Website NH Electric Cooperative

SAFETY, SECURITY, AND ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGER

 OUR ORGANIZATION:

NHEC is the second largest electric utility in New Hampshire, providing service to consumers and businesses in 115 communities throughout the state. As a member-owned cooperative, serving our members is at the heart of everything we do and every decision we make.

The electric utility industry is currently undergoing enormous change as consumers look for new ways to manage energy costs through distributed energy resources such as solar arrays, battery storage, energy efficiency, and the use of electro-technologies like heat pumps and electric vehicles in place of fossil fuel powered technologies. These changes present new challenges and opportunities to find ways to meet our members’ evolving expectations and make this an exciting time to work in the electric utility industry. In June 2017, we completed a five-year strategic plan, identifying four areas of strategic focus with actionable goals within those areas.

  • Transformation of our Business Model to prepare for the widespread adoption of distributed energy resources by our members.

 

  • Adoption of a Voice of the Member platform to help us better understand and meet our member’s needs and expectations.

 

  • A focus on enhancing our Organizational Effectiveness by transforming NHEC into an organization that is innovative, nimble, and able to respond more rapidly to the changing needs of our members and the way they lead their lives.

 

  • Ensuring NHEC’s ongoing Financial Stability through development of a revenue model and associated rates and charges that better reflect the way our members will use our distribution system as they increasingly play a role in managing the energy resources that serve them.

                                                                                                                                                                                  

To help meet the goals in the strategic plan we identified three key drivers that describe the kind of organization we want to be:

  • Member WOW! Our members are wowed by the service we provide. Every interaction between a member and NHEC is deeply satisfying because we keep it simple, personalized and seamless so that the member feels their need is completely understood by us and, whenever possible, completely resolved with a philosophy of one and done.

 

  • Learning Organization. Our employees feel energized and excited by the possibilities and opportunities presented by these industry changes. They are curious, feel empowered to experiment, work collaboratively, and share their knowledge and experience as they work to solve new problems, meet new challenges, and serve changing member needs.

 

  • Strategic Partnerships. We develop strategic partnerships that are central to our ability to achieve our vision by giving us capabilities and resources we do not have ourselves. Our strategic partnerships open up opportunities to deliver value for our members that would have been unavailable on our own. We clearly convey to our partner our vision of what we believe success looks like, and our partner is open with us about how they will help us achieve that vision and the challenges that will need to be met to get there.

 

Headquartered in Plymouth, New Hampshire, NHEC currently has 200+ employees. There is much to be proud of in our existing organization, and a genuine enthusiasm for what the future holds. It is an environment in which individual leadership and initiative are highly valued and encouraged, and success is viewed as a shared accomplishment to be celebrated by all. Ensuring our members have the energy they need, the information they want, and a partner they can trust is what makes us different.

 

THE POSITION:

In order to help meet the goals of our strategic plan and achieve our long term strategic vision, we are looking for a Safety, Security, and Environmental Manager. Reporting to the Vice President of Operations and Engineering, the Safety, Security, and Environmental Manager is responsible for the continuous development of safety, security, and environmental policies and procedures relative to the electric distribution system as well as effective implementation of these policies. They will be responsible for developing and implementing an effective workplace safety program and culture that is sufficiently innovative and creative to achieve excellent performance relative to established industry safety metrics. This position directs the resources and activities of the organization to support the Safety programs and initiatives and provides advice and guidance to senior management on these matters. A key challenge will be to continually maintain an appropriate level of awareness, knowledge, and preparedness across the organization to create a culture that prioritizes safety. They will also ensure that all employees are properly trained to perform their job functions safely including having all required certifications. The individual in this position, also oversees all aspects of the physical security of the company’s assets including but not limited to facilities, electric distribution system, and substations. In addition, continued development and implementation of NHEC’s hazardous waste disposal program including but not limited to oil spills and other hazardous substance is also the responsibility of this position.

