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Vice President, Health and Safety Enviromental Services

Vaughan, ON

The North American Vice President, Health & Safety will serve several functions which include anticipating, identifying, and evaluating hazardous conditions and risks across North America. They will also assist with applying engineering and administrative controls via the Health & Safety and Management System to reduce the impacts and safety risks associated with site operations. Also responsible for supporting the collection and reporting of site KPIs for use at Business and Corporate levels and overseeing the H&S Management System and day-to-day operations related to safety, health programs, objectives/targets, personnel training, regulatory compliance, recordkeeping/reporting, and other associated programs at the site. The North American VP also represents the site as the functional Leader or supports the Manager if present at the site. With several direct reports, the North American VP is also assigning work and managing workloads of subordinate staff, providing guidance and feedback for team members in accomplishing tasks and goals; sets expectations and clarifies responsibilities.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provides strategic and tactical leadership on the implementation and enhancement of the companies Health & Safety Management System
  • Supports operational leadership on the implementation of H&S processes and plans for various project sites
  • Oversees robust North American scope with acquired learnings with H&S compliance across Canada and the United States
  • Leads audit programs to ensure employee health & safety while ensuring compliance to health, safety, and environmental laws
  • Participates in corporate and business initiatives to identify and develop recommended practices
  • Develops risk communication, H&S education/training programs, and other initiatives that positively impact H&S programs, strategies, and culture
  • Works with Divisional leaders to identify, develop and implement comprehensive change management initiatives to enhance the company’s safety culture
  • Leverages internal and external resources and expertise to develop focused business practices across the organization
  • Ensures Corporate H&S Action Plans are aligned with Operating Groups’ objectives
  • Uses business understanding and collaboration to align the H&S Management System to operational business needs
  • Facilitates integration and implementation of H&S business planning and performance related to all work disciplines and field/operations personnel and Operating Group strategies
  • Reports H&S performance against established goals and works with the leadership team in developing corrective and continual improvement actions
  • Impact culture with senior leaders on broad cross-functional H&S Management System topics

Knowledge, Skills and Competencies:

  • 10+ years of progressive experience in H&S leadership with at least 5 of those years at a senior manager or director level
  • Degree, Diploma or Professional Certification in H&S or equivalent; ideally with some post-secondary business education
  • CRSP, CHSC, NCSO Designation or relevant training and experience
  • Proven experience of learning the business, making relationships matter, and having a development mindset
  • Experience in developing & implementing H&S Plans and H&S program/practice management and validation
  • Proven senior-level leadership, coaching, business acumen, and technical/functional H&S expertise coupled with clear and concise communication skills
  • Demonstrated success in influencing change (gaining buy-in) at multiple levels and developing and implementing dynamic and fluid programs in a complex organization
  • Ability to influence stakeholders and operational leaders through consensus and engagement on H&S matters, driving business objectives
  • Ability to think innovatively, offer creative solutions to problems to anticipate business issues, and align H&S operational priorities
  • Experience establishing short/mid-term work plans and optimizing resources to ensure H&S objectives (e.g., aligned with productivity, quality, costs) are consistently met
  • Results-oriented with a continual improvement mindset and experience in change management, ideally with some form of change management education
  • Exposure to managing a variety of complex projects that have demonstrated a positive cultural change in business operations, ideally with some functional project management education
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to influence without authority enable you to inspire teamwork, confidence, and cooperation on our Corporate safety councils
  • Strong computer, written, oral, interpersonal communication skills
  • Excellent safety and health track record in programs and processes
  • Experience in training and education
  • Ability to work independently and capable of forming strong working relationships/partnerships with Site Leadership teams, clients, and hourly workforce
  • French and/or Spanish language skills are considered an asset

Additional Skill Sets Needed:

  • International experience understanding both US and Canadian H&S rules and processes
  • Experience managing a North American Team
  • Ability to develop, mentor, train H&S team members
  • Demonstrated ability to create, develop functioning teams and drive improved H&S results
  • Need strong knowledge of OSHA

Additional Working Conditions + Physical Demands:

  • This is an office-based position with regular travel to various sites and office locations, 25-50% of the time
  • This person must be fit enough to successfully access and get around job sites to complete inspections, investigations, and audits
  • Drug and alcohol testing may be required to access project sites, post-incident and reasonable cause

We thank you for your interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

GFL Environmental is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities to apply. We seek to hire individuals with diverse characteristics, backgrounds and perspectives. We strongly believe that world-class talent makes no distinctions based on gender, ethnic or national origin, sexual identity and orientation, age, religion or disability, but enriches itself through these differences. GFL will provide accommodations to job applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require an accommodation, please notify us and we will work with you to meet your needs.

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