Director of Environmental Health & Safety
Springs Window Fashions
Key responsibilities include:
- Audit, set priorities and ensure each location is actively engaged in compliance initiatives, hazard identification/elimination, associate engagement/action team development and instilling a zero-incident mindset/focus.
- Develop, implement and maintain company practices, policies and EHS processes, including; associate engagement, accountability, compliance programs, audits and reporting required by local, state and federal authorities (i.e., OSHA, Mexican NOMS, EPA, DNR, property and WC insurance carriers).
- Drive and support the implementation of EHS and risk abatement processes at the corporate level, overseeing applicable training, education, standardization of programs, hazard assessments and the implementation of safe work practices.
- Partner with operations leadership to ensure zero-incident mindset is integrated into daily operations and is sustained to provide a competitive advantage.
- Establish a process for the investigation and analysis of cause and effect of accidents, injuries, illnesses, property damage and near misses. Ensure findings are communicated to management and associates as appropriate to ensure preventative measures are taken.
- Prepare monthly corporate reports, KPIs and presentations, disseminating information to executives and facility leaders.
EHS Strategies, Initiatives & Plans
- Develop and implement environmental, health, safety, security and risk reduction strategies and initiatives at the corporate level.
- Develop, lead and communicate strategies, annual goals (KPI’s, metrics, etc.), and action plans across the organization.
- Determine plan based on exposure, frequency, severity and historical data, which includes assessing exposures, analyzing trends and data and facilitating overall team safety goal development.
- Establish programs and accountability measurements to influence facility leaders to implement and sustain EHS efforts; lead integration of EHS culture and compliance with acquired facilities.
Directing, Developing & Leading Others
- Manage EHS staff at Mexican and where applicable U.S. locations
- Influence and direct staff that have dotted line reporting relationships in locations that do not have dedicated EHS personnel.
- Develop staff around company competency model and ensure resources are continually developing technical skills needed to identify and eliminate hazards and engage associate teams.
Training & Development
- Develop and implement the corporate EHS training plan to ensure associates receive the proper training as required by law, as well as education on safe work practices, proper personal protection including orientation of new associates.
- Organize and direct training of safety action teams to standardize work and charters across facilities, including working directly with safety action teams in the facilities to ensure alignment.
Technical Resource & Compliance
- Serve as the technical expert who remains abreast of US and Mexican federal, state and local laws pertaining to environmental, safety and health regulations and establish action plans to ensure compliance.
- Act as liaison for the company with state, local and federal regulatory agencies.
- Handle all domestic and Mexico environmental regulatory reporting, permits and licenses.
- Facilitate audit process and manage U.S. and Mexican consultants to ensure risk/gap identification and follow-up process is implemented.
- Hire consultants, approve invoices, negotiate contracts, ensure responsiveness and if necessary, change providers to ensure ongoing compliance.
- Ensure consistency and facilitation of policy creation, revisions and adherence across the organization; oversee the maintenance of the policy library and ensure best practice sharing across all locations.
- Partner with Director of Tax/Risk to manage corporate meetings with broker and property insurance carrier, as well as review boards, to minimize risk and reduce overall cost/exposure.
- Facilitate Engineering reviews of all facilities regarding physical and human elements.
- Work directly with internal and external counsel to recommend and determine best defense and settlement strategies for Workers’ Compensation issues.
- Establish expectations and processes to drive early return-to-work and transitional duty opportunities in all locations.
- Coordinate site and travel security with all facilities.
Key EHS Initiatives on Deck
- Assess current staff/structure and programs, recommend modifications that may be required.
- Establish schedule and audit team to carry out external audits & inspections at all facilities every 18 months. Ensure internal/self-audits are completed annually. Establish process to ensure recommended corrective actions are followed up on and that deficiencies are corrected in a timely manner.
- Form and lead a Corporate EHS Steering Team that oversees EHS strategic initiatives and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) across all locations. This team will be responsible for overseeing program activities, establishing goals, setting priorities, addressing deficiencies and sharing best practices. Also oversee facility Central Safety Committee structure and ensure each location is aligned with corporate strategies, established action plans and expectations.
- Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Health & Safety, Environmental Science, Engineering or a related field.
- Minimum of 7 years of leadership experience in environmental, health and safety roles in a manufacturing environment.
- Preferred: EHS Professional Certification (Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), Certified Environmental Manager (CEM), etc.) strongly preferred. Experience with compliance with ISO14001 and OSHAS18000 a plus.
- Knowledge in environmental, safety, health and legal compliance (OSHA, EPA, DNR, SEMARNAT, PROFEPA, STPS).
- Ability to effectively communicate, both written and verbal, to all levels of management.
- Demonstrated project leadership skills, as well as a demonstrated executive leadership presence.
- Superior computer skills required.
- Strong influence and persuasion skills.
Application and Selection Process:
Springs Window Fashions has retained QTI Executive and Professional Search to conduct the search for its new Director of Environmental Health & Safety (EHS). QTI Executive and Professional Search is a specialized recruiting division of The QTI Group, a comprehensive human resources advisory services firm founded in 1957. QTI is headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, with nine branch offices throughout the state.
Qualified individuals interested in being considered for the position, are invited to submit their application to: