Associate Director, Environment, Health & Safety (supporting R&D)

United States of America, California, South San Francisco

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Main Purpose of the Position:   

The Associate Director of Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) will serve as the primary Business Partner for Genentech’s research & development organization (gRED).  They will be the single voice/decision maker for EHS to the executives and executive leadership teams for the SSF site and GNE network of places for gRED.  

This critical position reports directly to the EHS Director and serves as a member of the EHS Leadership team.  This position will have reporting directly to it both program managers who own development and delivery of core regulatory programs, and entry level EHS specialists who will perform more basic delivery of programs and interact deeper within the organizations of the respective business areas.  It is anticipated there will be employees reporting to this AD directly and there will be some matrix management where program managers and external service providers from other business areas provide service.

Genentech’s EHS function plays an essential role in protecting Genentech’s right to operate and serving as a steward for the GNE culture embracing prevention and problem solving to reduce risks and protect our people, environment and pipeline.  This position will develop the strategy for and oversee their team’s implementation of programs which assure OSHA and EPA regulatory compliance.  At Genentech, compliance is a shared responsibility with the business.

As such, this leadership position will be accountable for partnering with their respective VP/EVP clients and their senior leaders to develop strategic goals to ensure compliance, build a safety culture and mitigate and manage risk.  This work will include proactively identifying EHS related risk, opportunities, trends and assessment of performance.  This EHS BP leader will also be accountable for recommending sustainable solutions and deploying the resources to address complex challenges while supporting the client’s business objectives.

In representing EHS, this individual must bring expertise across most EHS disciplines and possess the seasoned judgment to guide decisions with significant financial impact given potential implications to Genentech’s right to operate.

The BP leader may also be asked to serve as a subject matter expert and resource in support of Roche Corporate Safety, Health and Environment (SHE).  In addition, this BP leader position will need to build strong relationships with internal Roche functions and external regulatory agencies, including those who do audits of Genentech’s business.

Job Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Be a strong voice on the EHS leadership team in developing high impact EHS strategies, objectives and programs that meet client business needs and ensure compliance across Genentech.  
  • Drive necessary changes to ensure the client experience is simple and delivers high value to the business--and support the EHS Director and EHS LT peers in ensuring the EHS operating model is effective.
  • Build strong relationships with Genentech senior leaders within the business area(s) they are responsible. Design and ensure through their direct BP/Program Manager team and other EHS internal resources and external service providers delivery of strategies, objectives and programs to meet unique client business needs related to EHS compliance, risk mitigation/management and safety culture.  
  • Be a visible and dynamic champion of EHS.  Play a pivotal role in building the influence and impact of EHS as a strategic partner to the business in their risk decisions. Provide technical and regulatory expertise to senior leaders to ensure that the site complies with applicable laws, conforms to company standards, and utilizes best industry practices to manage safety risks to people, property, and the environment.
  • Build alignment and capability within EHS by developing a team of program managers and business partners who deliver functional expertise and practical solutions to clients--and while focused on their business area(s), serves all Genentech business areas where needed.  Ensure the team has the capabilities in people, processes and technologies to meet emerging and current client business needs.  Serve as mentor and coach for their team and the EHS organization as they interface with clients on programs and projects they own and development plans that enable people to grow and succeed.
  • Ensure EHS functional performance through their teams and other dedicated resources in the broader EHS organization.  This includes for their business area(s): regulatory compliance, conformance to Roche Directives and standards, and reducing risk through physical safety, occupational hygiene, environmental safety, sustainability, and health services and ergonomics practices and standards.  This also includes readiness for Roche SHE audits to manage the closure of Corrective and Preventive Actions (CAPAs).
  • Lead the transformation of providing timely, accurate and relevant EHS data to enable business decisions within their business area(s). Ensure delivery to KPIs/metrics and cost efficiencies with Service Providers.
  • Leverage and champion relevant best practices and maintain connectivity and build relationships with Roche SHE and with industry thought leaders and other EHS functional leaders in regulated biomedical companies. 
  • May be required to serve as a Safety Officer during disaster/emergency response and recovery efforts. May be required to serve as EHS Advisor (technical expert) for the emergency response team during company-related emergencies.

Competencies Identified for Success:

  • Experience developing/realizing strategies with a focus on EHS services and programs. Balances risk with practical business needs for speed and simplicity.
  • Effective at deeply listening, thinking strategically about trends and customer needs.  Demonstrates strong judgment in decision making and quickly gains trust.  Able to consider the best solution/outcome for Genentech.
  • Highly effective team player and collaborator. Track record of partnering with and engaging others to realize change. Strong comfort working in a matrix environment and leveraging expertise across functions.
  • Skilled at seeing opportunities from challenges.  Track record of being resilient and adaptable in navigating organizational resistance and influencing others to adopt new behaviors and approaches.  Visible and dynamic champion for EHS.
  • Proficient developing business cases/ROIs, managing budgets and operational services.  Brings the business acumen to facilitate investment decisions. Skilled at analyzing financial, quantitative and/or qualitative data and translating into high-impact learnings and recommendations on how to reduce risk and contribute in positive ways to the environment through sustainable practices. 
  • Broad experience managing efficient operations, including ensuring effective business process and metrics-driven alignment to achieve goals. Excellent planning and prioritization skills with the ability to multitask and adapt. 
  • Proven experience successfully coaching, developing, and leading a team of technical SMEs and generalist EHS professionals, including employees, service providers, consultants and contractors.  
  • Strong executive presence and communication skills.  Ability to clearly articulate services and programs in a way that resonate with key stakeholders. Ability to frame and deliver communications at the executive level, including effective use of insights from data to influence and inspire people to care.  

Qualifications: Education, Experience, Knowledge and Skills:

(Minimum requirements)

  • Education:  BS in environmental science, physical science, occupational safety, engineering, life sciences/health or related field; MBA or MS in relevant field preferred.
  • 15+ years business experience in progressively more responsible roles in relevant EHS functional areas, such as physical safety, environmental protection, occupational health, sustainability and compliance assurance. Ideally brings a generalist perspective from multiple experiences in various regulated environments.  Deeply understands OSHA, EPA, DOT, NIOSH, FDA and other regulatory requirements applicable to GMP and non-GMP environments.  Experience in pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device or high tech industries is needed.
  • At least 5 years leading multi-disciplinary teams and directly managing people.  Experience leading employees, contractors and third party service providers is a must.
  • Exceptional leader of people—able to inspire and motivate teams to make a big impact and deliver their best every day.  Track record of having the courage to make changes, while balancing risks and pacing for success. Role model for resilience and adaptability.  
  • Experience managing a significant budget, meeting financial targets, improving business processes and driving cost savings. Demonstrated success consistently meeting performance metrics. 
  • Certification in one or more of the following areas is strongly preferred: Certified Safety Professional, Certified Safety Manager, and/or Project Management Professional.
  • Practical experience with Lean/Six Sigma business process improvement methodology, including a belt certification, is strongly preferred.




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