The Outsourced Health and Safety Director Brings a Proactive Approach, Extensive Experience to Enhance Program Compliance and Reduce Risks
The sudden and unexpected departure of the in-house safety director created a gap in a critical leadership role for an engineering and logistics organization paramount to national defense. Leadership was reticent to repeat the traditional talent management approach of recruiting and filling the vacancy with an in-house professional, given years of marginal compliance and underwhelming performance.
An initial review of EHS professionals within the regional office and other divisions of the organization was unsuccessful in identifying candidates that would adequately perform the position's key responsibilities and advance the compliance and performance of the organization’s health and safety program. At the same time, an unconventional recommendation, an external environment, health, safety and quality professional was identified as an ideal candidate to provide the leadership and vision necessary to deliver the desired program compliance and operational excellence. The organisation vetted the candidate and eventually hired for a multi-year contract.
The externally sourced health and safety professional immediately had a positive impact as measured by increased program compliance, reduced operational risks and incidents, proactive engagements among the 1,000 engineers and logisticians, and collaboration with internal and external stakeholders to bring best business practices to fruition with the host organization. The outsourced health and safety director’s extensive experience in international environmental research and consulting and quality and continuous process improvement programs contributed significant enhancements to traditional problem-solving approaches and converted organizational leadership into zealous advocates for outsourced health and safety leadership.