Site Safety - Manager (Kansas)

At Hilmar Cheese Company we improve lives around the world through wholesome dairy products. Since our founding in 1984, Hilmar Cheese Company has been committed to innovation and sustainability. Our state-of-the art production facilities convert an abundance of locally sourced high-quality milk into a variety of nutritious cheeses, whey protein and lactose. The Cheese and Ingredients that we produce create a wide variety of retail and food service products from sliced and shredded cheeses, to protein supplements and infant formula. We are a trusted partner to premier food and beverage brands in for than fifty countries helping bring their vision into reality.


Throughout our decades of success and growth we have remained committed to our mission and values and these principles unite our people and guide all that we do.

A Typical Day

The Site Safety Manager is responsible for planning, administering and supervising ongoing safety and health program to ensure a safe and healthy work place in accordance with all Federal, State (Cal/OSHA), local regulations and Hilmar Cheese Company policies and procedures.  Partners closely with site staff to create & lead initiatives striving toward a goal of zero workplace incidents.

Job Responsibilities

  • Develop, implement, and communicate policies, procedures and standards while ensuring conformance with federal, state and local regulatory requirements, company policies and organizational objectives.
  • Build capability of site resources to support implementation of safety programs – including developing site safety teams.
  • Lead site efforts to ensure that key safety operational controls are in place and that safety action items are resolved on a timely basis.
  • Ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulatory agencies and standards.
  • Identify action-based safety goals for site leadership team to support achievement of the site’s safety targets and objectives.
  • Manage development and maintenance of training processes to ensure that required safety training is defined, addresses required content and is tracked to completion.
  • Participates in site workers' compensation program administration, including working with all parties to appropriately manage and support transitional duties.  Partners with local HR team when Interactive Process needs intersect with safety and health team.
  • Ensure that OSHA recordkeeping and reporting requirements are met.
  • Lead the investigation of accidents and injuries and prepare material and evidence as needed.

What You Will Need

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field of study field.
  • Minimum of 5 years in Safety & Health leadership experience, preferably in a manufacturing background
  • Knowledge of procedures and practices of occupational Safety and Health and Hazardous Materials management systems.
  • Knowledge of federal, state and local loss prevention regulations
  • Working knowledge of general industry safety and health standards (Fed-OSHA, Cal- OSHA), PSM and VPP. Familiarity with EPA, NFPA, ANSI and other regulatory/advisory agencies.
  • Proficient working with Microsoft Office Software such as Word, Excel and Outlook.

What Will Put You Ahead

  • Bachelor’s degree and 7 years of related experience or Master’s degree and 3 years of related experience.
  • Experience in a manufacturing environment.
  • Experience with implementing and/or facilitating BBS programs
  • Safety, Health, Hazardous Materials, Fire or related certifications.
  • Familiarity with OSHA, NFPA, ANSI and other regulatory standards OHST (Occupational Health and Safety Technician) or ASP (Associate Safety Professional) certification.
  • Experience with OSHA VPP program requirements and application process

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform 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 will be required to:

  • Stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle or feel and reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl and talk or hear.
  • Stand and walk almost the entire workday.
  • Employees must be physically capable of working in any of the job tasks within their respective area.
  • Required to work at heights and in fairly small areas.
  • Pushing, pulling, reaching, bending, stooping, squatting, kneeling, handling and grasping, twisting/turning, repetitive bending.

Work Environment

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 frequently exposed to the following: 

  • Exposure to dust, fumes, smoke, gases, or other irritating substances.
  • Exposure to solvents or chemicals.
  • Exposure to slippery walking surfaces: water.
  • Exposure to marked changes in temperature and humidity depending on time of year.

Working surface is primarily concrete. Where standing is required, there are rubber mats which are one-half inch thick.

Food safety is a companywide responsibility and each employee must know their role in the manufacture and distribution of safe, wholesome, and high quality products.


This description is a general statement and does not include other duties as assigned

Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer/EEO. We participate in E-Verify.

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