Job Summary: This role will be responsible for Environmental Health and Safety oversight. Reporting to the Plant Manager with a dotted line to the Director of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS), this person will work with internal company functions and appropriate external safety management service providers, such as insurance carriers, brokers and consultants, to ensure that EHS best practices and processes are adhered to. The EHS Manager will be responsible for developing succinct and meaningful safety management reports to company leadership in order to accurately measure EHS performance and appropriately direct efforts. This role will also coordinate with the company’s claims management and risk management functions to foster a strong, safety-focused culture throughout the company and to ensure risk controls are in place to reduce or eliminate the frequency and severity of future claims to reduce the company’s total cost of risk.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: (This description is a general statement of required major duties and responsibilities performed on a regular and continual basis. It does not exclude other duties that may be assigned.)
- Design and implement programs to enhance EHS protocols at assigned Elite Comfort Solutions (ECS) locations, including behavioral safety and regulatory compliance programs, to help the company lower its total cost of risk and continuously improve performance.
- Advise local plant leadership on how they can improve EHS practices, workplace safety, and the safety culture.
- Coordinate with leadership, locally and across the business, on EHS related capital budget items, including helping to create business case for their acquisition.
- Develop ergonomic protocols for ECS locations.
- Develop and oversee EHS training to employees.
- Develop meeting agenda and conduct regular EHS meetings local managers, supervisors and employees.
- Oversee the incident/accident investigation process, including identification of root cause, and ensure that local managers, supervisors and employees are properly trained to conduct investigations, develop and
- implement appropriate corrective actions. Record applicable information in Intelex.
- Ensure Safety Alerts are prepared and promptly shared with all ECS locations.
- Establish a local safety self-audit program, train appropriate personnel how to audit, and perform periodic reviews to ensure compliance.
- Regularly review workers compensation and other local claims to determine accident trends and root causes, and develop accident prevention initiatives based on these analyses.
- Interpret and answer basic EHS, EPA, OSHA, and other regulatory compliance questions.
- Be the internal “go to” person for all questions related to EHS and maintain the knowledge required to be a subject matter expert in EHS
- management; this includes keeping abreast of changes in laws and regulations affecting ECS operations.
- Collaborate with the management, supervisors and other operations personnel to identify, quantify, and analyze claims data and causal information so that future claims can be reduced, in terms of both frequency and severity, primarily through appropriate operational procedures, safeguards, and behavior, and through loss prevention initiatives.
- Regularly participate in “open items” meetings with internal and external colleagues associated with the risk management and insurance program to ensure that performance deadlines are being achieved and that initiatives are moving forward as desired.
Vision and Purpose - The successful candidate must see beyond today if s/he is going to help ECS with leading edge thinking and "next generation" ideas. The successful candidate will be able to communicate in bold and persuasive terms the company’s claims management strategy and initiatives to all stakeholders in a positive way.
Influencing and Relationship Building Skills - The ideal candidate will possess a high degree of confidence and balanced, well-honed listening skills. S/he must be comfortable with the challenges of reaching agreement among occasionally conflicting interests, and be able to interact effectively across the functions and business of the company. The successful candidate will show the ability to both learn from colleagues and add value to their thinking. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated an ability to be quickly recognized as a key partner. Because the support of key constituencies within ECS will be critical to success, the individual must, therefore, have excellent skills in influencing, shaping and driving dialogue by building ‘buy-in’ across the organization on topics relevant to lowering the company’s total cost of risk.
Administrative Skills –The EHS Manager must be able to manage a variety of data, information, contacts, and process flows in order to effectively keep up with the activity involved in overseeing safety initiatives throughout the organization. Being competent with various software programs to assist in this effort is essential. It’s likewise essential to be able to deliver on commitments and deliverables on time with accuracy.
Business Acumen - This person is known for innovatively making the most of available resources to help the company lower its total cost of risk through loss prevention. The EHS Manager will possess a vigilant attitude and will be responsible for delivering information and recommended improvement to finance, operations, and legal leadership in a way that creates buy-in and action. S/he must be a practical, ‘hands-on’ claims advisor who not only can demonstrate creativity in working with the real-world constraints of the business, but also develops a proven track record of helping to drive positive business results.
Leading Teams - The successful candidate will be a proven leader who has built and managed diverse, high performance teams and who instills confidence, focus, camaraderie and passion among the organization and its key external partners. This person will demonstrate a collaborative personal style, exhibiting a willingness to integrate into the ECS culture. S/he will be a decisive and dynamic leader who has the ability to build and develop effective teams, hold people accountable for results and take appropriate action.
External and Internal Collaborators:
- Reports directly to Plant Manager
- Dotted line to Director of EHS
- Human Resources
- Internal Audit
- Risk Management
- Claims Management
- Claims Adjusters
- EHS Equipment Suppliers
- EHS Services Providers
- Insurance Company loss control resources
Qualifications, Education, Experience, & Skills:
- 4-year degree in EHS Management, EHS Engineering, Industrial Hygiene or similar; minimum 5-10 years of experience overseeing environmental/safety/loss prevention efforts.
- Manufacturing, distribution, and consumer product EHS experience a plus.
- CSP or similar professional designation a plus.