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Director of EH&S

Date: Apr 29, 2021

Location: Hiram, OH, US, 44234-1806

Company: Great Lakes Cheese

Job Overview

The Director Environmental, Health and Safety leads Great Lakes Cheese organizational responsibilities and commitments to operational employee protections.  The Director EHS owns the functional and cross functional culture through leadership in program, policy, procedure, compliance and ethical responsibility.  The Director will lead the GLC strategy, vision and culture for the organization in concert with management; planning, directing, and implementing organizational safety, environmental and health programs to ensure a safe, healthy, and accident-free work environment.  

Job Responsibilities
  • Provide leadership, direction and oversight to ensure environmental, health and safety programs support and improve functional progress in concert with the operational efficiency of the plants. 
  • Provide functional leadership and drive a strategy that produces and achieves a safer workplace with a reduction in safety incidents and injuries
  • Lead, influence and be accountable for Organizational EHS Progress through Plant, Operations, Management and Functional groups, to drive improved EHS performance.
  • Actively drive and influence a culture of safety first throughout the business and through cross functional organizations
  • Ensure that EH&S objectives and standards of performance are understood/owned by management and employees.
  • Provide technical support to the head of sustainability relating to all technical and compliance related supply chain and manufacturing sustainability metrics and management systems including but limited to carbon disclosure, emissions, recycling and other plant related actions
  • Promote continuous improvement efforts in the EHS function.
  • Develop and implement programs to ensure regulatory compliance while minimizing risk across all locations.
  • Standardize operational practices across all sites.
  • Leads EHS compliance reviews, general risk assessments, and other safety assessments. 
  • Work directly with Federal, State, and Local agencies during visits and inspections 
  • Maintain professional and technical knowledge for all Federal, State and Local regulations.
  • Manage environmental projects including: planning and execution of hazardous waste remediation; industrial wastewater design; and planning, executing, and reporting long-term monitoring sampling events.
  • Develop standardized metrics and track performance. 
  • Work with insurance provider to reduce risk and become Highly Protected Risk (HPR) status. 
  • Conduct internal audits of all locations to verify compliance to all applicable regulatory agency requirements.  
  • Lead the investigation of accidents and injuries and cooperate in the preparation of material & evidence for organizational use in hearings, lawsuits and insurance investigations. 
  • Represent the organization in community or industry EH&S groups and programs. 
  • Minimum 50% travel required. 
  • All GLC employees are expected to perform any assignment or job task according to the stated safety policies and procedures.
  • All GLC employees are expected to produce our products in a manner that exceeds the quality and value expectation of our customers and consumers by adhering to Good Manufacturing Practices, Policies and Procedures outlined in our Safe Quality Food Program.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by the manager.
Required Education and Experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, EH&S, Engineering or related technical field from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum of 10 years experience in EH&S management. 
  • Minimum of 5 years experience in a leadership role developing and implementing EHS policies and standards.
  • Subject Matter Expert (SME) in RMP/ PSM.Refrigeration / Ammonia systems. 
  • Demonstrated success in leading and implementing EH&S programs and systems in a manufacturing environment.
  • Demonstrated understanding of standard EH&S reporting methods and metrics.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office. 
  • Must be legally authorized to work for a company in the U.S. without sponsorship.
Preferred Education and Experience
  • Master’s Degree in Environmental, Health and Safety or related technical field.
  • SAP experience. 
  • Knowledge of Industrial Waste Water Treatment.
  • Knowledge of DHS Assessments.
  • Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certification.
  • Permit Negotiation.
  • Broad understanding of federal, state and local regulations and the ability to translate any concerns into an effective action plan. 
  • Strong leadership, organization and project management skills.
  • Ability to coach and communicate across all hierarchical levels.
Working Conditions
• Work is performed in an office setting.
• Occasional exposure to industrial operations including: temperature extremes from approximately 35ºF to 100ºF; noise levels in excess of 85 dB; moisture and moving machinery.
• Hair nets, ear plugs/muffs, hardhats, and/or safety glasses may be required.
EEOC & Disclaimer
Great Lakes Cheese is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer