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Director, Environmental Health and Safety (EHS)

Emeryville, CA, USA | Zymergen Inc

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  • Functions:
    General Management
    Operations / Production
  • Experience:
    7-10 years
Job Description:
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Zymergen seeks an experienced, strategic leader for Environmental Health and Safety (EHS). The Director, Environmental Health and Safety provides a strategic, program, and policy direction to all aspects of environmental health and safety for the campus, ranging from office use to biological, chemical and safety in labs, life safety and health protections throughout the campus, and emergency preparedness. The EHS programs are directed toward safeguarding the health and safety of staff, visitors and neighbors, and the environment, as well as ensuring compliance with legal and regulatory requirements.  

The Director of EHS reports to the Vice President of Corporate Real Estate and leads a cross-functional team of scientists, research associates, engineers, technicians, and lab managers responsible for assessing the environmental and occupational health and safety risk, and ensuring the Zymergen’s compliance with applicable regulations and requirements, especially in those areas with new and evolving materials and techniques. The Director works collaboratively with other leaders and business partners across five business units to develop and transform safety culture.

 The Director of EHS will directly manage a team of FTE, consultants, and vendors to ensure facility compliance with EHS regulations, guidelines, procedures, and industry standards. 

Job Responsibilities

Sets department-wide strategy, initiatives, goals and manages staff performance and development.

Provide technical expertise and support in the area of occupational safety to promote individual behavior-based safety programs and ensure workers maintain vigilance regarding all safety concerns.

Develop, review, and revise EHS guidelines and procedures to ensure that they are established, current, accurate, compliant, and effectively communicated.

Develop safety standards and guidelines for engineering projects. Reviews capital projects for compliance with all safety and environmental requirements. Conduct assessments for new materials coming onsite.

Provide training on the company and regulatory technical safety and environmental requirements.

Manage site safety and environmental programs such as line breaking, lockout/tag-out, contractor safety, water, and energy use minimization, waste management, confined spaces, and management of change. Prepare safety reports for corporate as well as external regulatory agencies such as California OSHA.

Lead safety and environmental compliance initiatives to ensure that Zymergen is poised and prepared for regulatory audits and inspections at all times. Interface with regulatory authorities during audits and inspections.

Inspect, maintain and coordinate all activities related to site-wide safety equipment including safety audits.

Support Emergency Response and Crisis Management in addressing environmental incidents and remediation.

Develop, execute and/or lead the sites EHS Risk Management program. Conduct Risk Assessments (PHA, Haz Ops, What If's) and Job Hazard Analysis for existing and new processes.

Support investigations for all incidents and accidents on-site and ensure timely completion of corrective actions. Oversee and update incident reporting and investigation system based on effective cause/effect analysis with involvement and empowerment of front line employees to change the culture from reactive to preventive and ultimately predictive.

Manage of hazardous waste vendor.

Responsible for all strategic and financial planning, operations and results for the Department. Manages staff and resources to ensure stable and balanced financial performance and regularly evaluates programs for cost-effectiveness.


Bachelors’ degree in chemistry, chemical engineering, or other biological / life sciences discipline.

At least 8 to 10 years’ experience in safety, environmental or related field or Certification as a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) or Certified Environmental Professional (CEP) with at least 5 years’ experience in a chemistry and manufacturing environment.

5 years of management experience

Experience developing departmental plans and communicating with executive leaders on EH&S initiatives

Demonstrated technical knowledge of biopharmaceutical processing desired.

Knowledge of Federal and California OSHA and EPA standards and interpretation.

Leadership ability, results-oriented, able to manage conflict and assume responsibility

Must possess excellent written and oral communications skills to communicate with regulatory authorities and respond to inquiries in an effective manner

Must exercise rapid learning ability, attention to detail, excellent computer skills, excellent communication skills, team player, organized analytical thinker with a high level of energy and self-motivation, excellent writing skills.

Ability to read, develop, and understand procedures and other controlled documents.

Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills, including technical writing.

Knowledge and understanding of various software packages, specifically Microsoft Office.

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