The RequirementsTo be a strong fit for this opportunity you will have:
- A bachelor’s degree in safety, ergonomics, industrial hygiene or related field, or an equivalent combination of eduction and experience.
- Solid hands-on experience with all aspects of the EHS function.
- Knowledge of Workers’ Compensation.
- Experience in working with ISO 14001.
- Knowledge of industrial ergonomics.
- Knowledge of OSHA (and/or state) standards.
- Excellent verbal and communication skills, including the ability to:
- Interact effectively with all levels of the organization.
- Deliver training and other presentations.
- A strong detail orientation.
- Proficient computer knowledge in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
- A background in an automotive or manufacturing environment is preferred.
The RoleReporting to the EHS Manager with a dotted-line to the Plant Manager, you will join a team that includes one other EHS Coordinator. You will be responsible for maintaining and supporting all environmental, health and safety initiatives for the Brownstown plant. Here we provide assembly and sequencing as well as ship-to-broadcast services. The facility is 680,000 ft², and we are constantly expanding and adding new processes.
You’ll spend the majority of your time on the plant floor, working hands-on with our 340+ employees. This will include performing ergonomic assessments and job safety analyses, conducting safety observation tours and incident investigations, and much more. We’re a company with a low environmental hazard risk, so you’ll focus your efforts more on the health and safety side of the function. At the same time, your dedication to the environment -- including reusing, reducing and recycling -- also will be critical to your success here.
The remainder of your time will be spent on documentation, Workers’ Compensation activities, process improvement and other EHS administrative responsibilities. You will also participate in our weekly EHS call.
More specifically, you will:
- Maintain policies, procedures, and programs related to environmental, health and safety (EHS) practices and requirements.
- Ensure all federal, state and local EHS laws and regulations, codes and plant safety rules are observed.
- Ensure all EHS recordkeeping and reporting requirements are met.
- Coordinate and facilitate meetings of the Joint EHS Committee.
- Participate in ergonomic assessments and recommend improvements.
- Facilitate the resolution and timely response to EHS action plans.
- Administer Workers’ Compensation program. Follow all WC cases with appropriate tracking and recordkeeping.
- Maintain written programs and procedures in accordance with ISO14001, OHSAS 18001, and corporate EHS and ergonomics requirements.
- Serve as the ISO 14001 Environmental Management Representative.
- Administer and coordinate all environmental related items and permits as required to comply with federal, state, and local regulations. Generate compliance reports as required. Update documents to remain current with the latest requirements and legislation.
- Coordinate inspections with corporate, federal, state, and local agencies when necessary.
- Provide input in the development stages of current as well as pending processes entering into the facility.
- Train employees on all necessary EHS programs, policies, and procedures. Conduct new hire orientation for EHS. Ensure training is documented.
- Coordinate all hazardous and non-hazardous waste storage, handling, and disposal.
- Provide statistics for continual improvement in the workplace in regards to EHS.
- Ensure external and internal complaints related to EHS are recorded appropriately and reported to management.
- Coordinate emergency response procedures, training, and practice drills.
- Conduct routine workplace safety inspections and job hazard analysis for continual improvement and to reduce workplace incidents and injuries.
- Coordinate post incident drug and alcohol screens as necessary.
- Participate in and conduct environmental compliance and conformance audits.
- Ensure the proper selection of EHS supplies including PPE.
- Document all activities as required.
- Adhere to all company guidelines for Emergency Evacuation to ensure employee safety.
- Any additional responsibility deemed necessary by management.
- Advise Department Manager of those situations that may pose a significant risk to the program, product assurance, facilities, employee safety or customer satisfaction results.
- Initiate actions to prevent the occurrence of any nonconformance relating to product, process & systems.
- Identify and record any problems relating to the product, process or system.
- Initiate, recommend or provide solutions through the appropriate channels and verify implementation.
- Control further processing and delivery of nonconforming product until the deficiency is corrected.
Why DakkotaAutonomy and Support -- Your manager oversees EHS initiatives for several Dakkota facilities, and visits the Louisville plant at least once a month. She will always be available by phone or email for support, but you’ll enjoy the autonomy that comes with being the on-site EHS resource for this plant.
Robust Training -- Upon hire, we will send you to the Brownstown, MI plant to undergo a comprehensive training program that includes classroom-style learning and on-the-job shadowing. You’ll see how your Manager and the Brownstown EHS Coordinator perform their day-to-day job activities. We will also support your professional development and provide supplemental training in any areas you may need additional support with.
