Golden State Foods

Corporate EHS Director

Location US-GA-Conyers
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Position Overview

Provide leadership and expertise in areas of environmental, occupational health and safety (EHS), risk management, and workers compensation/loss control management to business units across 18 distribution and 12 domestic and international manufacturing locations. Assist the business units to maintain compliance with all applicable EHS requirements. Monitor regulatory developments related to EHS and advise corporate stakeholders on potential business impacts. As a subject matter expert, support representing GSF with government agencies, industry associations, and/or other organizations for negotiating legislation, regulations, and/or guidelines that impact our business strategy. Aid business units in actions to eliminate worker injuries and associated costs, improve pollution prevention, and waste minimization. Offer strategic leadership to all business units and give corporate oversight in the areas of EHS.


  • Lead development of corporate guidelines, assist in implemention and monitor comprehensive safety processes and management practices to meet all applicable safety rules and company policy requirements company-wide. Responsibilities to include but not limited to: ergonomics, machine guarding, hazard communication, powered industrial vehicles, electrical safety, fire protection and emergency preparedness, and driver safety.
  • Work with facilities company-wide to assure training of all associates to maintain full compliance and eliminate safety and environmental violations and costs including, but not limited to, training on general safety and environmental awareness; specific programs (e.g. confined space, personal protective equipment (PPE), powered industrial vehicles, defensive driving, stormwater, spill response); enforcement provisions including the potential for fines, forced shutdowns, and imprisonment; equipment operation; and general safety practices.
  • Identify and interpret regulatory standards that impact operational exposures and business activities and guide needed plans to ensure compliance.
  • Lead development of corporate guidelines, assist in implemention and monitor comprehensive environmental processes and management practices to meet all applicable environmental rules and company policy requirements. Responsibilities to include but not limited to: waste water discharge, solid waste disposal, hazardous waste handling, storage, and disposal, air emissions, spill prevention control and countermeasures, stormwater national pollutant discharge elimination system, and ozone depleting substances.
  • Apprise management of emerging issues, current status with respect to those issues, and the resources necessary to comply.
  • Conduct periodic EHS inspections and behavoiral observations.
  • Directs, develops, and oversees the general health and safety policies and procedures company-wide. In addition, facilitate the sharing of programs, procedures, tools, and sucessfully demonstrated practices within the Corporation.
  • Provide input in identifying and tracking appropriate KPIs and assessing site EHS performance company-wide.
  • Implements initiatives to reduce and prevent accidents, occupational illnesses, and exposure to long-term health hazards by creating functional strategies and specific objectives for safety focus groups and develops procedures/policies to support the functional infrastructure across GSF.
  • Creating and indirect management of safety focus groups.
  • Audit periodically facilities for EHS compliance as directed by management.
  • Communicate with business unit management and associates and provide relevant reports and analyses to ensure appropriate decision making on EHS issues. Conduct analyses on special project assignments.
  • Disseminate new developments in EHS technologies (e.g. automation, pollution controls, waste minimization).
  • Review capital expenditure requests for EHS compliance.
  • Liaise, as directed by management, with government agencies during the development of new Federal, State/Provincial, and Local requirements to affect a favorable outcome.
  • Perform EHS due dilligence activities related to any acquisitions or divestures.
  • Communicate with Federal, State/Provincial, and Local authorities regarding compliance issues and negotiate means of compliance. Assist management during civil or criminal investigations.
  • Performs other related and assigned duties by management.


Special Duties/ Responsibilities:

  • Conduct performance review or provide constructive feedback of indirect reports.
  • Cultural “Change Agent” in supporting the GSF Continuous Improvement process.
  • On-going personal development within GSFU and professional organizations.
  • Performs other related duties as may be assigned.


Leadership/Management Responsibility:

  • Ability to lead by influencing.
  • Strategic planning and enterprise wide planning
  • Achieving results through others where no / little formal lines of authority exist.
  • Possess a facilitative style of management.


Performance Categories:

  • EHS regulatory compliance
  • Productivity/quality standards: verifiable Occupational Health and Safety Programs
  • Productivity/quality standards: verifiable Environmental Programs
  • EHS audits and inspections
  • Coordination of third-party/customer audits
  • Teamwork within the department and across departments and facilities
  • Internal customer satisfaction
  • Vendor relations
  • Regulatory Agency (domestic and international) relations
  • Selected EHS parameters to improve compliance and overall costs


Education and experience equivalent to:



BS degree in Engineering, Life Science, Safety, or Risk Management from an accredited college or university. Certification as a Certified Safety Professional and OSHA 30 Hour is a plus.


Work Experience:

7 to 10 years of relevant work experience within the food manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution environment.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


Knowledge of (B/basic; J/journey; E/expert):

  • Persuasion Skills (J)
  • Attention to details (E)
  • Strength of conviction (J)
  • Safety policies, practices, and procedures (E)
  • Environmental policies, practices, and procedures (J)
  • Regulatory policy making procedures (J)
  • Occupational Health and Safety audit concept and techniques (E)
  • Environmental audit concept and techniques (J)
  • Good Manufacturing and Distribution Practices (J)
  • Manufacturing concepts and techniques (J)
  • Food Processing concepts and techniques (J)
  • Food Warehousing and Distribution concepts and techniques (J)
  • PC: word processing/spreadsheet and presentation (PowerPoint) software (J)
  • Safety Incident Reporting and Tracking software systems (B)
  • Continuous Improvement Methodology & Root Cause Analysis (E)


Skills and Abilities

  • Analyze and resolve complex problems.
  • Manage and motivate associates in a team-based environment.
  • Sound general business acumen.
  • Knowledge of various cultures.
  • Knowledge of process flow interactions.
  • Coordinate and communicate effectively with internal and external customers verbally and in writing.
  • Prepare a variety of comprehensive administrative and technical documents and reports.
  • Read and process written information with high degree of accuracy.
  • Work effectively in a general business environment, with a focus on high level of quality, ethics and customer service.
  • Willingness and ability to travel via airplane and drive automobile.  Expected travel is 50% to 60% of work time.


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