Director Health, Safety & Environment in Mobile, AL at Austal

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Mobile, AL

Job Description

Any qualified individual with a disability who is having difficulty in completing an application because of incompatible technology or other disability-related application issues may contact us at the following phone number for assistance: 251-445-1932.
Austal shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR §§ 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that covered prime contractors and subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status or disability.  Austal’s commitment to equal employment opportunity applies at all levels of employment, in all job titles, including the executive level, and to all employment actions, including but not limited to decisions concerning recruitment, hiring, training, and promotion. 

REPORTS TO: VP of Human Resources

SUPERVISES: HSE Managers, Fire & Safety Coordinator, Occupational Nurse, Environmental Coordinator and HSE Technical Assistant.

AUTHORITIES / RESPONSIBILITIES:   Responsible for ensuring overall compliance with and maintenance of all Health, Safety and Environmental and Occupational health programs/policies at all Austal USA yards, subsidiaries and satellite work sites.  

  • Oversees compliance with all OSHA and EPA regulations.
  • Overall responsibilities for development of strategy and implementation of general accident preventive programs; Injury & Illness Prevention Program (I2P2); environmental programs; and occupational health management programs.
  • Overall management of staff schedules, audit cycles, requisitions, and position requisitions as they apply to the HSE departments.  
  • Budget and schedule accountability for all HSE departments.
  • Oversees reviewing all accident and incident reports and recommend corrective action to eliminate reoccurrences.
  • Oversees all Workmen’s Compensation claims to include claim progress, final settlement and required reporting.  Provides advice to counsel and insurance carriers regarding disposition of cases.
  • Ensures overall compliance with existing safety protection regulations as pertaining to all applicable governmental organizations.
  • Overall responsibility for maintaining adequate records for statistical measurements and develop performance reports.  Ensure that reporting conforms to all standard practices of the safety and environmental industries and government regulations.
  • Oversees coordination and conduct supervisory and other production safety training programs.  Advise management periodically on the status of the safety program and new safety techniques.
  • Oversees maintaining contacts with counterparts in other companies and represent the company in national and local safety activities and organizations.
  • Must be familiar with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), state, and federal standards, follow OSHA and government standards, and file reports required by these organizations.
  • Professionally represent Austal in local community and business events that may impact AUSTAL USA.


  • 20 years of related HSE experience and training with at least 10 years in a Shipbuilding environment.
  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering science, Health & Safety and/ or environmental fields preferred.
  • Must possess a high level of understanding of industrial hygiene, government regulations, and environmental technical issues as related to the field.
  • Demonstrated understanding of all policies, procedures and regulations as they relate to Austal USA, OSHA, NAVSEA, and state and local guidance’s.  
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and manage in a very fast-paced and constantly changing environment.
  • Proven ability to set tasks for self and others
  • Ability to listen to internal and external customers, and government authorities and act appropriately.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret contracts, contract specifications, and major equipment requirements as they pertain to fire-fighting requirements and build specific protection requirements for each ship variant.

Physical requirements:

  • Standing: 20% of the time, Sitting: 50% of the time, Walking about 30% of the time
  • Must be able to lift and carry 10 lbs for 5% of the working day
  • Hazards and dangers normal for shipbuilding environment
  • Noise, heat, dust, and fumes normal for shipbuilding environment

TOOLS:  Equipment to manage includes, but isn’t limited to, noise meters and gas monitors for confined space certification

DISCRETION EXERCISED: Full discretionary authority to correct and discipline, recommend pay increase, transfers, promotions, discharges, and process grievances


  • All levels of Austal organization including subsidiaries.
  • Supervisor of Shipbuilding (SupShip) representatives.
  • Contractor and Subcontractors organizations.
  • Austal Ships – Management and HSE&Q personnel
  • Local, State & Federal regulatory agencies

ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES:  All candidates must meet Austal USA’s basic employment eligibility guidelines:

•   Must be able to obtain and maintain required Security Clearance.

•   18 years or older at time of application

•   Able to provide proof of US Person status (permanent resident or citizen)

  • No felony convictions of theft/deception or violent crimes within seven years from   disposition date

•   No felony convictions of drug crimes within three years from disposition date

•   Willing to submit to a drug screen

•   Willing to submit to a background check

•   Position will necessitate travel on a regular basis (Approximately 10 - 20%).


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to humid conditions, bright flashing lights, moving mechanical parts, high precarious places, outside weather conditions, and extreme heat. The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes and/or airborne particles at or below the PEL, toxic or caustic chemicals, and heat and cold. The noise level in the work environment is usually very loud, + 90 dB.


Must comply with company, federal, state, and local safety and environmental rules and regulations while performing daily job tasks.

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