Pathways Compliance & Optimization Specialist / Manager


Houston, US

Country/Region:  US
Job Area:  Supply Chain Management
Business Unit:  RP Supply Chain Management

Our success is based on our people who are the driving force behind Neste’s transformation to become a global leader in renewable and circular solutions. The passion that we have for creating a healthier planet for our children is what makes us unique. We believe everyone is a leader and share a natural desire for collaboration. Our three values “We care, We have courage and We cooperate”' are embedded in our everyday work. Working safely and responsibly at all times is essential to all of us.


Neste’s regional headquarters in North America is in Houston, Texas and the company employs more than 500 people across the US.


In March of 2022, Neste signed definitive agreements for the establishment of a 50/50 joint venture with US-based Marathon Petroleum.  The joint venture (Martinez Renewable Fuels) will produce renewable diesel from Marathon’s refinery in Martinez, California.  Through this joint venture Neste obtains a 50% interest in the Martinez Renewable Fuels.  The production output will be split evenly between the joint venture partners.  The project is expected to increase Neste’s renewable products capacity by slightly over 1 million tons (365 million US gallons) per annum. Production of renewable diesel is expected to come online in the second half of 2022. The facility is planned to reach its full annual nameplate capacity of 2.1 million tons (730 million US gallons) by the end of 2023.


We are looking for a Pathways Compliance and Optimization Manager to join the Neste Team based in Houston, Texas.



This position is responsible for managing and optimizing the requisite Biocriteria Pathways and other Compliance documentation required to track purchases of Feedstocks and production of Renewable Fuels.  

The Pathways Compliance and Optimization Manager will serve as the focal point for Biocriteria Pathways filings and other needs that Neste requires.  

This role is for a person who has fundamental knowledge and experience with the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (reporting and pathways), the Renewable Fuel Standard (RINs and EMTS), and other regulatory requirements related to the production and sale of renewable fuels.  As part of the team, you will play a key role in ensuring the compliance for the company across several key markets and regulatory compliance programs.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Develops strategy for maintaining and optimizing fuel pathways
  • Works with Martinez Renewable Fuels Optimization Director and staff to be apprised of all fuel pathways Compliance matters
  • Focal point for all Neste Compliance related matters including application, renewal and general communication with all relevant state Biocriteria Compliance agencies 
  • Supervises compliance-related Shared Services; works with Neste Compliance and Sustainability
  • Coordinates any audits of Biocriteria Compliance from either a governmental body or one of the Owners
  • Prepares management reports, answers to ad-hoc questions and provides insight into Biocriteria Compliance
  • Support and file regulatory reports to State and Federal government agencies
  • Provide review and oversight of data related to the supply, sales and operations
  • Work with internal and external constituents in order to ensure compliance


Results Expectations:

  • Deep understanding of Biocriteria Pathways by state
  • Builds and maintains relationships with both Parents’ respective Compliance and Sustainability organizations 
  • General knowledge of other regulatory requirements by state in which Parents market Renewable Diesel


Required Skills / Abilities:

  • Knowledge of Sustainability and Compliance 
  • Ability to communicate with all levels of the organization
  • Positive, solution-oriented growth mindset
  • Good understanding of end-to-end processes and relevant systems, e.g. SAP
  • Willingness to develop processes and business models
  • Hands-on attitude


Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Finance, Accounting, Engineering or Environmental Science
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in relevant roles
  • Understanding of key statutory and regulatory requirements in multiple locations
  • Experience with a state regulatory agency a plus


If this resonates with you, we look forward to receiving your application. 

Join us in creating a healthier planet for our children.  


The recruitment process includes interviews and aptitude testing. 


In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification “Form I-9” upon hire.  This employer participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S


Our success begins with you.


Every company needs a purpose, and Neste has a strong one: to create a healthier planet for our children. We are 4,800 dedicated professionals committed to that purpose. Everything that we do, down to the smallest detail, shows our clear commitment to tackling the challenges of climate change. As an employer, understanding and valuing wellbeing is vital for our success. At the same time, we encourage every individual at Neste to contribute towards creating a positive impact on the environment as well as on the people, communities and societies around us. 


Neste’s strategy is called ‘’Faster, Bolder and Together’. It reflects the understanding that there is no time to lose in combating climate change or helping to tackle the waste plastic challenge. In order to succeed, we need to act, innovate new solutions and deliver them faster and bolder than ever before – together


As innovation is in our DNA, we are empowered to develop pioneering solutions to make businesses more sustainable. 


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