EH&S Engineer
OH - Columbus

Opportunity Snapshot
Join the leading U.S. manufacturer of optical lenses and serve as the onsite EHS subject-matter-expert.
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If you combine solid experience as an EHS Engineer in a manufacturing environment with knowledge of chemicals and a history of accountability for OSHA, FDA and other regulations, the role of EHS Engineer at our new Columbus facility offers some compelling advantages. Consider, you will:
  • Impact risk and safety as you implement the EHS program at our new facility. You will serve as our onsite expert but take program guidance from corporate to meet company guidelines.
  • Enjoy strong training and corporate visibility as you work with members of the Corporate EHS team in Dallas. You will be trained onsite and will interact with the Dallas team regularly in the execution of your role. You bring the talent and positive attitude and we'll ensure you have the training and resources needed to thrive an excel in the role. 
  • Work in a state-of-the-art facility, featuring robotics -- it's the largest of its kind in the nation. We are building rapidly and adding a second shift in March and a third by summer. We're using top-notch technology and waste management systems.
  • Earn a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits in a fast-paced, dynamic culture.
  • Highlight your skills and ability to take on additional challenges and continue to advance your career with Essilor, here in Columbus or at locations across North America and the globe. 
  • Enjoy the stability and resources of a growing global organization -- our recent merger with Luxottica has made us the world's largest player in the eyewear industry.
Improving Lives By Improving Sight. Essilor of America, Inc. is the leading manufacturer of eyeglass lenses in the United States, employs more than 7,000 people and operates the largest and most comprehensive optical laboratory network in the U.S. Essilor of America, Inc. is a subsidiary of Paris-based Essilor International. Essilor manufactures optical lenses under the Varilux®, Crizal®, Transitions®, and other brands, and our products are worn by one billion people daily. Essilor has been on Forbes' list of the World's 100 Most Innovative Companies every year since 2010.
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Work with a strong corporate EHS team & make a local impact at a new, state-of-the-art facility

The Requirements
A bachelor's degree and 3-5 years of experience as an EHS Engineer could make you the perfect fit for this role.
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To meet the basic qualification for this role, you will be legally authorized to work permanently in the U.S. for any employer without requiring a visa transfer or visa sponsorship. To be a strong fit for the EHS Engineer role, you will have:
  • A bachelor’s degree in EHS, Occupational Safety & Health, Engineering, or a related field 
  • 3-5 years’ experience as an EHS Engineer or similar role, ideally in an FDA regulated environment 
  • A background in chemicals
  • Working knowledge of OSHA and FDA codes and requirements 
  • A strong safety background
  • Experience Interpreting and communicating regulations and standards
  • Ability to train operators and other employees on standards
  • Solid computer skills, including MS Office programs
  • Ability to influence without having direct authority
  • A hands-on approach with a continuous improvement mindset
  • Excellent interpersonal and written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to thrive a dynamic, fast-growth environment
  • Schedule flexibility
  • Certifications, such as safety are an advantage
You will primarily work day shift hours, approximately 8 AM to 5 PM, but will train across all three shifts. Schedule flexibility will be key in order to train employees, do audits, investigations and other tasks as needed. 
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The Role
Impact safety by implementing programs and being a visible presence on the floor.
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Reporting to the Facility Maintenance Manager, as EHS Engineer, you will work with the corporate EHS team in Dallas and be accountable for implementing company-wide policies for all functional areas of the Columbus plant to protect the safety, health and environmental aspects of employees, and to comply with all applicable laws and regulations. 

You will work across all functional areas of the facility including lab departments for the production of optical lenses, the warehouse and shipping and receiving. We do high volume production with mass customization, using milder chemicals, machine and manual processes. You will implement, train and track a behavioral safety program, implement KPIs and monitor results, write SOPs, do audits and investigations as needed and more. 

Specific duties will include:
  • Developing and delivering EHS training
  • Performing audits, inspections and assessments as needed and required
  • Monitoring and assuring compliance with all relevant guidelines and regulations
  • Implementing EHS policies, procedures and guidelines
  • Responding to and reporting incidents, and facilitating root cause analysis as necessary
  • Supporting the development and implementation of site-level EHS management systems
  • Manage waste streams, finding recycling solutions rather than sending waste to the landfill
  • Documenting all activities as required
Note: This description is intended to give you a general overview of the position and is not an exhaustive listing of duties and responsibilities.
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Why Essilor of America
More great reasons to join us.
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Make a critical impact
You'll get in on the ground floor of our facility in a critical role. You'll have the opportunity to positively impact operations and implement EHS practices, almost from the beginning. 

Great environment
You will join a team that includes dedicated, smart and mutually supportive professionals. Our culture is entrepreneurial, and the company has been innovating both technologically and to solve problems for 170 years. You'll also learn the cultural nuances of working for a company based in another country, if that's new to you.

Truly living our values
At Essilor, we believe everyone deserves to see life and all its detail with the best vision possible. That's why, in addition to designing, manufacturing and distributing quality vision care solutions worldwide, we invest in raising awareness of the importance of good vision, support eyecare professionals, invent new technologies and products, and support philanthropic initiatives. For example, the Essilor Vision Foundation partners with schools, eye doctors, and communities to provide eye exams and glasses to underserved children at no cost to their families. We also are committed to robust standards for environmental sustainability. These are just a couple of reasons we were one of the 52 companies named to Fortune magazine's 2019 Change the World list.

Excellent compensation
In addition to competitive compensation and bonus potential, we offer an exceptional mix of first-rate benefits, including medical, dental and vision plans; a 401(k) plan with company match; tuition reimbursement; comprehensive training through Essilor University; lens and frame benefits for you and your family; an employee stock purchase plan with company match; and more.

Video: As part of the #DifferenceMakers campaign, Essilor chose four eyecare professionals and three Essilor employees to participate in a mission trip to Southeast Asia in March 2019.
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Keys to Success
Your technical knowledge will be paramount, but just as important will be your ability to work effectively with operators on the floor to build a safety-oriented culture.
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To excel in this role you will dedicate yourself to learning then start making contributions. There is plenty to do, and you'll need to be comfortable working in a fast-paced, dynamic environment. We're looking for a professional who is organized and detail-oriented, brings strong ideas to the table, but also can implement the program per corporate guidelines and standards. 

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, acting as a knowledgeable partner and expert, rather than an enforcer. You'll gain buy-in from the team as part of our culture of safety 

Additionally, to be an outstanding EHS Engineer, you will:
  • Have the ability to influence without formal authority
  • Earn credibility through your confidence, expertise and engagement 
  • Manage multiple activities and priorities effectively 
  • Combine analytical reasoning skills with knowledge of compliance codes and regulations
  • Achieve goals independently and also contribute as a team player
  • Bring safety awareness to all that you do
You'll know you're hitting the mark when there are no violations, near misses or injuries and KPIs are understood and being met. 
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Essilor of America, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

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