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HSE Manager - 1st Shift w/On Call Availability


Fremont, NE, US


A mutually rewarding experience.

Work. Realize your ambitions. And realize there’s more to being in business than just making a profit. That’s the Mars philosophy. And the opportunity we offer every one of our Associates. An opportunity to take what you do and make it mean more for you, for those around you and for the planet.  What you get here is challenging, interesting work. You get the tools you need to do a great job and you get to have the best possible people on your side to help you do it. And at the same time as getting to find ways to do business better today than we did it yesterday and driving a great career, you also get to build a more enlightened business and drive sustainability.

Because it’s never just about a single person, a single project or a single brand. It’s about how you can grab everything that’s within your reach here and use it to pursue mutual, long-term gain. It’s about having ideas. And ideals. Being prepared to risk failure because the promise of success means we’ll all be a little better off. It’s that mix of integrity and ambition that makes Mars such a special place to work. And why working here is always about more than just a job.

About Mars, Incorporated 

Mars is a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love. With almost $35 billion in sales, the company is a global business that produces some of the world’s best-loved brands: M&M’s®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, MILKY WAY®, DOVE®, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, EXTRA®, ORBIT®, 5™, SKITTLES®, UNCLE BEN’S®, MARS DRINKS and COCOAVIA®. Mars also provides veterinary health services that include BANFIELD® Pet Hospitals, Blue Pearl®, VCA® and Pet Partners™. Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars operates in more than 80 countries. The Mars Five Principles – Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom – inspire its more than 100,000 Associates to create value for all its partners and deliver growth they are proud of every day.


Job Overview

The Site Health, Safety, and Environmental Manager reports to Plant Director, is a member of the Plant Leadership Team, and is responsible for the overall management and direction of Health, Safety, & Environment within the confines of the site.  This critical role understands the interworking relationship between safety and productivity, profits, associate engagement and retention.  As a site leader the HSE Manager sets the overall site HSE vision of excellence and ensures overall Mars HSE programs are vital and relevant. The HSE Manager will also lead the Safety Pillar for the site (Mars Supply Excellence Pillar for HSE)

Key Responsibilities

Ensure Site maintains continuous “audit ready” state of compliance with company and governmental HSE Standards

Develop and Deploy the site specific HSE Strategies, Programs and Plans to position the site as a best in class organization

Accountable for the execution of all site Environmental Permit Compliance, including Air, Stormwater, Water, Spill Control, and Wastewater.  Ensures all testing required through permits and company standards are met on time

Executes proper management of the sites hazardous waste management activities to ensure 100% compliance with federal, state, local and company regulations and standards

Ensures all shipments of hazardous materials and wastes are in done in compliance with DOT regulations

Sets the overall HSE vision of the site; executes the proper motivational techniques required to enliven this vision

Delivers training and coaching to establish clear understanding by all site associates on HSE expectations

Build and support a leading indicator culture at the site with focus on at-risk identification, near-miss RCA and hazard identification/elimination all in support of the safety pyramid

Leads the effective implementation and utilization of risk assessment and risk prediction processes at the site and drives for appropriate mitigation measures to lower associate risk.  Ensures effective communication and understanding by all affected associates

Ensures investigation of all HSE related incidents utilizing specific tools to drive to root cause and identify actions to prevent recurrence. Drives completion of recognized corrective actions to prevent incident recurrence are effectively implemented, this includes execution of corrective actions developed from other site incidents

Serves as the site level HSE technical expert, providing technical expertise/coaching as needed in all areas and initiatives of the function including capital project review and risks management associated with non-capital modifications

Must have the tact, motivational managerial skills to achieve desired results through a manage by influence model where direct lines of authority do not exist

Uses a data driven approach to manage, modify and prioritize site HSE direction.  Maintains, shares and uses data to influence, motivate, measure and drive continuous improvement. Upwardly communicate performance toward company goals for safety and the environment

Leads site efforts to measure and improve Industrial Hygiene Risk.  This includes but is not limited to ergonomics, respirable dust, noise and chemical exposure.  Coordinates all necessary IH and audiometric monitoring

Coordinate 100% Employee Engagement Committees for improving safety and environmental performance. Ensure HSE systems are implemented and maintained effectively.  Champions the site Behavior Based Safety effort.  Although this program is associate lead, the site HSE manager will provide the team with the needed influence and guidance to be successful.  Also uses BBS data to shape the overall site HSE strategy

Owns the overall site Contractor Safety program to reduce risk associate with construction and trade contactor activity.  Ensures project managers are accountable for proper management of contactors

Manage the overall site HSE Budget to ensure proper fiscal stewardship of department funds.  Understands budgetary processes and pressure, but also can articulate and justify HSE spending

Manager overall site security and supports the Mars Global Security Program by implementing standards and best practices

Supports the site management team to foster a caring culture where health, safety, and environment are ingrained as a core value equal to other business functions within the site

Partners with other key functions on initiatives including Engineering, Operations, P&O, Quality, S&F to develop and deliver site based goals and plans

Actively participates on Site Leadership Team and effectively leads, coaches and develops operations line supervision to be effective HSE leaders/coaches in their respective positions

Supports the Mars Sustainable in a Generation (SiG) initiative through various means


Context and Scope

Perennially, Mars has been named to the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work.  Our associates make this happen and we believe that they are our best asset, therefore protecting their safety and the communities in which we operate are paramount.  As such, at Mars, Safety and Environmental Stewardship are primary business values of which the company prides itself. Through development of an overall Health, Safety, and Environmental Management System Mars has driven this value into the organization.  The site HSE Manager plays an essential role in this Management System through hands on execution of the Global HSE Standards, developing a winning HSE culture and driving associate involvement.

Incumbent is the site leader of HSE activities within their operating site.  The site HSE Manager works with and is a part of the site senior management team and collaborates with other site representatives to ensure the overall corporate HSE strategy is refined for the site and executed minimizing the Company’s general liability and exposure to safety, environmental compliance and security risks.

The HSE Manager is considered the subject matter expert on all matters of associate health, safety and environmental matters at the site. They will also lead cross-functional troubleshooting teams for critical near misses, incidents and lead the site’s BBS Committee.

The HSE manager will drive continuous improvement at the site in the areas of equipment utilization, waste generation, human safety, and food safety. Improvements vary in size from projects with a budget of several hundred dollars to ones with budgets of several hundred thousand dollars. The HSE Manager will use the PRP process to ensure all relevant stakeholders are involved in the early planning stages to ensure all key areas have a voice in the management of change and buy-in to overall goal.


This position is responsible for driving the overall Mars HSE Culture and Vision at the site.  The HSE manager must perform all work in ways which are consistent with the Company’s vision, mission and values, driving the HSE Culture of the site, by engaging all associates, collaborating and supporting on non-HSE site critical issues, and championing external efforts to ensure safety and environmental stewardship in the communities in which Mars operates.


Job Specifications/Qualifications

Education & Professional Qualifications
B.S. Safety Management, Industrial Safety, Sciences, Engineering. M.S. Safety Management a plus. Strong technical writing, training/teaching, OSHA, DOT, EPA understanding.

Knowledge / Experience
Previous experience leading safety in an industrial/manufacturing environment (3-5 years). Experience in food manufacturing, GMP/GHP/HACCP preferred. ASP/CSP/CIH or other professional certificates preferred.


Mars is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request.


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