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Thermo Fisher Scientific Director, Environmental Health & Safety, Chemical Analysis Division in Salem, Oregon

Company information:

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. is the world leader in serving science, with revenues of $20 billion and more than 70,000 employees globally. Our mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. We help our customers accelerate life sciences research, solve complex analytical challenges, improve patient diagnostics and increase laboratory productivity. Through our premier brands - Thermo Scientific, Applied Biosystems, Invitrogen, Fisher Scientific and Unity Lab Services - we offer an unmatched combination of innovative technologies, purchasing convenience and comprehensive services.

Position Summary:

As a member of the Chemical Analysis Division (CAD) Operations leadership team, this position will provide strategic Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) oversight and guidance to all the operating businesses and functions within CAD. The Director of EHS will work closely with other divisional leaders, site, business and EHS leaders and Corporate EHS to effectively manage and continuously improve EHS performance within the division. This position reports directly to the Vice President of Operations with a dotted line reporting relationship to Corporate EHS.


  • Establishes EHS strategies and goals necessary to achieve excellence in EHS performance across all divisional locations and communicates these widely, ensure engagement across the organization.

  • Develop and implement EHS policies, standards, guidelines and programs, as appropriate, to meet the overall divisional strategy and to control EHS risks throughout the business.

  • Assures compliance of divisional operations to all applicable laws, regulations and standards. This includes local legislation as well as Thermo Fisher Scientific Corporate EHS polices and standards.

  • Establishes and monitors key performance metrics to measure progress against goals and to evaluate EHS program effectiveness. Advises organizational leaders on performance improvements and leads improvement initiatives. Uses the data to drive improvement plans and track progress against the strategy/goals

  • Develop appropriate training and awareness programs and ensure their successful delivery across the Division in support of compliance and safety goals.

  • Develops and analyses safety information reporting. Consolidates and reports key EHS metrics monthly, quarterly and annually as required.

  • Works with individual locations to ensure appropriate level of EHS resources are maintained. Provide oversite and guidance to site EHS leaders to ensure their continued development and success.

  • Facilitate the Global CAD EHS council in order to establish a network of EHS professionals, enable the sharing of best practices, drive continuing education, and rollout divisional programs and other safety initiatives.

  • Establish and implement a divisional EHS escalation process for critical injuries, incidents or business losses. Ensure appropriate level of response and countermeasures are applied.

  • Participate on the Corporate EHS Council as the CAD representative. Report on the status of EHS initiatives, ongoing performance and change within the division. Provide input into the ongoing development of the Corporate EHS program.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Health and Safety or Environmental or related technical discipline required.

  • Eight to ten years progressive experience leading EHS in a multi-site and international manufacturing organization with a proven record of establishing effective programs and delivering continuous performance improvements.

  • Must have a working understanding of environmental, health and safety regulations with extensive experience in the development, maintenance and implementation of EHS management systems.

  • Knowledge in the technical fundamentals of safety management and risk assessments and reduction, including machinery and biological safety, chemical safety, loss prevention, and ergonomics.

  • Must have strong leadership and influencing skills, with the ability to be consistently persuasive and credible across multiple hierarchical levels and cultures resulting in improved EHS performance.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with the ability to think strategically and translate to a tactical level.

  • Ability to solve complex problems and deal with a variety of variables while meeting quality, timeliness, and cost requirements.

  • Ability to exercise judgement as to the levels of involvement and intervention appropriate in order to meet responsibilities and objectives.

  • Ability to travel up to 30-50% of the time.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree (in business or related technical field) or professional certification a plus.

  • Experience with Lean Manufacturing/continuous improvement principles.

Thermo Fisher Scientific is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, veteran status, age or disability status.