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Safety Manager


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Position: Health & Safety Manager


Pay Rate:

$100,700- $134,300



The Job You Will Perform:  The Vicksburg Mill is proud to be an OSHA VPP Star site for 25 years.  Vicksburg team members are actively engaged in their personal safety as well as the safety of their co-workers and help to drive the safety culture at the mill. The Health and Safety Manager provides leadership, coordination, and technical expertise in the area of health and safety at the Vicksburg Mill. This position will have accountability for establishing reliable and sustainable methods for improving safety performance; nourishing a culture in which safety is an overriding value in all activities and in which every team member assumes accountability for safety; and assuring compliance with regulatory requirements.  

Key Accountabilities: The Health & Safety Manager is responsible for:

  • Health & Safety Program Leadership
    • Develop and implement policies, procedures, programs, and tools to ensure compliance with Government regulations and IP policies in a way that leads to a safe and injury-free work environment.
    • Coordinate health and safety audit programs including corrective action plan tracking (both internal and external.)
    • Develop and implement effective safety training programs including support for monthly crew safety meeting content and new hire training.
    • Provide leadership and coordinate efforts to drive continual improvement of health and safety program effectiveness.
    • Recommend changes to reduce safety hazards and health risks.
    • Provide functional expertise and strategic direction to achieve our vision of an accident free workplace while positively impacting profitability and operational excellence.
    • Provide tools, information and guidance to the department hourly Safety Coordinators so that their efforts are cohesive, uniform and coordinated, including annual safety training.
    • Work alongside the VPP team to ensure VPP requirements are being met.
    • Facilitate sharing of Safety Best Practices between mill departments and the enterprise.
    • Oversight of the Safety Incident Analysis process including quality assurance, corrective action tracking and effectiveness audits.
    • Foster the mill culture change toward a vision of an accident-free workplace by:
      • Demonstrating behaviors that reflect the core principles of safety and a personal commitment to safety excellence.
      • Establishing a high standard of behavior for all employees and managers that is reinforced through feedback and coaching.
      • Modeling and coaching effective leadership behaviors with formal and informal leaders.
      • Systematically communicating activities and recognizing accomplishments.
      • Engaging all mill employees in the safety process and empowering them to take personal ownership for safety results.
      • Bridging the gap between levels in the organization through open data sharing and facilitating thoughtful dialog.
      • Generating mill-wide excitement and demonstrating a positive attitude toward the ultimate goal.
      • Supporting established teams to more effectively accomplish their mission (department safety committees, Mill Safety Leadership Team, ad-hoc teams, etc.)
    • Oversight of the industrial hygiene and ergonomics programs.
    • Maintain required information (IPS, OSHA 300 log, lagging and leading indicators, etc.) and analyze data to provide information to management to identify problem areas and safety trends.  Develop action plans to address findings.
    • Develop an annual safety calendar (training schedule, milestones, significant activities, etc).
  • Workers Compensation Program Administration including case management, benefit coordination, recordkeeping and the return-to-work process.
  • Contractor safety program management.
  • Health Services Department Operation.
  • Emergency Response Team Coordination including staffing and training requirements.
  • FM Global Coordination including inspection and maintenance of mill fire protection equipment.
  • Provide leadership and management support to the Safety Engineers, Mill Nurse, and department ESTs.


Knowledge and Experience:

  • A bachelor’s degree in occupational health and safety or technical discipline with significant related experience and exposure to OSHA general industry requirements is required.  CSP and/or CIH certifications preferred.
  • 5+ yrs experience in a manufacturing/industrial environment. Experience in pulp and paper manufacturing is a plus.
  • A demonstrated strong propensity to lead based on successful formal leadership experience, preferably in a manufacturing/industrial environment.
  • Expertise in PSM/Process Safety Management is a plus.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a developed competency to influence others.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and lead cross-functional teams including knowledge of basic facilitation techniques.
  • Strong communication skills (verbal and written.)  Must be an effective listener.
  • Clear ability to manage and coordinate multiple projects and deadlines.
  • An ability to manage change and conflict.
  • Established skill to execute work based on standards, procedures and systems.
  • Experience with six-sigma (or other process improvement methodologies) and change management processes is a plus.


Critical Competencies: Managerial Courage, Interpersonal Savvy, Approachability, Motivating Others, Priority Setting, Action Oriented, Time Management, Conflict Management, Functional/Technical Skills and Knowledge, Managing Through Systems, Organizing.

The Benefits You Will Enjoy:

International Paper offers a benefits package that includes health, welfare and retirement plans including Medical, Dental, Life insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts, Short-term and Long-term Disability, 401(k), Company-funded retirement contributions, Paid Time Off, Education & Development (including Tuition Reimbursement), Student Loan Repayment Assistance, and Voluntary Benefits including insurance for home, auto, vision and pets.

The Career You Will Build:

Leadership training, promotional opportunities within a global company

The Impact You Will Make:

We continue to build a better future for people, the planet, and our company! IP has been a good steward of sustainable practices across communities around the world for more than 120 years. Join our team and you’ll see why our team members say they’re Proud to be IP.

The Culture You Will Experience:

International Paper promotes employee well-being by providing safe, caring and inclusive workplaces. We have team members all around the world with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. These are our strengths. We are committed to creating a culture where all individuals are respected, valued, engaged and have an opportunity to do their best work every day. We invite you to bring your uniqueness, creativity, talents, experiences, and safety mindset to be a part of our increasingly inclusive and diverse culture.

The Company You Will Join:

International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a leading global supplier of renewable fiber-based products. We

produce corrugated packaging products that protect and promote goods, and enable worldwide

commerce, and pulp for diapers, tissue and other personal care products that promote health and wellness. Headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., we employ approximately 38,000 colleagues globally. We serve customers worldwide, with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, North Africa and Europe. Net sales for 2023 were $18.9 billion. Additional information can be found by visiting



International Paper is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.  International Paper complies with federal and state disability laws and makes reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact or (877) 973-3919.
Vicksburg  MS  39156

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Category:  Environment Health & Safety
Date:  Mar 29, 2024

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