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EHS NPI and Change Management Leader, GE Appliances

Louisville, KY, United States  |  Manufacturing (Group)  |  ID: REQ-13229


Job Location

USA, Louisville, KY

Job Posting Title

EHS NPI and Change Management Leader, GE Appliances

The Challenge

The EHS NPI and Change Management Leader is a senior Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) leadership role requiring demonstrated mastery of complex environmental, health, and safety regulations, compliance, hazard recognition and mitigation, and demonstrated knowledge and application of these requirements across multiple product lines, sites, and service areas. Mastery of EHS must be demonstrated by 3rd-party certification in at least two of the internationally recognized EHS certification programs.

This role is responsible for establishing integrated EHS operational plans for flawless execution of NPIs, CIB, and factory master plans. This role works closely with plant, technology, factory service, quality, operations and AME leaders t in support of NPIs supports new equipment runoff at suppliers and in plant installations following the change management process, Design for Manufacturing, Assembly, and Service (DFMAS) into product designs, applying EHS, lean, and sustainability principles to process, and transfer EHS process knowledge to the applicable factory and field service personnel. This role will work closely with the Technology and Product Management, AME, and Quality leaders to provide EHS expertise and EHS resource requirements are considered and included into NPI programs and other business initiatives.

What you will Do

EHS Systems Expert for Design for Manufacturing, Assembly, Service, and Sustainability:

  • Establish and manage reliable EHS and operational risk assessment program to support flawless NPI execution. Continually identify, track, and mitigate risk through the life of the NPI programs.  Provide expertise to product and program core team to ensure manufacturing risk impact is understood within the total program scope.  Ensure significant risks and risks that cannot be mitigated within program resources are elevated to the leadership team and mitigation plans are in place.
  • Work with the Design team and Advanced Industrial Engineering group in pursuit of DFMAS for product designs. Incorporate disassembly for service and recycling where feasible and cost effective.
  • Develop, lead, and manage strategic initiatives across product lines, Factory and Factory Service Operations (e.g., box throw solutions).
  • Establish cross-functional team from Technology, Product Management, Lean Enterprise, Supply Chain NPI, and AME partners to establish and implement a robust process for identifying and managing EHS risk related to new product and process development applicable across multiple sites and product lines.
  • Develop and support site and service teams achieve Design for Excellence (DFX) building business cases driving overall risk reduction and sustainable operations including but not limited to: mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, NPIs, Factory Master Plans, and Distribution network changes. Work with cross-functional team leaders to perform trade-off analysis on competing metrics if necessary and drive decisions based on overall business impact.
  • Support sustainable EHS management systems, processes, and procedures that are integrated in the business lean enterprise operating processes.
  • Benchmark to understand industry / manufacturing trends in the appliance and adjacent industries.
  • Conduct new equipment EHS reviews at supplier runoffs and support installation of new equipment at the sites conducting the EHS equipment acceptance review of the equipment, identifying any compliance gaps, and ensuring action items to address the issues are addressed by the program manager and supplier.
  • Develop risk and cost assessment processes to support Supply Chain NPIs and other business development activities.
  • Incorporate and integrate EHS and Human Organizational Performance (HOP) principles in cross functional tools such as the 9-Step Process for tooling and equipment design and Production Preparation Process (3P).
  • Serve as EHS subject matter expert for capital equipment procurement projects: Including specification development utilizing GEA & industry standards, permitting impact and needs assessment, early supplier engagement, technical reviews, factory layout development, installation, and qualification of equipment.  Maximize Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) and support employee ergonomics.
  • Mentor, guide and help less senior team members and add to the body of knowledge of the department (training, supporting, and developing Hoshin objectives, etc.)
  • Support sustainable EHS management systems, processes, and procedures that are integrated in the business lean enterprise operating processes.
  • Conduct site visits to understand needs, build relationships with site/service teams, assess current EHS NPI integration and adherence to process, understand team challenges and provide solutions.
  • Use data analytics and partner cross-functionally to analyze trends and identify strategic business opportunities that may not be readily visible using only anecdotal levels of feedback.
  • Support and learn from incident investigations and incorporate enterprise-wide solutions in to NPIs.

