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Senior Manager, Safety

Company: Vancouver Shipyards
Company - Location: Vancouver Shipyards - North Vancouver, BC


Reporting to the Senior Director, Health & Safety, the Senior Manager Shipyards Safety, is responsible for the overall oversight and support of the (3) staff Safety Managers at the respective Seaspan shipyards (VSY, VDC, VSL).  The Senior Manager Shipyards Safety shall support the implementation of Seaspan’s safety management system across all operations and aid the Senior Director for HSE in strategic initiatives across the shipyards while providing the necessary leadership and support to the three shipyards to ensure regulatory compliance is assured.  This position is an industry specialist, ensuring that processes and procedures are developed, implemented and maintained, while key elements of Seaspan’s accreditations (i.e. ISO, COR) including inspections and audits are facilitated and supported through both internal and external stakeholders.


  • Acts as an internal resource for divisional/operational Managers with regards to the company’s health and safety programs and procedures.  Monitors and reports levels of compliance to the Senior Director, Health, Safety & Environment.
  • Leverages and implements best practices from industry and works as a team with other business units, health & safety Managers and associated department personnel while monitoring and continuously improving on key performance indicators of all shipyards.
  • Implements the safety management system in line with applicable performance standards through coaching and instruction to Managers and Supervisors on their individual obligations and assisting them to integrate these duties into daily activities.
  • Updates and maintains the safety management system on an ongoing basis ensuring it remains current and relevant.
  • Works in partnership with al shipyards operational management to promote a positive health and safety culture.
  • Develops and recommends strategies on the implementation of safety management systems, education and training programs, accident prevention initiatives, industrial hygiene (prevention of exposure), engineering controls, first aid provisions, emergency response, fire safety, accident investigations and injury reporting protocols.
  • Assists in the development, implementation, management and support of safety training program(s) as necessary for the operational safety of the shipyard.
  • Coaches, mentors, develops and manages Safety Managers, Coordinators and Advisors.
  • Aids Safety Managers in team building, personal performance, expectations, goals and overall motivation of the organizational team.
  • Establishes actions plans with the Senior Director HSE and divisional Safety Managers and conducts quarterly reviews on progress and completion of action items.
  • Assists the Senior Director HSE on all regulatory appeals - i.e. WCB Orders, Administrative Penalties and Prosecutions, WCB Assessments, and handles all critical incident investigations where there is a risk of significant loss or prosecution.
  • Communicates and works with Union leaders on safety policy development and implementation.
  • Develops and implements procedures that will ensure consistency during work activities. 
  • Takes a lead role in risk management, hazard assessment; task analysis training in risk control, corrective actions and monitoring effectiveness of new and existing control measures.
  • Works in close cooperation with the Abilities Management group and Labour Relations to create effective and consistent injury management and return to work programs for occupational related injuries.
  • Inspects the worksite and conducts visits, spends time talking to and listening to employees, communicates how initiatives are being received and determines their effectiveness with the workforce.
  • Ensures that third party safety certifications are maintained by facilitating internal and external auditing programs for the betterment of a safe and injury free workplace (i.e. Certificate of Recognition - COR, ISO45001).
  • Networks and shares information with various external bodies i.e. local emergency response, fire departments, local council, and WorkSafeBC to ensure sound professional relationships are maintained.
  • Partners with Operations Managers and coaches them on how they can contribute and influence change through their own actions.  Apprises Operations Managers of new and forthcoming legislative changes and internal program or procedural changes.
  • Oversees incident investigations and ensures that detailed root cause analysis is executed to ensure that accurate corrective actions are implemented to preclude instances of recurrence of same or similar events.
  • Works with Shipyards Safety Managers, the Programs and Process Specialist and Business Continuity Coordinator to gather data, develop trend analysis and communicate the reasons why incidents are occurring with options to prevent them.
  • Oversees the Intelex program at all operations, ensuring that the program is effectively maintained and managed through others.
  • Assists the Senior Director HSE in maintaining statistical data analysis, tracking and reporting to the executive.
  • Develops innovative methods to transfer/communicate information to Management, Supervision and Workers to maintain Seaspan’s culture of safety across the shipyards.
  • Supports the safety organization by filling-in as interim Safety Manager for each of the three shipyards (VSY, VDC, VSL) during holidays, leave and/or illness as they arise with any of the three yards.
  • Additional duties as assigned.

Education and Experience

  • Completion of a diploma or degree in Occupational Health and Safety.
  • A minimum of 10-years’ experience with safety management systems and process safety management implementation, preferably in shipbuilding/ship repair, heavy industrial construction, marine transportation or manufacturing industries.
  • Completion of professional designation. (I.e. CRSP, CSP, CHSC, etc.).
  • Strong skills in all MS Office platforms.
  • Trades background in industrial construction and/or heavy industry preferred.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Skills, Knowledge and Required Competencies

  • Solid understanding and application of Health and Safety Regulations in BC and Canada, including WorkSafe BC Regulations and the Workers Compensation Act.
  • Ability to successfully implement safety management programs and policies in a multi-union environment.
  • Solid understanding of accident causation and prevention.
  • Competent at carrying out internal and external audits.
  • Knowledge, training and experience with safety management systems development, auditing, and execution of performance standards (I.e. OHSAS 45001: 2018- Health and Safety Management, Certificate of Recognition – COR).
  • Demonstrates the ability to work effectively at all levels of the organization and to collaborate with line managers and staff in order to achieve excellent health and safety standards and continuous improvement.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong leadership ability, sound judgement and effective interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to develop innovative solutions that will impact behaviour and continually draw focus on personal safety as being the top operating priority.
  • Effective time management skills.

Seaspan is committed to Employment Equity, supports diversity in the workplace, and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including, women, members of visible minorities, aboriginal persons, and persons with disabilities.

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