Safety Manager - Lanett, AL

Lanett | Alabama | United States

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Safety Manager - Lanett, AL

3500 45th Street SW, PO Box 728
Lanett, Alabama, 36863
United States


The Safety Manager will lead and manage the execution of the site’s safety, health & environmental programs and processes.  This position will be responsible for overseeing the effective technical execution of safety & environmental requirements, development and successful implementation of safety & environmental processes, while leading a zero-injury safety culture that results in regulatory compliance and a safe workplace.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide safety and environmental leadership for 350+ employees in our local converting and warehousing operations
  • Ensure safe and environmentally responsible working conditions
  • Establish & maintain a positive safety culture based on execution excellence, continuous improvement, and employee engagement
  • Establish & maintain safety & environmental compliance in alignment with regulatory and WestRock requirements
  • Participate as a member of the plant leadership team, leads the safety/environmental teams
  • Align overall safety & environmental projects with annual business plan and objectives
  • Develop and lead safety/environmental performance improvement project teams
  • Lead internal audits of safety & environmental performance and processes
  • Develop and administer safety & environmental training programs
  • Identify and ensure best practices are shared and implemented
  • Collaborate with safety and environmental professionals within corporate group to improve processes and insure success within the local facility
  • Ensure rigorous incident investigations, root cause analysis, thorough completed corrective actions, communications, and reporting
  • Perform periodic reporting and presentations of key training, incident reports, performance metrics, action items and results
  • Interface with plant employees in daily safety discussions and follow up
  • Key results of position:  accurate, effective and adherent safety/environmental processes, high levels of employee ownership/participation in safety, zero serious injuries, zero environment incidents, industry-leading recordable injury rate

Requirements for Success:

  • Bachelor’s degree in safety, engineering or other technical discipline
  • Prefer 3-5 years of related experience in a manufacturing environment
  • Ability to lead complex initiatives across multiple departments
  • Ability to act as a change agent achieving results with urgency
  • Able to organize multiple teams and actions items simultaneously - strong organizational and influencing skills
  • Clear and effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to problem solve, organize, analyze and interpret data
  • Ability to train, motivate, and coach employees
  • Proficient computer skills (Microsoft Excel/Word/PowerPoint, use of WestRock software systems)
  • Working knowledge of OSHA regulatory requirements
  • As a member of the plant leadership team, ability to work on various other tasks/projects as required (beyond safety & environment) to support the broad success of the business
  • Ability to work nights and weekends occasionally as needed to support the 24 hours/7 days operation
  • Travel Requirement Estimate:  Up to 10% (As needed)



 WestRock Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to creating and maintaining a diverse workforce: Minorities/Females/ Disabled/Veterans.


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