EHS Leader for EHS standard update:

  • Update and simplify existing EHS standards through reviews with key stakeholder groups including EHS, AME, AIE, FE, etc. based on the standard topic.  Once the standard has been finalized, publish to the EHS instance of Windchill.  This role will work with the Director of Health and Safety and Director of Sustainability and Environmental to establish the role out plan for each standard.  A tracker for all standards will be maintained to measure progress. 
  • Establish and support a gap analysis process for site compliance to published standards.   Create and establish checklists for sites to use to measure standard compliance.  

EHS Training Simplification and Implementation:

  • Lead a cross functional business wide team to continue to simplify and update existing EHS course content to an adult learning model and learning design firm to create and publish the revised course material in the GEA DevelopU platform.  This role will work closely with the EHS team and other critical stakeholders including the Director of Health and Safety and Director of Sustainability and Environmental to finalize courses.
  • Serve as administrator for the DevelopU learning management system platform for EHS.  Work with a consultant that serves as the primary administrator to monitor system performance, support sites to resolve issues and train new EHS leaders to use the system.
  • Support business English as a Second Language (ESL) initiatives and conduct training along with a translator to hourly new hires.

EHS Communication development:

  • Develop and maintain excellent internal stakeholder relationships (e.g., peer leaders).
  • Respond to questions and/or concerns received from internal and external stakeholders. Ensure timely, accurate responses.
  • Develop in conjunction with a communications consultant, the annual EHS communications calendar, facilitate content creation, stakeholder review and approval of Support business EHS team to develop and execute robust internal communication plan.
  • Drive a collaborative, problem-solving culture that supports open reporting and sustainable achievement of business results.

What you need to Succeed

Position Requirements:

  • Subject matter expert in environmental, health, and safety regulations, compliance, and hazard and liability recognition and mitigation applied to manufacturing and service operations across multiple product lines.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a cross-functional team across multiple levels of an organization, influence/drive change, and achieve measurable, sustainable results.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of EHS regulations and their application in manufacturing and service operations, budgeting, and resource planning, change management processes, and contractor management.
  • Experience using data analytics to drive strategy and priorities. Strong attention to detail.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong organization, project management, and presentation skills. Ability to interact with all levels of business and with external stakeholders.
  • Proven record of problem solving and achieving sustainable performance results.
  • Ability to mentor and coach other EHS professionals.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS or BA Degree in Engineering, Occupational Safety & Health, Environmental Science or related discipline/experience.
  • 10+ years of EHS experience leading and implementing EHS compliance and risk management systems and programs in a manufacturing and/or field service environment with demonstrated sustainable results.
  • Project leadership experience; demonstrated ability to manage a cross-functional team, manage program risk to meet technical & commercial requirements.
  • Legal authorization to work in the country/region where the business is hiring is required. We will not sponsor individuals for employment visas, now or in the future, for this job.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with Union workforce. Experience in multiple product development functions a plus (AME / AQE / ME / Design / PMQE/Lean/Quality) Strong business acumen and understanding of business financials.
  • Certified to a recognized EHS certification: Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM).
  • Advanced computer skills and knowledge of GEA IT systems (Windchill, SupplierNet, iProc/PA, TechNet, etc.,).
  • Experience with Lean manufacturing principles.
  • Six Sigma Greenbelt Certified.
  • Audit experience or qualifications.

Working Conditions:

  • Working conditions are normal for a manufacturing environment. Work may involve lifting of materials and product up to 30 pounds.
  • Working in this environment requires the use of safety equipment including but not limited to safety glasses, hearing protection, steel-toed work boots, and hardhat.
  • These roles will require frequent walking in a manufacturing plant environment.
  • Travel will be required: 25% - 50%.
  • Hours & Weekends: Working off-shift and weekends may be required

GE Appliances is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.



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