Director of Regulations

| Austin
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Smarter Sorting is the leader in Product Intelligence.
We create data on what products are – their physical and chemical attributes – such that they can be better classified and better connected to the world of rules that surrounds them. Compliance, sustainability, logistics, marketing claims, product design, everything. If you know more about a product, you can do better with it. That’s our guiding light.
To do this, we need a Director of Regulations to keep our finger on the pulse of regulatory changes and interpretation, and turn those regulations into processes to classify products through Smarter Sorting’s Automated Classification Engine. 
This person must have significant regulatory experience. This means having worked at a regulatory agency or at a company where the person’s day-to-day activities required a deep understanding of regulations. This person must be fluent in both RCRA and DOT and demonstrate the ability to learn other regulatory frameworks quickly.
This person must also be a computational thinker or a systems thinker or both. The job is to not only understand regulations but also to architect systems – in concert with our Data and Product teams – in order to automate scalable classifications and make classifications valuable for our customers.
You are the Expert that helps set up Automated Regulatory Expertise. 
Reports to: VP of Data Product
Your team: Regulatory Specialists

Monitor Regulatory Landscape:

  • Regulations change, new ones are added. You own the repeatable monitoring system to ensure that Smarter Sorting is abreast of any and all regulatory changes by all regulatory bodies (local, state, federal) for all regulations that affect consumer goods (waste, transportation, storage, VOC, electronics, etc.)
  • Participate in the industry to keep your finger on the pulse.
  • Attend conferences and webinars – e.g., EPA, HCPA, RILA – to understand how the industry is engaging key regulatory issues.
  • Keep and grow a network of regulatory stakeholders

Own the Regulatory Library:

  • Ensure that regulatory lists are up to date and properly integrated into Smarter Sorting’s database (e.g., State Right to Know Lists, Prop 65, state-banned chemicals, Retailer Chemicals of Concern)

Turn New Regulations into Specifications for Data Team:

  • When there’s a new regulation, it’s your job to turn into specifications for our Data Team to make the regulations computational. This calls for highlighting which attributes and data lookups go into each regulatory code and crafting logic statements to guide data development.
  • The resulting documentation – Smarter Rules Sheets – is paramount to our classification methodology. You own them being accurate, well-researched, sourced and up-to-date.

Translate Regulations into Real-world Implications:

  • Describe how regulations affect different stakeholders. What are the real-world processes triggered by a given classification? How does it affect marks, labeling, shipping documentation, storage requirements, customer warehouse operations, ecommerce decisions, annual reporting, Green Chemistry initiatives? How does it affect our shareholders’ bottom line, day-to-day operations and key metrics?
  • Your documentation of the real-world stories that arise out of the legalese of regulations is integral to informing our product development and communicating with our customers. You must be an educator for our team.

Create Training Sets of Validated Classifications:

  • Classify products through our Expert Review tool. In turn, you 1) create training sets to improve our automated classification and 2) solve complex products that have been flagged for review
  • Manage the work of our other regulatory specialists who use the Expert Review tooling

Work Directly with Customers to Understand their Regulatory Needs/challenges:

  • You are a customer-facing expert.
  • You must understand our customers’ current approach to regulations.
  • You help them identify new opportunities.

Your First 3 Months:

  • Learn Smarter Sorting’s classification technology forward and back
  • If there are regulations with which you’re unfamiliar – FIFRA, VOC, NFPA, etc. – you must learn them
  • Meet our customers and listen to them
  • Regular use of Expert Review tool to create training sets
  • Own the Regulatory Monitoring solution. By Month 3 it should be a fully documented methodology that accounts for all major regulatory bodies and their classifications/lists.
  • Own the Regulatory Library. Fully documented, up to date, systematized.

Your First 6 Months:

  • Enhance customer- and industry-facing role.
  • Help Product Team launch products or services in a new market (e.g., regulated transportation, Green Chemistry, electronics)
  • Launch a webinar series to showcase our technology and regulatory prowess and tackle the industry’s big questions
  • Do your day job per “Responsibilities” and “Months 1-3”

Yours Skills + Experience:

  • 5+ experience working in Retail, for a Formulator, for a Shipping Company, an independent Regulatory Classification Expert or as a Regulator
  • Demonstrated expertise in understanding and applying CFR 40 and 49
  • Fluent in the language of RCRA
  • Fully proficient in Excel
  • Bonus for further database/programming skills (SQL would be great)
  • Chemistry or Chemical Engineering background (or similar)
  • DGSA, CDGP, CHMM certifications appreciated

Your Benefits & Perks
Competitive Compensation Packages
401k program
Medical, dental & vision insurance 
Short-term disability insurance
Generous Parental Leave
Unlimited Paid Time Off
Continuing Education Sponsorship
Bi-Annual All-Hands, Volunteering & Special Events (with baby goats in attendance)
Unlimited snacks & drinks
About Us
At Smarter Sorting, we are transforming the world through Product Intelligence. Our mission is to create a smarter, more connected world by revealing the underlying chemical and physical truths, and possibilities, of consumer products.
We provide retailers and suppliers the critical data points they need to best manufacture, move, market, sell, and handle products throughout the supply chain. From sustainability to eCommerce to regulatory compliance and everything in between, Product Intelligence is delivered when and where it is needed. At our core, we believe that when you know more, you can do better - for business, for consumers, and for the planet.
We are a team of data geeks, circular economy nerds, and math and chemistry wizards. We live and breathe the mission and values of Smarter Sorting every day, and are excited to be a part of something that just might change the world.

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