environmental regulations, certifications, and energy and sustainability related regulations, Net Zero, WELL building standards, LEED, and project management.
  • Analytical thinker with strong problem-solving skills with ability to work independently.
  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills and strong technical presentation ability. Effective communication and stakeholder management skills
  • Experience with EHS management systems, including ISO certification programs (14001, 50001)
  • Experience in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical or other health care industries desired.


Benefits for you

BioNTech US is committed to employee wellbeing and offers best-in-class benefits & HR programs to support an inclusive & diverse workforce. Salaried/Position-Targeted Hourly Employees working 30+ hours per week are eligible for our comprehensive benefits package. Benefits include but are not limited to:

  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Life, AD&D, Critical Illness Insurance
  • Pre-tax HSA & FSA, DCRA Spending Accounts
  • Employee Assistance & Concierge Program (EAP) available 24/7
  • Parental and Childbirth Leave & Family Planning Assistance
  • Sitterstream: Virtual Tutoring & Childcare Membership
  • Paid Time Off: Vacation, Sick, Bereavement, Holidays (including Floating) & Year-End U.S. Shutdown.
  • 401(K) Plan with Company Match – could be convinced to use the word “competitive.”
  • Tuition Reimbursement & Student Loan Assistance Programs
  • Wellbeing Incentive Platforms & Incentives
  • Professional Development Programs
  • Commuting Allowance and subsidized parking
  • Discounted Home, Auto & Pet Insurance (consolidate)

…and more! More details to be shared.

Have we kindled your pioneering spirit?

This vacancy is to be hired at one of the following locations – Gaithersburg. Apply now for your preferred job and location through our careers site.

*BioNTech does not tolerate discrimination, favoritism, or harassment based on gender, political opinion, religion or belief, nationality, ethnic or social origin, age, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, physical appearance, health status or any other aspect of personal status. We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Most important – it’s a match!

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