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Marlborough, Massachusetts
United States
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EH&S Manager/Coordinator: Multi-site
Industry Segments:
Biotechnology, Environmental Services, Pharmaceuticals
Experience level:
6-10 years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree
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Sr. Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) Manager

The Astellas Institute of Regenerative Medicine (AIRM) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Astellas Pharma and focused on the development and commercialization of stem cell and regenerative medicine therapies. Astellas is an R&D-driven global pharmaceutical company whose philosophy is to contribute to the improvement of people's heath around the world through the provision of innovative and reliable pharmaceutical products. 

Developing innovative therapies is one of the most challenging, most essential and personally rewarding fields in science. This is the most exciting time to be a part of Astellas, a company with a uniquely collaborative and patient-focused culture. There's something special about working at Astellas. It's reflected in our focus on the people we serve, the way we treat each other and the results we achieve together as a company. 

AIRM has a world-class R&D team, and is pursuing a diverse range of disease indications, ranging from macular degeneration (currently in clinical trials) and other ocular indications to vascular and autoimmune disease. AIRM's intellectual property portfolio includes pluripotent stem cell platforms -- both embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells as well as other cell based therapy research programs. AIRM is headquartered in Marlborough, Massachusetts.

The Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) Senior Manager -  Drug, Discovery & Research is responsible for the development and implementation of EH&S programs, policies, procedures, and auditing functions for US Drug Discovery & Research sites within the Micro Contamination division. Assures compliance with employee occupational health and safety and environmental laws, rules, and regulations, applicable Company policies and procedures. Based in Marlborough, MA, the successful candidate will offer consultative guidance and EHS oversight for five affiliates within the US (Seattle, WA; Cambridge, MA & La Jolla, CA) working with the local operations teams. 

This role is a member Operational management team and will report directly to the Head of Commercialization with a dotted line to the Global EHS, as well as, work closely with the VP of Technical Operations, R&D Leadership, and respective site leaders. 

As the EHS division leader, this role will also directly manage site EHS resources in creating an injury free work environment, leading new initiatives, and achieving industry best performance. 

Essential Job Responsibilities: 

  • Responsible for development/implementation and periodic review/updates of all EH&S programs for all of the NA Drug Discovery & Research organizations.
  • Assignment Complexity -- Must be able to take proactive measures to implement immediate and effective corrective actions to eliminate safety hazards. Must be able to interact with upper management to direct and implement effective policies and procedures. Must demonstrate effective problem-solving ability and project management skills;
  • Accountability/Discretion -- Will be responsible for implementing EH&S policies and procedures to ensure compliance with federal, state and local laws, regulations, rules and best management practices. Position will have the discretion to shut down equipment, tools, projects and when there is an imminent hazard to the health and well-being of employees, and to protect company property and the environment;
  • Working Relationships - Must demonstrate effective communication and develop working relationships with senior management, front line supervision, as well as, other employees;
  • Scope -- Understand and appropriately influence company strategy as related to EHS compliance and program implementation at the division & site level.
  • Review, maintain and improve management systems in line with Health, Safety and Environmental regulatory evolution.
  • Propose and coordinate EHS activities at multiple sites.
  • Facilitate departmental EHS coordination teams around site objectives and targets.
  • Review and coordinate site compliance management with regulatory standards, insurance requirements and local EHS policies and procedures.
  • Reviews the procurement of chemicals and materials purchased for production, engineering, and R&D, including the maintenance of the library of SDS's
  • Work with site HR to establish and maintain EHS awareness, training and communication according to site risk and impact assessment.
  • Create a comprehensive approach to provide and monitor EHS training modules for staff.
  • Oversee the site EHS self-evaluation and audit program.
  • Review risk assessment and environmental impacts and assist departments in establishing improvement plans.
  • Oversees the identification, implementation, maintenance and documentation of all operational control programs as per local requirements on Occupational Safety and Health, Worker Safety, Loss Prevention, Environmental Sustainability, and Emergency Preparedness and Response Programs.
  • Oversee the sites Emergency Response Plans and Procedures; keep updated and ensure appropriate exercises/drills are conducted.
  • Manage expense budget and capital budget for Safety cost center.

Qualifications - Required:

  • B.S. in Environmental/Health and Safety Science, engineering, or Applied Sciences degree is required. Master's degree is preferred;
  • Knowledge of federal and state regulations, industry standards and best management practices pertaining to occupational health & safety;
  • Technical and practical knowledge of biotechnology, research and development and/or manufacturing is highly recommended, or a willingness to quickly become proficient is required.
  • Good interpersonal skills; ability to develop relationships quickly and effectively at all levels throughout the company;
  • Knowledge of hazardous materials management, environmental regulations;
  • Demonstrated ability, skills and experience in employee development and training;
  • Ability to work with people in a culturally diverse environment;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both on a written and oral basis;
  • Ability to read blueprints & P&ID's;
  • High level of initiative;
  • Excellent communication skills (written, oral and presentation);
  • Travel up 30% annually


  • CSP Certified
  • Working knowledge of cGMP

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