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Director, Environmental Health & Safety

Director, Environmental Health & Safety
Accepting BioReady
Full Time

STEMCELL Technologies

not disclosed
British Columbia
Date Posted
07/09/2018 - 10:15
Closing Date
07/10/2018 - 10:15
Job Description

STEMCELL Technologies Inc. is a privately-owned biotechnology company based in Vancouver that helps power leading-edge life science research around the world. Scientists performing stem cell, immunology, cancer, regenerative medicine and cellular therapy research are among those who rely on our cell culture media, cell separation products, instruments, ancillary reagents and contract assay services. We create novel, useful, standardized products of unfailing quality and deliver them to more than 70 countries via our many regional offices plus distribution centres in Vancouver, Seattle, Grenoble and Singapore.  Driven by our love of science and our passion for quality, we see ourselves simply as “Scientists Helping Scientists” – standing by our customers to provide outstanding products, technical support and training.  We have over 1000 science-oriented employees globally, including 250 PhDs/MScs, with most others holding a BSc or engineering degree.  STEMCELL is proud to be the largest Biotechnology employer in Canada.

The Director, Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) is responsible for providing strategic direction and leadership to the EHS functions and teams within the Facilities department to facilitate STEMCELL’s culture of promoting EHS industry best practices and high compliance of local applicable laws and regulations for our growing workforce of over 1,000+ and operating facilities located globally. This role involves developing, implementing and managing all aspects of the corporate EHS programs and initiatives, including risk management, to effectively establish trust and credibility and lead by influence across all levels of STEMCELL’s global organization.

Education & Qualifications: 
  • Bachelor degree in Environmental, Safety, Engineering or related field. Professional certification in Safety, Environmental and/or Industrial Hygiene is preferred.
  • 12+ years’ experience working in an EHS-related function for pharmaceutical / healthcare or manufacturing environment; global experience is preferred.
  • Experience with establishing a Quality Management System (QMS) for Safety.
  • Experience managing people, projects, and programs; change management experience is preferred to to serve as a change agent.
  • Demonstrated expertise and working knowledge of biological and chemical safety regulation in laboratory and manufacturing facilities.
  • Proven ability to establish, implement and manage EHS programs.
  • Ability to analyze, interpret and report on EHS performance, data, issues and trends.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and interpret complex regulations to determine impact on company operations, directives and procedures and to develop action plans to optimize compliance.
  • Ability to lead and direct work of others and to effectively respond to changing priorities.
  • Comprehensive understanding of global regulatory requirements is an asset.
  • Demonstrated experience with stakeholder engagement and stakeholder management.
  • Confident, results-oriented.
Duties & Responsibilities: 
  • Responsible for the leadership oversight and strategic direction of the Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) functions, teams and activities.
  • Lead and manage all aspects of the corporate EHS program. Ensure compliance with all EHS standards regulated by local laws in the global operating regions
  • Design, implement, and continuously improve company-wide EHS strategy, programs, processes and data tracking platform consistent with industry best practices and company culture. Ensure effective oversight, review, management and execution.
  • Partner with the business and technical teams to implement regulatory compliance and risk management for the relevant EHS areas, including but not limited to: i) Occupational Safety and Health Compliance, per jurisdiction; ii) Industrial and Chemical Hygiene Program; iii) Biosafety Program; iv) Workplace ergonomics and injury minimization programs and policies; v) Process Safety and Risk Management; and vi) Environmental compliance management, hazardous waste management and regulatory reporting.
  • Develop EHS initiatives that reflect a thorough knowledge and understanding of laboratory, manufacturing and production operations. Contribute to the overall viability of these operational areas by developing and executing processes that support the recognition, measurement and control of actual and potential hazards.
  • Maintain EHS standards and initiatives that improve performance, reduce risk, mitigate incident frequency and severity, and meet regulatory/compliance requirements.
  • Develop and maintain expertise in incident investigation including root cause analysis and corrective and preventative actions that support investigation outcomes.
  • Develop and implement safety related internal controls, oversight, governance, and measurement systems to ensure compliance and accountability across the organization globally. Provide technical expertise to the EHS team.
  • Define short and long term EHS objectives for the regional EHS teams and provide tactical plans to reach team goals. Develop and coach the EHS teams with the goal of increasing individual and team bench strength.
  • Oversee and manage safety performance of site based projects: safety design and environmental compliance; process safety assessments; demolition and construction activities; commissioning activities; supervision of contractors.
  • Contribute to the budget process to ensure that EHS program strategies are implemented throughout the business.
  • Drive EHS policy and program safety performance by identifying safety trends and data company-wide and by region; implement strategies to effectively prevent and/or resolve actual or perceived safety issues. Introduce new approaches to significantly improve safety performance methods / techniques.
  • Provide regular reports and/or presentations to senior leadership on the corporate EHS program’s successes and challenges with a focus on leading indicators.
  • Chair and manage the agenda for the Safety Committee, as required.
Other Information: 

This is an opportunity to work with highly motivated colleagues in a science-oriented, creative and dynamic environment. We offer a competitive salary, excellent benefits and significant career development opportunities. If you are interested in this challenging and rewarding position, please apply online at