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Associate Director, EHS

Worcester, Massachusetts Req ID 2206738 Category Engineering Division AbbVie

Responsible for managing the development, implementation/maintenance, global oversight and governance of environment, health, and safety (EHS) programs within the scope of responsibility. Take action to minimize risk to employees and facilities and reduce the company’s environmental footprint. Minimize EHS liability for the company.


  • Think strategically and ensure deliverables are aligned with broader organization and create awareness of this direction with affected members/business functions.

  • Visualize beyond short-term deliverables and expectations; monitor trends and practices external to own organization (both inside and outside of company) and facilitate continuous improvements that have long-term business value.

  • Monitor regulatory requirements and enforcement trends, conduct impact analyses, implement action plans for compliance, and monitor global compliance.

  • Identify organizational issues and underlying causes to make judgments; develop and recommend viable alternatives that support the EHS strategy; create new models or systems to apply to problems or opportunities.

  • Develop and implement appropriate programs, policies and procedures for global implementation.

  • Develop and report key performance indicators on EHS program implementation.

  • Summarize and report compliance status, strengths and priority issues, and recommendations for various levels of management and ensure the implementation of corrective actions.

  • Provide leadership and direction to direct staff through the promotion of teamwork, empowerment, coaching and development; and manage team performance to ensure organizational objectives are met.

  • Lead and/or participate on cross functional teams to represent EHS objectives related to the subject matter and to meet the team’s overall strategic objectives and deliverables.

  • Scope of position has global reach, represents company with external organizations, prepares or contributes to sustainability related reports for external viewing, prepares or contributes to reports for regulatory agencies, minimizes company liability related to EHS impacts, and investigates EHS related incidents.


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (EHS related, Engineering) plus 10+ years of EHS related experience or Master’s Degree (EHS related, Engineering) plus 8-10 years of EHS related experience. EHS related experience in manufacturing/R&D environments is required. EHS Professional certification is preferred, but not required.

  • Working experience implementing EHS regulations, conducting incident investigations, interacting with regulatory agencies and external organizations, and managing cross functional teams.

  • Ability to plan against business targets, review and approve plans developed by other areas, and balance resources to achieve key business targets and strategic plan.

  • Ability to define scope and magnitude of problem, provide rapid and detailed assessment, coordinate response, present short-and long-term options, and develop procedures to minimize likelihood of re-occurrence.

  • Ability to actively listen, build/maintain effective working relationships with internal/external colleagues/resources, and resolve conflict.

  • Ability to create a motivating environment, make decisions, influence outcomes, and negotiate to achieve agreements while successfully representing EHS in a decision situation.

  • Ability to successfully manage projects and programs.

Key Stakeholders:

  • Interface w/executive leaders across Operations and Research & Development

  • Lead across complex cross-functional teams including representatives from: Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Engineering, QA, QC, S&T, R&D, regulatory affairs, & finance.

Significant Work Activities: N/A
Travel: No
Job Type: Experienced
Schedule: Full-time

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