Syngenta Regional Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Manager Job in Nairobi Kenya

Job Vacancy: Regional Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Manager
Reporting to, and under the supervision of the Site Managers & Commercial Unit Head, the incumbent will be responsible for the management of Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) so as to ensure a safe workplace, conducive work environment and enhanced worker welfare. 

The incumbent will also be responsible for ensuring compliance with local legislation, other approved regulatory bodies like the Kenya Flower Council and Syngenta global standards for Health and Safety. 


Location: The job will be located in Nairobi and require constant travel to Syngenta production sites in Thika, Ruiru and Ethiopia.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide professional guidance on all HSE operations on the three farms and the Commercial unit so as to ensure compliance with Syngenta HSE Policy and Commitments including employee induction on HSE issues.
  • Ensure total compliance with all relevant legislation on OHSE i.e. DOHSS and NEMA requirements and all other applicable bodies and keep abreast with all new legislation pertaining to HSE in Kenya and Ethiopia and implement accordingly.
  • Translate Syngenta HSE policy and commitments and worker welfare policies into workable plans and communicate the policy to employees with the support of Site HSE Coordinators and other relevant stake holders including all suppliers and subcontractors.
  • Engage employees in appropriate programs to create and maintain individual and collective responsible HSE culture.
  • Be involved in monthly HSE farm visits and conduct regular inspections, checks and hazard spotting tours in conjunction with the Site HSE Coordinators to ensure that standards are maintained and that management controls are being implemented in order to achieve total safety in the work place.
  • Formulate and implement pragmatic and cutting edge environmental conservation programs according to Syngenta standards and ensure that the surrounding environment is attractive and is well managed as to represent the company’s environmental consciousness.
  • Evolve creative ways of involving employees in environmental conservation, tree planting and other activities geared at enhancing the look of our environment as well as organize environmental outreach activities in the neighboring communities in conjunction with the Site HSE Coordinators.
  • Ensure that all waste is innovatively managed as per the principles of reduce, reuse, recycle.
  • Document appropriate HSE procedures for the four sites and communicate, educate and engage employees in the implementation.
  • Be responsible for interpreting and communicating HSE issues in regard to labour relations with the support of the Site HSE Coordinators.
  • Define appropriate HSE trainings both internal and external and assist the HR Services Leads in their implementation.
  • Ensure that the HSE committees are active and motivated by identifying and implementing programs that encourage team work and develop standard indicators upon which performance of HSE Representatives shall be measured to ensure fairness in rewarding exemplary achievement.
  • Oversee that all HSE procedures are followed in cases of work injury and that all relevant forms are appropriately filled.
  • Conduct all external social, environmental and process audits and ensure that all corrective actions and recommendations arising from the said audits are acted on as per the timeline.
  • Organize and ensure regular inspections on flower farms projects to ensure compliance with Syngenta HSE standards.
  • Ensure that all welfare facilities i.e. first aid boxes, dining areas, toilets, kitchen etc. meet the requisite hygiene standards and operate efficiently as per the standard operating procedures.
  • Generate required regulatory reports and other report requirements as per Syngenta reporting expectations and update and advice management on all HSE issues.
  • Provide an HSE overview with the respective site managers and the Commercial Unit Head in suitable CSR projects in line with Syngenta Policy.
  • Be in-charge of security; assess potential gaps in processes, and procedures and develop a phased implementation plan to aid the gaps.
  • Ensure security measures are tailored to meet site specific strategic HSE plans as well as global requirements. Ensure that systems are upgraded to meet current needs fully.
  • Monitor security within the region and circulate information timely.
  • Train teams on site risk assessment, improvement plans, monitor action plans and oversee ongoing security projects.
Skills and competencies
  • A university degree in Social sciences. MA in Psychology preferable.
  • Professional qualification in HSE or HR.
  • Over 3 year’s progressive experience in worker welfare.
  • Sound knowledge and working experience of Kenyan labour laws with special regard to Health. and Safety. Additional exposure to Ethiopia Labour Law will be an added advantage.
  • Sound knowledge of social audit standards and experience in conducting social audits.
  • Computer literacy in MS office applications with a working knowledge of excel.
The right candidate for this job will have an ability to enforce adherence to company policies, negotiate with unionized employees and exhibit patience and tolerance. 
They will have well developed and proven communication, interpersonal and problem solving skills with good organizational and people management skills. 
They will also possess good writing and presentation skills and be great team players.

If you would like to be considered for this exciting opportunity, please visit our website here and submit your application online before Friday 31st January 2014.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.



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