Senior Director, Global Health and Safety at WeWork Technology

| Greater NYC Area
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WeWork’s Global Security and Safety Department is currently in search of a Senior Director of Health & Safety who is proficient and highly experienced in Global Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) management frameworks with a people focused and holistic risk management mindset. 

As the Senior Director of Health & Safety you will provide WeWork with strategic leadership for all Health and Safety matters. You will be an ambassador of Health and Safety responding to our business’ unique challenges with an approach that balances an uncompromised search for H&S excellence with a commercial and innovative approach. 

You will work alongside and influence other business leaders (operations, people risk, legal, construction, design, logistics, etc) to ensure a world class Health and Safety culture is present in all of the company’s activities, locations and decisions.

Externally, you will be interfacing with external consultancies as well as governmental agencies to determine applicable local standards and reporting requirements. 

Responsibilities

  • Be the subject matter expert for Occupational Health and Safety within South and North America, driving and facilitating H&S corporate governance through the business.

  • Provide the business with strategic leadership for Health and Safety, ensuring that Health and Safety is taken into account in all areas of the business via persuasion and influencing at all levels within the organisation.

  • Create a straightforward and scalable Health and Safety management framework that delivers H&S excellence and H&S compliance across your Regions of responsibility, taking into account cultural differences, regulatory requirements and society's expectations.  

  • Work closely with the Building Operations Teams to ensure robust facilities maintenance regimes are in place to adequately control risks such as fire, legionella, electricity, lifts etc.

  • Work closely with the People and Community Experience Teams to design and drive mental health and wellness programmes.

  • Work closely with the Development Team to ensure that the construction and design of our buildings is done in a safe manner, factoring Health and Safety matters into the design of the building.

  • Work closely with Regional Building Operations Directors and Regional Security Directors to provide insight and guidance.

  • Promote other cross functional initiatives that foster a world class Health and Safety culture and standards.

  • Manage, direct and empower Regional Health and Safety Managers to ensure that Health and Safety frameworks are fully implemented, legally compliant and successful on the delivery of their desired outcomes in your Region of responsibility. 

  • Be responsible for the development of Health and Safety training programs that empower our Community Teams to become Health and Safety and emergency leaders. (Including but not limited to Occupational H&S, Fire Safety and First Aid)

  • Implement robust and mature monitoring, auditing and reporting processes on Health and Safety performance, training and compliance. (Including but not limited to accident analysis, training completion, regulatory enforcement and H&S auditing).

  • In collaboration with the Global Security Emergency Management Team, develop and maintain WeWork’s Emergency planning, preparedness and management (Emergency Action Plans). 

  • Execute a thorough H&S due diligence process when entering new markets, coordinating readiness plans and advising the business on residual risk.

  • Oversee the H&S incident reporting systems, detecting trends and ensuring that thorough investigations take place when required.

  • Establish relationships (when applicable) with third party vendors and develop and review large scale regional contracts to support our service and project needs.

Experience

  • 10+ years practical experience in the creation, implementation and monitoring of Health and Safety management systems.

  • 7+ years of personnel management experience.

  • 5+ years of experience in managing Health & Safety regionally or globally.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related area.  

  • Masters degree is preferred.

Skills and Expertise 

  • Strong experience of Health and Safety governance, risk management and reporting.

  • Ability to initiate and maintain extensive contacts with professionals and officials of other organizations and companies.

  • Ability to inspire and engage as part of behavioural based safety initiatives.

  • Experience in change management.

  • Strong influencing skills at all levels.

  • Strong time management skills and experience managing multiple projects simultaneously.

  • Ability and experience to develop and implement training material.

  • Experience managing large scale projects with multiple deadlines and stakeholders.

Beneficial Experience

  • Proficient in the following programs: all things Google, MS Office, Slack....

  • Experience using ticket or work order management system.

  • Experience creating or managing food safety (HACCP - Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points).

The successful applicant will:

  • Be a self-starter - WEWORK’s culture is a creative and dynamic one.

  • Live and breathe WeWork’s company values: Tenacious – Grateful – Entrepreneurial – Together – Authentic.

  • Be innovative and creative by nature.

  • Be a confident public speaker able to influence senior executives and stakeholders.

  • Must be able to communicate and set clear expectations, ranging from the management of outsourced contractors up to board level. 

  • Demonstrate a high-level of attention to detail.

  • Be able to multitask across multiple platforms, departments, time zones, and cultures when necessary.

  • Be able to liaise with external safety organizations in a professional manner.

  • Maintain the highest professional standards within the WEWORK message and concept.  

  • Possess excellent interpersonal skills.

  • Have the ability to work on their own and using their initiative. 

  • Have the ability to influence people at all levels of the organization. 

  • Have an innovative approach to problem solving.

  • Available to travel as per business requirements. 

  • May require out of hours and weekend work.

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Location

Our headquarters in NYC sits in Chelsea, but our growing tech team works from our SoHo, Chelsea, and Greenwich Village offices.