Dean Foods

VP, Environmental Health and Safety

Requisition ID
# of Openings
Consumer Products
Bachelor's Degree
Relocation Assistance
Available to Qualified Candidates

Job Description & Requirements

Job Description:

The Vice President, Environmental Health & Safety is responsible for the development, implementation and management of an effective environmental safety and health program for Dean Foods. The VP Environmental Health & Safety will provide strategic direction and leadership for the company’s global initiatives, model safety as a top priority of the organization, and lead a team of approximately 50 direct and indirect reports and the VP will report to the EVP Supply Chain.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Lead the development and deploy strategy to deliver annual and along term OpEx2020 objectives for DART and TRIR
  • Deliver cost commitments to contribute to supply chain AOP objectives
  • Lead, the environment health safety and sustainability work environment in achieving zero tolerance;
  • Lead, develop, implement, and maintain all environmental, safety and sustainability programs, policies and procedures based on leading indicators and actions;
  • Comply with all federal, provincial and territorial regulatory requirements;
  • Lead, promote the organization while building a positive safety culture focus on influencing behaviors;
  • Lead and coach all employees on interpretation and administration of EHS&S policies and procedures;
  • Lead, maintain all safety records, analyze on trends, report on statistics, and manage non-compliance;
  • Lead and manage all near misses, hazard/accident investigations and reporting’s;
  • Lead disability management and consult with all federal and provincial boards, manage RTW programs;
  • Lead and coach members of the EHS Leadership Team;
  • Lead and develop the environmental, sustainability programs and policies;
  • Lead the environmental and sustainability group, be compliant in all sustainability reporting requirements.


Job Responsibilities:

Safety Regulations Other Responsibilities

  • Develop and deliver innovative and meaningful safety training programs
  • Partner with leadership on all potential mergers and acquisitions from the perspective of Safety and Health issues prior to the acquisition through integration.
  • Provide executive oversight of permit application and renewal activities, as well as conduct negotiations with agencies
  • Ensure EHS management and governance processes/systems are in place to reduce EHS risk in accordance with applicable regulations, industry standards, and best practices. 
  • Advise management on high risk EHS issues and effectively work with company and business leaders in crafting solutions for resolving gaps.
  • Track regulatory reforms and conduct on-going risk analyses to identify emerging EHS risks and develop mitigation strategies.
  • Hazardous materials management
  • Waste Reduction
  • Regulatory compliance with Federal, State, Local agencies


Safety Culture

  • Champion and promote a strong safety and compliance culture implementing programs to ensure co-worker safety and company regulatory compliance        
  • Initiate activities designed to empower plant and logistics managers and employees to lead safety efforts within their locations, working closely with the Human Resources team in this area
  • Lead the safety aspects of an enterprise-wide EHS Steering Develop, implement and drive effective safety and environmental programs to ensure the design, construction and operation of safe facilities and to reduce the risk of incidents
  • Consult and advise business operations on initiatives, programs, opportunities and problem resolution, as well as maintain regular two-way dialogue to continually enhance effectiveness
  • Establish metrics, key performance indicators and means of measurement to make decisions and report results to the business on a regular basis

Team Safety Strategy & Performance

  • Reduce Life-Changing Events
  • Continue to improve safety performance with a goal of no less than top quartile industry performance
  • Provide analysis of significant risks to leadership by evaluating the effectiveness of initiatives through safety assessments and compiling and interpreting data to identify gaps. Develop and implement action plans to mitigate risks.
  • Develop a high-impact and metric-based safety program (leading and lagging) and ensure it is communicated, embraced and managed
  • Ensure accurate and timely internal and external reporting on safety metrics
  • Develop and execute the department’s strategic plan
  • Safety Incidents & Enforcement
  • Develop, implement and lead incident response plans and train staff to implement those plans
  • Manage the response to all site safety inspections and inquiries from government agencies (e.g., OSHA, DOT), including the negotiation of any settlement agreements
  • Work with Communications to disseminate safety and health messages to both internal and external stakeholders
  • Serve as the corporate representative to industry safety associations

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Safety Management, Industrial Hygiene or related field preferred • Certified Safety Professional (CSP) preferred
  • A minimum of 15 years of safety experience within a manufacturing environment
  • 8+ years of supervisory and leadership experience
  • Strong understanding of government regulations in environmental health and safety
  • Proven ability to achieve regulatory compliance in a manufacturing environment
  • Demonstrated orientation to understanding the business strategy and the ability to apply safety program process and tools to support strategic business objectives
  • Candidate must be able to embrace and lead change in a dynamic environment
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively with all levels of the organization, including the ability to effectively present and discuss technical information and respond to questions from leaders
  • Ability to lead through influence
  • Ability to travel extensively, 30%

EEO Statement

Dean Foods considers marijuana (including medical marijuana) to be an illegal drug.  Dean Foods will rescind offers of employment to applicants who test positive for marijuana (unless restricted from doing so by state or local law).   


Dean Foods is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.


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