Career Options -- You'll be able to share ideas and insights with other talented professionals here and in other facilities. Once you've proven yourself in this role, you might set your sights on opportunities in a variety of areas, such as an EHS Manager position. Many promotions will require relocation.
Close-Knit Team Environment -- We take pride in our collaborative culture, as well as the solid dedication our people have to delivering at a high level on a consistent basis. The EHS Manager that you report into is passionate, dedicated and enjoys helping the team succeed. You'll also enjoy the beautiful area of Louisville, KY. We are centrally located, giving you complete access to all this wonderful city has to offer.
Value-Driven Company -- Dakkota CEO Andra Rush has created companies that do more than generate profit: they impact the local community and economy by providing training and putting Americans to work. Rush was honored by President Obama in his State of the Union address in January 2014, along with GM CEO Mary Barra, for demonstrating the "strength of our work ethic and the scope of our dreams."
Great Ideas Program -- If you submit a "great idea" that is implemented and shown to save the company money or resources, you'll be paid out on your contribution to celebrate your innovative thinking!
Building Community, Creating Jobs -- At Dakkota we strive to enhance the communities where we live and work by being environmentally and socially responsible and ensuring fair and equitable employment. We provide multiple opportunities for employees to make a positive impact on their community by devoting volunteer hours and resources to local charities, as you can see in the pictures here. We're always looking for new ways to make a difference. Our employees have supported organizations like the United Way, Salvation Army, and Autism Speaks, as well as local food banks and schools.
Great Environment -- We enjoy working together toward common goals here at Dakkota. In fact, we have vision and culture committees to help clarify and communicate those values. We are also strongly committed to diversity and have been awarded the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Console (MMSDC) Supplier of the Year Award for the last three years. We are a close-knit team, and we celebrate with birth announcements, seasonal picnics and parties, employee service awards, and more.
Excellent Compensation -- In addition to a competitive salary and discretionary bonus, we offer outstanding benefits. Our benefits include comprehensive and affordable medical, dental, prescription, and vision insurance programs; a 401(k) plan with company match; flexible spending accounts; tuition assistance; in-house training; company-paid employee life insurance and short-term disability insurance; voluntary employee life insurance and long-term disability insurance; voluntary spousal/dependent life insurance; paid holidays; and paid vacations.
Keys to SuccessTo excel in this role you will be ready to hit the ground running and start making contributions on day one. There is plenty to do, and you'll need to be comfortable working in a fast-paced, dynamic environment where no two days will be the same. We're looking for a professional who is organized and detail-oriented, yet flexible and adaptable enough to make quick decisions and jump to action if there is an accident or other EHS issue.
You should expect to spend a good deal of time on the production floor, observing team members and coaching them when necessary. Your interpersonal skills will be essential as you reinforce a behavioral-based approach to safety. People should recognize you as a resource rather than an enforcer, so you should be firm but fair.
Additionally, to be an outstanding EHS Coordinator you will possess the following core competencies and characteristics:
- Confidence and an assertive yet professional and engaged demeanor
- Enthusiasm for the role and the EHS function
- The ability to work well with others
- A strong learning acumen
- The ability to influence without authority
About Dakkota Integrated SystemsDakkota Integrated Systems was formed in 2001 to create a supplier that could thrive in a fast-paced, cost-competitive environment to support automotive original equipment manufacturers. We have excelled at delivering quality, process control and innovative solutions for warranty and sustainability concerns to address our customers' needs.
Outstanding customer service and agility have propelled Dakkota from one facility with one customer to 13 facilities with GM, Ford, Chrysler, and many other customers in 13 years, earning launch and supplier partner awards along the way. Dakkota was among the first automotive suppliers to be awarded complete interior integration programs for General Motors. We dedicate resources to each new program and co-locate with our customers for a fully integrated approach.
Our in-house capabilities include:
- Extensive use of proven engineering disciplines: DFMEA, GD&T, FEA, VE/VA, and PFMEA
- Development of assembly tooling and fixtures
- Packaging development and validation for complete systems, including customer-directed components
Our vision and culture are firmly based on our high regard for our customers and solid respect for our employees. Dakkota strives to be considered to be one of the best places to work in North America, to maintain our reputation for best-in-class customer service, and to be known as a company that is "built to last."
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