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Safety Manager

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Full Time
Cleveland, OH 44113

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Job Title: Safety Manager
Location: Cleveland, OH
Grade: 20
Reports to: Director of Human Resources
Job Level: Management level; exempt


Essential Functions and Duties
  • Provide leadership and direction for all strategic and execution activities for Safety for all entities in the Great Lakes Brewing Company, with key focus on manufacturing operations in the brewery. 
  • Member of Operations leadership team, establishing and driving business objectives and continuous improvement activities. 
  • 24/7/365 responsibility for safety in the company, immediately responding to situations as necessary, leading investigations and completing required documentation and reporting.

•    Maintain a culture with prioritized focus on Safety, Quality, Productivity & Sustainability
•    Create and manage safety training program for all employees
•    Lead cross-functional Safety strategic team to develop new ideas, establish priorities and drive project execution for safety related activities
•    Ensure key safety metrics in place for all operations regarding safety performance, updating as appropriate
•    Continually monitor performance, summarizing key activities for monthly performance review
•    Identify & prioritize process improvement opportunities, both with and without capital expenditures, driving development and implementation of plan to achieve objectives
•    Thoroughly and immediately investigate all safety related issues (accidents, near misses, first aid, etc.) providing all appropriate documentation and communication to internal and external parties and assist management and supervisors with reporting & follow-ups, implementing measures to prevent reoccurrences
•    Manage contractor safety program, vetting all parties doing work for GLBC and ensuring all operations fully compliant with GLBC policies and procedures at all times-ups
•    Regularly audit operations for safety opportunities, creating action plans and follow-ups
•    Ensure all state, local, and federal safety laws are being observed at all times
•    Provide promotional materials and develop and administer recognition systems to promote safe and healthful work performance
•    Lead Chemical management / disposal program
•    Participate in the Ohio Craft Brewer’s Safety sub-committee


•    Identify opportunities, develop projects from concept to appropriation, and manage implementation of projects both safety related and non-safety related
•    Provide regular updates on projects from both a project management perspective and safety audit perspective
•    Partner with / support Sustainability Manager developing and managing policies and controls with air, water & waste permits relative to daily operations as well as new project execution

•    Provide appropriate safety and health, accident prevention, and investigation training for managers and supervisors
•    Provide / deliver actual safety training as appropriate to all staff members
•    Oversee Worker’s Compensation for the company
•    Translate overall company business strategy into operational goals and objectives relative to safety targets and goals
•    Engaged in the company’s strategic goals and supports the company’s stated values and Triple Bottom Line initiatives
•    Collaborate in the planning and formulation of organization’s policies and practices
•    Lead instructor for first aid and first responder training of staff
•    Other duties and projects as assigned

Required Skills and Experience

•    Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in Safety Management, Engineering, Industrial Hygiene, Basic or Applied Science, Environmental Science, or related subject

Work Experience
•    Minimum of five (5) year of related experience, preferably in manufacturing environment; restaurant experience beneficial

Required Qualifications
•    Excellent leadership skills with the proven ability to lead and motivate team members
•    Detail oriented and highly organized self-starter with a demonstrated ability to effectively work in a team environment
•    Results oriented with ability to identify and deliver data based solutions
•    Proven ability to manage customer relationships, develop business plans and focus on goals & objectives
•    Effectively operate in a team environment & experience with leading & directing the work of others
•    Proven decision making and analytical skills along with strong financial acumen
•    Prior experience in a fast fast-paced environment which is heavily integrated with other functional departments
•    Demonstrated ability to develop and implement a long-term strategic plan
•    Must be able to manage multiple tasks and priorities and easily adapt to changing situations
•    Knowledgeable about OSHA and safety standards, preferably SME (Subject Matter Expert) knowledge
•    Willingness to work flexible and extended hours as required
•    Utilizes creativity and innovation in approaches toward continuous improvement
•    Excellent written and verbal communication skills
•    Ability to present to large groups of people for communications and training purposes, as well as effectively conduct 1 on 1 or small group training
•    Strong Microsoft Office suite skills

Preferred Qualifications
•    Knowledge of the beer and brewing industry is ideal, craft beer industry desirable
•    Ten (10) plus years related work experience, preferably in safety management role
•    Experience in enforcing food safety and HACCP guidelines
•    Supervisory or manager experience beneficial
•    Understands and utilizes Appreciative Inquiry
•    Understands Lean principles  with a focus on processes
•    Manufacturing operations experience

•    Professional certifications in safety or related fields desirable; examples may include Certified Safety Professional, Certified Biological Safety Professional, and the Certified Industrial Hygienist
•    Involvement in American Society of Safety Engineers beneficial