Refresco US - Director, Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS)

Job Title: Director, Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS)
Company: Refresco US
Location: 92 N Main St., Wharton, NJ, 07885
Industry Sectors: Beverage - Non Alcoholic
Date Posted: 10/13/2016

General description of role:

As a key member of the management team, the Director, EHS reports directly to the VP, Operations. Responsible for technical work in a wide range of safety, health and environmental disciplines. Provides leadership in the fields of industrial Hygiene, Risk Assessment, Hazard Recognition, Root Cause Investigation and Regulatory Reporting. Leads all EHS audits in Refresco US and coordinates all certifications requested by customers and governmental agencies. Provides strategic and tactical EHS process and procedures to all plants.

Most important results:

- Insure our employees, customers, and vendors have a safe and healthy workplace

- Maintain required level of EHS certification and standards adherence

- Insure rigid compliance with all OSHA standards

- Review all new equipment and processes to insure safe operating standards are in place

Key responsibilities of the role:

Plans, monitors and coordinates implementation of EHS programs (required by the law, Refresco, OSHA, EMS, and Juice HACCP within all Refresco US plants

- Creates, reviews and approves safety procedures and related documents

- Develops EHS training programs for employees

- Coordinates external and internal EHS audits

- Approves corrective action plans and oversees their realization

- Investigate accidents, and identify root causes to prevent future accidents

- Provide EHS status reports, actions plans, and contingency plans

- Delivers legally required information and builds relationships with authorities

- Identify potentially hazardous biological, chemical, and radiological materials for analysis

- Analyze EHS issues, identifies root causes, coordinates resolution actions and defines action for improvement in all plant EHS activities

- Manages the control activities and keeps all the functions involved and informed

- Provides proactive support in the decision making processes with potential impact on the safety of our workplace environment

- Involves employees in our EHS process and communicates all required safety information

- Provide positive and proactive interaction with plant management

- Provide positive and proactive interaction with all plant employees

Ensures safety and EHS compliance of new and current production equipment:

- Supports requested changes in safety technology/processes, including validation and evaluation of possible impact on safety.

- Validates new equipment and tools to assure their conformity with safety requirements

Reports to the Management Team on EHS performance and needs for improvement, suggests potential corrective or preventive action

Collaborates with the all departments in making decisions related to EHS requirements.

Profile of job holder:

- Degree in Occupational Health, Safety, Engineering, Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry, Agriculture or Health Orientation

- Minimum 5 years Director level experience in a beverage or food manufacturing environment

- Good knowledge of the EHS requirements and governmental compliance

- Knowledge of beverage or food production processes and products

- Knowledge of managing EHS, OSHA, and GMP processes in a manufacturing environment

- Knowledge of applicable local regulation; ability to interpret policies, standards, requirements and procedures

Competences and skills:

- Ability to anticipate and avoid potential problems

- Ability to establish successful communication with external institutions, authorities, customers and partners

- Understanding of financial impact of decisions

- Ability to translate function strategy into individual plant programs

- Ability to lead and manage change

- Ability to set standards for EHS performance

- High integrity

- Articulate communicator and effective listener

- Ability to build relationships to improve results

- Ability to understand what drives peers in other functions

- Knowledge of the contributions of all functions

About Refresco

Refresco is the leading European bottler of soft drinks and fruit juices for retailers and branded customers. With production in 9 EU countries and the US, our global sourcing and local R&D capabilities offer an almost unlimited variety of products, manufactured to customer specifications and requirements. In addition to the efficiency of our bottling processes, we can also provide our customers with total supply chain solutions – from planning and sourcing of raw materials and packaging through to warehousing and transportation. We focus on providing high customer service levels as well as core innovations through the introduction of new packages, flavors and varieties of soft drinks and fruit juices.

In (co-)designing new products, we share extensive knowledge of market trends, local consumer preferences, product formulas, raw materials, and new production technologies. We are able to develop new concepts and bring these to market in an extremely short time frame. In 2015 we realized full year volumes and revenue of circa 6.1 billion liters and circa €2.0 billion, respectively. We employ circa 5,000 people in Europe and the US. Our head office is based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. For more information, please visit