RTP Company, headquartered in Winona, MN, is a global compounder of custom engineered thermoplastics. The company has over 20 manufacturing plants located in the United States, Mexico, Germany, France, Singapore, and China. RTP Company engineers develop customized thermoplastic compounds in over 60 different engineering resin systems for applications requiring color, conductive, elastomeric, flame retardant, high temperature, structural, and wear-resistant properties.

The Global EHS Director leads all environmental, health, and safety activities for RTP Company and is accountable for developing and implementing the global EHS strategy to ensure all facilities operate safely and responsibly.

This hands-on position requires direct and immediate involvement in accident/incident investigation, emergency response, internal and external audits, and ensuring timely and appropriate responses to internal and external stakeholders across the organization.

This position is based at the RTP Company Corporate Headquarters in Winona, Minnesota, reports to the Vice President of Facilities & EHS, and is expected to manage global EHS matters.

  • In conjunction with the Vice President of Facilities & EHS, and business and geography leaders, clarifies the organization’s EHS vision and supporting strategy
  • Cascades and deploys the EHS strategy across the organization and develops strategic initiatives to ensure the effective execution of the strategy and supporting programs
  • Communicates and conducts briefings with senior or executive leadership regarding current state, significant events, ongoing operations, and progress towards strategic initiatives
  • Communicates progress across the company through key metrics that are reported, monitored, tracked on a periodic basis via a dashboard
  • Influences across functions and businesses to negotiate and gain cooperation on operational issues and internal divergent objectives
  • Develops long term strategic relationships and alliances with key internal and external stakeholders
  • Provides motivational leadership, strategic thought, and technical competency for the Global Environmental, Health, and Safety team of 6-8 US-based professionals and 5-7 Internationally based professionals
  • Creates workforce and staffing plans to accomplish business results; including hiring, firing, and talent development within own area to prepare future leaders for critical EHS roles
  • Drives innovation across the business, encouraging best practice and knowledge sharing
  • Employs systems, processes, and workflows that help others deliver results without intensive managerial involvement
  • Continuously improves, changes, or adapts own processes, systems, products, or services to assure quality outcomes
  • Implements a hands-on approach to ensure detailed information gathering, analysis, investigation, problem-solving occurs
  • Analyzes problems and processes breakdowns to ensure that improvements are made
  • Leads and conducts assessments of significant EHS and Sustainability issues/risks and deploy resources to address corrective action plans to achieve success
  • Fosters an atmosphere of openness and information sharing to encourage a culture of high awareness, transparency, and diligence with respect to EHS performance
  • Develops a company-wide EHS Management System comprised of enterprise-wide standards, objectives, and processes for health and safety risk evaluation, compliance, continual improvement
  • Oversees the EHS Information Management System (Velocity EHS)
  • Manages the collection, assessment, review, and release of EHS data/analytics to internal leadership and approved external disclosure entities
  • Leads and manages organizational health & safety policies and programs to include but not limited to training curriculum and documentation to meet regulatory and insurer requirements, accident reporting/investigations and managing workers compensation claims, timely completion of routine audits/inspections, creation and execution of EHS policies and procedures, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned

Skills and Abilities

  • Must have strong communication skills at all employee levels (verbal, written, and presentation)
  • Must be able to travel domestically and internationally up to 25%
  • Must be able to work flexible working hours – supporting global 24/7 business operations
  • Must demonstrate ability to lead through influence in a matrixed organization and be able to work autonomously as well as in a team environment
  • Must be able to strongly advocate for and represent EHS to a cross functional team and to executive leadership
  • Must have an excellent grasp of environmental and climate related concepts and issues, including energy and climate strategies and best practices, science-based targets, GHG accounting, CDP, GRI standards, and other emerging trends and concepts
  • Must have a demonstrated continuous improvement and best practice mentality
  • Must be action oriented with a strong sense of urgency and drive to close
  • Must be both a big-picture, longer-term thinker and well as one that can be hands on
  • Must be able to think strategically and deliver results to resolve problems regarding policies, procedures, and safety programs
  • Must present a personal commitment to safety with ability to lead by example and build an organizational culture of safety
  • Must be able to read, write, and speak English

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in science, engineering, occupational safety or related disciplines or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • 8+ years relevant EHS experience with 5 or more of those years being leadership experience working in progressively more responsible health and safety roles in a manufacturing environment, and familiarity with manufacturing equipment, environment and procedures
  • Broad expertise in the management and leadership of programs and mastery level knowledge and skills in one or more areas within the Environmental, Health, Safety domain
  • Extensive knowledge of Federal OSHA regulations and workers compensation laws, including development and implementation of compliance programs and worker training
  • Multi-site, global experience in EHS regulations and standards preferred
  • Certifications related to EHS and sustainability ideal
Physical Requirements and Working Conditions
  • Regularly required to sit and work at a computer, at times using video; regularly required to stand and walk to conduct safety audits and related safety activity and travel
  • Exposure to noise levels above the OSHA action level may be possible
  • Travel, inclusive of overnight travel, up 25% of time
  • Occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, dust, fumes, airborne particles, and chemical dust, and potential hazardous materials defined by OSHA Hazard Communication standard. Proper personal safety equipment is to be used while performing this job as pointed out by plant safety procedures

EOE, including disability/vets; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, disability, or other protected status.