Covington, GA

Base 1 Facility
With capacity to recycle 30,000 metric tons of EV batteries each year, our facility in Covington, GA is one of North America’s largest Lithium-ion battery recycling facilities. The facility includes battery dismantling, discharge, shredding and lithium extraction.

$50M INVESTMENT

30,000 METRIC TONS / YEAR INPUT CAPACITY

3,000 METRIC TONS / YEAR LITHIUM CARBONATE OUTPUT

180 HIGH-QUALITY JOBS

SR EHS Coordinator

Ascend Elements is a fast-growing organization that is revolutionizing the production of lithium-ion battery materials for electric vehicles. Recognized as a climate technology leader, the company elevates the value of recycled elements and engineers’ sustainable battery materials to support the global clean-energy transition. The company’s patented Hydro-to-Cathode™ direct precursor synthesis technology produces new, sustainable cathode materials from spent lithium-ion batteries more efficiently than traditional methods, resulting in improved performance and lower carbon emissions. Ascend Elements is taking sustainability in the lithium-ion battery industry to a higher level.


Job Overview:


The Senior Environmental, Heath, and Safety (EHS) Coordinator will be responsible for providing full time EHS support to the operations teams in compliance with applicable policy and regulatory requirements at our Covington, Georgia facility. The individual in this position will support the current EHS team in the development and coordination of training programs to establish and promote a safe, accident free, and healthy workplace, and compliance with Georgia environmental regulations.


Duties / Responsibilities:



  • Support air, water, wastewater, and hazardous waste permitting and compliance.

  • Maintain and monitor environmental, health, and safety systems.

  • Support compliance with all federal, state, and local EH&S regulations.

  • Provide support regarding routine environmental compliance sampling requirements (e.g., stormwater, air, wastewater)

  • Promote a culture of continuous improvement and safe workplace habits.

  • Assist with coordination of Safety Committee Meetings, lead meetings when needed.

  • Develop and update safety standards, instructions, codes, and formalize them into company documented practices, as required.

  • Maintain facility specific EHS procedures for safe work practices and equipment operation.

  • Implement inspection policies and procedures, and a schedule of routine inspections.

  • Verify proper safety protocols are in place and being followed.

  • Create and facilitate safety and hazard training courses.

  • Monitor the workforce for unsafe behaviors and coach employees on the correct behaviors.

  • Perform Root Cause Analysis on incidents and near misses.

  • Prepare inspection reports to document inspection findings.

  • Facilitate emergency response drills and provide leadership during an emergency

  • Be committed to and must support the EHS management process to obtain the ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 certification as well as participate in system standards and practices in its compliance and commitment to policies, objectives, operational controls, documentation, system guidelines, and others that the organization subscribes to as mandatory.

  • Will participate in all EHS aspects, including reporting hazards, incidents, and injury/illness without fear of reprisal.

  • Attend an Environment, Health, and Safety Orientation program appropriate to their work environment.

  • Follow 6S step-by-step methodology to maintain orderly workspaces and resources thereby enhancing productivity and safety.


Required Skills / Abilities:



  • Bachelor’s degree and 10+ years of EHS experience in a relevant science and engineering field

  • Experience with manufacturing/chemical processing knowledge preferred.

  • OSHA 511 / OSHA 10 or 30 preferred

  • 40-hour HAZWOPER training preferred

  • Experience implementing EHS systems

  • Experience with process safety, chemical safety, audits and inspections, and risk management

  • Ability to function in a fast-paced environment in a growing company

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail

  • Knowledge of EHS, OSHA, RCRA, GA EPD, and shipping laws and regulations

  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software

  • Ability to speak and write English

  • Capable of wearing task specific personal protective equipment which may include dust mask, air purifying respirator (i.e., half and/or full faced), safety shoes, gloves, safety glasses, and ear protection.

  • Capable of meeting OSHA standards for manual lifting guidelines: < 50lbs

  • While performing the duties of this job it is required to stand, walk, and use hands to operate objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands or arms; climb, balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch when necessary for job activity.

  • Ability to stand and/or walk for extended periods.

  • Ability to work in a variety of weather conditions and temperatures.



