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Manager, Environmental Health and Safety

Employer
Novartis Gene Therapies
Location
Durham, NC
Start date
Aug 11, 2022

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Discipline
Administration, Clinical, Manufacturing & Production
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Hotbed
Bio NC
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Imagine… 2 weeks after the birth of your child you realize they aren't meeting critical developmental milestones and after months of doctor's appointments you are told your baby has a rare neurological disease that would impact how they would live their lives. This is the reality of parents whose children have Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) and it's the reason why we at Novartis Gene Therapies are laser focused on bringing hope and possibility to those devastated by rare genetic diseases.

 

The Manager, Health, Safety and Environmental, ensures that all adherence to all Federal, State and Local requirements, as well as policies, strategies, initiatives, and goals are followed.

Responsibilities

  • Development, management, and continuous improvement of Environmental, Health, and Safety compliance programs (e.g., Hazardous/Biohazardous Waste, Wastewater Compliance, Chemical Hygiene, Biological Safety, Process Safety, Lockout Tagout, Fall Protection).
  • Completion and management of environmental permitting/reporting requirements (e.g., Wastewater Permit sampling, SARA 311-312).
  • Continuing development and management of environmental sustainability programs at the site (e.g., energy/water/waste conservation - capital project planning, dept/site-specific initiatives).
  • Performs and documents hazard characterizations for new chemical/biological materials (e.g. hazard class, biological safety level), as well as associated risk assessments (e.g., qualitative JSAs, Industrial Hygiene monitoring) for new manufacturing, laboratory, or facility operations/equipment.
  • Provides oversight to the chemical inventory management program for the site in teamwork with Department-specific representatives.
  • Function as the site's Chemical Hygiene Officer.
  • Performs proactive site inspections/walkthroughs, as well as near miss/incident investigations.
  • Provides oversight to the identification of corrective and preventive action and their robust implementation.
  • Maintains an awareness of new/updated regulations or Novartis-wide HSE standards and support implementation of programs/work practices to meet or exceed requirements.
  • Performs and documents EHS training classes for new hires, as well as for existing personnel in accordance with Dept-specific EHS training curriculum.
  • Acts as the Subject Matter Expert in regulatory inspections and/or inquiries involving environmental, health, and safety programs.
  • Participates in and supports management of Emergency Response Programs/Teams (e.g., spill response, emergency evacuation/assembly).
  • Be an influential conduit to all staff/departments with the focus of building/maintaining a high performing EHS culture where all staff are enabled to support success.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree or higher in Occupational Health and Safety, Industrial Hygiene, Chemical Engineering, or related field with 7 years of EHS program development/management experience in a manufacturing/laboratory environment preferably within the biopharmaceutical industry.
  • Professional EHS Certification(s) (e.g., CIH/CSP, RBP, REM) highly desired.
  • Understands the requirements of cGMP in conjunction with the delivery of effective EHS programs.
  • Demonstrated proficiencies in industrial hygiene sampling and monitoring programs, as well as related control strategy recommendations.
  • Knowledge of hazardous and regulated waste characterization management, as well as DOT/IATA hazardous material shipping compliance requirements.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills for coaching and collaboration, creativity in problem solving, flexibility, and excellent oral and written communication skills.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.  The level of this position will be based on the final candidate's qualifications. 

 

Why Novartis?

769 million lives were touched by Novartis medicines in 2020, and while we're proud of this, we know there is so much more we could do to help improve and extend people's lives. We believe new insights, perspectives and ground-breaking solutions can be found at the intersection of medical science and digital innovation. That a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment inspires new ways of working.

 

We believe our potential can thrive and grow in an unbossed culture underpinned by integrity, curiosity and flexibility. And we can reinvent what's possible, when we collaborate with courage to aggressively and ambitiously tackle the world's toughest medical challenges. Because the greatest risk in life, is the risk of never trying!  Imagine what you could do here at Novartis!

 

Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion:

Novartis is committed to building an outstanding, inclusive work environment and diverse teams representative of the patients and communities we serve.  Additionally, Novartis Gene Therapies is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, genetics, disability, age, sexual orientation or veteran status.

 

Accessibility and reasonable accommodations

The Novartis Group of Companies are committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please send an e-mail to tas.nacomms@novartis.com call +1 (877)395-2339 and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. Please include the job requisition number in your message. 

 

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