US Foods Senior Director, Safety Health Environment in Rosemont, Illinois

Job Description:

Basic Purpose-

The Senior Director owns, develops, and enhances the overall Safety, Health, Environment (SHE) management system in line with US Foods overarching SHE strategic framework. Contributes to SHE strategy and its evolution over time. Builds out and sequences for deployment programs, standards, procedures that, when executed, drive world class SHE performance. Incorporates key cultural aspects of leadership and employee ownership into risk-based initiatives and tools to deliver a consistent and balanced approach to SHE; gains senior leadership alignment accordingly. Oversees highly capable SMEs in Transportation Safety, Safety and Health, and Environmental Compliance to ensure best practices are incorporated into SHE initiatives, as well as to provide technical, regulatory and practical consultative support to the field. Develops and oversees basic corporate SHE processes, such as reporting, assessments / audits, and SHE due diligence.



  • Leads the development and evolution of US Foods SHE management system to ultimately achieve SHE excellence. Sequences annual initiatives for field execution that build strong foundations for future SHE success.

  • Inspires key stakeholders and gains alignment from senior leadership to pursue and support key initiatives that achieve US Foods long-term vision of SHE excellence.

  • Defines, clarifies, and evolves the cultural attributes of leadership and employee ownership to achieve broad and deep organizational commitment to SHE.

  • Guides the development of practical risk-based programs (such as Ergonomics, Material Handling Equipment, Process Safety Management, Walking / Working Surfaces, Driver Safety, etc.) that incorporate sound risk assessment and control techniques, as well as regulatory compliance.

  • Establishes base expectations with supporting methodologies for key SHE “routines,” such as Incident Management, Emergency Preparedness, PPE Selection and Use, Inspections and Observations, etc. that help to engrain SHE into the organization.

  • Explores, promotes, and incorporates SHE best practices, facility and equipment advances, and technology to improve SHE risk profiles.

  • Partners with key stakeholders – Facilities / Real Estate, Fleet Management, and Operations Excellence – to integrate SHE considerations into facility and equipment design and productivity initiatives.

  • Provides for timely and thorough SHE Due Diligence support for property acquisitions and divestitures and M&A initiatives.

  • Ensures base corporate SHE activities, such as SHE reporting, SHE vendor management (First Advantage, Process Map, Samba Safety, Vigillo, etc.), and SHE assessments / audits, occur that result in timely and accurate information to key stakeholders.

  • Models high ethical standards and employee advocacy reinforcing the “We Care” mindset.


EOE Race/Color/Religion/Sex/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/National Origin/Protected Veteran/Disability Status


Education/Training :

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Science, SHE field; Master’s highly preferred.

  • One or more professional SHE-related certifications (CSP, CIH, PE) required.

Related Experience/Requirements:

  • A minimum of 15 years of increasingly responsible experience in the manufacturing, foodservice, and / or distribution industries that spans Safety, Industrial Hygiene, Transportation Safety, and Environmental Management. Multi-site responsibility and supervisory experience also required. Experience with union environments desirable.


  • Communicates passion and energy for SHE and the business. Ability to be a strong change agent to move the organization toward SHE excellence.

  • Has strong interpersonal skills, builds coalitions with individuals at all levels, within and outside the organization. Develops collaborative relationships with functional leaders.

  • Has excellent written and oral communication skills with a strong ability to influence, negotiate, resolve conflicts, and facilitate among a diverse group of individuals.

  • Possesses effective organizational, project management, and analytical skills and can facilitate sound decision-making.

  • Ability to manage competing priorities and to work effectively under pressure with tight timelines and demanding customer expectations. Able to function well within a fast-paced environment.

  • Strategic thinker who understands the overlap between the various SHE sub-functions and how to synthesize cultural and risk-based aspects into seamless SHE programming.

  • Champions new ideas, regardless of source. Embraces emerging SHE technologies, and incorporates new SHE concepts and best practices where needed.

  • Knowledge of various SHE federal and state laws and regulations and industry benchmarking metrics.

  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).

  • Ability to travel up to 30%.


Primary Location: Rosemont-IL

Schedule: Full-time Shift: Day Job

Job Function: Safety

Job Level: Director

Travel: Yes, 20 % of the Time