Manager / TL EHS

Zoetis   •  

Kalamazoo, MI

Industry: Pharmaceuticals & Biotech


11 - 15 years

Posted 129 days ago

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The Mgr/TL EHS position is accountable for independently (1) working as a Global EHS Expert in one or more program areas and has the ability to successfully represent the site on complex topics. (2) Establishing “best-in-class” environmental, industrial hygiene, safety, or loss prevention programs supportive of GMS business interests and colleague wellbeing.  (3) Has a full knowledge of the requirements of other related disciplines.  (4) Analyzing existing and planned operations, projects, process, equipment and facilities and develop cost effective action plans to insure compliance with all internal and external requirements.

This scope of the accountability may encompass strategy formulation, budget considerations, delegation of assignments, and functional management of personnel as an EHS Functional Leader to accomplish program objectives site wide.

  • Administers environmental, industrial hygiene, safety, process safety, ergonomic and/or loss prevention programs to assure that actions resulting from business decisions comply with applicable laws and regulations in a proactive financially – and publicly sensitive manner.  The ultimate goal is for all programs to be “best-in-Class”.  Where laws have not been developed, the incumbent evaluates what is required to achieve protection of colleague health and safety and protection of the environment.  Maintains knowledge of the GMS EHS and business objectives, keeping in mind operational constraints, to determine applicability of specific regulations, and appropriateness and effectiveness specific compliance and control activities.  Appraises emerging and established technologies for potential applicability.
  • Coordinates individual environmental, health, safety, ergonomic, process safety and/or loss control efforts into cohesive, consistent programs.  Develops strategy to efficiently implement EHS requirements within Zoetis philosophy and policies.  Key elements of this responsibility include management and participation in assessment and monitoring programs to identify EHS exposures and risks.
  • Tracks external interpretations, issues, and case law to identify potentially precedent-setting decisions and their long-term impact on Zoetis business operations.  Establish reaction to congressional, legislative, and regulatory proposals that may affect the site.  May develop variances, as appropriate, for discussions with officials.
  • Prepares regulatory submissions including facility reports, and technical documents.
  • Represents the site by providing expert witness testimony and legal deposition on industrial hygiene, safety, environmental, process safety, ergonomics and loss prevention matters.  Participates with trade and professional associations whose interests coincide with those of Zoetis.  External contacts include OSHA/EPA agency personnel at all administrative levels, outside technical consultants, outside legal counsel, and EHS colleagues at other pharmaceutical companies.  Establishes effective working relationships with regulatory agencies that permit beneficial negotiations pertaining to company interest.
  • Functionally directs the research, development, implementation, and evaluation of EHS policies, practices, and programs to ensure that the company meets its goals of a safe and healthful work environment, achieving compliance with all internal and external regulations and requirements, and minimizing potential for chemical releases and adverse environmental impacts.  Completion of this objective requires coordination of site wide groups also involving representatives from Legal, Engineering, Public Relations, and medical staff.
  • Provides technical expertise to internal public affairs specialists and represents Zoetis during public meetings, hearings, and emergency situations.
  • Maintains knowledge and understanding of current good manufacturing (cGMP) and laboratory practices (GLP) as they relate to Kalamazoo Site Operations.
  • Demonstrates flexibility to meet changing priorities
  • Guides teams to reach successful completion of major projects and achieved program improvements while significantly contributing to key goals (significant EHS metrics, supply assurance, cost improvements). 
  • Understands the big picture and develops long-term strategies.  Achieves key milestones and drives for results that deliver desired outcomes.                              
  • Manages/mentors the varying levels of EHS colleagues to achieve delivery of short-term to long-term goals. Provides general leadership of the EHS team.
  • Effectively represents the organization on key projects and interacted with internal and external leaders on matters requiring multi-organizational collaboration.
  • Is self-directed and able to provide effective recommendations that are sustainable, systematic, and impactful solutions for complex situations (site and multi-site).
  • Leads the Business Continuity Plan development and processes. Is the SME for BCP planning and program administration.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field with greater than 10 years of EHS experience, or a relevant advanced degree such as MPH/MS Degree with greater than 7 years of experience
  • CIH, CSP, REP, REM or other applicable environmental / safety certifications, preferred
  • Knowledgeable in the fields of industrial hygiene, safety engineering, toxicology, environmental and occupational health.
  • Good math skills required
  • Excellent leadership, analysis, judgment, and communication skills commensurate with position responsibilities, and levels of Zoetis and agency interaction
  • Excellent interpersonal and diplomacy skills, salesmanship, creativity, practical problem solving, flexibility, as well as excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated risk-based decision-making experience