Head of Environmental Health and Safety, St. Louis Hub

Posted 13 Nov 2019

St. Louis, Missouri - United States

Req Id 199924


A career with MilliporeSigma is an ongoing journey of discovery: our 52,000 people are shaping how the world lives, works and plays through next generation advancements in healthcare, life science and performance materials. For more than 350 years and across the world we have passionately pursued our curiosity to find novel and vibrant ways of enhancing the lives of others. MilliporeSigma is a business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.

Your role:  

Ensure that St. Louis operations are performed in accordance with sound environmental, health & safety practices which include the conformance with applicable regulatory requirements.  Advise on and support development of EHS-improvement initiatives across the St. Louis campus.  Provide guidance to St. Louis senior management and Site Directors with regards to capital improvements, adherence to Merck Group Standards, and Corporate EHS Key Performance Indicators. 

  • Establish and maintain staffing levels and direct performance management activity for environmental, health, safety and security functions.
  • Support and direct environmental objectives, compliance assurance activities (to include recordkeeping and reporting activity to federal, state and local agencies), and environmental engineering of facility design and/or modifications.  Support Site Directors with environmental sustainability initiatives, to include waste score reduction, water consumption reduction, and carbon footprint (energy) reduction.
  • Direct employee Health Services (medical) function, to include medical surveillance activities (and maintenance of all required documentation), first-aid and emergency medical treatment, and medical preparedness.
  • Participate in and support workers compensation claims reviews in a diligent fashion so as to minimize company liability with work-related injuries.
  • Direct safety functions to include: (1) review, update, and periodic auditing of all EHS written programs, (2) response, investigation, root cause analysis and assignment of corrective actions for injuries and incidents, (3) recordkeeping and reporting of OSHA-required data, and (4) development of injury/incident prevention activities and safety improvement plans.
  • Direct and oversee emergency preparedness and response planning, to include chemical/medical/fire emergencies, active shooter emergencies, and weather emergencies.  Assure adequate emergency response resources are available (both internal and external), and re-evaluate status as site operations change (i.e., new hazardous processes, new facilities, increased staffing and/or shifts).
  • Direct and oversee compliance with EHS training requirements, to include execution of training, documentation of training, and periodic gap analyses to assure compliance requirements are met.
  • Direct and oversee chemical process safety management function, to include both OSHA-required elements and Merck-required elements.
  • Oversee monthly and annual reporting and collection of all EHS data into cr360, which feeds into Merck’s EHS KPIs.
  • Coordinate and assist with EHS internal (Merck EQ-E, ISO certification, etc.) and external (regulatory, insurance, customer) audits.
  • Direct the Security function, to include: (1) establishment of and updates to Security Vulnerability Assessments for all St. Louis sites, (2) maintenance of electronic and physical security systems, (3) development and maintenance of security policies/procedures, (4) assist with security-related engineering design of new and modified facilities.


Manage and direct a team consisting of:

  • Manager of EHS and staff of EHS professionals, to include two nurses
  • EHS Supervisor and Environmental Services staff
  • Global Security Office manager and staff
  • Contract security staff



Basic Qualifications:


 B.S. in Chemistry, Industrial Hygiene, Chemical Engineering, or closely-related degree. Professional certification in Industrial Hygiene, Safety, Environment, and/or Engineering preferred.

  • 7-10 years progressive industrial experience.  Up to 5 years practical (plant level) experience in environmental, occupational health and/or safety.  Up to 5 years of supervisory/management environmental, health and/or safety experience.   This includes:
  • Working knowledge of federal, state and local environmental, occupational health and safety regulations and batch chemical operations.
  • Advanced knowledge of environmental, occupational health and safety evaluation and control methods.
  • Functional knowledge of advanced incident (accident, spill, fire, etc.) prevention methods.
  • Advanced ability to write concise technical reports, whether submitted to external regulatory agencies or internal senior management.
  • Agility to respond to immediate requests for data and/or incident summary upon request from local or senior company management.
  • Acute problem-solving and decision-making ability, to include excellent communication skills.
  • General knowledge of security protocols and common security equipment usage such as CCTV, alarm monitoring, and access control.
  • Strong presentation and negotiation skills.
  • Strong data analysis/interpretation and mathematical skills.
  • Critical requirement to be well-organized and able to manage many projects at one time.


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