Director of Environmental, Health, Safety and Security (EHSS)

WilburEllis   •  

Seattle, WA

Industry: Manufacturing & Automotive


15+ years

Posted 54 days ago

General Purpose and Scope of Position

The EHSS Director will provide expert leadership to the company's various divisions in North America and Asia Pacific to ensure that the company operates in a safe and environmentally sound manner. This position is responsible for working in a collaborative manner with other country/local EHSS and operational personnel to drive continuous improvements in safety performance and the reinforcement of a positive and sustainable safety culture. In addition, this position is responsible for overseeing the execution of environmental programs and regulatory compliance across the organization.

Key Skills and Abilities Include

  • Substantive experience in the Chemical or similarly regulated industry with knowledge evaluating risk and controlling hazardous materials and conditions
  • Proven skills and experience in all aspects of project and change management
  • Ability to directly impact the well-being of our employees, the perception of our customers and communities in which we operate
  • Solid understanding of EHSS impact on the financial performance of the business and ability to influence this
  • In-depth knowledge of EHSS regulations and management methods
  • Ability to communicate with a wide variety of people and influence action
  • Experience working closely with internal management groups globally and ability to provide direction and support as well as monitoring for results
  • Bachelor's or advanced degree in Engineering, Safety, or Environmental Sciences or related fields; Master's degree preferred
  • 15+ years' experience in EHSS department or related field, including 5+ years in a senior leadership position managing a multi-faceted EHSS program
  • Certified Safety Professional (CSP) or other safety designations required

Key Personal Attributes Include

  • Strong strategic thinker with the ability to set and drive long-term goals and objectives in part through EHSS investments
  • An active leader who earns trust, inspires his/her team, builds collaborative relationships, and leads by example
  • Serve as an advocate for a positive safety culture fostering an engagement and feedback rich environment
  • Committed to educational campaigns promoting EHSS initiatives and learning opportunities
  • Proven leadership skills including the ability to advocate for, coach, and mentor EHSS staff
  • Strong ability to influence all levels of management and employees to educate, garner buy-in and ultimately gain approval to move EHSS initiatives forward
  • Superior communicator including interpersonal, written, verbal, and presentation skills; proficient with risk communications and media relations

Specific Responsibilities and Key Deliverables Include

  • Working collaboratively to develop global environmental, health & safety strategies to support overall company objectives
  • Leading EHSS team and operations personnel to ensure strategy execution
  • Educating management team and functional business owners on the importance of risk prevention to garner support for and drive key EHSS initiatives
  • Developing/improving existing compliance management systems, policies and procedures that align with current business needs and adhere to federal, state and local regulations (EPA, DHS, DOT, OSHA, etc.); also ensure compliance with product label and repackaging agreements
  • Providing expert advice and guidance to EHSS team and operational personnel on changes in local, state and federal regulations and manages safety training, reporting and budgeting
  • Working with EHSS teams and business leaders to establish processes to identify and analyze factors that are creating workplace injuries and implement effective control measures
  • Developing and monitoring the education and development of employees to increase proficiency and compliance with established company safety and environmental processes and regulatory requirements
  • Utilizing and monitoring key safety and environmental metrics to monitor processes for corrective action as needed and ensuring the Company's EHSS data collection systems are in place
  • Providing written reports on EHSS results and EHS updates to senior management periodically to apprise leaders of progress and any critical issues
  • Managing and conducting the EHSS review and risk assessments of our facilities and equipment to develop mitigation plans and practices; recommend courses of action for identified high risk operations; and implement guidelines for rotation/replacement of key facility and equipment components
  • Providing environmental assessment and regulatory compliance services, including Security Vulnerability Assessments, Process Safety Management/Risk Management Program, Wastewater, Solid Waste, Hazardous Waste, Universal Waste, Storm Water programs, and other plans and evaluations as needed
  • Enhancing and maintaining emergency response support; planning, training, and acting as incident commander in times of crisis and environmental emergencies
  • Leading and managing internal EHSS management process and supporting system
  • Managing EHSS due diligence of potential business acquisitions and integration of acquired businesses
  • Participating in and providing leadership within industry trade organizations
  • Ensure the Company's EHSS data collection systems are in place
  • Leading and developing a "risk control" mentality; bringing prevention strategy to other key areas of risk inside the organization i.e. agronomy risk, supply chain risk etc.
  • Developing and maintaining the annual expense budget and forecasts for all areas of responsibility
  • Coaching and guiding local EHSS and site personnel during interactions with OSHA and provide guidance in developing written correspondence
  • Partnering with and involving legal department on regulatory matters

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Competitive annual salary (to be determined based on experience and other factors)
  • Comprehensive employee health and retirement benefit offerings