Director, Environmental Health & Safety (EHS)

Location: Newington, NH

THE COMPANY

Our client, the hiring company, is a well-established organization with a rich history spanning 250 years. They are a leading provider and manufacturer in their industry and have built a strong reputation for delivering high-quality products and fostering innovation. The company operates in multiple areas, including arms manufacturing, tactical training, retail, ammunition manufacturing, and optics and sight manufacturing.

WHAT WE OFFER

We provide a comprehensive benefits package, including a competitive salary, a generous bonus program, 401k match, excellent healthcare benefits, an employee discount, and ample opportunities for growth. This position is based at our global headquarters in Newington, New Hampshire. We also offer relocation assistance for non-local candidates.

LOCATION

Our company's global headquarters is located in Newington, New Hampshire. Situated in the picturesque Seacoast Region, Newington offers a charming residential district with historic homes, open fields, and stunning views of Little Bay and Great Bay. Despite its small-town feel, Newington boasts a range of amenities typically found in larger cities.

YOUR ROLE

  • As the Director of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS), you will be responsible for providing comprehensive direction and leadership in environmental, health, and safety matters across the company's various U.S. facilities (New Hampshire - multiple locations, Oregon, Arkansas).
  • Lead the strategic initiatives related to environmental, health, and safety (EHS), ensuring that our company remains at the forefront as an industry leader committed to proactive measures.
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant environmental, health, safety, and radioactive material regulations at our operations.
  • Oversee workers' compensation programs and insurance administration for all U.S. facilities.
A partial list of your responsibilities is outlined below.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor's degree in Environmental Health and Safety, Safety Engineering, or a related field.
  • Currently holding a Director-level position or equivalent experience (10 years as a Director OR 5+ years as a Director with a total of 10 years in Director and Senior Manager roles).
  • Experience in a manufacturing environment with exposure to hazards such as explosives (preferred), radiation, and/or laser.
  • Prior experience working for a Defense contractor (Department of Defense) is highly desired.
  • Familiarity with NFPA practices, codes, and standards is a plus.
  • Knowledge of Agile project management approach.
  • Experience with ERP applications, preferably Oracle.
  • Willingness to travel to other company locations, at least once per quarter (New Hampshire, Arkansas, Oregon).
  • Residence within a reasonable commuting distance from Newington, NH, or willingness to relocate and work onsite.
  • Due to government regulations, this position is open to US citizens only.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Ensure continuous improvement of EHS performance while maintaining compliance with all regulations.
  • Manage a team of two direct reports (one at headquarters and one in another location) and their respective teams of 9+ direct reports.
  • Collaborate with internal and external teams/committees to develop EHS-related missions, policies, programs, and goals, such as the DOT Compliance Committee, Offsite Range Safety group, and implementation of software and learning management systems (LMS).
  • Represent the company and serve as a liaison with various external entities, including EHS federal, state, and local agencies, customers, suppliers, industry groups, military, law enforcement, and government entities.
  • Develop and implement environmental, health, and safety programs and policies aligned with EPA, OSHA, and state and local environmental regulations, specifically targeting small arms, ammunition manufacturing, and other company activities.
  • Provide technical expertise, leadership, and support to all company locations and departments regarding regulatory compliance in EHS matters.
  • Standardize protocols, procedures, and recordkeeping within the EHS team, mentoring team members at different levels to ensure success.
  • Assess the impact of new acquisitions, processes, and equipment on environmental, health, and safety, prior to their purchase or implementation.
  • Periodically review and audit EHS programs and policies to maintain their effectiveness, implementing a tracking system to monitor their impact.
  • Analyze data from incident investigations and ensure appropriate corrective actions are taken to address root causes, collaborating with stakeholders throughout the process.
  • Ensure accurate collection and maintenance of internal and regulatory reporting data.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for all regulatory agency inspections, audits, permitting, and reporting.
  • Stay updated on relevant EHS regulatory updates and changes.
  • Oversee the administration of workers' compensation program (WC), providing upper management with updates on claims, loss experience trends, and program costs as needed.
  • Maintain required injury and illness records for loss runs, tracking and comparing general industry, industry-specific, and competitor's injury/illness rates.
  • Manage the Return to Work Program.
  • Represent the company in litigated workers' compensation cases, working closely with legal counsel, WC insurers, third-party WC attorneys, and WC bureau.
  • Ensure proper management of the in-house emergency medical response team.
  • Act as the corporate Radiation Safety Officer (RSO), ensuring compliance with Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and State Radioactive Materials programs regulations.
  • Review state and NRC radioactive materials licenses, ensuring the company's ongoing compliance with license requirements.
  • Develop and request amendments to Sealed Source Device Registration and Radioactive Material Licenses.
  • Ensure compliance with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations related to hazardous waste management, including storage, transportation, and disposal. Identify opportunities for waste reduction.
  • Act as the Emergency Coordinator for fire, smoke, spills, and medical emergencies.
  • Serve as the EHS point of contact for the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) for all contracts.
  • Coordinate annual facility-wide industrial hygiene monitoring to identify and minimize contaminants through engineering and administrative controls. Evaluate the effectiveness of personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Manage EHS training programs, establishing a training calendar and maintaining accurate records.
  • Monitor costs associated with EHS implementation, ensuring cost-effective solutions.
  • Implement the company's environmental management plan as required.
  • Lead data collection efforts to author Safety Data Sheets (SDS) in compliance with OSHA requirements and regulations of customer countries.
  • Drive the company Performance System (SPS) Safety Lean Key initiative as part of the management team, encouraging participation from the entire EHS team.

Our client is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law.

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