EHS Manager

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Bemis Company is a major supplier of flexible packaging and pressure sensitive materials used by leading food, consumer products, healthcare, and other companies worldwide. Founded in 1858, the Company is included in the S&P 500 index of stocks and with 2013 net sales of $5.0 billion, Bemis operates 67 facilities in 11 countries. Over two-thirds of Bemis packaging is used in the food industry, with the balance used in markets including medical, pharmaceutical, chemical and agribusiness. Our pressure sensitive products are used in industries including graphic arts, digital imaging, assembly engineering, communications and medical.  Headquartered in Neenah, Wisconsin, Bemis employs nearly 19,000 individuals worldwide. More information about the Company is available at our website,

Role Description:

Develop and administer facility Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) programs in accordance with regulatory requirements and corporate policies, standards, procedures and objectives.  Foster facility awareness, involvement and accountability of EHS issues to assure full integration of EHS initiatives with business activities.  Direct facility activities to minimize company liability and promote sustainability. 

 Major Responsibilities:

Oversee facility EHS program, obtaining direction and counsel from local management and Corporate EHS, as appropriate.

Continuous Improvement

  • Identifies and leverages best practices for EHS and manages through the Safety and Environmental Pillars of World Class Operations Management (WCOM).
  • Lead the facility in promoting and implementing an EHS culture, which secures effective implementation of policies, procedures and responsibilities.
  • Lead the development, implementation and continual enhancement of EHS management systems at the facility.
  • Lead EHS planning at the facility, including the setting of goals, prioritizing facility needs and establishing adequate systems for performance review and improvement.
  • Assist department managers, supervisors and employees with implementation of creative approaches to improve safety, minimize environmental footprint and liability, and implement EHS initiatives.
  • Conduct and/or coordinate EHS inspections and assessments to assure compliance with regulatory requirements, Bemis EHS initiatives and Bemis Key Performance Measures (KPM) expectations, identify opportunities for improvement, and provide recommendations based on findings.
  • Participate in internal and external communication and benchmarking exercises to identify, communicate, and implement EHS best practices and management approaches.
  • Provide progress reports, as appropriate, to corporate and facility management and facility employees relative to EHS goals, metrics and other performance indicators.

Programs & Policies

  • Lead the development, maintenance, implementation, and annual review of EHS policies, procedures and responsibilities.
  • Lead facility EHS teams and develop/direct activities that will stimulate and maintain employee interest as well as improve EHS performance.
  • Perform and/or coordinate monitoring activities necessary to ensure compliance with EHS regulations and Bemis initiatives, including material, process and equipment review, emission and waste tracking, industrial hygiene, noise, ergonomics, visible emissions, odors, water discharges, control system parameters, etc.
  • Coordinates resources to ensure EHS aspects and requirements, including legal requirements as contained in codes, laws, permits, licenses, orders, etc., affecting the facility are fully understood and properly managed.
  • Procure and maintain records, data, or information necessary to: prepare internally or externally required reports; respond to agency requests; and verify compliance with EHS requirements.
  • Prepare and submit timely reports and responses to informational requests.
  • Provide timely notification to appropriate Corporate EHS concerning; agency inspections, compliance issues, liability notifications, impending permit needs, etc.
  • Provide recommendations and ensure proper follow up and resolution of all concerns identified through assessments, inspections, monitoring activities or other means.
  • Monitor EHS regulations, standards, letters of interpretation, regulatory guidance, and proposed laws and assess potential applicability to the facility.
  • Participate in EHS Compliance and KPM Assessments at other Bemis facilities.

Incident Investigation & Reduction

  • Manage the facility incident investigation process to ensure incidents are reported in a timely manner, root causes are identified and corrective actions are tracked through closure.
  • Monitor and analyze incident reports; including personal injury, property damage, fires, spills, near misses, etc., to develop and communicate trends and targets for improvement.

Hazard/Risk Identification & Reduction

  • Evaluate new materials and material use to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements, promote a safe work environment and protect the environment.
  • Work with engineering in the design and installation of new or altered equipment or processes with the goal of eliminating or reducing safety hazards and environmental impact.
  • Develop and maintain Job Safety/Hazard Assessments and environmental impact assessments.
  • Evaluate personal protective equipment (PPE), new tools and equipment and make recommendations regarding their use and operation to ensure employee safety.


  • Plan, develop, deliver, and coordinate effective EHS training to all facility employees (including management and supervisory staff and new and transferred employees), temporary workers, contractors, and visitors to promote a strong EHS culture.
  • Provide training and information necessary to ensure responsible personnel are aware of corporate and governmental EHS regulations and requirements.
  • Assist in training seminars, orientations, and or any other EHS training functions as needed.
  • Periodically review facility training documentation to ensure all facility employees obtain required EHS training.


  • Assists in responsibilities for maintaining facility protection and security program.


  • Represent facility during agency regulatory inspections.
  • Coordinate communications with local emergency response functions: hospitals, police, fire, LEPC, contracted responders, etc.



  • Professional degree in EHS, engineering, or related field, or the equivalent in work experience; with a minimum of three years of experience with EHS.
  • Experience in a manufacturing environment (especially flexible packaging or web coating) strongly desired.
  • Internal/external EHS seminars.
  • Bemis WCOM training
  • Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) or in the process to achieve certification is a plus.



Key Deliverables:

  • Requires understanding of WCOM methodologies and implementation practices.
  • Must possess effective written, verbal and interpersonal skills.
  • Must have effective presentation and training abilities.
  • Good administrative, organizational and project management skills.
  • Good problem solving and root cause analysis skills.
  • Sound technical capabilities (i.e., good math and science skills as well as understanding of process equipment and operations).
  • Effective in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Affinity for accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Ability to recognize and handle sensitive and confidential information.
  • Good safety and environmental impact awareness.
  • Good safety and environmental regulatory understanding and ability to comprehend and interpret regulatory codes and other legal documents.



The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.



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