1+ months

Principal EHS Manager, Research & Early Development

South San Francisco, CA

The Genentech EHS team maintains site-wide environment, health and safety (EHS) programs and provides ongoing technical support and guidance at a site with a population of over 12,000 employees involved in research and pharmaceutical product development, manufacturing process development, clinical and commercial product manufacturing and warehousing, site utilities supply and facilities maintenance, project engineering, and marketing/sales/general administration functions. The team utilizes a risk-based approach for setting priorities and helping organizations manage EHS hazards in the work place.

The Principal EHS Manager supports the research and early development operations (gRED) at Genentech facilities located in South San Francisco and Dixon and will be the primary point of contact for EHS-related programs, risks, and concerns.  This position will work closely with senior leadership teams in a consultative role to develop, align, and implement strategic goals to maintain EHS compliance and promote an effective EHS culture. The technical emphasis for this position is chemical safety in research and development chemistry operations (e.g., chemical reactions, potent compound risk assessments, segregation of incompatible materials).

This position reports to the Associate Director of Occupational Hygiene within the EHS department.


  • Provides strategic and technical support for a variety of EHS programs within the business unit supported. Interprets and successfully implements applicable EHS programs with the client.   
  • Interacts regularly with senior level management concerning EHS-related implications of business unit operations, business unit goals, and projects. Works closely with the EHS team, other EHS client relationship managers, executive level management from the business units, and key service providers to identify EHS-related risks, opportunities and trends, assess performance, and develop sustainable solutions to complex problems while supporting the clientâs business objectives.
  • Based on an in-depth knowledge of the company's operations and EHS risk profiles for the supported business units, establishes and implements a strategy for management of EHS compliance, risks, and safety culture. 
  • Reviews incident data to identify trends, develop and implement incident prevention initiatives, and monitor EHS performance. 
  • Identifies and leads business process improvement initiatives to drive improvement within the EHS function and the clientâs function, with a focus on research and development chemistry activities.
  • May be required to serve as a Safety Officer during disaster/emergency response and recovery efforts. May be required to serve as an EHS Advisor (technical expert) for the emergency response team during company-related emergencies.
  • May be required to manage, coach, and/or mentor other EHS client relationship managers.

Skills for Success:

  • Ability to be strategic and forward-thinking, identify future needs of the organization, and consider the best solution/outcome for Genentech, internal stakeholders, and EHS.  Listens to key stakeholders, considers their needs along with the needs of the business, and makes well-informed decisions.
  • Skilled at seeing opportunities from challenges.  Track record of being resilient and adaptable in navigating organizational resistance and influencing others to adopt new behaviors and approaches.
  • Possesses strong communication skills including the ability to effectively develop clear and concise messages from complex data, present to senior leadership and staff, and quickly gain trust.  Can translate data into actionable insights and communicates in a way that resonatesâ”inspiring people to care.
  • Possesses excellent teamwork and collaboration skills and is able to facilitate the work of cross-functional and interdepartmental teams. Effectively leads and motivates cross-functional teams in a fast-paced and diverse environment using positive interpersonal skills and a collaborative approach.


  • Master of Science or higher degree from an accredited college or university with a major in chemistry or chemical engineering.
  • 10 or more years total work experience is desired.  This experience should include 5 or more years in a pharmaceutical/biotech research and development laboratory role and 5 or more years implementing EHS programs in a laboratory environment.
  • Must possess a strong background in EHS compliance and development of safe practices for discovery and scale up chemistry reaction safety. Experience working with diverse types of third party providers to ensure EHS compliance is also preferred.
  • Practical experience with Lean/Six Sigma business process improvement methodology, including a belt certification, is desired.
Posted: 2018-10-30 Expires: 2019-01-26

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