Job Summary

This position reports to the Manager of EHS and Facilities for the Kirkhill business unit with full responsibility for day-to-day Environmental, Health and Safety at the Brea facility.  Directly supervises two employees and indirectly guides the “safety committee” and production supervisors as safety champions.

Pay Range: 120-140k

Primary Responsibilities

  • Establishes, implements, and oversees environmental, health and safety programs to ensure facility compliance with all state and federal regulations including those set for by SCAQMD, OC Sanitation, Cal/OSHA and all other local rules, laws and requirements.
    • Own and develop an overall safety and risk management program for the Kirkhill facility providing suitable loss prevention attention in all areas/levels.
    • Host plant tours for audits and inspections to identify and correct potential hazards/exposures for full compliance with safety/environmental regulations.
    • Pro-actively recommend policies, develop safety programs and coordinate initiatives throughout the factory and office areas.
  • Applies regulatory and company policies/programs to ensure safe and environmentally sound working conditions.
    • Engage Production Supervisors, safety committee members and other designated safety champions in participative groups to lead a safe and healthy mindset and daily behaviors at Kirkhill.
    • Partner with Human Resources for employee training, health procedures pertaining to accident prevention programs, return to work issues, workers compensation and coordinating time loss issues with payroll.
  • Identifies and analyzes workplace hazards, health risks, prescribes necessary preventive or corrective measures and safety equipment.
    • Contracts with vendors for properly licensed hazardous disposal and monitors waste handling.
    • Organizes and equips spill-control teams. Reviewing, updating and maintaining environmental and spill-control manuals and procedures.
    • Specifies/approves the purchase of safety and health products and services.
    • Recommends external technical/advisory service providers.
    • Sets safety standards for specific equipment and areas of operation.
    • Researches loss, accident and illness frequency trends by area or operation, and initiate remedial action as warranted.
  • Educates personnel in existing hazards, develops safety consciousness and assists with developing safety training recommendations. Personally delivers training or coordinates through industry groups and consultants as appropriate.
    • Train production supervisors as safety SPONSORS.
    • Ensure employee job instructions include PPE, safety, cautions and visibility
    • Conduct employee hazard communication (right to know).
    • Conducts respirator fit testing and other medical testing as required.
    • Develops creative, motivational communications and training techniques to keep safety top of mind throughout the facility.


  • Conducts periodic safety inspections of the facility, prepares reports, studies accidents and causes.
    • Monitors housekeeping practices with a daily walk of the plant.
    • Engage supervisors and other leaders to investigate accident root causes, with a goal of solutions that eliminate hazards and/or minimize risk to our employee’s health or safety or to the environment.
    • Ensure that systems are in place to manage risks occurring from changes in processes, methods, materials, equipment or manpower.
    • Inspects fire/life-safety systems are fully functioning and inspected routinely.
    • Maintains current SDS files for all chemicals and distributes list to impacted departments.
    • Reports to management all accidents, health issues, major unsolved problems.
    • Routinely conducts plant safety audits and reports results to management with recommended corrective actions.
  • Maintain the highest ethical standards, even when challenged from above
  • Performs other duties as needed or as assigned by management.


  • Seven or more years of successfully leadership complying with regulations set forth by regulatory agencies such as AQMD, Title V, EPA and Cal/ OSHA; in a manufacturing environment.
  • Sound technical skills as demonstrated by an understanding and practical application of technical knowledge in a leadership role, with ability to articulate technical issues at an understandable level to a variety of stakeholders across the organization.
  • Ability to work effectively in an environment where tact, sensitivity, respect, tenacity, persuasive ability, and decisiveness are required for success
  • Strong writing, speaking, analytical and presentation skills

Esterline Competencies

Demonstrated ability in the Esterline competencies for a senior level leader: delegation, developing direct reports, process management, innovation management, business acumen, intellectual horsepower, learning on the fly, making timely/high quality decisions, and hiring staffing, strategic agility, command skills and managing vision and purpose.

Education/Previous Experience Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree in Safety, Environmental or Engineering discipline is required
  • Minimum of seven years of experience in Environmental and Safety Compliance in a manufacturing operation.