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Health and Safety Manager -- Enshrine Placements   Job Details

Our client is one of the largest private investors in the country and have an aim of providing more job opportunities and economic stability throughout the country.

They currently have an opportunity for a Health and Safety Manager to provide the leadership and technical support to the Health and Safety Department and to the company as a whole to ensure that company safety programmes are in accordance with corporate policies and programs and to further ensure that the department is ready and available to provide specialist advice, assistance, education and training to enable line management and contractors to achieve accountability for Health and Safety management. The concept of Health relates to all aspects of health within the organization and will include Occupational Health and Public Health.

Position details:

Job description / core competencies:

Manage the Health and Safety Department to ensure appropriate business plans are developed, implemented, measured, reviewed and reported on to ensure the achievement of company’s business objectives, Liberian statutory requirements and industry best practice.

  • Plan, develop for management approval and implement strategies for the Health (Occupational and Public) and Safety Management systems to ensure effective controls are in place to protect employees and assets and that there is consistency with Corporate Policy and Programs.
  • Mentor line management to enable them to take accountability for Health and Safety issues in their area of responsibility.
  • Provide leadership to the Health and Safety department, including all Public Health and company Hospitals, to ensure the development of a working environment that is conducive to the achievement of budgeted department KPIs and that employees achieve their full potential by gaining new skills through the provision of effective mentoring and training programs.
  • Develop monitoring processes and systems to ensure that all Health and Safety non-conformance is identified and rectified in a timely manner.
  • Evaluate the emergency preparedness and crisis management requirements and develop a strategic plan to ensure an adequate response capability is maintained.
  • Ensure that an Occupational and Public Health programs are in place and that all health risks are identified and appropriate action taken.
  • Develop and implement a process to identify hazards, assess the risk and implement the necessary controls to ensure that the risk is managed, to which the company and its employees may be exposed.
  • Consult with legislative bodies, Liberian advisory committees, appropriate company committees and appropriate local bodies to ensure that management is fully briefed on issues that may affect the company.
  • Continually review every aspect of the department’s operations to ensure that opportunities to add value and enhance shareholder wealth are identified and implemented.
  • Implement employee performance management processes for all Health and Safety personnel (including hospital staff), to ensure optimum employee performance and to identify and remedy substandard performance and behaviour.
  • Ensure appropriate records and files are maintained to ensure that information is available as required.
  • Provide the leadership necessary to ensure that employees and contractors adhere to occupational health and safety standards that meet worldwide industry standards and any applicable legislation.
  • Develop, implement and monitor systems and procedures to ensure all Health and Safety Department costs are minimized and that all adverse variations are reported, followed up and remedied.
  • Participate in the senior management team to ensure that targets for resources exploitation, capital management, cost control, safe working, employee development and corporate governance are achieved.
  • Play a leading role in all relevant industry committees, government working parties and community groups and public health organisations, to ensure that Company interests are represented and protected.
  • Oversee all administrative functions ensuring smooth daily operations.
  • Provide direction, leadership and resources to all section managers and superintendents to ensure that an effective team operation is established and maintained, and that morale is maintained at a high level.
  • Ensure appropriate facilities, procedures and workforce competence to achieve legal compliance, incident prevention and the achievement of tasks in an environmentally sustainable manner.
  • Maintain and develop relationships with stakeholders in company’s activities, consistent with its Community Relations Policies.
  • Become actively involved in our aims and objectives of engaging with the local community and strive to leave a positive impact on the longer-term outcomes for local people. Promote the integration between this engagement and the success of the business.
  • Ensure effective communication with delegates prior to departure from site.
  • Be visible in the workplace.


  • Provide leadership necessary to ensure that employees and any contractors adhere to safety and environmental standards that meet or exceed industry standards and any applicable legislation.
  • Ensure all department personnel are adequately inducted in their work area and are aware of all workplace rules and critical procedures applying at the workplace.
  • Actively contribute to safety policy and new initiatives and implement change as directed by CEO.
  • Hold monthly safety meetings with department personnel and ensure the agreed action plans are achieved. Regularly review the outcomes of the OH&S and Environment Committee meetings.
  • Develop and promote a pro-active safety culture by the identification, development, dissemination and review of safe practices and procedures and by ensuring the awareness of all departmental personnel.
  • Actively promote, monitor and enforce compliance of personnel with safe work practices.
  • Ensure the department has an inspection program and monitor program compliance and inspection feedback monthly.
  • Ensure all incidents are reported and investigated according to company and statutory requirements and all recommended corrective actions are completed.
  • Ensure all health and hygiene risks in the work areas are identified and controlled.


  • Resource environmental programmes to ensure legal compliance and the reduction risk of environmental incidents through:
  • Provision of adequate facilities and equipment
  • Participation in the development and enforcement of appropriate procedures
  • Provision of awareness and skills training to ensure a competent workforce.
  • Ensure all incidents are reported and investigated according to company policy and statutory requirements and all recommended corrective actions are completed.
  • Seek advice and assistance from the environmental team in the development and implementation of improvement programmes to achieve aspects such as agreed eco-efficiency targets, hazardous waste disposal and spill clean-up.
  • Ensure quarterly environmental audits are conducted and any identified issues are addressed.

Employee Development

  • Develop and maintain a departmental structure that adheres to company policies, enables teamwork and personal development while focusing on the achievement of results.
  • Ensure training and coaching is provided to all department employees, with specific attention to national and local employees as part of the company’s Training and Localisation Plan.
  • Ensure all members of the department have clearly defined accountabilities and roles and that individual development plans are in place to enable goals to be achieved.
  • Ensure all members of the department receive feedback on their performance and participate in formal GEDP and performance review processes.
  • Develop a succession plan for direct report roles.


