Quality, Safety and Environmental (QSE) Project Manager

  • Vestas
  • NE, USA
  • Apr 16, 2018
Full time EHS - Environmental, Health & Safety Energy Energy - Wind Environmental Science - Engineering

Job Description


 Quality, Safety and Environmental (QSE) Project Manager

Vestas American Wind Technology has an opening for a Quality, Safety, and Environmental Specialist for its Service Operations Business. The QSE Specialist is part of a regional QSE team focused on providing quality, safety, and environmental leadership to the Service Business Unit responsible for the safe operation of wind turbines across the region.

Position Title:

Quality, Safety, Environmental Specialist

Vestas Americas (VAME) Quality, Safety, Environmental Department (QSE)

In this position you will implement, oversee, and adapt culture, policies, and programs, to improve Vestas Quality, Safety, and Environmental performance, while ensuring compliance with current and future regulations/standards, and maintaining our corporate values of Accountability, Collaboration, and Simplicity.

You will provide leadership, strategic direction, and technical support around the implementation of QSE programs and processes for the Vestas Service Business, while ensuring the safety of our employees/contractors, minimizing our environmental footprint, and ensuring the quality of our products and services.

The primary focus will be on the Northeast. 


  • Coordinate internal resources and vendors to ensure compliance with Vestas QSE KPIs
  • Ensure that all projects are delivered on-time, within scope focusing on QSE performance metrics
  • Ensure resource availability and allocation
  • Develop a detailed project plan to track progress on QSE projects
  • Measure project performance using appropriate systems, tools and techniques
  • Report and escalate to management as needed
  • Manage the relationship with the client and all stakeholders
  • Perform risk management to minimize employee and project risk
  • Reduce Injuries and Illnesses by driving safety culture maturity to obtain a Zero Incident Safety Culture.
  • Develop and execute QSE objectives within region of responsibility.
  • Establish and maintain working relationships with Service Business Managers by site visits, conducting regular update meetings, participating in safety walks, and interacting with Vestas Service Technicians at the wind farms.
  • Establish Injury and Illness prevention methods specifically in soft tissue injuries, and behavioral-based safety.
  • Develop and facilitate sub-regional forums for knowledge and sharing of best practices along with general integration of QSE programs across the area including integration of Corporate, Group, and Regional QSE initiatives
  • Ensure compliance to ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and ISO 9001 within region, including ownership of Vestas audit protocols (internal and external)
  • Support Service Business Management in the execution of QSE items at all operating facilities in region.
  • Direct and monitor the QSE start-up/transition activities on new or expanding Vestas locations. These activities include: meeting with customer’s QSE team, site hazard assessments, development and initial review of the QSE site specific material, providing structure to the orientation of new employees, and the development of an action plan with timeframes to fully implement the site specific QSE requirements in partnership with line management. Monitors progress on completion of the action plan, and reports to Regional Director.
  • Establishes and maintains relationships with customers and governmental authorities on matters of mutual concern including voluntary certification (e.g., ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 registration, VPP), submission of required reports, and maintenance of data.
  • Build organization capability by providing QSE training and development of QSE professionals/coordinators to ensure each site within the sub-region has the appropriate technical and functional competencies.
  • Supports the investigation process of incidents (including near misses, releases, and losses) and accidents to determine root causes and prepares/directs corrective and preventive action plans. Identify and determine correction action for systemic QSE issues within the region of responsibility.
  • Oversees the management of work-related injuries and return to work activities within region.
  • Support regional subcontractors through the Vestas Prequalification Process (Meercat) ensuring quality, safety, and environmental standards are met prior to the performance of work.
  • Maintain current knowledge of QSE industry best practices and technological developments and equipment to remain up-to-date on related systems, devices and techniques designed to eliminate or minimize associated risks. Keeps current on regulatory requirements pertaining to QSE for assigned Countries, Provinces, Territories and States.
  • Provide support and oversight to safety training programs. Training may include strategies and goals to develop/improve safety culture, QSE technical programs/policies, injury trend data, QSE/regulatory information pertinent to the jurisdiction, workers' compensation/injury case management, and basic knowledge related to safe operation of Vestas Wind Turbines, etc.
  • Extensive travel within region is expected with occasional travel to other parts of the USA and Canada.
  • High travel position – Minimum 60% - 70%. This position requires person to live within 1 hour of International Airport. Greater distance will require consideration for relocation.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • This position (QSE Specialist) requires the person to hold professional certification or relevant experience in a Quality, Safety, or Environmental specialty area. This specialty area will provide guidance and support to other Vestas Service Business regions within Vestas Americas. Specialty areas examples: Six Sigma, Quality Management Systems, Behavior-Based Safety, Maturing a Safety Culture, Ergonomics and Human Factors, Fleet Safety, Contractor Management, Environmental Management Systems, Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Health, etc. 


