HSE Lead

Syngenta Group
Baltimore, MN
United States
Job Description

Company Description

Syngenta is a global leader in agriculture; rooted in science and dedicated to bringing plant potential to life. Each of our 28,000 employees in more than 90 countries work together to solve one of humanity’s most pressing challenges: growing more food with fewer resources. A diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace environment are enablers of our ambition to be the most collaborative and trusted team in agriculture. Our employees reflect the diversity of our customers, the markets where we operate and the communities which we serve. No matter what your position, you will have a vital role in safely feeding the world and taking care of our planet. Join us and help shape the future of agriculture.

Job Description

The overall purpose of the job is to act as primary HSE&S advisor / liaison for the site leadership team.  Ensure compliance with federal, state and local HSE&S regulations and Syngenta policies and standards.  Responsible for all aspects of HSE&S programs development, implementation and improvement.  Add expertise and collaborate with the greater Syngenta HSE community.


  • Ensure site compliance with federal, state and local HSE&S regulations and Syngenta policies and standards, including security.
  • Own the development, implementation, maintenance and improvement of a comprehensive HSE program and related management systems for site(s).
  • Coordinate and risk assess projects impacting HSE, e.g., management of change (i.e. quality changes, process improvements, etc.), new construction, and other initiatives.
  • Primary point of contact between NA HSE&S Corporate or HSE&S Regulatory Entity and Site(s).
  • Lead, influence and own all HSE&S Site(s) Inspections (regulatory or otherwise) through action plan closure.
  • Facilitate Letter of Assurance and Operational Safety Profile process, communicate significant HSE risks to the business, and oversee action item closure. 
  • Provide HSE&S related guidance and training for all employees, 3rd party contract employees, trade contractors and visitors Employ HSE&S awareness techniques, including toolbox talks, safety meetings/committees and safety alerts; enhance employee engagement.
  • Develop, improve and maintain site Intranet information, databases and pertinent records, SAP and other database entry as needed.
  • Participate on site incident investigations and lead HSE&S communications regarding incident learning’s.
  • Participate on cross-functional teams, partner with peers and support all network-wide initiatives.
  • Assist Manager as required in all areas of operations as it relates to HSE&S principles, including operational and capital budgets, may participate in performance reviews of personnel.
  • Maintain a strong presence onsite through site walk-throughs, inspections, etc. - expect 40% of time on the plant floor.

Critical success factors & key challenges

  • Application of HSE experience and OSHA/EPA regulations to Syngenta systems/organization
  • Ability to identify potential risks and safety issues throughout the site & during design reviews
  • Ability to work with a variety of people and develop a strong HSE&S culture
  • Ability to create and communicate through networks, newsletters, safety bulletins and the intranet
  • Ability to conduct thorough HSE&S audits and inspections


HSE Knowledge

  • A four-year degree required.  HSE job experience considered a plus
  • Course work in safety or environmental issues preferred
  • Knowledge of HSE&S regulations, e.g. OSHA, EPA, DOT
  • Ability to interpret legislation as it applies to agri-business
  • Ability to organize and conduct a site HSE audit, conduct risk analysis of HSE issues
  • A minimum of three years of HSE auditing/management experience

Industry Knowledge

  • Experience in the seed industry preferred
  • Familiarity with seed/agricultural operations
  • Familiarity of ISO 9000 Quality Systems

Leadership Capabilities

  • Decisive:  Ability to make timely and well thought out recommendations, supported by proper underlying data, regulatory statutes and analysis, and swiftly executive/ implement decisions
  • Trusted:  Meets all work commitments and follows through in a responsible and reliable manner; professionally and confidentially handles sensitive information
  • Customer-Focused:  Timely responds to requests for information and HSE needs
  • Results-Oriented:  Establishes appropriate measures of success, drives compliance, strong detail orientation and ability to execute, strong project management skills
  • Communicative:  Ability to create effective and efficient communication tools for all audiences; establishes clear objectives and timelines for work; good listener; ability to write, implement and become competent lead on numerous site safety programs
  • Team-Oriented:  Works well across all Business Units and functions; values input from others. Enthusiastic, forward looking Team Player and has the ability to build and lead networks, ability to develop a highly motivated and successful team
  • Innovative:  Anticipate production challenges and develop processes for reliable supply
  • Computer literate in Microsoft  Office ( i.e. Excel, Word, PowerPoint), SAP functions                                                              
  • Ability to work with wide range of disciplines, including research, product development, marketing, production

Critical leadership capabilities

  • Sets Direction
  • Drives Results
  • Liberate Potential
  • Creates Edge

Working conditions while performing essential functions

  • Position may require being able to walk seed production sites or fields in any weather
  • Position requires be able to work in dusty, hot/humid, and cold conditions
  • Extended walking though site, including stairs, elevated walkways, platforms, etc.
  • Office environment a portion of the year
  • Ability to travel up to 15% of the time

Additional Information

  • Position requires being able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Position requires working 7 days a week during critical time of year.
  • Position requires travel by vehicle during certain periods of year.
  • A minimum of 2 years in current position is required (requirement for internal applicants only)
  • All applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S.

Work Level 3A

What We Offer: 

  • Full Benefit Package (Medical, Dental & Vision) that starts the same day you do 
  • 401k plan with company match, Profit Sharing & Retirement Savings Contribution 
  • Enhanced Vacation Policy with a 15 days of vacation, 9 Paid Holidays 
  • Maternity and Paternity Leave, Education Assistance, Wellness Programs, Corporate Discounts among others 
  • A culture that promotes work/life balance, celebrates diversity, and offers numerous family-oriented events throughout the year 
  • Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or any other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status. 

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)  


Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC) 


Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA)