Sr. EHS Engineer in Houston, TX at Advance Auto Parts

Date Posted: 9/9/2019

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Job Description

The EHS Engineer conducts execution of proactive safety programs for Advance Auto Parts operations in distribution centers based in North America which conform to Company proactive safety philosophies, goals, & ensures regulatory compliance (US & Canadian federal, state, provinces); designs and leads the implementation of safety strategies which engage all associates to prevent, reduce, and/or avoid losses that impact Team Members , drivers, customers, third parties, and business continuity.  This position will also deploy and manage environmental programs.  This position will report to either a Manager of EHS or Sr. EHS Manager.  Partners closely with site General Managers and works directly with distribution center leadership.  This position will act as the Environmental, Health, and Safety subject matter expert for 1-5 distribution centers.  This position will work directly with Operations Directors and GM to deploy safety and environmental programs.  This position will not have direct reports and requires strong influence and coaching skills.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Develop site specific loss control strategies to prevent and reduce hazards and losses for all business units.
  • Identify common safety/health hazards and establish guidelines for protection from those hazards. 
  • Develop, implement, manage, and measure various internal safety programs/activities and compliance activities related to, but not including the OSHA, DOT, & other governmental safety regulations & programs.
  • Implement, manage, and measure various internal environmental programs and compliance activities related to EPA, DOT, DHS, and other governmental environmental regulations & programs.
  • Design, implement, and coordinate regulatory compliance activities, safety meetings, training programs, and any additional information or materials required for such.
  • Develop and manage internal partner relationships relating to safety and risk programs; for example: supply chain, legal, transportation, asset protection, risk management; other EHS Leaders.
  • Support Emergency Action Plans (EAP) and Business Continuity Plans (BCP) for locations.  Participate in hurricane preparedness storm tracking and conference calls as needed (depending on geography of role).
  • Assist with property protection controls, including fire protection standards & controls, disaster and business continuity plans and training along with coordinating external fire & HPR (highly protected risks) inspections.
  • Communicate loss trends to each DC effectively so operators know what their key loss drivers are and provide the tools and resources to assist business units prevent and reduce losses.
  • Develop and maintain effective safety communications strategies.
  • Help maintain current HAZCOM program and provide store management with this information for dissemination. Keep managers and associates alerted as to the hazards of working with toxic fumes, dangerous chemicals, and any other hazardous substances. 
  • Partner with other members of the EHS Leadership Team on cross functional projects that relate to Team Member, Operational, and Customer safety and regulatory compliance.
  • Partner with AAP’s Risk and Claims staff to address specific along with current and long term claims trends in order to reduce the frequency and severity of identified hazards.
  • Audit safety/health programs for compliance with company standards, government regulations, and adequacy.  Work closely with internal staff and third-party providers during this process.
  • Review and analyze accident reports and trends to ensure proper action is initiated to prevent the re-occurrence
  • Actively support, coordinate, and enhance the LIFE program(s.
  • Implement safety related initiatives for Team Members and management as required
  • Develop and manage the safety programs and action plans for the integration of future acquisitions and existing AAP companies


  • An extensive knowledge of federal, state, province, and OSHA regulations and procedures on a multi-state basis
  • Knowledge of loss control strategies related worker’s compensation regulations, general liability, auto, property, crime and third party administrators and their operations is essential
  • Documented history of managing a multi-state safety program that achieved measurable results 
  • Excellent communication skills required, in order to appropriately communicate with individuals of differing knowledge levels (e.g., store associates, management, doctors, attorneys, etc.) Ability to multi task, prioritize and organize work to meet deadlines and multiple requests desired
  • Ability to analyze and interpret data trends
  • Managerial or supervisory experience along with strong organizational skills
  • Knowledge of store, fleet and distribution operations


  • College degree in Safety or Occupational Health, other safety related programs; (post-graduate education) preferred
  • Three Years of related professional experience required;
  • Prior distribution center or manufacturing experience is strongly preferred.
  • Experience with OSHA VPP is a plus. 


Associate Safety Professional (or higher) certification highly preferred or a willingness to obtain.

Understanding of Six Sigma process with a Black or Green Belt certification are a plus.

Other professional designations are a plus.