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Director Sustainability, Compliance and Health & Safety at Discover

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Discover. A brighter future.

With us, you’ll do meaningful work from Day 1. Our collaborative culture is built on three core behaviors: We Play to Win, We Get Better Every Day & We Succeed Together. And we mean it — we want you to grow and make a difference at one of the world's leading digital banking and payments companies. We value what makes you unique so that you have an opportunity to shine.

Come build your future, while being the reason millions of people find a brighter financial future with Discover.

Job Description 

What You’ll Do

  • Set strategy and roadmaps, make recommendations, and set goals, lead implementation, and communications across the organization for three specific functions.
  • Environmental initiatives related to Discover’s overall Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) program.
  • Risk and Compliance for Facilities which includes requirements driven by OSHA, SEC, LEED, and Energy Star, internal or external audits and reviews, and vendor management.
  • These initiatives are top company priorities and driving associated initiatives to the level of those of our peers and beyond is a critical goal.
  • Key member of the Facilities Leadership team, this role will collaborate heavily with senior leadership, as well work with cross-functional teams throughout the company.

How You’ll Do It

  • Drive the development of the environmental initiatives in support of Discover's ESG strategy and program. Lead these initiatives including program governance, disclosure strategy, data collection and processes, and KPI development. Work with business units on implementation of key programs, as well as developing pathways to Net Zero operations by a date this role will help establish. 
  • Develop processes to monitor and track ongoing progress against goals and collaborate with key business functions to ensure operational initiatives are executed in-line with the company's goals. Partner with business groups to identify opportunities, prioritize focus, and operationalize the solutions that are most impactful to employees, customers, policyholders, communities, and our business. Participate with other internal stakeholders and external consultants to develop and publish annual reports, ESG disclosures, investor correspondence, and other ESG related internal and external communication and inquiries.
  • Support employee engagement efforts related to environmental initiatives with regular communication through the company’s intranet and educational sessions and create interactive engagement opportunities on ESG for employees.
  • Identify and mitigate operational risks across department functions by developing and maintaining policies, processes, procedures, controls, dashboards, and CBP/DR plans to mitigate risk and develop plans to address exposures. The general risk environment includes vendor management, OSHA, CDC, building or fire code, LEED, WELL, and Energy Star as appropriate. Perform self-audits and assessments periodically and as warranted by risk category.
  • Responsible for the continued development, support, training, and communications of the company’s Pandemic Health Emergency policy, Facilities Business Continuity plan and all Occupational Safety and Health Administration policies and practices which include understanding all relevant regulatory and business requirements and implementing or maintaining and auditing associated compliance with such requirements. Collaborate with senior leaders from cross functional company teams including Legal, Human Resources, Sourcing, Security, Facilities, and all relevant third parties that are providing in-scope services.
  • Create dashboards that organize and present data that succinctly identifies the in-scope risks. KPI’s, and required reporting to demonstrate our compliance, mitigation plan status, and opportunities to be addressed across the following programs: Sustainability, Health and Safety, Vendor Management, and Risk/Compliance. Create and deliver effective presentations to senior management.

Qualifications You’ll Need

The Basics

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Facilities Management, Business, or related field
  • 8+ years of experience in related field in a large organization
  • 8+ years of knowledge of ESG in a business context including reporting, climate change, goal setting, and actions to reduce GHG
  • In lieu of education, 12+ years of experience in ESG including reporting, climate change, goal setting, and actions to reduce GHG

Bonus Points If You Have

  • Master’s Degree in Facilities Management, Finance, Business, or related field
  • 8+ years of strong understanding of and expertise with ESG assessments and ratings (MSCI, ISS, Sustainalytics), knowledge of ESG impact on credit ratings
  • 8+ years of strategic thinking with advanced verbal/written communications and presentation skills including the ability to articulate and communicate complex investment and sustainability concepts into simple terms clearly and succinctly, as well as the ability to education, persuade, and inspire people to action
  • 8+ years of exceptional project management and cross-functional leadership skills, process focused and tested ability to drive collaboration, influence and build trust across functional areas of the organization
  • Project Management, Lean Six Sigma or related


What are you waiting for? Apply today!

The same way we treat our employees is how we treat all applicants – with respect. Discover Financial Services is an equal opportunity employer (EEO is the law). We thrive on diversity & inclusion. You will be treated fairly throughout our recruiting process and without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status in consideration for a career at Discover.

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What are Discover Perks + Benefits

Discover Benefits Overview

Start enjoying great benefits Day 1 — We support you with the same dedication we bring to all of our customers. Our comprehensive benefits package features first-class insurance, financial planning support and excellent perks designed to help you reach your goals and live a rich, healthy life.

Check out more of our amazing employee benefits at

Volunteer in local community
Discover’s business is built on helping people, and we invest in the community (Blessing Backpacks, Boys & Girls Clubs, Big Brothers/Sisters) to demonstrate our commitment to a brighter future.
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Intracompany committees
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
You can open a separate Health Care FSA (HCFSA) and contribute up to $2,650 tax-free from your paycheck to reimburse yourself for eligible out-of-pocket expenses.
Disability Insurance
Employees receive Short-Term Disability Insurance at no cost.
Dental Benefits
Discover offers two dental plan options — Standard and Premier — both are administered by MetLife.
Vision Benefits
Discover offers two vision plan options — Standard and Premier through VSP.
Health Insurance Benefits
Discover offers a variety of medical plans for you and eligible family members, so that you can choose the benefit plan that suits your needs.
Life Insurance
As a Discover employee, you receive Basic Life Insurance of one times your HWEE (up to $500,000) at no cost to you.
Pet Insurance
Purchase medical coverage at a discounted rate for your beloved family pet. The more pets you insure, the greater the discount.
Wellness Programs
Help balance your work and personal life with a wide variety of free and discounted resource and referral services including family and relationship counseling and financial guidance.
Onsite Gym
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
You may elect to contribute 1% to 30% of your eligible base salary, commissions and bonus on a pre-tax basis, up to IRS limits every year.
401(K) Matching
Discover matches up to 6% of the pre-tax contributions you make to the 401(k) Plan.
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
The ESPP provides eligible employees with an opportunity to purchase shares of Discover common stock through payroll deductions at a 5% discount.
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Discover helps eligible employees and their families with the costs of adoption by reimbursing certain expenses.
Company sponsored family events
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Discover has a Paid Time Off of 4 to 5 Weeks of paid time per year.
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
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Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
When you enroll in the Commuter Benefits Program at WageWorks, you’ll save on taxes on mass-transit passes, parking and other eligible expenses.
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Game Room
Recreational Clubs
Relocation Assistance
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Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Discover provides tuition reimbursement and a full-ride bachelor's degree program for select online degree programs.
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks

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