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Safety Manager


Position Title: 

Safety Manager


Pay Rate:

$94,500 - $126,000

Multiple factors, including Individual experience, skills and abilities will determine where an employee is ultimately placed in the pay range. 



Salaried Full-Time 


Physical Location:

1785 Weyerhaeuser Rd.

Vanceboro, NC 


The Job You Will Perform:

The Safety Manager is a leadership resource within the Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) team in a fully integrated pulp and paper mill.  This position will be responsible for managing health and safety technical and regulatory support and program development for the New Bern mill.  They manage the systems in a mill to prevent occupational injuries and illnesses and to maintain compliance with U.S. health and safety regulations.  The position reports to the Environmental, Health, and Safety Manager.

  • The Safety Manager will work closely with a variety of different areas throughout the mill including operations, maintenance, and management.
  • Provide visible and active leadership in delivering excellent safety results
  • Train salaried and hourly employees to develop safety leadership skills in the department and/or mill; promote the use of safety leadership skills and provide feedback to leaders on their use of the skills
  • Manage the safety team and help develop safety coordinators throughout the mill
  • Maintain strong relationships with other EHS team members as well as operating and maintenance department leaders
  • Influence Business Unit operations teams to incorporate health and safety systems and processes
  • Support operations through planned and annual outage support
  • Identify and implement health and safety best practices from across the mill, business, and company
  • Assign and track all safety activities, corrective action plans and tasks to completion and update as needed; Maintain appropriate documentation
  • Assess facility programs against performance standards and develop corrective action plans to close gaps
  • Manage leading indicator efforts including safety leadership, contract coordinator training, gap closures and observation processes with STKY and hazard recognition.
  • Lead and maintain Contractor safety effort; assist in development of contractor work plans and monitor compliance
  • Manage energy control, hearing conservation and chemical management programs
  • Participate in required internal and external EHS audits and inspections; Coordinate and review results to ensure deficiency correction
  • Lead incident investigations, complete investigation files, develop corrective action plans and manage worker's compensation process
  • Participate and support joint safety committee
  • Maintain files, permits, inspections, and certifications
  • Implement systems to improve/sustain results
  • Manage the mill safety program by coordinating activities of the employee based safety team, conducting safety observations, evaluating and improving the effectiveness of site programs, leading hazard assessments and applying the hierarchy of controls to reduce exposure risk.
  • Manage the mill industrial hygiene program by performing qualitative exposure assessments, developing exposure monitoring strategies, conducting comprehensive exposure monitoring and assisting with the development of exposure control recommendations.
  • Develop and conduct health and safety training for the mill employees and management. Assist with scheduling, reviewing, preparing, documenting and tracking employee health and safety training sessions.
  • Implement and manage health and safety standards and program elements (e.g., hazard communication, powered industrial trucks, confined spaces, personal protective equipment section, and moving equipment).  

The Skills You Will Bring:


Desired Skills:

Successful candidate should have the ability to:

  • Instill safety as a core value within the team and effectively communicate a shared vision for safety
  • Quickly develop thorough knowledge of mill equipment and systems
  • Utilize excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate to groups and individuals at all levels
  • Approach positional responsibilities in an inclusive manner by engaging all team members in area, department, and mill
  • Understand Human Organization Performance and effective use of the tools to drive safety culture to resiliency.
  • Utilize the change management processes to drive change
  • Work effectively alone or within a team
  • Utilize strong organizational skills to handle multiple tasks effectively


Required Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent practical experience with a minimum of five (5) years’ management experience in a heavy manufacturing/industrial environment is required. 
  • Experience in a pulp and paper mill is preferred. 
  • Lean/six sigma certifications a plus.  Must have flexibility to be on call or work off hours as needed. 

Desired Competencies:

Action Oriented, Timely Decision Making, Decision Quality, Organizing, Planning, Priority Setting, Problem Solving, Drive for Results, Managing Through Systems, Customer Focus, Integrity & Trust, Listening, Learning on the Fly, Process Management, Building Effective Teams, Motivating Others, Conflict Management, Managerial Courage, Command Skills


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


The Impact You Will Make:

We continue to build a better future for people, the plant, 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. You will learn Safety Leadership Principles and have the opportunity to opt into Employee Networking Circles such as IPVets, IPride, Women in IP, and the African American ENC. We invite you to bring your uniqueness, creativity, talents, experiences, and safety mindset to be a part of our increasingly 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 2022 were $21.2 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.

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Vanceboro, NC, US, 28586

Category:  Environment Health & Safety
Date:  Feb 6, 2024

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