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Director, Environmental Health & Safety (EHS)

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minnesota; Beaumont, California; Robbinsville, New Jersey; Columbus, Ohio

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Schwan’s Company, a U.S. affiliate of the global lifestyle company, CJ CheilJedang Corporation, is a leading U.S. manufacturer and marketer of quality foods offered through retail-grocery and food-service channels. Our many popular brands include Red Baron®, Tony’s®, Big Daddy’s®, Villa Prima™ and Freschetta® pizza; Mrs. Smith’s® and Edwards® desserts; and Pagoda® and Bibigo Asian-style snacks. Schwan’s is a place for people with an appetite for more. To learn about joining a team where you can belong, contribute, and thrive, visit

Position Mission

We are hiring a Director, Environmental Health & Safety (EHS).  This position is responsible for ensuring a safe working environment for all employees at multiple facilities (five manufacturing facilities and one office) by creating, implementing and monitoring facility safety programs and developing controls for all areas of property and casualty risks.  Oversees the facilities and ensures all contractor/vendors are in compliance with all Federal, State and Local Safety and Environmental regulations. This position leads a team of five direct reports and a total team of 12 safety professionals.

Location: Ideally Bloomington, MN  - will also consider candidates in Southern California, New Jersey, Ohio or fully remote. The role requires at least 70% travel.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develops and implements environmental, health & safety compliance programs and policies, as well as coordinate and/or deliver training for all Operations facilities and their applicable staff.
  • Leads cultural change to embrace new and improved safety programs and policies at all levels of the organization
  • Provides technical direction and guidance to plant managers and all facility-level EHS staff and other key staff regarding compliance for all workplace conditions/hazards, as well as all air, water and waste requirements and regulations that apply to their facilities/operations.
  • Measures, analyzes, evaluates, reports and communicates loss control and accident information to senior management.
  • Develops and implements accident prevention and loss control methods and programs at Operations facilities to improve safety performance.
  • Directs all environmental permitting activities; including NPDES program permits (surface, groundwater and storm water), air use permits/Title V permitting, POTW wastewater discharge permits, UST & AST registrations, RCRA notifications. Prepare and file all necessary environmental reports for facilities- including SARA Title III Tier Two reports, air pollution reporting, Form R reports, Monthly NPDES DMRs, POTW wastewater reports, Biennial hazardous waste reports, other state-required reports.
  • Directs all relationships and communications with USEPA, OSHA and homeland security.
  • Negotiates all enforcement actions, notices of violation, informal settlement agreements, administrative orders and permit agreements with local, state and federal governmental environmental agencies.
  • Represents the company on all contested OSHA citation matters.
  • Identifies, develops and implements economically feasible solutions to environmental, health & safety issues/problems for the company's facilities.
  • Coordinates workers compensation activities, loss control programs, risk engineering, and fire protection planning for Operations facilities and with the company's insurance providers.
  • Assess the impact of environmental, health & safety laws and regulations as they affect the company and its operations. Track regulations as they develop. Formulate and implement policies, procedures and programs for compliance.
  • Directs environmental and safety due diligence for mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, divestitures, site expansions and/or redevelopments.
  • Conducts environmental site assessments with environmental engineering consultants (Phase I, II).
  • Advises senior management on the compliance status, costs, and technical improvements needed to achieve compliance. Negotiates satisfactory environmental protections and terms in real estate transaction and purchase agreements.
  • Manages all hazardous and solid waste activities for the company, including the approval and auditing of all Treatment, Storage and Disposal facilities.
  • Develops and implements facility-level environmental, health & safety auditing and/or inspection programs for all Operations facilities.
  • Contracts with appropriate environmental, health & safety analysts, hygienists, consultants, engineers and suppliers and direct their activities related to the environmental, health & safety needs of Operations.
  • Directs the activities of outside and in-house attorneys representing the company to ensure adequate legal advice is provided to the company regarding environmental, health & safety matters.
  • Represents the company and direct the activities of outside and in-house attorneys representing the company in relation to company involvement with state and federal Superfund sites.
  • Provides senior management with summary briefings and strategic guidance on the company's liability exposures as a potentially responsible party (PRP) in relation to such sites.
  • Participates in appropriate trade associations to promote the company's position in a prominent manner.
  • Provides assistance with the company's participation in regulatory rulemaking and negotiation processes through such associations where such efforts involve and/or affect the company's products and manufacturing processes.
  • Manages, trains and develops a team of safety leaders and professionals.


Education:Bachelor's degree or equivalent

Years of Experience:  Typically has 10-15 years of related experience


  • Previous Management Experience in Risk Management/Safety area.
  • Working knowledge of Federal and State regulations with respect to United States OSHA, Worker’s Compensation, ADA, EPA regulations, USDA and other applicable Acts and a demonstrated/leadership role.
  • Experience in Loss Control, Consulting, or Industrial Health and Safety.
  • Experience in Managed Care, Return-To-Work, and/or Claims Management.
  • Ability to effectively supervise employees.
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to conduct training sessions and give presentations to small and/or large groups of people.

The employing subsidiaries of Schwan’s Company are Equal Employment Opportunity Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to disability, age, race, color, religion, gender, vet status, national origin or other protected class.

Job Type: Full-time Business Unit: Req #: 23-1205

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