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Director, EHS Lead, Americas


Last Updated: 2/24/21

Job Description

Role Description

The Director, EHS Lead, Americas is responsible for establishing EHS and Business Continuity Management (BCM) performance objectives and driving performance improvements across the Americas region. The role encompasses internal sites and, as appropriate, key third party suppliers and contract manufacturers. The role will report to the Global Environment, Health and Safety Lead.


Key responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Responsible for all EHS, BCM, controlled substances, dangerous goods and environmental sustainability programs in-region. Includes ensuring programs are matched to risks, are compliant and that they enable the business.
  • Responsible for one or more global EHS programs (e.g., Zoetis Safety Star, industrial hygiene, air, water, waste, occupational, medical, fire life safety, business interruption).
  • Represent EHS on the extended leadership teams of selected GMS Platforms such as Biologics, Pharmaceuticals, External Supply or and MFA/API.
  • Lead a network of Americas site EHS leaders to drive EHS performance within region, monitor and report progress. Site EHS leaders report direct line to their respective Site Leaders, and dotted line to this position.
  • Partner with business lines to ensure adequate resources are in place at sites to maintain EHS compliance.
  • Ensure sites have effective business continuity plans, and support the global Business Continuity programs.
  • Perform EHS review of third party suppliers and as appropriate oversees EHS improvements in accordance with risk management guidelines. Build EHS capacity at selected third party suppliers.
  • Review and endorse capital projects from EHS point of view.
  • Participate in development of proposed joint ventures and acquisitions and propose EHS approach for acquisition.
  • Support acquisition and divestiture activities with emphasis on due diligence (with Quality, Engineering, Legal, Business Development).
  • Perform EHS reviews for key business decisions (e.g., sourcing, change requests, capital projects).
  • Provide EHS/BCM on-boarding support for new sites.
  • Perform EHS due diligence for proposed new business deals in region


  • Minimum education of bachelor’s degree in Science, Engineering, Health and Safety or other relevant discipline. 10 years of relevant professional experience in EHS. Advanced degree in EHS or risk management desirable.
  • Knowledge of pharmaceutical/animal health business operations preferred.
  • Manufacturing site EHS management experience required, with track record of strong EHS performance.
  • Corporate EHS management experience is desired.
  • Experience across breadth of risk management functions including environmental, occupational health and safety, biosafety and process safety is preferred. In addition, expertise sufficient to manage a global program desirable.

Technical Skills Requirements:

  • Proven leader in EHS with sustained performance record – technical expert in principles, methodologies, and in the successful implementation of EHS culture.
  • Good working knowledge of US EHS regulations.
  • Proven ability to develop and implement successful compliance programs in large and/or complex organizations.
  • Demonstrated agility and ability to work successfully across a complex organization.
  • Demonstrated track record in influencing customers and EHS professionals (and others not in direct line) to achieve results/ continuous performance improvement.
  • Strong oral and written communication and organizational development skills.
  • Works effectively with others in the organization outside the line of formal authority (such as peers in other units or senior management, shared service models) to accomplish organizational goals and to identify and resolve problems.
  • Proficiency in English, written and oral, required. Other regional language skills desirable (Spanish, Portuguese)

Travel Requirements: Up to 50% within North and South America

Location: This position could be based at one of the following Zoetis sites: Parsippany, NJ (preferred), Kalamazoo, MI, or Lincoln, NE

Full time



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Company Details


Parsippany, New Jersey, United States

Zoetis discovers, develops, manufactures and commercializes medicines, vaccines and diagnostic products, which are complemented by biodevices, genetic tests and precision livestock farming. Zoetis serves veterinarians, livestock producers and people who raise and care for farm and companion animals in more than 100 countries.