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Director, Environmental, Health & Safety

Decatur, AL, United States  |  Manufacturing (Group)  |  ID: REQ-13667


Job Location

USA, Decatur, AL

Job Posting Title

Director, Environmental, Health & Safety

The Challenge

The Director, Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) is a senior EHS role responsible for developing strategy for and providing EHS operational leadership and support to GE Appliances’ Decatur Plant Operations in Decatur, Alabama. This role has responsibility for 1,700+ person plant, including GEA employees, temporaries and contractors across a 3-shift assembly and support operations spread out in 850,000 sq. ft. manufacturing buildings and warehouse on 85-acres along the Tennessee River. This role is responsible for understanding and managing a complex set of EHS regulatory requirements including Title V air emission permitting, Process Safety Management (PSM), and the unique environmental requirements associated with the site’s close proximity to the river. In addition to managing EHS compliance, the role is also responsible for identifying, assessing, and mitigating risk; responding to and preventing emergencies; and managing short-term and long-term EHS liability.

The site is also an OSHA VPP Star site, which requires EHS and Plant Leadership to work cooperatively and proactively to prevent fatalities, injuries, and illnesses through a system focused on hazard prevention and control; worksite analysis; training; and management commitment and worker involvement.

Key responsibilities include developing the Site EHS strategy, implementing business EHS policies and management systems; leading, training, coaching, and mentoring the Decatur Plant EHS team to support business operations; communicating internally and externally on behalf of the business and function; and driving a collaborative, problem-solving culture that supports open reporting and delivers business results. This role is responsible for meeting with external regulators (e.g., government inspectors) on a routine and non-routine basis, preparing and submitting written regulatory reports, and maintaining / negotiating permit conditions. This role is also a key member of the Plant Staff supporting various other operations and needs of the facility, which can be significant and varied in a remote site.

What you will Do

Position reports directly to Executive Director, Decatur Plant Management, with a dotted-line reporting structure to the Senior Director, EHS and Operations Sustainability.

EHS Operations: Develop and execute Site EHS Strategy.  Provide functional EHS leadership and direction to Decatur Plant EHS Team to support business needs based on compliance requirements, business risk profile, change management needs, and performance objectives.

- Develop / align Decatur EHS strategic action plans with business strategic objectives and functional EHS and sustainability objectives. Deliver simple, strong, and sustainable compliance and risk management solutions that are integrated in daily business operations and lean enterprise strategy. Establish short to mid-term and long-term operation plant goals and objectives that directly impact the achievement of overall EHS results.

- Lead cross-functional team (e.g., Plant Manager, EHS Team Members, Lean Leader, Operations Leader, Maintenance / Facilities Leader, Ergonomics Leader) to develop and implement an injury prevention and reduction plan. Integrate the actions required to achieve sustainable injury reduction results in each business unit’s operational goals and metrics.

- Implement and maintain an EHS team operating rhythm to support team needs (e.g., training on new regulations and standards), collect and provide input to business strategic planning (e.g., annual budgeting, factory master planning), understand and respond to changing business needs, and foster networking and best practice sharing.

-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 leverage enterprise-wide solutions. Lead, mentor, and/or participate in events and incident investigations to ensure causal factors are identified, prevention steps are taken and validated, and lessons learned are shared and leveraged in a timely manner.

- Lead EHS Training Program for the site to ensure employees have the knowledge to perform their job safely.

- Invest in the EHS team’s continuing education to ensure the team is trained to identify hazards and deliver compliance and risk management solutions at business-pace with consistent customer service.

-Understand operational efficacy of each team member to build on strengths and bolster weaknesses in daily EHS operations, project management, emergency response, and customer service. Provide mentoring and coaching.

-Recruit, retain, and promote excellent EHS team members. Ensure each team member understands how his/her role contributes directly to the success of our business. Identify and support career growth paths for EHS team members.

- Support Facilities Engineer with Security Assessments, investigate workplace security threats and incidents, and lead suspicious behaviors and package training.  Support the CTPAT program security and compliance initiatives. Support Business Continuity Planning.

Management Systems and Compliance: This role is responsible for understanding and managing a complex set of EHS regulatory requirements including Title V air emission permitting, Process Safety Management (PSM), and the unique environmental requirements associated with the site’s close proximity to the river.   