  • Bachelor's degree in Environmental Management, Industrial Health and Safety, or related equivalent with a minimum of five to eight years’ work experience in General Industry, Industrial, and/or Construction environmental, health, and safety.
  • Masters and/or advanced degree or certification (CSP/ASP/CRSP/GSP) strongly preferred.
  • Experience in leading cultural change and behavior based safety programs, as well as QSE programs and policies across multiple jurisdictions (e.g., countries, geographies and cultures).
  • Experience in applying international QSE standards (ISO 14001, ISO 9001 and OSHAS 18001) across business units and geographies.
  • Experience with cranes, lifting and rigging, safety management systems, control of hazardous energy, confined space requirements, work at heights and soft tissue injury prevention desired.
  • Must be authorized to work in the Canada without company sponsorship (Canada Roles)
  • Must be capable of working with little supervision, and at times in a remote setting. 
  • Ability to occasionally climb stairs and ladders 60-125 meters in height. 
  • Ability to occasionally lift, push, pull, carry items up to 50 lbs in weight. 
  • Ability to stand, stoop, kneel, and bend for prolonged periods of time. 
  • Ability to occasionally grip and manually manipulate, often with repetitive motion, items such as, but not limited to, hand tools, turbine parts. 
  • Comfort entering into confined spaces and at heights over 100 meters. 
  • Ability to successfully participate in all training courses, including controlled decent. 
  • Regular walking. 
  • Ability to hear and use close range radios. 
  • Strong field of vision including visual depth perception and ability to distinguish colors. 
  • Able to work in demanding physical and inclement weather conditions. 


  • Accountability - will need to act as mentor/coach, as well as technical expert and drive line managers to true root causes of incidents, ensuring transparency during investigations, and trending review. Strong organizational skills including ability to manage large number of disparate projects and to track projects through completion.
  • Simplicity - must be able to interpret regulations and company policy and deliver meaningful reasoning and education in support of regulations, along with the creation of regional specific campaigns that foster ownership of Vestas QSE by everyone.
  • Collaboration - Ability to work with multiple levels of the organization including front line workforce, managers, directors, and support departments towards creating a Zero Incident Safety Culture.
  • Working knowledge of cross-functional QSE disciplines
  • Ability to demonstrate managerial courage (e.g., managing varied interests representing potential conflicts in a remote setting).
  • Computer skills necessary include Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, Note, Communicator, SharePoint, and basic skills in SAP.
  • Other high competencies (Behavioral and Functional) include: Ability to audit, manage global and local standards, have basic knowledge of manufacturing and system function, product knowledge, risk assessment processes, risk management, root cause analysis, continuous improvement, customer satisfaction, be diplomatic, take initiative, demonstrate and foster leadership. 

What we offer
As a member of the Vestas team, we offer a competitive salary and one of the most comprehensive benefits plans in the industry. Among the many amenities we offer: fully funded healthcare; dental; vision; vacation and sick time; generous 401(k) plan; tuition assistance; and much more.
It is the policy of Vestas to afford equal employment opportunity without regard to age, race, religion, color, gender, or national origin, and to afford equal opportunity to veterans and individuals with a disability, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, provincial, or local law. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application and/or interview process should notify a representative within the People & Culture department.

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