Environmental Health & Safety Manager

    • Job Tracking ID: 512183-604825
    • Location: Geneva, IL
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: January 12, 2018

Job Description:

Dare to be different. FONA International — where experts, teamwork and technology deliver a competitive advantage to you and your products. A place where honesty, transparency and confidentiality build trusting, long-term partnerships. A place where you are the focus of everything we do.

Based in our headquarters, Geneva, IL, location, the Environmental, Health & Safety Manager reports to the Executive Vice President of Operations and Supply Chain. The Manager provides both hands-on tactical and strategic leadership for plant/employee safety, environmental compliance/stewardship and employee health programs (in collaboration with HR) at FONA International. This role will ensure that the facility is hazard-free and accident-free at-all times, and with full compliance to all local, state and federal EH&S requirements. Cultural safety, program development and employee training will be a big part of this role.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • In conjunction with EHS consulting firm, assume leadership role as a face and voice of safety, security and environmental stewardship at FONA.
  • Assist in supporting consulting firm in any interactions with regulatory agencies at local, state, and federal levels concerning safety, air, wastewater, hazardous waste and storm water.
  • Manage/assist with permitting process for all applicable construction, operations, and regulatory requirements.
  • Connect with local agencies that assist with safety & security audits and recommendations for safety & security enhancements of our campuses, including local fire marshals.
  • Work directly with consulting firm on a routine basis on all EHS, manufacturing and facilities matters requiring attention.
  • Identify environmental issues that may affect the organization or its employees and develop plans for corrective action.
  • Conduct Safety and Right-to-Know training for new hires and keep the documentation up-to-date.
  • Connect with appropriate EHS consulting vendors as necessary to support requirements for training and compliance to all regulations
  • Collaborate with Product Safety & Quality (PS&Q) team to ensure that all EHS programs/activities are designed to not compromise food safety or product quality.
  • Interface with security monitoring firm and assure that systems are functional and effective.
  • Serve as point of contact for security alarms and corrective actions.
  • Inspect organization facilities to detect existing or potential accident and health hazards and/or safety/ security risks, determine corrective or preventative measures where indicated, and follow up to ensure measures have been implemented. Following agency’s lead, comply and submit accident reports required by regulatory agencies.
  • Inspect work environment, machinery, and equipment at all local FONA locations for conformance with governmental standards according to procedure or in response to complaint or accident.
  • Prepare monthly compliance reports to present to senior management.
  • Assist with preparing budget for EHS activities, and reporting needs on monthly/quarterly/annual basis.

Additional Job Specifications in Conjunction with consulting firm:

  • Lead the FONA Safety Committee and conduct safety training and monthly compliance audits. Conduct regular safety walk-throughs.
  • Audit and request facility upgrades from plant engineering to meet EHS and OSHA requirements.
  • Create and implement programs, policies, and practices to ensure that all departments are in-compliance with EPA, OSHA, NFPA, DOT, FAA, State codes, Federal codes, and local standards. This includes areas such as hazardous waste, waste water, storm water, air emissions. Document corrective actions taken to address code compliance.
  • Develop, implement, and publish Safety Dashboard and Metrics.
  • Develop and implement safety behavioral based audits.
  • Develop capital budget recommendations for any new projects that affect EH&S and compliance activities.
  • Prepare, maintain, and update environmental policy and procedure manuals.
  • Plan and implement programs to train managers and employees in work site safety practices, fire prevention, and correct handling techniques for chemicals, equipment, and other materials.

Experience and Skills:


  • Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, chemical engineering, equivalent major or equivalent related experience and/or training.
  • Work Experience: 5+ years of direct experience in Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) field with emphasis on Safety. Food or flavor manufacturing experience is preferred.
  • OSHA 40-hour Certification; DOT, IATA, EPA training certifications desirable.
  • Software proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. Alchemy experience a plus.
  • Bilingual (English primary, Spanish secondary) a plus.

About FONA International, Inc.

Founded in 1987, FONA International creates and manufactures flavors for some of the largest food, beverage and nutraceutical companies in the world. It offers flavor solutions for the Confection, Grain, Beverage and market Development segments through its state-of-the-art, 33-acre campus located in Geneva, IL. FONA International has established a reputation as the forward thinking, independent solution provider in the very competitive flavor industry.

For more information and a virtual tour of our Geneva, Illinois facility, please visit our website at www.fona.com. FONA International is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Additional Information

    • Job Level: Mid Career (2+ years)
    • Number of Openings: 1
    • Years of Experience: 5 - 7 Years
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Starting Date: ASAP