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Specialist Environmental Health and Safety

Durham, NC

The Specialist, Health Safety & Environment, serves as the leader to assist in Novartis adherence to all Federal, State, and Local EHS requirements, Novartis policies, strategies, initiatives, and goals.

Provides technical and regulatory knowledge, as well as complete requirements tied to site environmental programs, including but not limited to: Hazardous/Biological Waste Management, Wastewater Permit, Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), Stormwater No Exposure Certification, and Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan.

Provides guidance, as well as complete requirements tied to site Safety programs, including but not limited to: Contractor Safety (and associated project/plant modification risk assessments), Lockout Tagout, and Electrical Safety.

Provides day-to-day oversight of sitewide Waste Management programs (e.g, hazardous/biological waste, expired/reject material disposal coordination) to ensure they are robust/compliant and supportive to operational needs.

Performs and documents periodic/proactive HSE inspections, as well as investigation and closure of Good Catches/Near Misses/Incidents reported by site associates

Participates on the site’s Green Team and helps to ensure we identify and implement sustainability programs and services which support preservation of the natural environment and achievement of company-wide goals (e.g., energy, water, waste reduction).

Develops and provides HSE training for individuals/departments based on established HSE training curriculum and external/internal compliance requirements.

Performs HSE Impact Assessments tied to new/updated processes & equipment, as well as new R&D/clinical product technical transfers.

Develops and proactively reviews/updates HSE written plans/procedures as needed based on site and/or regulatory compliance changes.

EEO Statement

We are Equal Opportunity Employers and take pride in maintaining a diverse environment. We do not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

We are committed to building diverse teams, representative of the patients and communities we serve, and we strive to create an inclusive workplace that cultivates bold innovation through collaboration and empowers our people to unleash their full potential.

Accessibility and Reasonable Accommodations: Individuals in need of a reasonable accommodation due to a medical condition or disability for any part of the application process, or to perform the essential functions of a position, please let us know the nature of your request, your contact information and the job requisition number in your message:

Role Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree, or higher, in Environmental, Health & Safety with 5 years of EHS experience in a manufacturing or laboratory environment (preferably biopharmaceutical industry). Prior experience in a regulatory compliance role (e.g., EPA, NCDEQ, OSHA) is a plus.
  • Ability to inspire employee commitment to a high-performing HSE culture.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills with the ability to effectively work with internal stakeholders to achieve required outcomes.
  • Ability to plan, prioritize, and complete multiple tasks with high quality as part of a high-pace work environment
  • Committed to HSE excellence and be an integral contributor to building a culture where all colleagues play an integral role in HSE success.

The pay range for this position at commencement of employment is expected to be between $92,800 and $139,200 annual; however, base pay offered may vary depending on multiple individualized factors, including market location, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience.

The total compensation package for this position may also include other elements, including a sign-on bonus, restricted stock units, and discretionary awards in addition to a full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits (including 401(k) eligibility and various paid time off benefits, such as vacation, sick time, and parental leave), dependent on the position offered.

Details of participation in these benefit plans will be provided if an employee receives an offer of employment. If hired, employee will be in an “at-will position” and the Company reserves the right to modify base salary (as well as any other discretionary payment or compensation program) at any time, including for reasons related to individual performance, Company or individual department/team performance, and market factors.

Why Novartis: Our purpose is to reimagine medicine to improve and extend people’s lives and our vision is to become the most valued and trusted medicines company in the world. How can we achieve this? With our people. It is our associates that drive us each day to reach our ambitions.

Be a part of this mission and join us! Learn more here:

Accessibility and Reasonable Accommodations:

The Novartis Group of Companies are committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please send an e-mail to [email protected] call +1(877)395-2339 and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. Please include the job requisition number in your message.

Division: Operations 


Company/Legal Entity: Novartis Gene Therapies

Functional Area: Facilities & Administration 

Job Type: Full Time

Employment Type: Regular 

Shift Work: No

Early Talent: No

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