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Memphis, Tennessee
United States
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EH&S Engineer/Specialist: Single site
IH Specialist: Single site
Safety Engineer/Specialist: Single site
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Experience level:
6-10 years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree

Environmental, Health & Safety Specialist

Company Overview:
Cognate Bioservices is a fully-integrated contract bioservices organization providing the highest level of scientific and management expertise.
Cognate provides full development and cGMP manufacturing services to companies and institutions engaged in the development of cell-based products.

The combination of highly experienced staff, cGMP facilities and international track record makes Cognate one of the most experienced contract manufacturers of cell based products in the world today.

Cognate is currently searching for a candidate to serve as the Company’s Environmental Health and Safety Specialist. The Environmental Health and Safety Specialist manages, develops, administers and implements programs designed to reduce risks and minimize losses associated with employee safety, industrial hygiene, fire protection, environmental issues, and occupational health.  The EHS Specialist will ensure compliance with all corporate, laboratory, local, state and federal regulations pertaining to Environmental Health and Safety.

Key responsibilities: 

  • Works with department directors, managers, and individual employees to develop and implement sustainable safety and environmental efforts to instill a culture of absolute compliance and best practices.
  • Serves as the Company’s Radiation Safety Officer
  • Oversees appropriate corrective action is taken where health and safety hazards exist. Develops alternatives for managing and minimizing these risks.
  • Assures evaluation, revisions and maintenance of existing policies and procedures in areas of accountability.
  • Proactively seeks industry best practices, knowledge, and trends that are relevant and applicable to the Company’s environments.
  • Maintains records relating to all facets of safety and environmental systems.
  • Maintains eye wash stations, fire extinguishers and first aid kids
  • Ensure proper disposal of chemical and radioactive materials
  • Recommend improvements & assist members of the management team in streamlining internal processes that impact the organization’s ability to provide a safe working environment.
  • Develops and teaches training programs for employees in areas such as compliance, hazardous material handling, emergency response, industrial hygiene, occupational safety and life safety.
  • Acts as administrative liaison for all environmental, occupational safety and health regulatory agency inspections and surveys, including FDA and OSHA.  Communicates strategies, priorities, and recommends corrective actions to facility leadership, department managers, and employees.
  • Conducts incident investigations and develops corrective actions.
  • Serves as the expert on all safety, environmental and health issues on projects, new equipment installations, product/supply changes, etc.


  • Bachelor's degree in industrial hygiene, environmental science, occupational safety and health or related field OR 8-10 years of experience in a directly related field required.
  • Five (5) years of progressively responsible supervisory and managerial duties particularly in the areas of program development and maintenance, auditing and monitoring, adherence to regulatory or accreditation requirements, and complex multi-directional communications required.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills required.
  • Excellent organizational, project management, and problem solving skills required.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal direct supervision required.
  • Experience with OSHA regulations required
  • Experience interfacing with various regulatory agencies and auditors required.
  • Computer literate and proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, etc. required
  • Experience in a biotech manufacturing environment and/or clinical laboratory preferred.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail required.
  • Ability to effectively engage employees required.
  • Adept at developing and delivering safety training required.

About Cognate:
Cognate is a dynamic organization focused on providing a broad range of commercialization services to regenerative medicine and advanced cell therapy organizations. Cognate provides specialized services to companies across all points of clinical and commercial development ranging from early preclinical studies through commercial manufacturing. Cognate applies the expertise of its business, scientific and technical teams to successfully develop biotechnology products across multiple cell-based technology platforms from start to finish.

It is Cognate’s policy to provide employees with significant opportunities to develop professionally by providing a competitive compensation and benefits package. It is Cognate’s policy to provide employees with significant opportunities to develop professionally by providing them with tuition reimbursement and the opportunity to attend professional conferences.

Employees are our most valuable resource. We are committed to fostering an environment where innovation, teamwork, communication, and recognition are encouraged and rewarded. Cognate offers a competitive base salary, tuition reimbursement, professional career development/growth opportunities, and a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, prescription, FSA, short/long term disability, life, voluntary life and 401(k).

Cognate is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels.

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