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CBRE Global Head of HSE in Chicago, Illinois

Global Head of HSE

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Service line

GWS Segment

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Areas of Interest

Health and Safety/Environment


Atlanta - Georgia - United States of America, Boston - Massachusetts - United States of America, Calgary - Alberta - Canada, Chicago - Illinois - United States of America, Dallas - Texas - United States of America, Edmonton - Alberta - Canada, Los Angeles - California - United States of America, Manhattan - New York - United States of America, Miami - Florida - United States of America, Philadelphia - Pennsylvania - United States of America, Phoenix - Arizona - United States of America, Seattle - Washington - United States of America, Toronto - Ontario - Canada, Vancouver - British Columbia - Canada, Washington, D.C. - District of Columbia - United States of America, Winnipeg - Manitoba - Canada


The purpose of this global role is to lead a proactive and collaborative team approach to promoting a culture of Health, Safety, and environmental excellence, whilst ensuring the timely delivery of the underpinning HSE functional projects, objectives, and targets.

The role will primarily focus on creating, improving and promoting the business adoption of HSE management systems, procedures and policies through account and site level audit verification to drive accountability into all levels of our business.

The role will combine a business sector, account based and geographical support approach; balancing the sector and account focused alignment with delivery support where you need it, when you need it with local knowledge.

The role will drive a culture of HSE performance improvement through leading indicator trend analysis and implementation of effective risk management actions.


Oversees and directly leads the GWS Enterprise and PJM global team of health and safety professionals to achieve or exceed annual targets for injury rate reduction and other elements of safety improvement.

Provides business perspective, executive decision making, and cultural change management leadership to ensure HSE programs are widely adopted, beneficial to the business, and appropriate to the business.

Responsible for developing and leading globally consistent policies, processes, and practices across all GWS | Enterprise geographies with appropriate accommodation for local variance between lines of business and country statutory requirements.

Effectively collaborates with peer HSE executive leader within GWS | Local, to share best practice and drive common initiatives and programs where consistency benefits GWS, with appropriate accommodation for local variance between lines of business and country statutory requirements.

Effectively collaborates with corporate HSE executive leader for CBRE to share best practice and ensure GWS has a voice at the table when required.

Curates new and existing HSE initiatives, tools, and programs for optimal impact to the business, always taking change management and efficacy into account.

Responsible for ensuring that health, safety, and environmental client contractual terms, governmental compliance requirements, and company policies are met at all times. Manages HSE (Health, Safety and Environmental) programs, teams, tools, and initiatives to meet such requirements. Evaluates new and existing programs to assess suitability and the need for changes.

Identifies, develops and delivers business wide adoption of the appropriate strategies in line with the CBRE Health, Safety & Environmental strategy, policy and processes.

Monitors, reviews & analyses HSE performance identifying appropriate initiatives & differentiators to ensure performance improvement globally.

Directs and coordinates activities of senior leader staff and subject matter experts engaged in HSE programs.

Oversees HSE plans, playbooks and procedures for accounts, market areas, and geographical regions. Ensures HSE plans and playbooks are current, complete and effectively implemented.

Monitors health and safety and environmental regulatory compliance globally.

Timely communicates all findings, concerns and deficiencies to the responsible management team and ensures that issues, concerns and deficiencies are corrected – per pre-defined and agreed processes. Develops and implements strategic solutions that will support management's efforts to improve and maintain compliance as required.

Manages and oversees the interactions with government agencies, professional HSE groups, community advisory panels, corporate HSE officers, and all internal safety activities

Provides direct and timely counsel and information to leaders of the company. Reviews HSE compliance, trends, performance and concerns. Strong focus on quality.

Collaborates successfully with other departments, including People, Legal, D&T, and Risk, to complete the essential duties listed above timely and collaboratively.

Other duties may be assigned.


Manages the planning, organization, and controls globally. Is responsible for a mix of direct and matrix reports numbering hundreds of FTEs and growing. Responsible for staff recruitment, selection, promotion, advancement, corrective action and termination for direct reports. Effectively recommends and supports same for matrix reports. Monitors appropriate staffing levels and reports on utilization and deployment of human resources. Leads and supports staff in areas of training, development, coaching, mentoring, measuring, appraising and rewarding performance and retention.

Is a strong people leader who naturally creates followership, is visible and leads by example and models behaviors that are consistent with the company's values and effectively driving results.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Bachelor's degree required. A minimum of 15 years of related experience (in the absence of any of the above degrees / certification).

MBA or equivalent preferred.

Executive leadership experience with large organizations supporting policy making, globalization, change management, cultural change, and/or global team leadership.

A proven track record of creating strategy and operationalizing it successfully across a complex global organization including successfully driving a change agenda.



Ability to comprehend, analyze, and interpret the most complex business documents. Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive issues. Ability to write reports, manuals, speeches and articles using distinctive style. Ability to make effective and persuasive presentations on complex topics to employees, clients, top management and/or public groups. Ability to motivate and negotiate effectively with key employees, top management, and client groups to take desired action. Ability to motivate and keep engaged a global multi cultural team.


Requires in-depth knowledge of financial terms and principles. Reviews complex financial/business analysis and reports prepared by subordinates. Ability to analyze the most complex business/financial data and develop innovative solutions. Develops and implements financial policies and procedures. Approves and oversees department budget.


Ability to solve advanced problems and deal with a variety of options in complex situations. Requires expert level analytical and quantitative skills with proven experience in developing strategic solutions for a growing matrix-based multi-industry sales environment. Draws upon the analysis of others and makes recommendations that have a direct impact on the company. Is able to balance quantitative, qualitative and situational analysis to make decisions.



Decisions made with in-depth understanding and interpretation of procedures, company policies and business practices to achieve complex results. Responsible for setting project, department and/or division deadlines. Errors in judgment may cause long-term impact to line of business and/or overall company.

CBRE is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a long-standing commitment to providing equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, veteran status, political belief, or any other basis protected by applicable law.

NOTE: An additional requirement for this role is the ability to comply with COVID-19 health and safety protocols, including COVID-19 vaccination proof and/or rigorous testing.

CBRE, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer (Women/Minorities/Persons with Disabilities/US Veterans)