Safety, Health & Environmental Manager

Vital Proteins
Franklin Park, Illinois, US
Jul 10, 2021
Jul 30, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Vital Proteins is an emerging, dynamic brand consisting of a team of passionate individuals who believe whole food-based nutrition is essential for overall health, fitness and wellbeing. Our team is comprised of intelligent and innovative talent who work collaboratively to ensure creativity, success, and global growth. At Vital Proteins, our mission is to empower our company, team, and customers to live a full, vibrant life. We seek to develop and support the right people, with the right chemistry, who continually ask questions, and in turn, will develop and tactically execute good ideas. We are looking for individuals to help us think smarter and put a lot of ideas on the table in a short amount of time. Building a great company is our goal. Quality individuals and getting the team right is our business plan.


The primary objective of the role is to protect and improve the safety of our employees and our site environmental sustainability through prevention, encouraging a culture of caring where safety, health and environmental sustainability are ingrained as a core value, achieving world class performance in support of a highly, efficient, low cost operations and SH&E Zero demeanor. The position ensures compliance of all SH&E aspects of the Site and sets local SH&E strategies for overall success in alignment with corporate policy and common practices.

What you will be responsible for:

In addition to overall input to SH&E sustainability initiatives, strategies, programs and procedures, responsibilities include supporting manufacturing and warehouse facilities via hands on counsel, supervision, assessment, and implementation of:

Site SH&E Culture
    • Actively participates on Site Leadership Team and effectively leads, coaches, and develops operations line supervision to be effective SH&E leaders/coaches in their respective positions.
    • Partners with other key functions on initiatives including Engineering, Operations, HR, Quality, etc., to deliver on goals and plans.

SH&E Performance
    • Partners with Site leadership team to develop Site SH&E key priorities, drivers, and activities with lag and key performance indicators to drive SH&E performance improvement.

    • Ensure our sites maintain continuous "audit ready" state of compliance with company SH&E policies and procedures as well as all applicable external regulatory requirements.

SH&E Strategies, Programs and Plans
    • Develops SH&E best in class programs, systems, and processes, including training and mentoring to establish clear procedures on SH&E measures and precautions.
    • Leads development of SH&E capabilities of all employees and contractors through effective content development and delivery of Site SH&E training that ensures comprehension.

Risk Assessment and Elimination
    • Leads the effective implementation and utilization of risk assessment and risk prediction processes across our locations to ensure these are effective at identifying and mitigating hazards and are effectively communicated and understood by all affected employees.
    • Ensures investigation of all SH&E related incidents to drive to root cause and identify actions to prevent recurrence.
    • Ensures all actions to prevent recurrence are effectively implemented while also ensuring effective injury case management process is fully implemented, well understood, and functioning as desired.

Who you are:
  • Bachelor's Degree in a scientific subject area or SH&E related field.
  • Minimum 10 years' experience in SH&E roles with the last position held as a Site SH&E leader and/or division, regional, or corporate safety and environmental experience.
  • Professional certifications in SH&E related fields are considered beneficial and may include CIH, NEBOSH, CSP, CEM, etc.
  • Experience in the World Class industry for SH&E and solid understanding of ISO 14001, OHSAS 45001, LEAN and TPM concepts.
  • Detailed knowledge of OSHA, EPA, DOT regulations.
  • Solid technical understanding of SH&E issues and their relationship to production/engineering and job functions as it relates to building in prevention.
  • Ability to achieve results through dotted line situations.
  • Must be capable of working in a fast-paced environment with minimal direct supervision and have strong demonstrated leadership, interpersonal, and self-initiative skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and influence across a diverse range of people from Corporate & Site leadership to a factory floor associate.
  • Proven track record to drive sustainable organizational change.
  • Capacity to think both strategically and tactically and quickly flow across the two.
  • Strong demonstrated, analytical and problem-solving skills. Must be detailed and results oriented.
  • Ability to communicate sophisticated regulatory and technical issues in lay terms.
  • Proficiency with Windows based applications including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Ability to master other specialized software.
  • Must be able to read, write, and understand English

At Vital Proteins, we are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, military or veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law. We believe that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success as a company, and we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.

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