Manager of Safety Systems
British Columbia Maritime Employers Association - Vancouver, BC

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The British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) is an unaccredited employers association currently consisting of fifty-nine member companies which consists of ship owners, bulk operators, stevedores, general cargo and containers. Our workplace profile consists of approximately 5100 unionized and casual longshore workers along with 470 foremen in Vancouver, New Westminster, Vancouver Island and Prince Rupert and Stewart who are represented by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Ship and Dock Foremen.

The Association represents employer interests with respect to collective agreement regulatory matters in the areas of labour relations, training, accident prevention, WCB claims management, legislative reform, health and safety, human rights and employment equity.

Reporting to the Vice President, Training, Safety and Recruitment, the Manager of Safety Systems is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to achieve the BCMEA customer member’s visions for health and safety on the waterfront and for providing leadership in the identification and implementation of industry health and safety initiatives.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assists employers to develop and establish effective safety management and auditing systems. Serves as a resource for the industry on health and safety matters, provides advice and training on all facets of accident prevention, accident investigation and claims management and develops safe work practices and procedures on request.
  • Researches, develops and implements policies, procedures and training curriculums in consultation with employers and the union to educate waterfront workers on hazards and waterfront safety compliance.
  • Administers the Certificate of Recognition Program (COR) as required by contract with WorkSafeBC. Builds industry awareness of the COR program through a variety of communication channels including though traditional means, networking, conference attendance and speaking engagements and acting as the primary liaison for the program.
  • Prepares annual COR operating budget. Tracks, monitors and modifies initiatives as required, ensuring all expenditures meet budget guidelines. Analyzes expenses and prepares cost/benefit evaluations for review by the Vice President, Training, Safety and Recruitment.
  • Conducts quality assurance and quality control on audit reports prior to distribution to employers and requests modifications as necessary.
  • Chairs COR Technical Advisory Committee. Proposes agenda, describes plan of action relating to COR program activities and the development of training and auditing materials and solicits input from committee members as required. Forwards recommendations to Board of Directors.
  • Co-chairs union / management Joint Health and Safety Committee. Develops and distributes agenda. Arranges meeting attendance. Assigns and administers resulting tasks. Arranges implementation of recommendations.
  • Represents employers at Canadian Marine Advisory Council. Consults with industry through participation at National Maritime Safety Association technical advisory committee and related events.
  • Directs Safety Supervisor and COR Program Coordinator. Provides direction and ensures that work meets appropriate standards. Makes decisions or recommendations regarding personnel actions such as hiring, disciplinary action, overtime, changes in pay and terminations.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to successfully develop and implement effective health and safety programs within a unionized environment
  • Strong customer service orientation and the ability to work effectively with a diverse workforce across multiple organizational levels
  • Advanced understanding of safety management systems and applied understanding of adult education theory and curriculum development
  • Excellent planning, organizational, communication, facilitation and interpersonal skills
  • Aptitude for critical thinking and the ability to resolve issues in a timely manner
  • Previous experience developing and monitoring budgets and the ability to analyze reports for the purpose of maintaining expenditure controls and optimizing finances
  • Thorough understanding of federal and provincial health and safety regulations, as well as transportation and human rights legislation
  • Ability to analyze data and regulations to recommend and implement effective solutions for industry
  • Ability to deliver impactful, effective presentations, proficiency with MS Office Suite
  • Diplomacy, tact, good judgment, capacity to maintain confidentiality, analytical with a strong attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and within a team

Education and Experience:

  • Diploma in Business Administration or Occupational Health and Safety and 5 to 8 year’s work-related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Undergraduate degree preferred
  • Three to 5 year’s supervisory/management experience
  • Previous health and safety auditing experience is an asset
  • Class 5 Drivers License

This position is challenging and offers a competitive salary and benefits package.

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter, in confidence to British Columbia Maritime Employers Association via the method indicated.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

The BCMEA is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes all applicants.