Kieran Carr
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Kieran Carr

Principal Talent Consultant

About Kieran

​​I’m Kieran – one of the Principal Talent Consultants in Boston, focused on leading our permanent EHS recruitment division here. I manage a high-performing team of passionate recruiters and consultants, who can provide support for permanent EHS roles within manufacturing, logistics & distribution, labs / R&D, pharmaceuticals, transportation, construction, utilities, energy, higher education, consultancy and facilities services sectors.

I have worked for Shirley Parsons since graduating in the summer of 2012 – initially in our UK division, before moving to the US in 2017. In total, I have ten years of experience both recruiting EHS professionals, as well as providing advice to candidates on career development and resume writing. I have experience filling roles with Fortune 100 organizations through to family-owned companies, Vice-President level to entry-level, from Maine to Oregon, in almost every industry. I can offer insight from speaking to thousands of EHS professionals over the last few years, and love to keep my finger on the pulse regarding all issues and topics within the EHS world.

Away from the office, I am a passionate football fan (the one with the round ball that they play in Europe!), as well as spending time hiking and in the outdoors, as well as travelling.

If you are looking for help building your EHS team or are an EHS professional looking for a new challenge or advice on progressing your career, then I’d be happy to chat!

Senior EHS Director

$180k - 235k per year + 25% bonus, LTIs, benefits


A leading international manufacturing organization is seeking a Senior EHS Director to provide leadership to its EHS strategy, and assist the company in achieving world-class EHS performance. Working closely with the Global VP of EHS & Sustainability, the Senior EHS Director will drive EHS excellence across the global organization. This role will directly manage a team of senior-level EHS professionals.  ***Candidates must be located in or willing to relocate to the Cleveland, Minneapolis or Chicago area - no remote base***  The role: Develop, strategize and implement a long-term plan for the global EHS functionInfluence senior business leaders worldwide to drive and maintain world-class EHS performance, providing leadership and guidance at all levels of the organization globallyPromote continuous improvement efforts in the EHS function, integrating tactical and strategic EHS planningManage across the full breadth of the global EHS function, including EHS audit functions; EHS acquisition due diligence and integration processes; process safety; fire protection; remediation programs; occupational health and industrial hygiene; environmental compliance and regulatory reporting; sustainability and ESG projects, etc.   The candidate: Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Engineering, Safety Engineering, Occupational Health and Safety Sciences, or related technical field is requiredCSP, CIH, CHMM certifications preferredMaster's degree in a relevant field of study preferred10-15+ years of progressive EHS experience within the manufacturing industry, with strategic EHS leadership experience at large, matrixed organizationsDemonstrated experience of successful EHS program management across multiple sites on a global scaleExperience leading teams of senior EHS professionals in a global, matrixed companyAbility to travel up to 20%, including internationally

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Vice President of Health, Safety & Environmental

Competitive base salary and bonus


Shirley Parsons has partnered exclusively with The Port of Virginia in a search for their Vice President, Health, Safety & Environmental, to lead the EHS function, based in Norfolk, VA. Reporting directly to the COO, the Vice President of Health, Safety, and Environmental (HSE) will be responsible for developing and implementing health, safety, and environmental strategies to ensure the well-being of the port’s employees, represented workforce, key stakeholders, and the communities in which they operate. This role is responsible for influencing the port’s culture towards world-class by minimizing injury risks and integrating health, safety and environmental programs across the Port of Virginia. ***This is an on-site position in Norfolk, VA that will require highly visible leadership, therefore a remote setup is not available for this role*** The Role: Provides leadership and direction to the HSE team, to include training, coaching, and mentoring, ensuring that goals and objectives are met.Maintains current knowledge of developments in health, safety, and environmental fields, and changes in federal, state, and local laws and regulations.Influences the port’s culture through health, safety, and environmental policies, procedures, training, and programs, following regulatory requirements and leading practices.Conducts regular program audits and inspections to assess compliance with HSE policies and regulations and improvement opportunities.Collects, measures, and analyzes enterprise and site-specific HSE metrics and performance indicators to identify trends for continuous improvement and corrective measuresCollaborates with other departments to integrate HSE considerations into business processes and decision-making.Provides leadership for all aspects of enterprise safety monitoring at port facilities. This includes defining requirements, securing federal grant funding, and directing the acquisition, deployment, and employment of terminal-based mobile equipment video monitoring systems, as well as overseeing the development and implementation of state-of-the-art technology.Leads the development and implementation of the port’s environmental policies and initiatives to make positive traction toward improving air quality. The Candidate:  Minimum of 10 years of experience in a HSE leadership position, preferably in a heavy industrial environment, with strong knowledge of HSE regulations and standards, including OSHA, EPA, and other relevant regulationsDemonstrated ability to perform in a fast-paced, dynamic, matrixed environment. Experience in a union environment is strongly preferred. Excellent leadership, communication and relationship-building skillsBachelor's degree in Occupational Health and Safety, Environmental Science, Environmental Health and Safety, or a related field requiredCertified Safety Professional (CSP) or Master's degree preferred.

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