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Bristol Myers Squibb

Associate Director, Safety


Medical Director


Princeton, New Jersey, United States

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The Site Environment, Occupational Health, Safety and Sustainability (EOHSS) Associate Director, Safety will be a critical member of the BMS Lawrenceville Site EOHSS Department. This team member will be the Subject Matter Expert (SME) for all Safety issues for the site and shall also have the ability and knowledge to support general site EOHSS matter when they arise. The Associate Director will coordinate, implement, assess, and improve safety outcomes for the site. The Associate Director will be knowledgeable with local regulations and consensus guides and become knowledgeable with BMS management systems, policies and procedures, to promote compliant, forward-leaning safety culture and preserve BMS’ reputation while driving shared Company objectives.


  • Subject Matter Expert (SME) for Safety issues at the site

  • Identifies and manages safety and risk at the site

  • Informs EOHSS Leadership

  • Demonstrates overt change-agility and sponsorship of safety culture

  • Articulates Big Picture Outcomes relating to safety matters

  • Communicates safety direction, outcomes, opportunities and metrics

  • Prioritizes (for self, team and/or site) with appropriate urgency

  • Provides support for broader EOHSS programs when needed

Duties/ Responsibilities:

  • Ensures compliance with federal, state, and local environmental and sustainability laws, regulations, codes, rules, and consensus guides.

  • Provides technical acumen and oversight to all safety programs and activities on-site.

  • Leads the enhancement of site high hazard safety programs, such as Working at Heights, Hazardous Energy Control, Confined Spaces, and Flammables/Combustibles.

  • Must have the skills necessary to gain a thorough understanding of the R&D business operations which are conducted at the site, with sufficient detail to provide applicable safety regulatory and technical practical guidance.

  • Accountable for safety regulatory preparedness and building rapport and trust through all external regulatory authority interactions.

  • Leads continuous improvement of site safety culture; models what good looks like.

  • Stops operations and activities that could harm the environment, workforce, or facilities.

  • Participates in site design reviews, change control, technical transfer, shutdown and pre-start up safety reviews, as required.

  • Supports the Site EOHSS lead, to partner with engineering and R&ED Departments in order to ensure rigorous implementation of global EOHSS engineering requirements.

  • Contributes to site EOHSS Committees from a safety perspective, and site self-assessment program evaluations.

  • Contributes to identifying opportunities to eliminate unplanned events including spills, workplace injuries/accidents (as SME), and adverse health effects.

  • Provides leaderships for EOHSS-related incident investigations using approved tools and techniques and leads investigations with safety aspects.

  • Reviews EOHSS training and recommends revisions, improvements, and updates.

  • Reviews and ensures accurate and complete resolution of issues as they arise, inclusive of completion of required recordkeeping and reporting at national, state, province level as well as within BMS stipulated structures and timing.

  • Leads the development of a robust Health and Safety program for site vendors, contractors and consultants.

  • Ensures effective management of Safety related FSAPs (Facility Self-Assessment Program) to ensure EHS Audit readiness, including assigning FSAPs to team members, verifying completion of CAPAs to ensure compliance with EOHSS Standards.

  • Proactively collaborates at site and above-site levels.

  • Participates in EOHSS governance structures and forums including incident investigation, compliance, capital reviews, best practice sharing.

  • Adept at the use of and aiding with EOHSS platforms including modules for investigation, inspection, compliance, and industrial hygiene.

  • Brings new approaches to continually improve the effectiveness of workflows and processes and learns and applies new concepts.

  • Conducts proactive safety regulatory surveillance; updates strategy, systems and programs resulting from such evaluations.

  • Takes an active role in the site emergency response, preparedness and business continuity programs.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Required Skills/Abilities:

  • Expertise and knowledge of current Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements.

  • Must be completely facile in all safety programs.

  • Must understand authoring and approval principles for high hazard programs and permit execution.

  • Must have the ability to maintain proficiency in all BMS EOHSS standards.

  • Demonstrated proficiency in managing site safety programs and leading others through change.

  • Attends to multiple high-priority issues simultaneously with calm.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; communicates orally with clarity and command.

  • Proclivity for partnership and cross-team collaboration; coordinates between site and above-site entities.

  • Escalates issues with urgency to facilitate ease of resolution.

  • Strong leadership skills and previous management experience is essential.

  • Detailed proficiency in MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint, SharePoint; aptitude and ability to learn EOHSS specific systems such as ENABLON, Enfos, Enhesa.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in natural or physical science, engineering, or equivalent. Advanced degree with safety focus preferred.

  • Prefer certification through an accredited organization. Representative certifications include PE, CIH, CSP, CHMM, CIA, ISO-LEAD, CQA, CQE, ASCE-sustainability in addition to six sigma certifications (green belt or above).

  • At least 7-10 years of safety experience in an industrial environment required.

If you come across a role that intrigues you but doesn’t perfectly line up with your resume, we encourage you to apply anyway. You could be one step away from work that will transform your life and career.

Uniquely Interesting Work, Life-changing Careers
With a single vision as inspiring as “Transforming patients’ lives through science™ ”, every BMS employee plays an integral role in work that goes far beyond ordinary. Each of us is empowered to apply our individual talents and unique perspectives in an inclusive culture, promoting diversity in clinical trials, while our shared values of passion, innovation, urgency, accountability, inclusion and integrity bring out the highest potential of each of our colleagues.

On-site Protocol
Physical presence at the BMS worksite or physical presence in the field is a necessary job function of this role, which the Company deems critical to collaboration, innovation, productivity, employee well-being and engagement, and it enhances the Company culture.

COVID-19 Information
To protect the safety of our workforce, customers, patients and communities, the policy of the Company requires all employees and workers in the U.S. and Puerto Rico to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they have received an exception based on an approved request for a medical or religious reasonable accommodation. Therefore, all BMS applicants seeking a role located in the U.S. and Puerto Rico must confirm that they have already received or are willing to receive the full COVID-19 vaccination by their start date as a qualification of the role and condition of employment. This requirement is subject to state and local law restrictions and may not be applicable to employees working in certain jurisdictions such as Montana. This requirement is also subject to discussions with collective bargaining representatives in the U.S.

BMS is dedicated to ensuring that people with disabilities can perform complex functions through a transparent recruitment process, reasonable workplace adjustments and ongoing support in their roles. Applicants can request an accommodation prior to accepting a job offer. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, or in any part of the recruitment process, direct your inquiries to Visit to access our complete Equal Employment Opportunity statement.

BMS will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records, pursuant to applicable laws in your area.

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