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HSE Officer

About Kerry

The aim to shape the future of food might seem ambitious to some, but to us in Kerry Taste and Nutrition, it's all in a day’s work. 
Kerry is dedicated to helping create better-tasting, more authentic and nutritious food and beverages. We produce safe, quality products that help feed millions every day. 
Wherever you are, we can work together to create inspiring solutions that nourish life. 

About the role

Here at Kerry, we are currently recruiting for a tenacious and enthusiastic HSE Lead for our site in Blendecques, France (situated within 1 hour of Lille or Calais). 


Blendecques specialises in the production of dried, ambient ingredients including seasonings and blends. The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate experience within a comparable manufacturing environment, alongside holding a relevant master’s degree. 


You will be comfortable with demonstrating leadership skills through reporting directly into our Senior Leadership Team, whilst supporting the onsite team on a daily basis through advisory activities, in line with legal requirements – Character is key! 


In Kerry we understand that people have very different career trajectories and experiences. In order to be successful in this role we would be looking for the right competencies and aptitudes as well as your proven track record of success within the HSE field, through a combination of experience and education. 
In Kerry we know that sometimes the perfect candidate doesn’t exist, and people can be put off applying for a role if they don’t fit all the requirements. If you are excited about working for us and have the majority of the skills or experience, then please do apply as you could be exactly what we are looking for!

Key responsibilities

•    Supports Factory Management teams as the primary lead and coordinator for Health, Safety & Environmental activities processes on the designated site, advising management teams on legal requirements, industry best practice, and prevailing group standards.

•    Works in conjunction with site management and regional HSE leads to drive the Safety agenda incorporating training, accident investigation, culture and staff involvement, administration, insurance compliance, setting and improving standards etc, and in accordance with wider employee engagement programmes.

•    Prepares and delivers induction and H&S skills/awareness trainings

•    Drives culture change / reinforcement of good safety cultures - creates the forums and opportunities to involve and communicate.

•    Creates/develops standards/performance frameworks for performance assessment and benchmarking (e.g., ISO14001/ISO50001).

•    Coordinates the generation and routine maintenance/review of risk assessment and safe systems of work processes, 

•    Coordinate accident investigation processes, recording and reporting injuries as required by the company and legal requirements,

•    Designates and carries out routine Site Health, Safety & Environmental audits to comply with the local site and wider regional requirements.

•    Chairs the co-ordination of the activities of the site HSE Committee(s).

•    Review, update and maintain Site Health, Safety and Environmental Management Systems taking account of industry best practice and any prevailing Kerry Group standards (Human Element/Hazardous Processes)

•    Coordinate & support required Occupational Health Programmes, supporting, and advising management/HR on prevailing Health & Safety concerns and job-related impacts.
•    Drive continuous improvement and target delivery across all key OHS and sustainability metrics including total recordable incidents, energy, carbon, waste, water and compliance. 

•    Represent the site/Company at local, regional or national H&S forums, exhibitions & conferences to obtain and improve safety awareness in the workplace building up appropriate and effective networks both internally and externally.

•    Responsible for all activities associated with the co-ordination of the Environmental Management System for the site in line with
ISO: 14001:2015
Kerry H&S Policies & Codes of Practices

•    Responsible for all activates associated with maintaining the IPPC licence for the site

•    Supports the site management teams by identifying, leading the actions and reviewing environmental objectives, targets and programmes to demonstrate continual improvement, carrying out environmental compliance audits and maintaining records to demonstrate compliance with environmental legislation and other requirements.

Qualifications and skills

•    Suitable and relevant Health & Safety management qualification 
•    Fluent or Native French with good communication skills in English, both verbal and written. 
•    Good knowledge of French Health, Safety and Environmental Legislation.
•    Well-developed communication skills – able to present written and verbal reports that are understood by the target audience. Can communicate with both internal and external contacts and stakeholders at all levels.

•    Health & Safety & Environment experience at a supervisory level in a medium sized / multi-site manufacturing or service company (75 employees +) in France. Food industry experience would be an advantage.

Diversity at Kerry

In Kerry we benefit from the knowledge of our colleagues who bring a diverse range of cultures, backgrounds, lifestyles and experiences. One team fostering an inclusive culture that, above all, inspires food and nourishes life. One culture where everyone brings their unique perspectives and experiences to help make us better, together. We are committed to nurturing an environment of positivity and inclusiveness, where everyone can be at their best, both personally and professionally. 

Our recruitment, selection and assessment process are based on the skills and competencies of the specific roles and based entirely on merit.  We are committed to and value Diversity and Inclusion in all recruitment processes within Kerry and do not discriminate based on gender, race, class, economic status, ethnic background, sexual orientation, age, political beliefs, veteran status, marital status or any other protected characteristic. 

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