QHSE Manager

24 januari 2022 Avantium

For this exciting part of our journey to achieve a fossil-free world, we are looking for an experienced QHSE manager with a pragmatic attitude to operate in an exciting, fast-paced technical environment. The QHSE manager will be responsible for quality, health, safety and environment from the start of the build of the plant.

Avantium is a pioneer in the emerging industry of renewable and sustainable chemistry. We are an innovation-driven company dedicated to developing and commercialising breakthrough technologies that will transform the chemical and plastics industry. Our focus is on revolutionizing polyesters, and other chemicals, enabling the production of fully circular plastics that can be indefinitely recycled. We believe this is the area with the most potential to drive the industry towards becoming fossil-free. Our plant-based materials can be used in packaging, textiles, film and more – everyday items fit for today’s world. Aside from being fully scalable, our products are economically competitive, fully recyclable and superior in performance.

The Renewable Polymers business aims to commercialize our proprietary plants-to-plastics YXY® Technology, which is used to produce furan dicarboxylic acid (FDCA) - the main building block of the high-performance, plant-based plastic polyethylene furanoate (PEF). We have fully proven the technology in our pilot plant in Geleen and we are now starting the construction of the world’s first commercial FDCA plant in Delfzijl, which will be operational in 2023.

Responsibilities

For this exciting part of our journey to achieve a fossil-free world, we are looking for an experienced QHSE manager with a pragmatic attitude to operate in an exciting, fast-paced technical environment. The QHSE manager will be responsible for quality, health, safety and environment from the start of the build of the plant. This includes managing the development and implementation of incident prevention measures to ensure safety excellence. Areas of focus will be occupational health and safety, environmental protection, behaviour-based safety, safety training and awareness, safety auditing, safety management, risk assessments and hazard analyses. The position offers the unique opportunity to make an important contribution and to work with multidisciplinary teams.

This includes;

  • setting the overall QHSE vision and strategy for the plant,
  • implement a QHSE management system and incident case management requirements,
  • manage all compliance activities to assure compliance with local and national regulations and stay updated with regulatory changes,
  • develop and maintain plans, policies, procedures, including emergency response procedures; prepare and BRZO, WABO inspections,
  • ensure the QS14001/45001/9001 certification of the plant and maintain it.

What do you bring?

The ideal candidate has a proven track record of managing quality, health, safety and environment in a plant and is able to train, influence and motivate team members to follow and improve the associated policies. Dutch is required for the role as that is the working languages in our plants. The QHSE manager should have experience in leading continuous improvement initiatives. Knowledge of managing budgets and deadlines combined with strong organisational skills is an advantage in being successful in this role.

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