Vice President HSSESQ Americas
Wood PLC

Houston, Texas


Wood is looking for a forward thinking, engaging individual who has the leadership skills to take on the full responsibility for leading the implementation of all health, safety, security, environment, sustainability and quality policies, strategies, objectives, procedures and process across our Americas operations. The Vice-President of Health, Safety, Security, Environment, Sustainability & Quality (VP of HSSESQ) will have a dual reporting line into the President of HSSESQ for Operations globally and the President of Americas for Operations, and the roles' ultimate objective is keeping our employees safe from harm and caring for the environment.

Key objectives include;

  • Working as part of Functional and Americas Regional Leadership teams to provide advice and guidance on all matters pertaining to Health, Safety, Security, Environment, Sustainability and Quality with respect to Legislation, Company Policy and Management System and Client requirements and above all, assuring the safety of people impacted by our work
  • Leading effective and consistent HSSESQ management over a significant geographical area and across diverse industries
  • Selection, coaching, development, and leadership of an efficient and competent team of HSSESQ specialists
  • Bringing innovation and continual improvement to the management of HSSESQ and embedment of Wood's Make it Home program, alongside our Quality program focused on Performance Excellence
The individual must be committed to the creation of an environment that supports Wood's HHSESQ. Strong stakeholder management skills and the ability to provide both the necessary challenge and support to both HSSESQ and Operational Team members are fundamental to the role. Experience at a senior level within Safety or risk-based roles and a demonstrative history of success in senior leadership positions will be highly valued. Knowledge of highly regulated and complex operating environments and experience dealing with regulators, criminal case management and client stakeholder management is desirable.


• Drives the planning, implementation, monitoring and review of all aspects of the Wood HSSESQ management system
• Support the organization's aim to avoid harm to those impacted by our operations, and minimize or eliminate environmental harm
• Support the organization's aim to avoid operational losses, maximize brand protection and to assure continued process capability to Wood clients
• Provide support to Business Managers and HSSESQ reports in the development and roll-out of Wood HSSESQ objectives and other initiatives
• Provide expert analysis and recommendations on the HSSESQ aspects of bids, mergers, and acquisitions
• Provide support to Business Managers in incident investigations through the use of an appropriate Investigation process
• Ensure that internal and external compliance certifications remain operational
• Ensure HSSESQ legislation is complied with at all times, and report any breaches
• Ensure that all HSSESQ documentation is kept up-to-date and ensure policies and practices are both applied and effective, by means of a structured and risk-based assurance process
• Ensure close out of assurance and / or audit findings, competent audit reports and proper and effective corrective and preventive actions
• Sponsor and promote HSSESQ awareness and development initiatives
• Support Business Managers and HSSESQ Advisors in the timely reporting of both leading and lagging HSE Indicators
• Undertake lagging indicator reviews of incident/accident trends and provide timely advice to Business Management on actions and initiatives
• Ensure effective working practices are safe and add to an improved Company HSSESQ performance
• Monitor and where appropriate adopt 'best-practice' and developing 'leading-edge' HSSESQ initiatives as appropriate to the business
• Ensure effective suppliers' HSSESQ performance across the region
• Manage an effective and efficient team of HSSESQ professionals
• Provide mentorship and training for graduate/new recruits into the HSSESQ team
• Provide cross-business / pan-Wood support as required


• Degree in relevant technical, industry or HSSESQ specific discipline
• NEBOSH Certificate/Diploma (desirable)
• NVQ Level 4 IOSH (desirable)

Knowledge, skills, and experience:

• Extensive HSSESQ experience
• Experience of working in and managing a HSSESQ Management System environment
• Supervisory or direct management experience of more junior staff members particularly across a large geographic area and cultures
• Project/contract experience in O&G or other comparable industry
• Broad HSE experience in similar / other industry
• HSSESQ standards and legal requirements in their geographies
• US experience is highly desirable due to the depth of legislative requirements
• Internal and external audit procedures and third-party certification audit practices

Personal attributes:

• Effective two-way communicator, comfortable with presentation of HSSESQ concepts and programs, able to build strong working relationships with peers
• Comfortable in both Client and other 3rd party environments; able to build exemplary working relationship with Client and other Stakeholders
• Proven and effective planning and organisational skills
• Confident self-starter who can work independently

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