EHS Specialist

10 Apr 2018
24 Apr 2018
Justin Pankinas
Job Type
Specialist, Safety & Environment
Purpose of Role:To implement, audit and advise on company EHS policy to ensure the safe operation of the plant and the health and safety of its employees and the prevention of any environmental excursions or notices of violation. To promote EHS management systems, business continuity, regulatory compliance, community, company image/reputation and performance within assigned area, promoting alignment of site with global EHS strategies and objectives.
Activities Within Role: The Specialist, Safety & Environment, is accountable for the smooth execution of all appropriate functions associated with EHS.
He/She will contribute to the High Performance culture within EHS by providing a flexible, accurate service to enable the department to achieve the four key priorities. He/She is an active member of the EHS team providing support, guidance and expertise.
The Specialist, Safety & Environment will participate and comply with the Global Safety and Environment Management System and the Quality Management System (QMS) requirements, including ownership, as relevant.

Primary Activities/Responsibilities:
*Supports Corporate and Business Unit EHS strategy and objectives, contributes to development and implementation of global EHS programs and promotes local alignment with same.
*Promotes culture of EHS excellence at facility and provides high-quality safety, health and welfare technical leadership to assigned operations.
*Develops permitting and compliance strategies.
*Addresses risk prevention opportunities including hazardous materials exposure, spills, releases, accidents, fires, or other unsafe conditions.
*Supports business continuity and planning emergency response & preparedness efforts as a key member of the team.
*Coordinates EHS technology transfer implementation for new products and operations.
*Manages EHS risk profile and monitors associated capital and operating costs for facility/operations, including timely implementation of EHS capital projects.
*Optimizes existing operations and practices with focus on continuous improvement initiatives.
*Provides oversight on EHS projects at location. Conducts annual site self-assessments, and more frequent operating unit assessments, tracking and directing follow-up activities to correct any non-conformity.
*Creates and maintains databases & records containing pertinent EHS metrics and data.
*Position may have cross-functional responsibility for technical/managerial support, oversight, and supervision within assigned area of responsibility.

Key Behaviours: Focus on Customers, Including Patients
Focus the entire organization on delivering value for customers, including patients, by understanding and meeting their needs.
Actively listen and seek to understand differing perspectives; work together to achieve the common goals of the new Merck.
Act with Candor and Courage
Speak openly, honestly and with conviction; have the courage to take appropriate risks and make difficult decisions.
Make Rapid, Disciplined Decisions
Make timely decisions at the right level with the right data, and support them once made.
Drive Results Set clear performance standards; overcome obstacles; hold ourselves and others accountable for achieving results.
Demonstrate Ethics & Integrity
Adhere to the highest standards of trustworthy and ethical behavior in all interactions and hold others to the same standards; comply with all laws, policies and regulations; identify and address ethical issues without hesitation.

Job Experience:
*Demonstrated knowledge in more than one pharmaceutical and/or chemical manufacturing operation (e.g. Manufacturing, Quality, Engineering, Tech Services etc).
*Typically will have experience in EHS and/or engineering related positions, including knowledge of chemical, pharmaceutical, research and development processes is desired.
*Knowledge of and experience in applying Lean Six Sigma and Lean methodologies (e.g. 6S)

3rd Level degree in EHS, chemical engineering or other related discipline (chemistry, physical sciences, biology, and toxicology) is required. (Other 4-year degree health/sciences with significant equivalent work experience in EHS field may suffice.) Graduate degree preferred.
Typically will have experience in EHS and/or engineering related positions, including knowledge of chemical, pharmaceutical, research and development processes is desired.
Professional certifications in related disciplines and/or advanced degree in EHS management are a plus

Desirable: Evidence of Continuous Professional Development.
Desirable: Six Sigma Green Belt
Skill Set:
*Working cross-functionally, identifies EHS problems and provides possible alternatives and solutions
*Provides technical expertise in investigation of problems and develops innovative solutions, implementing corrective and preventive action plans to address problems.
*Handles ambiguous and complex issues as they arise.
*Initiates and takes responsibility for his/her own professional development.
*Position may directly or indirectly supervise others.
*As applicable, trains, develops, and coaches staff as well as monitors their output and performance
*Leads cross-functional projects and initiatives as assigned.

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