Requisition ID:  5974. Salary: $125,000/year minimum.

Who we are: LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 6.7 billion in 2023. The company currently has about 12,800 employees in 32 countries. Our core business is the development, manufacturing and marketing of chemical intermediates, additives and consumer protection products. LANXESS is listed in the leading sustainability indices Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI World and Europe) and FTSE4Good. 

We are looking to find diverse and talented people to join our team. Studies have shown that some individuals are less likely to apply if they do not meet 100% of the criteria. We are looking to equalize the gap! If you are excited about this role but your past experiences do not align perfectly with every qualification, we encourage you to apply. We will look to assess your talent against our competencies, values and requirements to get the best organizational fit. You might be the right candidate for this or other roles we have available! Join our Team!

Job Highlights

The HSE Manager is responsible for coordinating, implementing, and maintaining all Environmental, Health, Safety, and Security Mangement efforts at the Kalama Site.  This will be done within the full scope and requirements of LANXESS company standards; Local, State, and Federal regulations, including OSHA PSM, EPA RMP, and ISO 14001.  This position will be a member of the Site Leadership Team, champion the safe work culture, and ensure safe work habits and behaviours are practiced by all site employees on a daily basis.  The HSE Manager must have the breadth of knowledge, leadership, and management skills to lead a team of skilled HSE professionals.  The Kalama plant is a synthetic organic chemical manufacturing site with complex operations including continuous and batch processes, hazardous waste burning boilers, and aerobic and anaerobic wastewater treatment plants.  This facility has equally complex permitting requirements for Environmental (Air, Waste, Water), Occupational Health and Safety, Process Safety, and Security functions.

  • Manage a team of eight direct reports, including two Environmental Engineers, PSM Engineer, two HSE specialists, and three HSE Admin / Front Gate Security staff.
  • Responsible to ensure that the site maintains its “License to Operate”, which means regulatory, safety, and legal compliance with all applicable Federal and State Laws, LANXESS internal standards, and Industry RAGAGEP’s.
  • Ensure that all site HSE standards and procedures are regularly reviewed, updated as necessary, and remain current.  Coordinate with HSE team to effectively communicate and train site on HSE standards and procedures.
  • Responsible for creating and managing the site Health & Safety and Environmental budgets.
  • Responsible for managing and coordinating the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System and certification.
  • Has primary responsibility for LANXESS Process and Operational Management elements of Employee Participation/Engagement, Process Safety Culture and Commitment, Conduct of Operations, and Operational Discipline.
  • Contributes to root cause analyses and investigation of incidents and near misses.  Responsible for ensuring that incidents and near misses are appropriately reported.
  • Support and performs routine audits and inspections, e.g. review safe work permits, housekeeping audits, etc., and proactively supports the resolution of issues found.  HSE Manager will have routine engagements and field presence with Kalama site colleagues.
  • Coordinates, guides, and supports various department Safety Committee Team Leads.
  • Responsible for developing and recording all HSSE related measurements, metrics, and KPI’s.  Performs analysis of results to trend data, identify opportunities for improvement, and commicate learnings/opportunities to site.
  • Support worker compensation claim management led by corporate resources.
  • Support review and approval process for Capital Project authorizaiton requests.
  • Responsible, with corresponding team members, for ownership of and engagement with Compliance Audits from external agencies and internal audit teams.  Responsible for assigning and tracking completion of finding corrective actions.


  • Previous experience as HSE professional required.  Engineering degree or technical background preferred.
  • Experience with direct supervision of employees, contractors, consultants, design firms, etc.
  • Self-reliant with strong time management and prioritization skills.
  • OSHA PSM plant experience is required.
  • Strong leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent computer skills especially Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Working knowledge of ISO 14001 required.
  • Able to analyse data and situations, draw conclusions, and make meaningful decisions.
  • Ability to work effectively with multiple organizational levels from shop floor to executive level.
  • Plans own work to achieve assigned goals and is responsible for the relevance of work and the integrity of results.

What we offer you:

  • Compensation: We offer competitive compensation packages, inclusive of a global bonus program and an individual performance bonus program. The minimum pay for this position is $125,000. Actual compensation will be based on a variety of factors including candidate qualifications, geographic location, etc. 
  • Comprehensive Benefits: We provide a variety of benefits to support your financial security, health and wellbeing. These benefits include: 
    – Health care – Medical, Dental, Vision
    – Health Spending Account (HSA) with High Deductible PPO XD
    – Employee Life Insurance – Basic, Supplemental Life and AD&D
    – Dependent Life Insurance and AD&D
    – Disability Coverage – Short-Term and Long-Term
    – Flexible Spending Accounts – Health Care and Dependent Care
    – NortonLifeLock device security, online privacy, and identity theft protection
    – Aflac Benefits
    – Legal Assistance Program
    – Retirement Benefits – Defined Contribution 401(k) Plan with Employer Retirement Contribution and Employer Match
  • Work-Life, Time Off & Flexibility: We support you in maintaining a balance between working hours and personal life. With our global “Xwork” program, we offer flexible working arrangements in all countries in which we operate. Washington employees who are not covered by a collective bargaining agreement accrue a minimum of 80 hours of vacation per year; have 10 paid holidays; and accrue 64 hours of Sick/Personal time per year. Employees who are covered by a collective bargaining agreement earn time off in accordance with the provisions of the agreement.
  • Training & Development: We are committed to your professional and personal development and encourage you in the ongoing pursuit of education, training and knowledge through both formal and informal learning.
  • Diversity: LANXESS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical ability or attributes, religion, national origin, veteran status and political beliefs.

LANXESS has a value-based performance culture. We are seeking a range of human interests, backgrounds, and experiences that can be engaged to achieve respect, ownership, trust, professionalism, integrity and healing across all sectors.  Join the LANXESS team!

Contract type: Regular. Location: Kalama, WA, US, 98625. Work Arrangement:  Onsite. Level of Experience:  Middle management

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