  • Review capital requirements for department items, to meet long term objectives of the company.
  • Review departmental expenditure on a monthly basis and ensure all variances to budget are investigated and explained.
  • Identify specific areas for cost improvement and ensure the development and implementation of action plans to achieve these gains.
  • Coordinate compilation of the annual departmental budget.


  • Review and monitor all department safety, service level and financial performance indicators and initiate corrective action where necessary.
  • Deliver reports to the CEO on agreed performance indicators and to agreed standard and schedule.

Key (3-4) major business challenges or objectives job holder will need to address or drive in the next 12-24 months

  • Develop and Implement strategies for the H&S Management systems to ensure effective controls are in place.
  • Successfully managing planned levels of Safety targets.
  • Develop and implement monitoring processes and systems to ensure that any Health and Safety non-conformance is identified and rectified.

Requirements of job holder to resolve the problems and respond effectively to the needs

  • Immediate analysis of problem.
  • Establishing the root cause of any problem.
  • Establish effective communication structure within team.
  • Establish and maintain credibility with the workforce.

Key stakeholders & relationships that need to be managed by the position holder

  • CEO and Management team
  • Direct Reports
  • Community Leaders
  • Environmental Department
  • Government Officials
  • Company Health department (Hospital management) Measures of success after the first 1-2 years (KPA’s & KPI’s)
  • Incident/accident free Safety record
  • Effective H&S controls in place
  • Health & Safety non-conformance is identified in time and rectified

Potential consequences of the job holder NOT successfully executing in support of the specific drivers of the business/cultural priorities

  • Unsafe Operations activities resulting accidents and incidents.
  • Non-effective or lack of H&S controls at the workplace
  • Not meeting budgetary targets

Factors important to an individuals cultural fit in this job

  • Well spoken (command of English)
  • Adaptability and resilience.
  • Good working and living relationships.
  • Acceptance and respect of the Liberian Culture

Organizational knowledge (e.g., systems, processes, products, services, etc.) necessary to operate effectively in this job

  • Industry Best Practice Health & Safety systems procedures and controls
  • Knowledge of contemporary operational development theory and methods
  • Company Policies and Procedures.
  • Processes within department and company.

Education Requirements for this position (Formal qualifications) Essential

  • Tertiary Qualifications (Bachelor Degree/Technical Diploma) in a related discipline.


  • Managerial Qualification

Key experiences needed prior to taking this position Essential

  • At least 15 years’ experience in Safety Risk Management including at least 5 years in a leadership role.
  • At least 5 years in Mining – Health and Safety environment.
  • Understanding of Hospital Management systems and practices.
  • Demonstrated experience in the implementation and management of a high level risk management/quality management system.
  • Knowledge and experience in a processing operation in a developing country, demonstrating commitment to localisation plans and sensitivity to local customs and practices.
  • Demonstrated experience in processing operations training and competency development.
  • Experience in managing department costs and budgeting.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a team safely and improve team safety awareness.
  • High level understanding of all relevant legislation affecting the employment and safety of persons in the mining industry in Liberia.
  • Experience in incident/accident investigation
  • Proven ability to deliver results and act as a change agent.


  • Demonstrated ability to motivate and lead teams of highly skilled and experienced personnel having diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • Able to clearly demonstrate the aptitude to drive a light vehicle and hold a current Liberian driver’s license or be able to obtain one.
  • Must have excellent written and oral communication skills in English and show a commitment to understand local culture and impart your mining operations and technical knowledge to the local Liberian mine operations personnel.
  • Able to deliver results on quoted targets.
  • Able to construct systems that are the best method now and sustainable into the future.
  • Provide support without removing responsibility (to build ownership).
  • Seeks to engage with all people associated with Operations and to understand, learn from and share cultural differences.
  • Demonstrated application of continuous improvement ideas

Computer Skills:

  • Good computer skills with the ability to use integrated management systems, word processing, presentation and spreadsheet applications.

Communication Skills:

  • Ability to communicate effectively across all levels.
  • Confident communicator with senior management, legal entities and external stakeholders.
  • Strong report writing and presentation skills.
  • Able to read and write English at an Upper Secondary School standard.


  • Maintains or enhances other’s self-esteem.
  • Listens and responds with empathy.
  • Knowledge of Liberian customs and legal processes.

Personal Attributes needed to fulfil requirements of position Essential

  • Be physically fit and be able to pass a pre-employment medical examination.
  • Able to deliver results on quoted targets.
  • Able to build relationships and engage people in continuous improvement processes.
  • Always identifies the priorities correctly and works in a self-directed manner.
  • Constructs systems that are the best method now and sustainable into the future.
  • Able to step back from direct control of hands on work.
  • Successfully delegates and trusts specialist staff for technical support.
  • Manages interacting projects.
  • Asks for help and encourages involvement.
  • Shares thoughts, feelings and rationale (to build trust).
  • Provide support without removing responsibility (to build ownership).
  • Seeks to engage with all people associated with Operations and to understand, learn from and share cultural differences.

Typical Career Path

  1. Health, Safety and Environmental Manager
  2. Regional Health & Safety Manager


Job Category:   Management
Job Type:   Permenent
Job Location:  
Job Posted:   Nov 22, 2017
Job Expires:   Dec 31, 2017
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