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Ascend Elements is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Production Operator III

Ascend Elements is a fast-growing organization that is revolutionizing the production of lithium-ion battery materials for electric vehicles. Recognized as a climate technology leader, the company elevates the value of recycled elements and engineers sustainable battery materials to support the global clean-energy transition. The company’s patented Hydro-to-Cathode™ direct precursor synthesis technology produces new, sustainable cathode materials from spent lithium-ion batteries more efficiently than traditional methods, resulting in improved performance and lower carbon emissions. Ascend Elements is taking sustainability in the lithium-ion battery industry to a higher level.


Production Operator Ill is responsible for operating the lithium-ion battery material manufacturing equipment. Additional responsibilities include conducting quality checks, engaging in basic troubleshooting and equipment maintenance throughout the production process, and collecting qualifying products and packages for shipment.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:


Operate process water plant from PLC control units to determine if all pumps and motors are working. Monitor instrument values and perform calibration or basic preventive maintenance as needed. Verify treatment process performance by reading flow meters, pressure gauge, and quality analyzer. Keep neat and accurate records of operating checklists, test results, and chemical usage.



  • Operate and maintain a Reverse Osmosis (RO) system, chemical reactors/tanks, pumps, and press filters.

  • Calculate and mix chemicals per production specification or required standard procedure.

  • Complete process equipment inspection and troubleshooting operational malfunctions.

  • Maintain process record such as flow, pressure, temperature, and quality data.

  • Coordinate repair and small improvement projects as required.

  • Assist in process recycling waters samples collection and testing when required.

  • Participate in safety, operation procedure, and QA audits and document review.

  • Recommending corrective actions and ensuring measures have been implemented.

  • Assist other departments concerning production and quality matters.

  • Must be able to respond to emergency call outs to support the operation of water systems.

  • Ensure that all work is performed in compliance with Company Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), policies, and environmental regulation.

  • Communicate with Shift Leader regarding safety, production, quality, or any other operational issues. Actively participates in pre-shift meetings to assist in the development of individual work plans.

  • Perform manufacturing tasks related to the recycling and production of batteries materials.

  • Monitor processes and perform continuous visual quality checks to ensure standards are met.

  • Maintain a safe, clean, and organized workplace.

  • Perform cleaning and routine preventative maintenance on heavy machinery.

  • Wear the prescribed personal protective equipment (PPE).

  • Operate material handling equipment, such as forklift, drum dollies, hoists and experience using basic hand and power tools.

  • Complete and accurately record data such as process, equipment, downtime occurrences, raw material lot numbers, process and reaction conditions, and process yields in accordance with good documentation practices.

  • Ensure equipment and work area is cleaned after use and the equipment is maintained per the preventive maintenance schedule.

  • Assist with maintaining adequate supplies to ensure team has necessary supplies available to complete projects.

  • Weigh, measure, and check raw materials/product to ensure batches manufactured contain proper ingredients, quantities and that accurate inventory is maintained.

  • Follows and abides by all EH&S policies, practices, and procedures in association with department specific responsibilities.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Essential Skills and Experience:



  • Ability to function in a fast-paced environment with many interruptions.

  • Ability to communicate, understand and follow verbal and written operation procedures to execute tasks.

  • Ability to understand any chemical hazards associated with the materials used in the plant.

  • Understand possible interactions between the different chemicals; products created through acid/base reactions.

  • Capable of understanding chemical and machinery processes, along with mechanical and electrical equipment.

  • Must be detail orientated with strong verbal ahd written communication skills.

  • Ability to perform basic to intermediate math, including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, percentage calculations and ratio calculations.

  • Aptitude for basic calculation skills such as liquid concentration conversion


Physical Requirements:




  • The employee is committed to and must support the EHS management process to obtain the ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 certification as well as participate in system standards and practices in its compliance and commitment to policies, objectives, operational controls, documentation, system guidelines, and others that the organization subscribes to as mandatory.

  • Will participate in all EHS aspects, including reporting hazards, incidents, and injury/illness without fear of reprisal.

  • Must attend an Environment, Health, and Safety Orientation program appropriate to their work environment.

  • The employee must follow 6S step-by-step methodology to maintain orderly workspaces and resources thereby enhancing productivity and safety.

  • Capable of wearing task specific personal protective equipment which may include dust mask, air purifying respirator (i.e., half and/or full faced), safety shoes, gloves, safety glasses, and ear protection.

  • Capable of meeting OSHA standards for manual lifting guidelines: < 50lbs

  • While performing the duties of this job it is required to stand, walk, and use hands to operate objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands or arms; climb, balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch when necessary for job activity.

  • Ability to stand and/or walk for extended periods.