- Implement EHS management systems, processes, and procedures to achieve sustainable compliance and business performance results. Integrate EHS management tools in the lean enterprise operating processes. Drive for solutions that address both short-term operational risks and long-term environmental liability management.

-Ensure compliance with the multiple Environmental Permits, submit applications and updates as necessary and ensure compliance. Develop strategy to reduce environmental profile/risk and lead efforts for sustainability programs.

- Compliance with 14 Key Elements of Process Safety Management through site leaders, employee involvement and a strong Mechanical Integrity Program is critical to site safety.

-Through benchmarking, government relations, and industry trend analysis, ensure emerging risks and regulations are identified and escalated to the GEA Sr. EHS Director.  Participation with Local Emergency Planning Committee and EMA to create partnerships with emergency response planning with local industry and government agencies.

Security Operations: This role also serves as the Site security leader providing 24/7 support to the site, and is responsible for staffing, training, and maintaining the site’s emergency response team, planning and executing site drills, and supporting implementation of business security initiatives.

Support Plant Staff:

- Support Plant Manager and staff in plant initiatives, leadership meetings, presentations, problem solving, expansions, budgeting, and employee relations issues. Serve as onsite ombudsperson. Support Factory Master Planning.

Culture and Communication:

- Develop and maintain excellent internal and external stakeholder relationships (e.g., regulatory agencies, Plant Managers, Operations and Engineering Leaders).

- Respond to questions and/or concerns received from internal and external stakeholders. Ensure timely, accurate responses.

-Drive a collaborative, problem-solving culture that supports open reporting and sustainable achievement of business results.

- Strong ability to influence executive level managers.

What you need to Succeed

Position Requirements:

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement strategy – and lead a cross-functional team across multiple levels of an organization and influence/drive change.
  • Demonstrated extensive knowledge of EHS regulations and their application in manufacturing, budgeting, and resource planning, change management processes, and contractor management.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a team to execute multiple concurrent programs.
  • Experience using data analytics to drive strategy and priorities.
  • Strong organizational, project management, and presentation skills. Ability to interact with all levels of business and with external stakeholders.
  • Understand and operate at an enterprise-wide level; align priorities with broader goals, measure outcomes – metrics driven, use feedback to change as needed, evaluate alternatives, be solutions oriented, seek alternatives and broad input; can see connections within complex issues. 
  • Demonstrate initiative and take action proactively.  Possess the self-discipline to take actions before they are necessary, optimism towards achieving positive outcome and the competitiveness to translate a plan into action. 
  • Strong problem solving, analytic, and project management skills.  Analytical aptitude with an inclination to utilizing data to solve problems.
  • Goal-oriented and proactive, coupled with creativity and a high energy level. Proven record of achieving sustainable performance results.  
  • Avid learner and stays current on EHS industry trends and best practices. 

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 programs in an industrial / manufacturing environment with demonstrated sustainable results.
  • 5+ years of experience leading and supervising a team of EHS, engineering, and/or operations professionals.
  • Experience working with multiple business functions, with Supply Chain expertise.
  • Experience responding to emergency situations such as fires, spills, and injuries.
  • Experience with Process Safety Management compliance program.
  • Strong ability to influence and guide executive-level managers. 
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office Suite Applications, preferred experience or familiarity with GenSuite Applications, PHA Works, Medgate, and Facility Manager Inspect & Track.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.  Strong interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills.
  • Legal authorization to work in the country/region where the business is hiring is required. This position is not eligible for sponsorship, now or in the future.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 15+ years of progressive EHS experience leading and implementing EHS compliance and risk management programs within a large manufacturing setting
  • Certified Safety Professional, Certified Industrial Hygienist, and/or Certified Hazardous Materials Manager.
  • Master's degree in an EHS or business discipline.
  • Experience working leading OSHA VPP experience
  • Strong knowledge of regulations and experience working with OSHA, EPA, and DOT, ADEM, specifically.
  • Experience with environmental permitting (Title V, Individual NPDES, RICE permits).
  • Experience working in non-union environments.
  • Experience with Lean manufacturing principles.
  • Advanced computer skills.
  • 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 hard hat.
  • These roles will require frequent walking in a manufacturing plant environment.
  • Travel may be required: 10% - 20%.
  • 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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