"Large multinational companies have very high health and safety standards that they require to be implemented in their projects globally. Health and safety management, performance and awareness is often a make or break factor in winning a tender in which a multinational corporation is involved". (except from 'Health and safety as a key factor in wining contracts' by Philip Blake Director Turner & Townsend Kazakhstan)
As seen in the recent investigation by BBC Radio 4's File on Four about the British tea industry - global health, safety and welfare standards are hard to maintain, but are vital to continued customer and industry confidence.
At ALLEN & YORK we have supported several leading corporations to recruit Global Health & Safety Directors, who ensure the integration of safety and welfare of employees across global infrastructures and across hard-to-manage, disperate operations.
Global business is well aware of the damage that can be inflicted to both human lives and the environment when health and safety corners are cut or standards are not rigorously observed. The protection of employees is always high on any business agenda and when operating across multiple global sites, this is brought into strong focus.
As such the profile of the Global Health & Safety Director has to encompass everything from passionate safety advocate, regulatory expert, inspirational leader and communications guru.
Communication, leadership, business acumen and strategic planning are vital skills for the Health & Safety Director. I know this is often stated on job adverts, but in this instance these skills are crucial.
Health and Safety standards have to receive buy-in from board level to factory floor, otherwise they are not going to carry any weight or be implemented.
However, cultural sensitivity and change management are also important skills for the Global expert; this coupled with an understanding that not all countries are going to run in exactly the same way as your HQ is important.
ALLEN & YORK are always interested to speak to senior health and professionals and are currently recruiting for senior global positions in leading corporate organisations. Get in touch with us to discuss your requirements and/or browse our website for all our health and safety job opportunities.