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Unifrax Global Health and Safety Lead in Buffalo, New York

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Why work for us?

Want to join a truly global company with over 37 manufacturing facilities around the world? Want to be part of a forward thinking, progressive organisation that is growing at an extraordinary pace? Why not become part of an organisation that truly cares about its commitment to its customers and its fellow colleagues.

Alkegen is a global leader in high-performance specialty fibers and inorganic materials used in high-temperature industrial, automotive and fire protection applications. We have nearly 80 years' experience in providing innovative solutions to our customers' application problems across several different business sectors. Our products are known universally for their quality and proven performance with names like Fiberfrax® ceramic fiber products, revolutionary low bio-persistent Insulfrax® and Isofrax®.

Our purpose, mission and values are based on our commitment to produce high quality products that help our customers save energy, reduce pollution and improve fire safety

Job Requirements:

The purpose of the Global H&S Lead is to support the Global SHE Director in the development and deployment of SHE strategy for Alkegen and partner the Business Unit Operations Leaders and Plant Managers in the deployment of their responsibilities in relation to the strategy. Ultimately, the Global H&S Lead is responsible for the reduction of accidents and incidents (including fires) within the business unit by creating and sustaining an interdependent safety culture where employees at all levels take pride in ownership and accountability for results.


  • Lead by example, promote and demonstrate the principles, vision and values of Alkegen

  • Establish strong leadership credibility, confidence and rapport across all l evels of the Global Business Unit

  • To be the subject matter expert for all Safety, Health and Environmental (SHE) matters and take the prominent role in leading the SHE agenda within the Business Unit they partner.

  • Manage the Internal SHE Management System Audit program inclusive of the following elements:

    • Audit Schedule
  • Auditing

  • Development of robust risk based Corrective Action Plans

  • Global Audit Analysis

  • Management Review

  • Process Improvement

  • Ensure all statutory requirements as defined by country specific regulators are understood and systems to ensure compliance are developed and / or maintained

  • Profile the Business to identify and subsequently manage common areas of risk within the Business Unit

  • Develop a comprehensive knowledge and personally own all aspects of the SHE organization and performance in the Business Unit by working with the SHE professionals at each facility:

    • SHE Objectives centered on continual improvement
  • Accident and Incident Investigation (RCA) with a focus on prevention and learning

  • Data Analysis - Identify trends in the SHE KPI's and develop programs to address short comings

  • Manage and where appropriate further develop Emergency Response Programs for each facility within the Business Unit, testing via a series of live drills and desktop exercises is essential

  • Support the Senior Global SHE Director and Business Unit Operational Leads in developing SHE strategy for the Business Unit

  • Work closely with Operational Leads at each facility to evaluate cultural improvements that can be made before developing bespoke delivery plans.

    Qualifications / Experience

  • Internationally recognized Occupational H&S qualification e.g. Degree in Occupation H&S , Chartered Safety Professional

  • Internationally recognized Environmental qualification preferred

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office

  • Proficient in Adaptive Coaching Skills e.g. listening, responding

  • Demonstrate experience of working with formal Management of Change systems (MOC) to reduce safety and operational risks.

  • Demonstrate experience in Process Safety Management techniques such as HAZOP is an advantage for the role

  • Demonstrate experience in application of behavioral safety management systems in order to drive an interdependent culture within a workforce

  • Excellent people, communication, team building and organizational skills essential