Senior Program Manager, Compliance Assurance & Risk Management - AWS, AWS Environmental Services, Inc.
 Herndon, VA


Job summary

For more than 14 years, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud computing platform. What is cloud computing? Cloud computing is the on-demand delivery of IT resources over the Internet. Instead of buying, owning, and maintaining physical data centers and servers, companies can access technology services—such as computing power, storage, and databases—on an as-needed basis from AWS. AWS offers over 175 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, networking, analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, mobile, security, hybrid, virtual and augmented reality, media, and application development, deployment, and management from 77 Availability Zones across 24 geographic regions. AWS services are trusted by millions of active customers around the world—including the fastest-growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies—to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. AWS is committed to running our business in the most environmentally friendly way possible, and our scale allows us to achieve higher resource utilization and energy efficiency than the typical on-premises data center. In 2019 Amazon announced The Climate Pledge, which includes our commitment to power our operations with 100% renewable energy by 2025, on the path to achieving net zero carbon across our businesses by 2040. To learn more about AWS, visit and

The AWS Environmental (Enviro) team is an expanding and dynamic team that is critical to enabling AWS’s growth around the world, as well as ensuring compliance of AWS’s global operations, including physical data centers, as well as other AWS facilities, customer-facing enterprises and products. The Environmental team has responsibility for architecting and implementing AWS’s global environmental programs. This includes defining and implementing risk management and compliance systems and driving their continuous improvement; setting and refining global policies and procedures; overseeing the development of standards, tools, auditing and metrics, and employee training; ensuring effective engagement by environmental teams on global initiatives, including those that are part of Amazon’s ambitious sustainability goals; providing specialist expertise; and engaging with all AWS business units to provide scalable and effective environmental compliance strategies that support current and future business objectives while ensuring compliance with environmental regulations.

The Global Compliance Assurance and Risk Management Program Manager will be responsible for developing and overseeing the AWS Enviro team’s risk compliance assurance and Risk Management program. This PM will work with Global Enviro Program Managers, Regional Enviro Managers, Regional Enviro Engineers and other internal partners (e.g., Legal, Operations, Real-Estate, Risk and Resiliency) across AWS to develop strategies, policies, and programs for assuring sustainable compliance and managing risk to support business operations creating a collaborative, problem-solving culture that delivers business results.

Key job responsibilities

  • Design, develop and implement an AWS-wide global program for compliance assurance and risk management. The program should include site-inspections, permit reviews, self-assessments, incident reporting and investigations, KPI/metrics management, and risk-based audits in alignment with the AWS Environmental Policy, and Global Environmental Management System (EMS) and in keeping with AWS’s growing footprint and business strategies.
  • Develop environmental metrics and KPIs to measure, monitor and forecast performance across regions and the globe. Use data analytics by partnering across different functions to examine trends, and identify strategic opportunities.
  • Develop and implement a risk-based environmental compliance and risk management plan including heat maps to ensure the AWS Global EMS consider and address both short- and long-term operational risks and have early detection measures and controls in place to prevent business interruptions.
  • Leverage benchmarking, government relations, and industry trend studies, ensure emerging risks and regulations are identified and escalated appropriately.
  • Build collaborative relationships with various stakeholders to ensure risks are identified early and managed appropriately.
  • Serve as a senior member of the Enviro leadership team, assisting the Director in with the operational rhythm of the function, developing strategies, implementing programs, driving change and continuously improving.
  • Additional responsibilities could include providing subject matter expertise for the Enviro team on environmental aspects of transactions and due diligence

Basic Qualifications

  • BA/BS degree
  • 10+ years of work experience as an environmental lawyer OR technical program manager working in environmental or other related fields
  • Experience implementing regulatory requirements in business environments
  • Experience with environmental permitting programs, including Title V in the US and IED in the EU
  • Experience leading change in multiple site environments and influencing stakeholders

Preffered Qualifications

  • Postgraduate degree in a relevant field
  • Advanced understanding of regulatory requirements and their impact/value on the business
  • Amazon project deployment, implementation, and verification experience
  • Active US Federal Government TS/SCI security clearance
  • Background in environmental due diligence (e.g., Environmental Site Assessments, Phase I and Phase II
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including high level of comfort interfacing with Directors and VPs, and ability to coach at multiple levels
  • Demonstrated analytical skills and problem-solving ability
  • Ability to travel 20-30% locally and internationally

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