Progressive Waste Solutions/ Bfi – Vp, Corporate Safety – Toronto


About the Company                                                                                                                                                             
As North America’s third largest full-service waste management company, Progressive Waste Solutions provides non-hazardous solid waste collection and recycling disposal services to commercial, industrial, municipal and residential customers in six Canadian provinces and 12 U.S. states as well as the District of Columbia.
The company’s shares are listed on the New York and Toronto Stock Exchanges under the symbol BIN.

Scope of Position

This newly developed, critical high profile role will report directly to the Chief Executive Officer. This position requires an innovative and results-oriented leader to help build and implement its Occupational Health and Safety strategy throughout North America. Utilizing best practices, advanced approaches and proven methodologies, the VP of Corporate Safety will develop best-in-class strategies that will be delivered in a decentralized fashion throughout its operating locations.
The position will be responsible for leading the planning, development, and implementation of a comprehensive, corporate-wide Health and Safety management system including strategies, policies, practices and procedures. Develop and implement strategies that will change behavior in the workplace, such that the number of accidents and reportable incidents, and will achieve targeted metrics with a goal of becoming an industry leader.

Functional Tasks

  • Develop plans and budget proposals for the delivery of corporate-wide OH&S programs.
  • Meet the established priorities and requirements of the senior executives and management staff.
  • Provide input, support, guidance and expert advice to senior executives and management staff, enabler groups, process owners, and field staff on OH&S policies, practices, procedures and related legislation.
  • Develop and implement a compliance review and audit capability, such that trends and areas of corporate-wide weaknesses can be identified and investigated, and corrective and preventative measures implemented, as appropriate.
  • Ensure overall corporate performance and compliance of OH&S programs are measured and evaluated against established frameworks and indicators and communicated to the Executive management team.
  • Lead communication of OH&S performance and challenges with Districts and other business functions; lead the development and support the implementation of OH&S action plans on a divisional level; facilitates meeting; lead discussions and is influential in motivating Company management to address OH&S incident prevention.
  • Develop and implement awareness and behavioural change campaigns and initiatives throughout the corporation to increase corporate-wide commitment to leading OH&S practices.
  • Contribute to the development of the priorities, policies and strategies of the OH&S function as a member of the leadership team, and champions the function and its goal throughout the organization when appropriate.
  • Determine the requirements for corporate-wide OH&S Management Systems and frameworks required to enable significant improvements in performance.
  •  Liaise and maintain relationships with national, provincial, state, federal, professional and trade associations and societies in occupational health and safety.
  • Create a positive work environment and culture within the department, provides clear objectives and performance expectations for subordinates, conducts training and development needs assessments and ensures that subordinates are provided with the support necessary to deliver against the expectations of their roles.
  • Initiate, promote, implement and maintain health and safety projects and initiatives throughout the corporation through the development of strategies, policies, practices and procedures.
  • Ensure plans are responsive to business needs, align to corporate objectives and achieve workplace safety, performance, claims costs, days lost, vehicle accident and lost time injuries goals, meet industry best practices and are in compliance with OH&S legislation, regulations and collective agreements.

Competency Profile

The following competencies listed below define the role of VP of Corporate Safety  at Industrial Company

People Management
Establishes and communicates clear priorities and sense of direction. Clarifies roles and responsibilities. Adapts management style to achieve optimum results.

Leading Change
Recognizes when change is necessary. Challenges the status quo and champions new initiatives. Acts as a catalyst to change and stimulates others to change. Develops an effective action plan to implement change and monitors results.

Quality Orientation
Strives for excellence in products, processes and/or services through continued evaluation, enhancement and redefinition of quality standards.

Strategic Approach
Develops a strategic plan to realize the vision. Revises strategy in light of changing circumstances. Takes a long-term view of organizational success. Works to clarify long term organizational goals. Able to stand back from immediate problems in order to focus on more far reaching ideas.

Problem Solving
Draws parallels across situations and contexts. Divides problems into their individual elements. Develops several explanations or alternatives. Separates the core of a problem from its symptoms and can identify cause and effect.

Makes an immediate positive impression upon others. Has presence and commands respect. Comes across with force and quickly establishes credibility. Accurately predicts the effects of own words and actions. Makes an immediate positive impression upon others.

Articulates the key points of an argument persuasively. Negotiates skillfully and convinces others to own point of view. Directly and indirectly impacts the decisions/opinions of others. Mobilizes people into action.

Team Skills
Helps to create a sense of team spirit and harmonious relations through cooperation and support. Balances personal goals with those of the team. Fosters collaboration among team members.

Preferred Experience / Education

  • The following indicates specific industry, academic and functional experience/qualifications that are important to the successful achievement of the identified responsibilities and performance deliverables.
  • University Degree or College diploma in an appropriate field.
  • At least fifteen years of experience implementing and promoting safe work practices and policies within an industrial environment.
  • Experience with disability management, accident investigation, workplace inspection and job hazard analysis is preferred.
  • Understanding of current legislation, Codes of Practice, Bulletins and other safe work practice requirements and recommendations.
  • Confidence, with the proven ability to build credibility and strong partnerships at all levels.
  • Very strong sense of urgency with proven record of following through to meet deadlines and commitments.
  • Energetic, self motivated, creative and especially positive outlook.
  • Proven ability to maintain confidences and ensure confidentiality of information and records.
  • Complete proficiency with MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint and other common applications.
  • Occupational Health and Safety Certificate or equivalent is preferred.

    Remuneration & Benefits

    Our client offers a competitive compensation package including base-salary, performance-based variable pay, and comprehensive benefits.

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