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Sr. Director Global EH&S Operations

Date:  Jul 5, 2024

Columbus, OH, US

Company Overview


Grounded by a history that is deeply rooted in innovation, Hexion is a global employer committed to building and protecting the future by producing innovative performance materials.  Our materials are the building blocks for critical industries, including construction, agriculture, energy, automotive, and infrastructure protection. Everywhere you look, you will find our materials and people at work to help customers make products that are stronger, safer, and cleaner. When you work for Hexion, you’ll join a team that is committed to operating safely and with integrity to build a more sustainable future for all, our associates, our customers, and the communities where we live and work.  

Position Overview


The Sr. Director Global EH&S Operations is responsible for developing and managing a comprehensive environmental, health and safety program and driving a high-performance safety and compliance culture across the company. Collaborating closely with the Company’s global manufacturing organization, this highly visible and strategic role leads the development of a comprehensive operational environmental, health and safety (EHS) strategy that aligns with the corporate vision and strategic goals and drives implementation of that strategy across the global manufacturing network. Leveraging data, innovative ideas and best practices, the Sr. Director challenges the organization to achieve top-level EH&S performance and develops programs and measures to ensure compliance, minimize risk and reduce incidents and exposures. This individual is passionate about associate EHS, operational excellence and has a proven ability to work within a global manufacturing organization to set clear goals, achieve alignment, close gaps in performance and deliver results.

Job Responsibilities


Global EHS Strategy:


  • Develop, communicate, and execute EHS strategic plans that help the company achieve not only its EHS goals but also align with the process improvement opportunities and growth plans. 
  • Develops and implements tactical plans to improve EH&S performance, organizational effectiveness, process and system improvements and technology enhancements. Monitors plan implementation, identifies risks and areas of non-compliance, and refines plan as needed to improve compliance and performance.
  • Works closely with COO, EHS staff and Operations leadership to develop a global, data-driven EHS strategy that leverages industry best practices to achieve our overall goal of ensuring a safe and compliant work environment and best-in-class safety performance. 
  • Identifies the top areas of focus from a risk and performance perspective and assists in the development of annual and long-term EH&S goals and plans, including both lagging and leading indicators.
  • Provides visible leadership and strategic focus to Environment, Health, and Safety initiatives globally, and partners with senior leaders in raising awareness and correction of potential EH&S issues.
  • Leads site and functional EH&S management-control-reporting-system (MCRS) process to ensure appropriate periodic reporting and analysis of EH&S performance and program implementation status.
  • Leads global E&S staff, site leaders and others on best practices and recommendations for successful adoption in different global regions.
  • Ensures staff development, training, retention, succession planning, performance management, and recruitment of quality talent.
  • Works with the corporate Training & Development teams and activities to develop training tools and programs that improve Operations and front-line knowledge and skills related to safe performance.
  • Works with internal communications team to support campaigns that improve safety awareness throughout all functions and levels of the company
  • Develops effective implementation strategies around new regulations and EH&S standards.
  • Participates in capital expense planning and approval process to ensure EH&S risks and regulatory requirements are rigorously evaluated and prioritized.
  • Coordinates with EHS Legal to assist with investigation of EHS compliance matters and support due diligence projects, as needed.
  • Ensures that the company has a data management system that effectively captures and facilitates execution and analysis for EHS related data. 
  • Together with the COO, assists in budget planning and overall management of the EHS function.
  • Prepares and delivers EH&S reports, disclosures, and communications for internal and external stakeholders.
  • Leads and supervises a staff of EH&S managers, and indirectly supervises additional staff members reporting to those managers. 



Future Focused 

  • Challenges and inspires people around the safety vision and values
  • Leads value creation through the empowerment of others, sharing information and leveraging knowledge across the organization
  • Networks inside and outside of the organization allowing for innovation and leveraging of best practices from different pathways
  • Has a track record of talent development and commitment to continuous learning and development


Trust and Teamwork 

  • Able to effectively build, lead and participate in cross-functional global teams
  • Supports team decisions in word and action outside of the team setting 
  • Keeps commitments - Holds self and team accountable 
  • Communicates in an effective, direct, honest, respectful, and timely manner


Transformational Leadership 

  • Recognized as a role model of safe behaviors; helps instill a 24-hour mindset of safety in others
  • Sets and communicates clear objectives and goals; completes work efficiently and meets deadlines
  • Encourages and reinforces creative and innovative thinking
  • Proven global leadership in driving sustainable change in performance and culture


Achieve Business Results 

  • Exhibits a sense of responsibility and urgency toward goal accomplishment
  • Achieves results in a manner consistent with the Company’s Core Values
  • Consistently and proactively identifies solutions to manage change effectively

Minimum Qualifications

  • 15 or more years of experience as an environmental, health and safety professional in a manufacturing chemical environment REQUIRED 
  • Experience managing an EHS function or team, including developing and executing strategy, transforming culture, driving results, developing talent, and coordinating with internal and external stakeholders
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of environmental, health and safety standards and regulations in multiple jurisdictions 
  • Strong knowledge of Process Safety Management (PSM)
  • Experience working with global regulatory frameworks and influencing change across cultures
  • Proven ability to identify and implement EHS best practices to improve safety and EHS performance
  • Good organizational, communication, and networking skills and ability to influence
  • Self-directed with ability to work in fast paced environment 



  • Bachelor of Science or Master of Science degree in engineering, chemistry, environmental science, Industrial Hygiene, Environmental Health, or other technically related field 
  • Professional certifications, such as Certified Safety Professional, preferred



  • 50% travel for site visits and meetings
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally



We are an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender, minority status, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, status as a qualified individual with a disability or any characteristic protected by law.


In order to be considered for this position candidates are required to submit an application for employment through our career site, be at least 18 years of age, willing to take a drug test, submit to a background investigation as part of the selection process, as well as additional periodic background checks as required by the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) or regulations adopted by the department of Homeland Security or other regulatory agencies.


Candidates are required to have unrestricted authorization to work in the United States.


If currently an employee of the Company, you must have current satisfactory work performance and in most cases, have been in your current role for 18 months.


Disclaimer: We are not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms/employment agencies for this employment opportunity. Please, no phone calls or emails to any employee about this position. All resumes submitted by search firms/employment agencies to any employee of the Company via email, the Internet, or in any other form and/or method without a valid written search firm agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of the Company; no fee will be paid in the event a candidate is hired by the Company as a result of the unsolicited referral or through other means.

Nearest Major Market: Columbus
Nearest Secondary Market: Dublin

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