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Date: Sep 15, 2021

Location: Houston, TX, US

Company: AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel has a passion for paint. We're experts in the proud craft of making paints and coatings, setting the standard in color and protection since 1792. Our world class portfolio of brands - including Dulux, International, Sikkens and Interpon - is trusted by customers around the globe. Headquartered in the Netherlands, we are active in over 150 countries and employ around 34,500 talented people who are passionate about delivering the high-performance products and services our customers expect.

Job Purpose



Under the direction of the HSE BP/Manager, plan and implement programs and procedures to protect facility’s environmental responsibilities. Initiate programs to comply with environmental agency regulations and corporate policy including the storage and handling of hazardous waste materials. Coordinate the disposal of hazardous waste materials. Recommend actions to management to assure conformance with regulations. Assist in planning and installing equipment or making modifications. Represent organization in dealing with regulatory agencies involving environmental matters. Applies for all necessary operating permits and ensures compliance with permit terms and conditions. Maintains all required documentation. Completes and submits all required reports


Assure compliance with federal, provincial and local regulations.  Recommend policies and procedures in the development and administration of safety and health programs. Conduct safety meetings, inspections and training programs. Investigate adequacy of equipment, exhaust system, lighting and conditions that may affect employee safety and health. Prepare all required reports and other documentation and recommends corrective actions. Coordinate emergency planning and response activities.

Key Accountabilities

  1. Processes – Build line management understanding of safety processes (20%)
    Tasks: Be an influential advisor to line management by building and fostering a deep understanding of the theoretical concepts, industry standards and best practices in one or more AkzoNobel safety Core Processes (people/process safety) and/or sub-processes

  2. Capability: Leverage HSE expertise to support own unit and others (20%)
    Tasks: Be an effective advisor for the Site by leveraging and extending its HSE knowledge through personal participation in AkzoNobel delivery of the Safety Common Platform, HSE Faculty learning programs, local regulatory trainings (NR’s), HSE&S induction for employees and contractors, auditing and/or incident investigation and/or through training activities within the Site as well as through personal functional development

  3. Delivery: Guide line management to deliver HSE policy, set the culture and manage hazards (10%)
    Tasks: Guide line management to develop and ensure implementation of HSE policies, plans and practices for the Site in line with the AkzoNobel HSE Policy, Directives, Rules & Procedures and in compliance with relevant regulatory requirements; together with and in support of line management, set the safety culture and manage hazards. Contribute and participate on HSE&S site inspections, coordinate implementation of safety activities as Safety Day, Safety Stand Down, Compliance, PPRA, LTCAT, Ergonomic Report and others

  4. Improvement: Act as a role model for compliance and commitment (10%)
    Tasks: Spend time engaging with employees and act as a role model for ensuring compliance with and commitment to the AkzoNobel HSE Policy, Directives, Rules & Procedures, including its risk tolerance criteria. Management of actions from Compliance (legislation). Responsible for SAQ elements, PSM Building Blocks, KPI’s report. Participation on BBS Program of the site. Participation on site internal and external audits, contributing with completion of actions plans from these audits

  5. Strategy: Contribute to the HSE strategy in own unit (10%)
    Tasks: Contribute to the deployment of the HSE strategy for design, deployment and delivery of the AkzoNobel HSE Policy, Directives, Rules & Procedures and Safety Common Platform for the entity, in order to ensure alignment of objectives and performance of the Site.

  6. Other:  Perform field HSE tasks and functions as required by the SEMST (30%)


Key Requirements



Safety technician education mandatory to represent company in the SESMT

Bachelor’s degree in HSE&S/engineering or related discipline preferred

Previous experience in processes involving hazardous materials and understanding of related regulations


Management/general skills:

  • Strong strategic and conceptual skills with ability to execute and follow through
  • Positive influencing: ability to convince others, gain agreement or acceptance of plans, activities and ability to move others willingly towards a desired goal or course of action
  • Ability to drive continuous improvement of the processes, policies, standards
  • Able to work in an inclusive way in the HSE community to make sure the business experiences ‘one voice’ and the teams’ collective objectives are met
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, entrepreneurship, result oriented, negotiation, problem solving, project management
  • Very good verbal and written English language skills
  • Relevant experience in similar units, disciplines, locations and/or other companies



AkzoNobel is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with applicable laws, we prohibit discrimination against any applicant or employee based on any legally-recognized basis, including, but not limited to: race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, lactation, childbirth or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, genetic information (including testing and characteristics), veteran status, uniformed servicemember status or any other status protected by federal, state or local law.

Requisition ID: 13762 


Nearest Major Market: Houston