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Construction EHS Director - Panasonic Energy Kansas

REQ: REQ-135878 Facilities

Panasonic Energy of North America
  • De Soto, KS, United States
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The Construction EHS Director is responsible for working with the Panasonic Energy Leadership Team to ensure the organization is operating in a way that safeguards human health and protects the environment. This position will continually be working to infuse Safety and Environmental Stewardship with the goal of exhibiting those measures through Panasonic Energy’s products and services.  The Director’s responsibility is to oversee the overall EHS project for the construction site developing and maintaining systems and processes that ensure stewardship of safety and sustainability for the organization.  It is critical that the individual earns trust at all levels and can work with and influence senior leadership as well as build and maintain a close working relationship with Panasonic headquarters’ Safety and Environmental Departments.

Essential Duties:

  • Oversees the overall EHS program for the project site.
  • Oversees the EHS programs of all contractors on the site to ensure compliance with the Panasonic EHS Program.
  • Provides reports required by company or regulatory stakeholders.
  • Conducts safety meetings, audits, and inspections to ensure compliance, evaluate performance, identify corrective action, and implement follow up assessments.
  • Plans, implements, and conducts preventative care, safety, and compliance training programs.
  • Plans, implements, manages, and maintains comprehensive environmental safety & health programs on premises or at project site locations.
  • Provides project management team with guidance on health and safety and confirm project site fulfills industry, local, state, and federal guidelines, and regulations.
  • Collaborates with management to develop an Emergency Action Plan and serve as primary contact for project site injury and incident notification, investigation, and case management. Maintains a written log of safety inspection activities, reports, and correspondence.
  • Guarantees that all work is performed in accordance with approved manuals, internal policies and procedures, contract documents, and good engineering practices.
  • Provides technical support to project managers.
  • Develops and maintains project cost/change controls, and project budget and accounting records.
  • Coordinates and monitors schedule updates, invoices, and submittals.
  • Reports the status of projects to business and market leaders.
  • Participates in team meetings and provides regular on-site project presence.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Requirements:

  • To ensure the health and safety in the workplace and for the protection of our employee’s, wearing PPE is a possibility and may include equipment such as a full Tyvek suit, safety shoes, gloves, safety glasses, face mask, bump cap, and a full hazmat suit that includes a respirator.

The foregoing description is not intended and should not be construed to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills and efforts or work conditions associated with the job. It is intended to be an accurate reflection of the general nature and level of the job.

Qualifications:  Requirements - Required and/or Preferred

Education, Experience, and Licensing Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Safety, Health, Engineering, or related discipline preferred
  • Minimum 10 years large scale commercial, government, or industrial project management experience, including at least 5 years management level safety profession experience
  • Current certifications in First Aid, CPR, OSHA, 30-hour Construction Safety and Industry Standards plus familiarity with DOE 10 CFR Part 851 highly desirable

Essential Qualifications:

  • Strong commitment to safety and continuous improvement mindset
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize and work in an extremely fast-paced and changing environment
  • Risk assessment/management
  • Administrative policies and procedures
  • EPC industry experience
  • Familiarity with project and department budget process and tools
  • Knowledge of project controls
  • Conceptual planning ability
  • Conflict management and problem-solving skills
  • Leadership ability
  • Multi-tasking ability
  • Communication, meeting, and presentation skills
  • Comfort with time reporting systems
  • OCIP / CCIP program management
  • Familiar with environmental regulations related to construction to include Storm Water Permitting, Air Permitting, etc.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Must be able to build trust and influence at all levels of an organization, including the PENA senior leadership team and Panasonic Headquarters
  • Proven leadership skills including team building, collaborating, accountability, strategic and innovative thinking
  • Strong communication skills – written, verbal and presentation
  • Ability to take innovative approaches to improve processes and solve problems
  • Detail-oriented with excellent organizational and project management skills
  • Ability to analyze and revise operating practices to improve efficiency
  • Self-starter with high-energy and a curious approach
  • Ability to understand different cultures to establish reliable and effective communication within a diverse and complicated environment
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of federal, state, and local regulations and requirements in the US
  • Skills in MS Office (Word, Power Point, Excel, Outlook)
  • Multi-site and global experience are highly desirable

Physical Demands:

Physical Activities: (Percentage of time (equaling 100%) during the normal workday the employee is required to)

  • Sit:                                                       25%
  • Walk:                                                   25%
  • Stand:                                                 25%
  • Lift:                                                      25%

Required Lifting and Carrying: (Required frequency is:  Not required (0%), Occasional (1-33%), Frequent (34-66%, Continuous (67-100%)

  • Up to 10 lbs.:                                       Occasional
  • Up to 20 lbs.:                                       Occasional
  • Up to 35 lbs.:                                       Occasional
  • Team-lift only (over 35 lbs.):               Occasional


About Us:

Here at Panasonic Energy, we set out each day to change the world by accelerating the transition to sustainable energy through the production of safe, high-quality lithium-ion batteries.

Our journey began in 2017 when Panasonic Energy of North America (PENA) began producing batteries for electric vehicle manufacturer, Tesla Motors, Inc., at the Gigafactory in Sparks, Nevada. Our operation has since grown to be the largest lithium-ion battery factory in the world with a growing workforce of more than 4,000 employees that has surpassed six billion cells delivered and counting. And this is just the beginning.

As a next step, we are expanding our operations into De Soto, Kansas as we strive to increase battery production and further support our long-term commitment to advancing the EV industry in the U.S. and building a better world.

As the demand for EVs rapidly grows, we continue to innovate our lithium-ion battery technology and production capabilities to achieve greater efficiency and performance in electric vehicles.

In addition to a work environment that is as innovative as our products, we offer competitive salaries, comprehensive benefits package, 401K with company match, tuition reimbursement, training and career development opportunities, paid time off and so much more.

Supplemental Information:

Pre-employment drug testing is required. Due to the high volume of responses, we will only be able to respond to candidates of interest. All candidates must have valid authorization to work in the U.S. without restriction.

Panasonic is an Equal Opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by law.  All qualified individuals are required to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.

Thank you for your interest in Panasonic Energy of North America.

REQ: REQ-135878 Facilities

  • De Soto, KS, United States
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