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Director EHS

Bachem is a listed technology-based company focused on peptide chemistry. The company provides a full range of services to the pharma and biotech industries. It specializes in the development of innovative, efficient manufacturing processes and the reliable production of peptide-based active pharmaceutical ingredients. A comprehensive catalog of biochemicals and exclusive custom syntheses for research labs complete the service portfolio. Headquartered in Switzerland with subsidiaries in Europe, the US and Asia, the group has a global reach with more experience and know-how than any other company in the industry. Towards its customers, Bachem shows total commitment to quality, innovation and partnership.

In order to continue our organic growth, we are constantly looking for talent.

Your Responsibilities

The Director EHS will play a key role in driving a culture of excellence in health and safety with

Bachem. The successful EHS leader must have a proven record showing a strong focus on safety,

health and industrial and occupational hygiene and the ability to develop, maintain, and improve

effective programs to ensure compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and company

standards. This position requires a strong Health and Safety skill set and will work closely with the

leadership team and HSE team in Torrance and Vista to implement and integrate site Health, Safety

and Environment (EHS).


Your Tasks

  • Provides consultation and information in regards to work safety, fire safety, environmental protection, health protection and industrial hygiene.
  • Investigates and evaluates root causes for accidents, incidents, near misses and occupational injuries / illnesses and monitors them
  • Promotes a learning culture within the business to reduce the EHS risks and ensure a safe and compliant work environments for associates
  • Provides leadership and administration of the overall EHS program by developing an annual plan, achieving consensus on the plan and objectives with the leadership team, and monitors the progress of the plan against objectives
  • Ensures appropriate risk assessments are conducted and corrective actions implemented to minimize or eliminate injuries and environmental impact that may cause harm to associates, contractors, visitors, property or company reputation
  • Promotes proactive contact with the industrial standard ensuring current industrial standards are known and implemented on the site
  • Develops, administers, and updates the EHS Management System including procedures, programs, and forms
  • Monitors compliance with current contractual, legal and regulatory requirements; conformance to current EHS MS requirements, and EHS performance results using both proactive and reactive measures
  • Ensures EHS recordkeeping and data integrity in order to provide the business with accurate reporting and metrics to support EHS initiatives
  • Applies appropriate best practices to identify and facilitate improvements to business processes, facilities and equipment, and safe work practices, including capital projects and management of change
  • Supports leadership in resolving and closing out corrective and preventive actions for continual improvement of EHS compliance and performance
  • Facilitates learning events for significant events and injury cases
  • Reinforces safety awareness in a manner that promotes cooperation and improves enthusiasm and morale
  • Practices safe work habits and complies with all quality, safety, health and environmental policies, procedures, programs and regulations
  • Ensure compliance with all current California regulatory bodies and standards (including OSHA, EPA, AQMD, etc.) and fosters a good relationship with them.
  • Identify project risks and create measurements to mitigate/eliminate those risks
  • Responsible for creating, controlling and approving documents (SOP’s, FMEA’s, MBPR’s, Risk analysis, operating procedures, etc.)
  • Continuously organizing and conducting health, safety, occupational hygiene and environmental trainings to all employees at Bachem Americas (BAM)
  • Research environmental regulations and policies and institute changes to ensure compliance
  • Periodically review concepts, processes and standard operating procedures in order to guarantee good quality and effectiveness of the respective process
  • Participates in the due diligence process for new business acquisitions and helps with the design of new facilities or major revisions of existing facilities to ensure proper EHS considerations are in place
  • Conducts Corporate directed environmental self-assessments for each location annually
  • Provides emergency preparedness standards with departments and participates in any emergency response and recovery efforts as needed
  • Schedule and lead project meetings, controlling the assigned tasks and project time lines, preparing and dispersing information
  • After completion of a project, ensuring the compliance of all implemented changes and actions in all upcoming CAPEX projects, equipment changes, process changes and operating procedures
  • Leads and implements the “Good Hygiene Practice/Industrial Hygiene” project in accordance with headquarter and project roadmap
  • Acts as the primary liaison on Industrial Hygiene matters between the Sites, Corporate, Customers, Regulatory Agencies, the Legal Department, and other legal entities


Your Profile


  • Bachelor’s degree required (preferably in environmental health and safety)
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in performing and leading projects in the EHS & IH field
  • Knowledge of California OSHA, EPA and AQMD standards
  • Knowledge of pharmaceutical industrial standards
  • Strong project management skills
  • Capable of creating standard operating procedures in an efficient and flexible way (Mastercontrol)
  • Ability to train, influence and motivate Bachem employees
  • Some travel required inclusive international for trainings in our headquarter in Switzerland
  • Excels in written and verbal communication English
  • Excels in organizational skills
  • Independent working, self-organizing and proactive person, but at the same time a strong team player that can get along with everybody
  • Proficient with computer programs like Word, Excel, Power point, Outlook, etc.
  • Detail oriented with the ability to troubleshoot and resolve problems accurately
  • Ability to organize, multitask, and work in a fast-paced, deadline driven work environment
  • Ability to communicate in a proactive and solution-focused manner, including keeping management aware of potential issues



  • Continuous education in the field of safety, health, environmental and industrial hygiene
  • Knowledge of Lean Six Sigma 5S
  • Emergency Response Team (ERT) experience



We Offer

You will be part of a motivated team overseeing the entire development cycle of respective APIs. If you are

looking for a new challenge and want to join a motivated team in an internationally renowned company,

you should seize this opportunity.

Nearest Major Market: San Diego

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