Responsibilities Include:

 

  • Strengthens NHEC’s safety programs and maintains legal compliance by networking with statewide job training and safety instructors to review programs and obtain ideas.
  • Assures public awareness of safety and health by initiating, administering, and coordinating public safety and health programs.
  • Supports the strategic goals of NHEC by developing, reporting on, and achieving Balanced Scorecard Safety Performance objectives.
  • Supports the cultural goals of NHEC by exhibiting self-leadership, developing and maintaining effective working relationships, having a results minded orientation, being innovative, and seeking feedback while living the company values.
  • Ensures that all products utilized by NHEC are the least toxic or harmful by maintaining access to a safety data sheet website conforming to state, federal, and OSHA guidelines.
  • Ensures compliance with federal and state agencies in hazardous material disposal by planning, coordinating, and maintaining NHEC’s hazardous waste disposal program and coordinating direct cleanup in the event of an oil spill or other hazardous substance emergency.
  • Oversee internal and external investigations pertaining to OSHA and other state and local investigations as well as directing all aspects of environmental impacts of NHEC including but not limited to the electric distribution system and carbon footprint.
  • Ensures compliance with industry, federal state, and local codes by adhering to OSHA, National Electric Code, State Building Code, and State Fire Safety Codes.
  • Ensures a safe working environment by developing policies and/or procedures regarding safety rules and requirements; communicating those requirements and providing training as appropriate. Keeps current with necessary Federal, State, and NHEC rules and regulations in regards to safety and facilities as required.
  • Ensures safety awareness by periodically conducting inspections/audits in the field with Operations Supervisors; attending and participating in Safety Committee meetings at NHEC and with other cooperatives and/or utilities.
  • Initiates accident investigation including proper preparation of documents and notification of authorities or agencies as required by documenting all physical evidence, conducting interviews, and eliciting written statements from all involved (employees or otherwise), and ensuring proper follow up is conducted.
  • Provides a healthy, safe, secure, and efficient workplace for staff by coordinating with the Facilities’ Department regarding maintenance of the HQ facilities and any other facilities as needed/requested. Supports the financial goals of NHEC by helping to develop the annual operating budget for the department and maintains the budget within reasonable variances.
  • Develops and maintains both short and long term plans to enhance material management.
  • Increases professional and technical knowledge by attending educational classes, reading professional magazines, and participating in professional societies.
  • Performs other duties as may be assigned.

 

THE PERSON:

Education, Experience, Abilities, Skills, and Job Knowledge:

 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Safety Engineering, Safety Management, Engineering, Business Administration or equivalent is required.  Master’s degree is preferred. Additional studies in electricity, accounting, business management, loss control, and accident investigation required. Certification in safety is required.
  • Ten (10) years of experience as a supervisor in the electric utility industry including construction, operations, and maintenance or similar industry experience is required. Must be an excellent communicator, have good interpersonal skills, leadership qualities, and be a team player.
  • Must have experience in supervising, organizing, directing, coordinating, and administration of work groups. As well as the ability to plan, direct, coordinate, and administer various plans, programs, and day to day safety, physical security, and environmental operations.
  • Must be able to evaluate, monitor and take corrective action when required on various budgets, policies, and work plans.
  • Must be able to effectively communicate with and train other personnel regarding various policies, goals, practices, desired performance levels, and aesthetic, environmental, and legal rules and requirements.
  • Must have and continue to develop the skill to recognize, evaluate, and recommend desired changes at all levels of his/her department, in order to continually improve the efficiency, safety, morale, and day-to-day operations of safety, physical security, and environmental oversight.
  • Must have a working knowledge of all departments and their areas of responsibilities, OSHA, EPA, NESC, FMCSA, and DOT regulations and requirements, BOCA building codes, construction materials and practices.
  • Must have previous experience with OSHA and state level safety associations including certifications in areas such as Reasonable Suspicion and Test Protocol, OSHA 10 HR, First Aid/AED and CPR, Blood Born Pathogen, Power Industry Truck/Forklift. Must also be 24 hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) qualified and able to teach an eight hour refresher course.

 

WORKING CONDITIONS:

  • Both office and field work will be required.
  • Assistance with power restoration efforts is required of all employees. It may be required during regular business hours that employees will be assigned functions to support power restoration and for some employees that may be different from their normal duties. In addition, such assistance may require working nights, weekends, and holidays which may involve considerable extra hours> In order to meet this working condition, all employees are required to provide a personal phone number where they may be reached after hours.

 

NHEC offers an excellent compensation and benefits package.

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.