Head of EHS

  • Job Reference: 215261
  • Date Posted: 22 September 2022
  • Recruiter: Alstom
  • Location: Dublin, Ireland
  • Salary: £70,000 to £75,000
  • Sector: Senior Executive Positions, Other Rail Jobs, Safety & Health Management
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

We create smart innovations to meet the mobility challenges of today and tomorrow. We design and manufacture a complete range of transportation systems, from high-speed trains to electric buses and driverless trains, as well as infrastructure, signalling and digital mobility solutions. Joining us means joining a truly global community of more than 70,000 people dedicated to solving real-world mobility challenges and achieving international projects with sustainable local impact.

Employing 6,000 people within the UK & Ireland, we are the prominent supplier of new trains and train services, and a leading signalling and rail infrastructure provider. Alstom have built, or are building, just under 40% of the UK mainline train fleet; as well as the entire fleets in service with London Underground and Dublin Luas.

Directly reporting into the EHS Director UK&I and working closely with the UK team, you will be based at our Dublin office and working closely with the project team.

Purpose of role

Alstom UK&I have an exciting opportunity for a Head of EHS for Ireland, based in Dublin. 

This is a rare and unique opportunity to create and develop a brand-new role, whilst working on some fascinating upcoming projects.  Whilst this is a new role and will have plenty of scope to develop it, you will also have a wider team of EHS experts to learn and grow from.

As Head of EHS, Ireland, you’ll lead, manage, and inspire EHS teams in developing complex and innovative ways to manage EHS requirements. You’ll have overall responsibility for managing Environment Health & Safety (EHS) improvement activities to achieve excellence at the cluster level. You’ll work with site/country/project EHS, cluster managing Directors and UK&I EHS Director to improve plans to achieve sustainable EHS excellence by ensuring and providing a safe and healthy environment to our people and to our contractors. You’ll protect Alstom assets and reduce risks of business interruption resulting from fire and natural catastrophes.

What are my key responsibilities?

Support Cluster Management in achieving EHS performance 

  • Developing, strategising, and implementing a long-term plan for the EHS function in cluster according to Region EHS strategy.
  • Ensure that Accidents/Incidents are first prevented, and when occurring, reported, recorded, investigated, and analysed. Support local Sites to establish Return on Experience (REX) reports in case of severe or potentially severe accidents. Ensure all potentially severe events are captured and investigated. Responsible for the quality of accidents/incidents analysis and REX reports in the Cluster & communication of those REX reports.
  • Has full authority and must stop any operational activity resulting in an immediate high risk to People or the Environment.

Lead the EHS network

  • Support EHS staffing of new projects in its Cluster.
  • Conduct induction programs for new EHS people in the Cluster.
  • Monitor, assist, coach, assess, and develop the EHS communities in the Cluster.
  • Provides technical support and guidance to site team.

Support tendering process for EHS related topics

  • Provide support to the Site, Projects or Country Director for EHS questions at tender phase for all tenders driven from the Cluster in coordination with Region EHS Director & ensure strong EHS plans are established.
  • Support project execution process end-to-end for all projects/sites operated in its Cluster and deploy EHS standards.

Develop EHS Management system and EHS Standardisation

  • Ensure that in all entities in the Cluster, EHS Management System in line with Alstom EHS processes, local legal requirements and international standards (ISO 14001, ISO 45001) are implemented and maintained.
  • Ensure the standardisation and consistency of EHS processes across the Cluster.
  • Localise Alstom documentation/learning program when relevant.


  • Ensure legal watch is organised at country level.
  • Monitor compliance to all relevant country statutory, regulatory, contractual and company requirements.

Develop EHS culture

  • Connect Alstom and Region EHS objectives and programs with Cluster system and process and mobilise Cluster Management.
  • Develop EHS understanding and competencies of key operational employees. Deploy learning and development programs.
  • Build communication plan about EHS.
  • Ensure social and medical partners are involved and communicate with them about EHS. Support site teams when needed.

Report, Measure & Review

  • Be recognised as an Alstom auditor and contribute to the delivery of the Group audit program (AZDP).
  • Visit regularly manufacturing sites, project sites and offices to identify EHS risks and issues.
  • Monitor and analyse EHS performance, ensure standard reporting is delivered & accurate, and deliver EHS Management reports.
  • Responsible for the quality of the EHS reporting process in the Cluster.

What do I need to qualify for this job?

In addition to being an EHS expert with a wealth and breadth of experience, you’ll be a natural leader with a strong focus on competency across the business. 

You’ll know how to develop and maintain relationships with your team, peers, and customers and will exemplify a collaborative and creative approach to problem solving. Demonstrating the ability to work in an international and multidisciplinary team.

This is a senior role and will have exposure across the business and in doing so, you’ll always conduct yourself at the highest of professional standards.  You’ll lead by example and motivate others to do the same.


Educational Requirements – Essential

  • Recognised Health and Safety Qualification
  • Senior Leadership exposure
  • EHS Management experience
  • Accident / Incident Investigation
  • Working knowledge of Environment, Health and Safety Legislation, including Construction
  • Strong communication skills
  • EHS auditing experience


  • Recognised Environmental Qualification
  • Six Sigma training and or certifications Green or Black Belt
  • Lead auditor (45001/14001)

Knowledge/Experience - Essential

  • Significant experience in EHS function in an industrial environment and / or construction environment
  • Good knowledge and understanding of ISO14001, ISO 45001 standards
  • Working knowledge of Environment, Health and Safety Legislation, including Construction


  • Knowledge of Railway is a plus
  • Ideally has also operational experience outside EHS
  • Good knowledge and understanding of LEED certifications

Competencies & Skills

  • Experience in a multi-cultural environment and Matrix Organisation
  • Teamwork and leadership
  • Communication and influencing skills
  • Ability to organise, plan and schedule
  • Ability to develop a global view
  • Good computer skills

Alstom is the leading company in the mobility sector, solving the most interesting challenges for tomorrow’s mobility. That’s why we value inquisitive and innovative people who are passionate about working together to reinvent mobility, making it smarter and more sustainable. Day after day, we are building an agile, inclusive, and responsible culture, where a diverse group of people are offered opportunities to learn, grow and advance in their careers, with options across functions and geographic locations. Are you ready to join a truly international community of great people on a challenging journey with a tangible impact and purpose?

We aim to have a welcoming and inclusive environment for individuals, of different ages, genders, ethnicities, disability, LGBT, religion and/or belief. As a 'Disability Confident' employer, we will interview all disabled job applicants who match the essential criteria of the job description or specification. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.