Director of Safety, Health & Environment

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Salt Lake City, UT
Job Type
Direct Hire
May 08, 2019
Job ID

Director of SH&E for Rail and Transload Group-Salt Lake City, UT 

Client seeking a Director of Safety, Health and Environment (SH&E) to lead our Rail and Transload Group.  This new Team Member will be responsible to drive SH&E strategy and performance for the Rail Group.  They will assist Unit Leaders and Operations Managers in promoting SH&E, lead SH&E Professionals in the Group, and ensure regulatory compliance across operations.  


  • Lead efforts to achieve the goal of zero incidents
  • Work with other Group SH&E directors and Safety Professionals on Company safety strategy and initiatives
  • Coach, mentor, and praise Group SH&E Team Members
  • Assist Units and Operations with incident prevention efforts by developing and using proactive processes, systems, tools, training and metrics that drive improvement and optimize performance to achieve zero incidents
  • Lead and participate in efforts that make SH&E a competitive differentiator
  • Assist in the evaluation of permitting requirement for new projects
  • Determine Group SH&E resource needs and effectively allocate resources throughout the Group
  • Develop, review, and publish safety and health policies and procedures
  • Oversee reporting and record keeping requirements for internal and external SH&E metrics
  • Facilitate and assist in SHAPS analysis, incident investigation, root cause analysis, implementation and closure of corrective actions
  • Seek out and share best SH&E practices within the Group and across the organization
  • Work closely with SH&E Professionals, Unit Leaders and Operations Mangers to implement SH&E portions of the S7 Delivery System including S7 Appraisals to ensure compliance with  policies, regulatory requirements, and customer requirements
  • Assist with injury management, classification and return-to-work and temporary-transitional-assignment cases collaborating with Risk Department on progress of each case
  • Assist with successful execution of Lead Safety Specialist and Safety Specialist programs in the Group
  • Serve as a resource to Operations within the Group who require SH&E support
  • Participate as a member of the Safety Advisory Group and Rail Advisory Council
  • Serve as an adviser to, or chair industry organizations or committees when appropriate
  • Manage environmental compliance and ensure appropriate documentation and permitting
  • Ensure appropriate permits are obtained, maintained and renewed as required (air, water, wastes, spills etc.)
  • Interface with federal, state and local environmental authorities as necessary
  • As required, consult with and manage external environmental consultants and work with environmental counsel to ensure compliance
  • Coordinate and act as a liaison with key customer SH&E professionals to ensure alignment
  • Assist in operational start-ups and business development as needed from an SH&E perspective
  • Stay current on industry best practices and new regulations by studying regulatory handbooks, attending CEU courses, seminars, and SH&E conferences
  • Other tasks and duties as assigned


  • Broad knowledge and understanding of SH&E, including understanding of applicable OSHA, MSHA, FRA, EPA, DOT regulations
  • Hands-on and in-field involvement with SH&E Managers and Operations Team Members
  • Ability to analyze situations, data, make sound decisions and solve problems
  • Training experience preferred
  • Computer skills (MS Office Suite)
  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Detail oriented and self-starter
  • Displays Shared Leadership Values and Competencies, is able to make things happen
  • Embraces, teaches, and exemplifies the Savage Vision and Legacy 


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Safety, Industrial Hygiene, or related field
  • Previous management experience relating to SH&E, permitting and compliance in an industrial setting, rail and transportation experience preferred
  • 7+ years’ experience in a SH&E leadership role or equivalent
  • Certified Safety Professional (CSP) required or ability to achieve CSP designation within six months of start
  • Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) preferred 

Physical Requirements

  • Up to 50% travel required – (based on business needs)
  • Ability to go where work is taking place (i.e. uneven surfaces, climb ladders, indoors, outdoors, changing weather conditions)
  • Always willing to always wear appropriate PPE
  • Ability to lift and move 50 lbs