  • Must be able to work in a variety of weather conditions and temperatures.


Education and other requirements:



  • Minimum of High School graduate or equivalent.

  • Minimum of 3 years of manufacturing and/or production experience or management evaluation

  • Associate degree or above preferred, and/or equivalent experience in related field.

  • Must be able to complete State of Georgia Industrial Wastewater Operator?certification.

  • Experience in industrial water recycling system, pumping, and measurement equipment.

  • Industrial Wastewater Operation experience preferred.

  • Experience in Lithium-ion Battery manufacturing environment and techniques is a plus.

  • Experienced in Electrical or PLC programing and troubleshooting will be considered.

  • Must be proficient in MS Office products. (Power point, Excel, Word)

  • Must be able to wear a respirator and other appropriate PPE equipment.

  • Must be able to benefit from maintenance/operational training classes.


We offer a competitive salary and full benefits package


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Ascend Elements is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Plant Manager

Ascend Elements is revolutionizing the production of lithium-ion battery materials by establishing a clean and sustainable supply chain using recycled feedstock. Its patented Hydro-to-Cathode™ technology directly synthesizes new cathode materials from spent lithium-ion cells more efficiently than traditional methods, resulting in reduced cost, improved performance, and lowered GHG emissions. The results are lower cost, better performance batteries with fewer discarded in landfill, a cleaner manufacturing process, and a truly sustainable closed-loop circular battery economy. Ascend Elements is taking the lithium-ion battery industry to a higher level.


We are hiring a Plant Manager who will be responsible for managing all production activities and direction of the facility to achieve production, safety, and staff goals.




Job Responsibilities:



  • Provide leadership across the precursor of cathode active materials (pCAM) chemical plant to ensure continuous improvement in safety, quality, production, services, and costs.

  • Manage specialty chemical manufacturing, and quality teams to efficiently use materials and machinery.

  • Lead this operating unit for effective production management including daily weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual management methods.

  • Coach, direct and hold accountable department managers and supervisors in effectively managing each respective department.

  • Ensure compliance with all applicable local, state, federal laws, company policies and procedures.

  • Oversee, plan and implement production to ensure production and plant-specific construction deadlines are met.

  • Prepare operational schedules and coordinate manufacturing activities to ensure production and quality of products meet specifications.

  • Effectively communicates production targets and priorities to manufacturing and support teams.

  • Develop annual budget plan and capital budget requirements. Function as program manager of all capital projects managers.

  • Develop and implement appropriate cost-saving ideas for production operations. Generate and implement ideas for continual process improvement.

  • Develops, manages to, and reports on functional areas of responsibility via performance metrics, functional KPIs and Continuous Improvements activities within all areas of manufacturing site.

  • Maintain production and inventory records. Manage KPI’s

  • Monitor and maintain all applicable production permits and ensure that the facility complies with all local, state, federal and company policies.

  • Coach and develop peers, and practitioners in Lean practices to lead advancement of the company’s applied Lean principals working with lean consultants and leadership

  • Manage employee selection, training, performance evaluation, documentation, salary, and termination processes. Maintain a positive, initiative-taking labor environment.

  • Ability to effectively manage associate relation situations.




Education:



  • Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree required, engineering or science preferred.

  • Master’s degree or MBA preferred


Experience:



  • Minimum 5 years as a Plant Manager

  • Complete understanding of US EPA and OSHA requirements


Skills and Requirements:



  • Strong leadership and people skills.

  • Excellent communication skills – written, verbal, and presentation skills required.

  • Computer proficiency, including spreadsheets and presentations.

  • Strong knowledge of financial analysis and P&L; ability to apply financial theory and practices.

  • Understands and enforces adherence to OSHA and Company safety guidelines.

  • Knowledge of environmental health and safety compliance requirements.

  • Ability to develop an on-going safety culture.

  • Ability to speak, read and write English

  • Eligible to work in the US required


Physical Requirements:



  • Capable of wearing task specific personal protective equipment which may include dust mask, respirator, safety shoes, gloves, safety glasses, and ear protection.

  • Capable of meeting OSHA standards for manual lifting guidelines: < 50lbs

  • While performing the duties of this job it is required to stand, walk, and use hands to operate objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands or arms; climb, balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch when necessary for job activity.

  • Ability to stand and/or walk for extended periods (minimum of eight hours).

  • Must be able to work in a variety of weather conditions and temperatures.


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Ascend Elements is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.



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