EHS Specialist / EHS Lead

Kansas City, Kansas

The Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Lead is responsible for building a plant and/or department culture with an unconditional stance on safety. This person will lead the development, implementation, and evaluation of critical safety, health, and Environmental processes/programs/procedures to achieve a zero-injury environment. The successful candidate will provide leadership and apply technical abilities to engage employees at all levels of the organization to develop and sustain world-class safety and environmental process.

This position reports to the EHS Leader. There are no direct reports.

The EHS Lead will establish and accomplish aggressive personal, and facility goals that align with division and company corporate goals. These goals will reflect a total commitment to developing a strong safety culture, achieving a world-class safety process and the environmentally responsible operation of the facility.

The EHS Lead will develop skills and grow capabilities in the assigned facility, including:

  • Develop and update our Critical Six, Safety Foundations and SIF Programs at the plant as main activity for this role.

  • Develop, implement and/or monitor EHS action plans and programs to ensure a high level of safety and environmental awareness within the facility.

  • Coach, mentor, and re-direct personnel in the plant to develop Extraordinary Leaders.

  • Translates safety and health strategies into results.

  • Maintain, collaborate and update EHS information (charts, and graphs) and communicate metrics.

  • Develop and implement training programs in a coordinated effort with NLT, EHS Leader and appropriate plant personnel.

  • Maintain all EHS training documentation as required by corporate and federal/state standards.

  • Coordinate necessary EHS audits and inspections as required and ensures follow-up items are completed.

  • Continually reinforce the company’s stand on safety and always recognize employee accomplishments and contributions.

  • Empowers employees to prevent or stop and correct unsafe acts or work conditions

  • Builds organizational capabilities through people, technology, and process management

  • Assist in recordable injury, first-aid, and near-miss investigations and in the development and implementation of action plans.

  • Achievement of personal, department and facility goals.

  • Continuously educate employees on EHS standards and procedures.

  • Perform safety orientations and monthly safety training.

  • Co- Lead and actively participate in the implementation of Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) efforts and implementing Autonomous Maintenance (AM) practices and visual metrics for EHS Pillar Team.

  • Drive ergonomics initiatives to reduce MSD illnesses/ injuries.

  • Collaborate and implement wellness programs to meet site needs.

  • Continually reinforce the company’s stand on safety and environmental stewardship and always recognize employee accomplishments and contributions.

  • 100% Completion of training plan and certified competence of all employees trained.

  • Perform other functions related to sustaining the Site Safety and Environmental Programs as directed by the EHS Leader.



  • 3-5 years of experience working in an industrial or manufacturing environment

  • Bachelor’s degree in safety related discipline required

  • Leading results effectively/collaboratively through others.

  • Being part of creating and accelerating a high-performance organization.

  • Assessing the environment and successfully identifying opportunities and closing gaps to accelerate business performance.


  • Certified Safety Professional (CSP) qualification preferred

  • Leading change management efforts

  • Demonstrated success coaching and leading teams in a high employee empowerment culture, while training and developing technical skills in others.

  • Managing and delivering results through projects and initiatives.

  • Experience utilizing computer programs and Microsoft Office products.


  • Demonstrate sound leadership on the job through safety performance, communication skills and teamwork

  • Good organizational skills

  • Strong working Knowledge and technically adept in implementation of OSHA, industrial hygiene and other general industry EHS standards.

  • Comfortable in identification and coaching of unsafe acts or behaviors for both salary and hourly employees

  • Ability to establish agreement and consensus with management

  • Ability to effectively engage primary employees is critical

  • Ability to promote a team environment and must be able to initiate, lead and drive cross-functional team projects to successful completion

  • Adept in developing and delivering safety training

  • Highly ethical: Can be trusted to do only the “right thing” for the employees, shareholders and others. Follows a balanced approach without compromising integrity.

  • Results-oriented: Energetic, resourceful, with a strong service orientation and positive can-do attitude. Fully committed to the job and to deliver outstanding work. Never satisfied with the status quo, continually striving for excellence.

  • Change agent: Capable of creating a vision improved performance and enrolling others to achieve goals

  • Able to anticipate risks and propose practical plans to mitigate them.

  • Appreciates EHS organization’s impact and can convey how EHS is an integral part of the Plant’s business strategy

  • 70% of the scheduled day on the plant floor/ 30% of the day at the desk.

  • Enjoys working hands-on

Personal Characteristics:

  • Think Strategically

  • Act on Analysis

  • Collaborate and Foster Teamwork

  • Follow Through on Commitments

  • Generate Ideas

Inspire and Energize Others Ability to travel as required (10-20%).