Head of EHS (Environment, Health & Safety) for Europe – Pharmaceuticals - London, Newcastle, Suffolk or Devon

Posted 12 months ago by Accord Healthcare
Contract Type Permanent
Salary £70k – £85k + bonus + benefits package
Sector Environmental Health & Safety, Occupational Health & Hygiene
Posted 12 months ago
Apply by Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Head of EHS (Environment, Health & Safety) for Europe – Pharmaceuticals

Role: Full-time, permanent

Location: Based from one of our UK sites (London, Newcastle, Suffolk or Devon – please see below)

Salary: £70k – £85k + bonus + benefits package


The Role:

Due to significant and continued company growth, we’re seeking an experienced and pragmatic Head of EHS to establish and maintain an effective, consistent and compliant Environmental, Health & Safety practice across our European region. To understand our existing EHS structure, you’ll assess and audit our EHS operations across all European sites, working closely with the local EHS leads, and use your insights to establish new processes and procedures which comply with all corporate, industry and legislative requirements in a consistent manner. To monitor progress and adherence, you’ll set relevant KPIs to measure performance, establish EHS forums across the business to promote a positive EHS culture and report your results to Board level at our regular Risk and Compliance meetings. Leading a small EHS team across our UK sites and overseeing our third party EHS providers, you’ll define and propose a new EHS Management System in order to effectively manage and monitor site safety, risk assessments, incident management, company governance, carbon tax credits, waste management directives and the management of all hazards (including high potency ingredients and our Materials Safety Data records). In addition, you’ll develop, manage and lead our business continuity program, working with all functions across the business (and integrating with our broader Intas Pharmaceuticals global EHS operations) to minimise incident impact (including reputation and operations). To support our Continuous Improvement culture, you’ll implement and regularly review plans to attain and exceed best practice working, analysing the root cause of incidents to deliver future learnings and mitigate risk, delivering training across the business to raise EHS awareness and attaining recognised industry standards (e.g. ISO 45001). This is a genuine opportunity to shape a role from scratch, with real ownership and development opportunities in an ambitious yet supportive organisation. Regular travel will be required to visit UK sites and with some European travel.


The Person:

With significant experience in a similar senior-level, international EHS role, you’ll have a practical understanding of designing and leading EHS operations in a chemical, pharmaceutical or scientific sector (including experience of working with solvents, dry powders, high potency ingredients and in ATEX environments). With a strong knowledge of EHS regulations across Europe, you’ll hold a degree-level qualification in a science or environmental subject and a NEBOSH Diploma (or equivalent), have strong project management skills (including change management and lean / six sigma methodologies) and ideally have experience of implementing ISO standards. As a person, you have a genuine passion for EHS, always keeping people central to your work and instilling an enthusiasm for the topic in your colleagues. With excellent communication and interpersonal skills, you easily build relationships with people of all backgrounds and levels (from shop floor to Board), translating complex technical information for different audiences and adapting your style to fit different team cultures. As an experienced manager, you know how to get the best from your team to drive performance – setting appropriate goals and targets, taking time to listen and share learnings and always being happy to get stuck in and provide practical support to get things done. As a natural leader, you use your commercial acumen to balance day-to-day operations with long-term strategic planning, always arriving with solutions and exercising sound judgment to interpret complex or ambiguous guidance.  You’re methodical and process minded, with excellent numeracy skills and the ability to draw meaning from data. Strong IT skills with experience using ERP systems would be beneficial, whilst having flexibility to travel to other sites is essential.



The Rewards:

In return, we offer a competitive salary and rewards package (including holiday, bonus and pension scheme). Not to mention the opportunity to genuinely make a difference in a new and dynamic role within a progressive and expanding business, at an exciting time of growing international reach.


How to Apply:

If you possess the experience, passion and ability to make this role a success, we would love to hear from you. Please send your CV with cover letter to by 6th September, or for further details you can contact Hattie via email on hattie_booth [at] or click the APPLY button below


Our Sites:

Accord Healthcare currently has 4 main UK sites (3 production plants and 1 laboratory facility) which this role can be based from:

  • Harrow, London
  • Haverhill, Suffolk
  • Fawdon, Newcastle
  • Barnstaple, Devon


A Bit About Us:

Accord Healthcare is a young and dynamic pharmaceutical company, involved in the development, manufacturing and distribution of pharmaceutical products to over 70 markets across the world. Our vision is to be involved in all aspects of bringing pharmaceuticals to patients, and our activities today encompass the entire pharmaceutical value chain. With a product portfolio of nearly 7,000 approved lines in Europe and headquarters in the UK, Accord has one of the most extensive sales, marketing and distribution networks in the EU. Since beginning our commercial activities in Europe in 2008, we have demonstrated dramatic growth and evolution of our product range, and today are recognised as one of the leading companies commercialising generic drugs in the region. With an average annual company growth of over 25%, it’s our goal to become a top 5 pan-EMENA generics company by 2021.


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