Title:  HSE Specialist

Requisition ID:  21447-159

Lowell, MA, US, 08153

Category:  Health, Safety and Environmental
Travel:  No Travel Required

We are seeking a candidate to join our team as a Health, Safety & Environmental (HSE) Specialist.


We offer a wide array of benefits including, but not limited to, Paid Vacation, Sick & Holidays, optional Health, Dental, and Life Insurance, health spending accounts as well as 401(k) with matching funds. Employees may voluntarily elect Pet Insurance, Home & Auto Insurance Programs, Purchasing Power, Tuition Reimbursement, Aflac, Lifelock Identity Protection, and Hyatt Legal Services. Tobacco Cessation and Employee Assistance/Referral Program, Uniform Service, Safety Shoe, and Safety Prescription-Eyewear benefits are also available.


JOB SUMMARY: This position has overall responsibilities for coordinating the implementation of plant safety/health programs and plant environmental compliance programs in support of corporate-wide guidelines, standards, and applicable regulations; providing on-site leadership, guidance and assistance to plant staff in achieving superior safety/health and environmental performance; and working closely with other team members for data collection for monthly environmental compliance requirements. They understand and align business operations and the Department as he/she executes their role to exceed customer expectations and align with GPI business, cultural, financial and operational objectives.


JOB FUNCTIONS: Job functions include, but are not limited to the following.

  • Provide safety/health and environmental expertise to plant staff, including consulting with and providing guidance to the Operations Manager.
  • Implement safety and health programs to ensure compliance with applicable federal, state and local safety & health standards and in support of Graphic Packaging Corporation’s (GPC) safety and health guidelines and minimum safety and health guidelines.
  • Reviews all safety manual sections annually for compliance with current OR-OSHA regulations.
  • Implement environmental programs to assure compliance with applicable federal, state and local regulations and in support of Graphic Packaging Corporation’s (GPC) environmental guidelines including but not limited to air permitting, hazardous and non-hazardous wastes collection and disposal, NPDES and storm water management.
  • Implement and track employee safety/health training and plant environmental training in support of written programs.
  • Perform periodic safety and environmental audits. Develop recommendations for improvement.
  • Track, analyze, and communicate plant safety statistics and plant environmental reporting and statistics including but not limited to hazardous waste generator status, Title V air emissions, SARA 312 and 313 usage and reporting requirements, etc.
  • Coordinate GPC involvement with OSHA and regulatory inspections.
  • Organize workload so that applicable regulatory guidelines are met.
  • Continue to increase professional environmental knowledge through reading, training, conference attendance, etc. Develop a network of key environmental contacts in regulatory agencies, trade organizations and consulting firms.
  • Provide support for incident investigations and return to work program.
  • Be trained and certified in SQF and HACCP as back up for Lead SQF Practitioner.
  • Shares an obligation to protect and strengthen Graphic Packaging International’s good reputation in our relationships with customers, employees, suppliers, competitors, investors, and governmental agencies, and to act consistently with our core values: Integrity, Respect, Accountability, Relationships, and Teamwork.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Must have a minimum of 3-5 years of relevant, hands on HSE experience.
  • Manufacturing experience required.
  • Experience operating hand jacks, electric pallet jacks and forklifts and clamp trucks preferred.
  • Ability to motivate people to perform at high levels.
  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must have excellent attendance, be able to work independently and be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. 
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.




  • High School Diploma, GED or equivalent required.
  • Bachelor’s degree in safety/environmental science or related field and/or equivalent experience in a converting facility is preferred.
  • Good understanding and working knowledge of federal, state and local environmental laws and regulations.
  • Experience (3-5 years) in coordinating and developing safety/health and environmental programs.
  • Experience (3-5 years) in industrial safety, health protection, environmental protections and regulatory compliance.



  • LANGUAGE SKILLS - Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.  Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization. Bilingual in English/Spanish is a plus.


  • MATHEMATICAL SKILLS - Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.


  • REASONING ABILITY - Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.  Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.


  • COMPUTER/OFFICE EQUIPMENT SKILLS - SAP, MS Office and database programs; Requires use of all general office equipment (i.e. fax, copier, telephone, etc.).


  • CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS - Company issued Fork Truck Operator’s License; Company issued Clamp Truck Operator’s License.





  • General schedule is an 8-hour M-F assignment, however, employee must be willing to work alternate schedules occasionally; that may include early mornings, nights, and/or weekends and be punctual while doing so.
  • Occasional overnight travel to include flying, driving, riding or by rail.



  • Ability to stand, walk, and bend frequently (34-66% of the time)
  • Ability to squat, climb, reach above shoulder (up to 26”), reach at waist or lower, push (up to force of 15 lbs), pull, carry, kneel, grasp (up to force of 20 lbs.), sitting and fingering occasionally (1-33% of the time)
  • Lifting up to 45 lbs. occasionally
  • Right and left hand coordination is necessary
  • Ability to read, write, hear, see, speak and have agility
  • Reading computer screen or other electronic devices
  • Required to make independent decisions, apply reasoning and discern color
  • Use of various hand and electrical tools and equipment
  • Work in areas of fluctuating temperature and loud noises
  • PPE required: Steel-toed/safety footwear, Safety Glasses, Hearing Protection, Cut resistant Safety Gloves, Hair Net, Beard Net

Required Skills


Required Experience

At Graphic Packaging International, we produce the paper cup that held your coffee this morning, the basket that transported those bottles of craft beer you enjoyed last weekend, and the microwave tray that heated your gourmet meal last night. We’re one of the largest manufacturers of paperboard and paper-based packaging for some of the world’s most recognized brands of food, beverage, foodservice, household, personal care and pet products. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, we are collaborative, diverse, innovative individuals who create inspired packaging while giving back to our communities. With over 25,000 employees working in more than 130 locations worldwide, we strive to be environmentally responsible in our industry and in the communities where we operate. We are committed to workplace diversity and offer compensation and benefits programs that are among the industry’s best to reward the talented people who make our company successful. If this sounds like something you would like to be a part of, we’d love to hear from you. Learn more about us at www.graphicpkg.com.

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Graphic Packaging is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All candidates will be evaluated on the basis of their qualifications for the job in question. We do not base our employment decision on an employee's or applicant's race, color, religion, age, gender or sex (including pregnancy), national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic identity, genetic information, disability, veteran/military status or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law. Click here to view the Poster, EEO is the Law.

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