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Industry: Operations

Company: UGN

Founded in 1986 as a partnership between Nittoku and Autoneum, UGN is the preferred producer of high quality acoustic, interior trim, and thermal management products, and a recognized leader in customer satisfaction for the Japanese transplant automotive industry in North America. UGN, with more than $400 million in revenue, has six locations in the United States-Novi, Michigan; Jackson, Tennessee; Monroe, Ohio; Somerset, Kentucky; Downers Grove, Illinois; and Valparaiso, Indiana; as well as a location in Silao, Guanajuato, Mexico-specializing in manufacturing, research, development, testing, and service support.

For 6 years in a row UGN has achieved ranking as a “Best Company to Work for in Illinois”. Based on three core values of Respect, Trust and Communication, UGN prides itself on a unique culture that is the UGN Way.

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The EHS Manager monitors established safety programs within the manufacturing facilities. Provides guidance for implementing procedures and programs to minimize environmental health and safety risks in the workplace and ensures compliance with regulatory and corporate requirements including OSHA, ISO 14001, and EPA.

Serves as a resource to the facilities in areas of environmental, health and safety. Assist the manufacturing facilities with providing the proper team member and supervisory training, assists the manufacturing facilities with accident investigations and all environmental health and safety audits, communicates with internal and external parties, and conducts or facilitates appropriate industrial hygiene monitoring of each facility. Follow up with the facilities regarding corrective actions from audits, investigations and the written OSHA compliance safety programs.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

Safety and Health

  • Reinforce the proactive prevention-oriented policies and programs to ensure the safety and health of our team members.
  • Provide support to the HR Managers regarding OSHA complaint responses and onsite OSHA visits.
  • Confirm that proper safety precautions are in place at the time of set-up of new programs, retooling, etc. as directed and developed by the EHS Director.
  • Partners with manufacturing facilities Human Resources and the Learning & Development Manager to enhance the company safety culture.
  • Works in collaboration with manufacturing facilities managers, engineering and human resources, to ensure that proper safety practices are being followed through frequent manufacturing facility visits.
  • Works in collaboration with the manufacturing facility managers, engineering and HR to ensure compliance with required safety practices in accordance with the company safety program and provide resources to achieve compliance.
  • Provide leadership in developing, implementing and managing EH&S policies, programs and practices.
  • Assist with maintaining Safety Data Sheet (SDS) archive and communicate chemical hazards and personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements.
  • Audit Job Safety Analysis.
  • Help develop activities of safety committees in the manufacturing facilities by providing corporate direction for committees.
  • Assists in accident/incident investigations requiring tracking and follow-up actions.
  • Partner with manufacturing facilities on company LOTO safety compliance program and assist plant personnel with procedures.
  • Other duties as may be assigned.


  • Manage environmental project activities as assigned by the EHS Director.
  • Work with the manufacturing facilities to ensure Company obtains appropriate licenses and environmental permits.
  • Review the environmental risk of activities with the manufacturing facilities per the EHS Director.
  • Assist the manufacturing facilities personnel and management to maintain compliance with government environmental regulations as directed by the EHS Director.
  • Work with the EHS Director and the manufacturing facilities to ensure the necessary information is available to timely file the required environmental reports.
  • Maintain working knowledge of current and proposed government environmental codes, standards, regulations and guidelines.
  • Support manufacturing facilities approach to ISO14001 certification.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Associate or Bachelor’s degree (B.S. or B. A.) from an accredited four-year college or university with a safety or engineering focus; or three to five years safety specific experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Language Skills: Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate with plant personnel.
  • Adept at reading, writing, and interpreting technical documentation and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions to groups of managers and Team Members in the manufacturing facilities.
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
  • Computer Skills: Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications-Word, Excel, and Microsoft Outlook and Internet software.
  • Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: Specialized safety training certificates preferred.
  • Ability to travel up to 30%.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a team member to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the team member is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The team member is occasionally required to stand; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The team member must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and color vision. Must be willing to travel up to 30% as required.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those a team member encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. This description is a summary of the essential functions of the job and should not be construed to contain every responsibility or skill that may be required to successfully perform the job.


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