Title:  Health & Safety Sr Manager

Requisition ID:  4546

West Monroe, LA, US, 71294

Department:  Health, Safety & Environmental
Travel:  Up to 25%

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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.


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The Manager Health & Safety, is a key member of the West Monroe Paperboard Manufacturing Facility Leadership team and is responsible for managing the Health & Safety function at the Paperboard Manufacturing Facility, implementing strategic and operational plans to drive both short and long-term objectives, and provide world class expertise through demonstrated leadership.  The position is responsible for managing the HSE Management System and related matters to safeguard the health and welfare of all employees, vendors, contractors, visitors, etc.  This role reports directly to the Paperboard Manufacturing Facility Manager and engages other operations and functions as required.  The West Monroe H&S Manager supports the HSE global vision, mission, overall goals and objectives and is the key liaison with HSE leadership.


The manager will have history of sustained results, leadership, prioritization, coordination and consistent deployment of strategy, customer service and compliance are requirements for this position. Direct responsibilities include Health and safety regulatory compliance and support with medical and worker compensation groups. The individual works cross functionally and develops relationships to achieve compliance, positive employee and community relations, influences to create a positive HSE culture and drives results that achieve positive business performance.                       The individual will influence proactively in a dynamic work environment. Expected results focus on driving a proactive, sustainable, and continuously improving HSE management system, developing and enhancing employee H&S knowledge, innovating transformation, and performing with excellence.


Key Responsibilities and Job Functions: Primary job functions include, but are not limited to the following:  

  • Managing the Health and Safety and security direction for the West Monroe Paperboard Manufacturing Facility
  • Accountable for the Health and Safety budget and leading the GPI HSE Management System to drive program maturity
  • Establishes methodologies for measuring the effectiveness of Paperboard Manufacturing Facility compliance with OSHA, state, and other federal regulations and maintains comprehensive knowledge of government Health and Safety regulations
  • Managing people, setting direction and deploying Health and Safety and fire protection resources in a non-union environment
  • Developing plans and delivers results in a fast-changing business and regulatory environment by participating in Paperboard Manufacturing Facility Division Health and Safety initiatives to drive process improvements.
  • Provides input to Paperboard Manufacturing Facility and departmental strategy
  • Coordinates, plans, and drives Paperboard Manufacturing Facility Health and Safety Committee reviews and participates and provides guidance and support for Area Health and Safety Team Meetings
  • Contributes directly to Paperboard Manufacturing Facility priorities and planning
  • Directly supervises Health and Safety professional and interns for a location supporting approximately 450+ employees and multiple contractors
  • Provides solutions to complex Health and Safety and security issues serving as the Health and Safety leader
  • Designs, develops, implements programs and oversees the Paperboard Manufacturing Facility’s First Responders, OSHA Audiometric and Respirator fit testing, Process Safety Management, and industrial hygiene. 
  • Investigates accidents, develops corrective and preventive actions, promotes Health and Safety-conscious work performance.
  • Drives hazard identification and risk reduction across the Paperboard Manufacturing Facility
  • Works closely with OSHA officials, state police, Hazmat, community representatives, and other officials
  • Manages and documents Health and Safety audits and inspections
  • Determines Health and Safety training requirements and schedule and provides or coordinates training for employees applicable to their work processes.
  • Directs and coordinates appropriate, timely and cost-effective delivery of health care related to disability, urgent and emergency care, work limitations, transitional return to work plans, accommodations and part-time work for workers compensation and non-workers compensation illness and injury
  • Actively participates in machine outages to oversee the Health and Safety aspects of the process
  • Assists the Paperboard Manufacturing Facility Division with Health and Safety efforts during construction (requires additional travel through 2025)
  • Collaborates with environmental function to deliver a seamless HSE program
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in health and safety or related field
  • Minimum 12+ years health and safety experience
  • 3+ years of leading people, large-scale construction projects, and managing budgets and resources
  • Certified Safety Professional, desired
  • Possesses broad technical expertise, business and industry knowledge, and process and people leadership capabilities.
  • Paper manufacturing experience preferred.


Required Skills:

  • Extensive knowledge with Microsoft programs (excel, word, PowerPoint)
  • Familiarity with HSE data management system (i.e., Gensuite, Intelex, VelocityEHS, Enablon, ProcessMap, EHS Insight, Riskconnect) 



  • 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.  Weekend and evening on call responsibilities based on rotation.
  • Up to 25% travel to include flying, driving, riding or by rail.



  • Sitting or standing for extended periods of time up to 8+hours.
  • Occasional Lifting up to 20 lbs.
  • Reading computer screen or other electronic devices.
  • Use of various office hand and electrical tools or equipment.



  • Applies advanced knowledge of technical concepts to manage projects and solve complex issues
  • Influences without authority and can engage peers and other leaders to get results
  • Manages department operations; supervises others
  • Manages complexity, builds effective teams, has situational adaptability, self develops, drives engagement, optimizes work processes, has a global perspective, ensures accountability, collaborates, and is resourceful



  • Manages subordinate management and/or experienced specialist employees who exercise significant latitude and independence.
  • Often heads one or more departments. 
  • Allocates resources to align with business objectives and annual business plans.
  • Works on issues where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth knowledge of organizational objectives.
  • Requires a comprehensive understanding of concepts and principles in own discipline and knowledge of other disciplines.
  • Solves complex problems leveraging resources within or outside the organization.
  • Implements strategic policies when selecting methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria for obtaining results.
  • Applies knowledge of key business drivers and factors that maximize performance to area of responsibility.
  • Establishes operating policies and procedures that affect departments and subordinate sections and work units.
  • Interprets company-wide policies and procedures.
  • Develops and assures adherence to budgets, schedules, work plans, and performance requirements.
  • Assignments are objective oriented; work is reviewed in terms of meeting the organization's objectives and timelines.
  • Decisions have an extended impact on work processes and outcomes.
  • Interacts frequently with internal and external leadership and senior-level customer representatives concerning projects, operational decisions, scheduling requirements, and/or contractual clarifications.
    Leads briefings and technical meetings for internal and external representatives.


Pay Range:   $101,840.00 - $135,755.00


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.


Nearest Major Market: Monroe