Safety Director Automotive Catalysts

Germany, Hanau
Automotive Catalysts
General Management

Posted on 23-05-2022

About Umicore

Reducing harmful vehicle emissions. Giving new life to used metals. Powering the cars of the future. As a global materials and technology group, we apply our specialist knowledge to offer materials and solutions that are essential to everyday life. We aim to be a clear world leader in materials for clean mobility and recycling and have turned our sustainability approach into an even greater competitive advantage. With ambitions like this, imagine what you could do?

About Automotive Catalysts

We all have the right to breathe clean air and at Umicore we are a world leader in the production of emission control catalysts. Our technologies enable on-road and non-road applications, as well as power generation and process industry to meet environmental standards around the world. Our products have prevented billions of tonnes of harmful gases and particles being released into the atmosphere. To enable our customers to produce even cleaner engines and further reduce industrial emissions, we cannot  stand still. We need to find new ways to do things, discover new solutions and develop new ideas. Which is where you come in.

What you will be doing

In line with the Umicore Way and our Zero Harm ambition, we want all our employees to go home well and safe after each day's work. The purpose of this position is to lead the business unit in it’s further development of our safety culture. The focus is to define and implement a strategy to further develop our safety culture within the global Catalysis business group with the goal of creating a sustainable Zero Harm accident free work environment.

Your main tasks are:

You develop, organize  and lead the strategy to build a strong safety culture of the Catalysis Group:

  • You translate the Group's safety policies, guidelines and safety behaviors into a defined occupational health and safety approach with standards and guidelines
  • You ensure that the safety management system of the business units and sites is consistent with the Group's approach and effectively implemented
  • You evaluate the performance of the various existing safety programs within the business units and sites and develop proposals to accelerate the strengthening of our safety culture
  • You advise Catalysis Group management teams on their annual safety action plans and budgets
  • You lead the implementation of this safety culture change program to demonstrate our care for each of our colleagues
  • You lead and select didactic and impact tools (training materials, communication tools, sharing of best practices...) that drive the safety culture change program of the Catalysis Group
  • You review and participate in Group EHS compliance audits and follow up corrective/improvement actions by the local team
  • You establish and maintain an internal and external safety network with a view to continuously improving safety performance.
  • You monitor technological changes that could improve the efficiency of safety management systems, safety observation tours, etc.

Who we are looking for

  • You hold an advanced university degree in a technical field of study and/or psychology and a degree in occupational safety with a minimum of 10 years work experience in occupational safety, preferably in industries such as mining, metallurgy, oil & gas or chemical
  • You have a high knowledge of safety regulations, industrial hazards and risk assessment
  • You gained more than 5 years of experience in defining, implementing and leading change programs
  • You have excellent oral and written communication skills in English; other languages considered a plus (preferably German)
  • You have a high level of personal responsibility, motivation and proactivity
  • You possess strong influencing and collaboration skills, and have a proven track record of your coaching abilities
  • You excel in communication and presentation as well as you show good decision making skills

What we offer

We aim to lead the way. Not just for our customers, but for our employees too. That is why we strive to create a collaborative environment in which we can all succeed, and a culture through which we can all share ideas, develop our expertise and advance our careers. We engage in building an inclusive work culture that offers equal opportunities for all employees irrespective of their diverse backgrounds. As you would expect from a world-leading organisation, we will also reward your contribution with a competitive salary and benefits. With all this and more, imagine what you could do?

If my skills can help reduce harmful vehicle emissions, IMAGINE WHAT YOU COULD DO?


We look forward to receiving your application!


Please send your application to:


Umicore AG & Co. KG | Katharina Kerl | HR Hanau

Rodenbacher Chaussee 4 | 63457 Hanau-Wolfgang

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