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AES Senior Health & Safety Manager – Construction in Richmond, Virginia

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AES Clean Energy (AES CE), a subsidiary of The AES Corporation, specializes in developing, owning, and operating utility scale photovoltaic (PV) solar projects, distributed generation PV solar projects, PV solar projects combined with battery energy storage systems (BESS), stand-alone battery energy storage projects and wind generation projects. AES CE currently has over 5,500 MW of solar, wind and storage projects in operation in the U.S., with an additional 2,800+ MW in construction and 3,600+ MW in late-stage development.

With a business goal to grow our operating portfolio to 15,000+ MW by 2025, and a development pipeline to support achieving that goal, now is an amazing time to join the AES CE health & safety team as it continues its exponential growth.

AES’s mission is to accelerate the future of energy, together. We are a global, agile, cohesive organization with an employee engagement level akin to a startup company. AES businesses throughout the world are often recognized as great places to work. Our people share a passion to help meet the world’s current and increasing energy needs, while providing communities and countries the opportunity for economic growth due to the availability of reliable, affordable electric power.

The work we do at AES is vital to improving millions of lives every day. Take the next step in your career and experience our flexible and wide-ranging opportunities. Challenge yourself to continuously improve and innovate, broaden your expertise and build relationships with a diverse network of professionals. 

AES CE is currently seeking a Senior Health & Safety Manager - Construction to lead a distributed and growing team of 11 safety professionals who are regionally based, that oversee and/or lead the safety and risk associated with its construction projects within the United States (US) market. The Senior Health & Safety Manager - Construction will proactively plan, direct, and implement the Company’s safety expectations to ensure a safe, healthy, and accident-free work environment. This role will provide direct support to Health & Safety Construction Managers, as well as the Field Safety Professionals in ensuring contractors are conducting activities in a safe manner for the protection of our employees, clients, contractors, subcontractors, and the public. The Senior Health & Safety Manger - Construction ensures compliance with all applicable federal, state, county, and local safety related regulations. The ideal candidate for this role will demonstrate strong leadership skills, work well in team, have excellent communication skills, and will strive to enrich the Company Culture. With AES Clean Energy poised for exponential growth over the coming 3- to 5-years, this key leadership role will need to think and act strategically and creatively to ensure the CE health and safety team keeps up with the anticipated growth trajectory. Regular travel to CE construction projects to promote high quality construction safety practices and to audit contractor compliance with AES’s standards, policies, and procedures will be required.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with AES Clean Energy’s Project Management & Construction Management Teams(PM&CM) to ensure AES CE’s H&Sprograms are maintained and implemented to high standards.

  • Work with the PM&CM teams to implement corporate H&S programs on construction projects and improve processes and guidance related to H&S management.

  • Lead activities and efforts around H&S-related incidents and investigations.  Perform Root Cause Analyses in collaboration with the PM&CM team during H&S incident investigation.

  • Contributes to the development of H&S strategy and action plans for AES CE to meet H&S targets, reduce risks, and improve performance.

  • Maintain compliance with all applicable H&S regulations and requirements.

  • Maintain and continually improve the H&S Management Systems.

  • Develop and deliver H&S related training as needed.

  • Supply to achieving H&S targets in support of business objectives.

  • Function as an advisor and technical expert on issues related to H&S on the company’s construction projects.

  • Participate and provide input on H&S initiatives.

  • Lead H&S standard processes, coordinate with AES global H&S team to implement policies with construction contractors, and share lessons learned throughout the company.

  • Visit project construction sites to conduct H&S inspections and audits.

  • Continuous development and mentoring of professional staff

  • Other duties as assigned.

Key Requirements:

  • 10-15 years of related experience

  • Experience in wind, solar and battery storage construction, electric utility industry, or power generation (required).

  • Bachelor’s degree in EHS or related field preferred. Advanced degree(s) will be given additional consideration.

  • In lieu of a recognized degree, having obtained an ASP, CSP, OSHA 510 or 511 certification will be required.

  • Shown leadership and people development skills.

  • Committed to delivering incident-free work environments through quality safety culture and practices.

  • Passion for Health and Safety management.

  • Ability to effectively communicate and influence at all levels of an organization. 

  • Strong computer and analytical skills

  • Ability to lead assigned tasks to closure while maintaining a prominent level of professionalism.

  • Thrives in a dynamic, fast-pacedand challenging work environment.

  • Excellent organizational, project, planning & time leadership skills.

  • Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines.   

  • Able to work supportively and collaboratively with other teams.

  • Able to establish relationships and trust with key stakeholders and contractors.

  • Demonstrates alignment with AES Values. 

AES is an Equal Opportunity Employer who is committed to building strength and delivering long-term sustainability through diversity and inclusion. Respecting all backgrounds, differences and perspectives enables us to improve the lives of our people, customers, suppliers, contractors, and the communities in which we live and work. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and/or expression, race, national origin, ethnicity, age, religion, marital status, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical condition, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law. E-Verify Notice: AES will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with information from each new employee's I-9 to confirm work authorization.

Safety comes first at AES. To protect the health and safety of our people, customers, communities and partners, and to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards, AES requires all newly-hired people or current AES people applying for U.S.-based role(s), to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or be willing to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by their date of hire. Except where prohibited by law or not specifically covered in a collective bargaining agreement, new hires and transfers will be required to provide proof of vaccination during onboarding and periodically thereafter. This policy will comply with all applicable laws and is based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health authorities, as applicable.

Accelerating the future of energy, together

Our people are our energy and have transformed AES into the type of energy company that the world needs today and in the future. Coming from all walks of life, our people share a passion for improving lives by advancing the energy sector through innovation, collaboration and action.

We are working in an industry that requires new thinking and ways of working together to create solutions that are both economically and environmentally viable, not just one or the other.

We are looking for passionate people to join us in our mission to accelerate the future of energy.

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