EHS Manager, Africa at GlaxoSmithKline Nigeria Plc

GlaxoSmithKline Nigeria Plc – We are a science-led global healthcare company that researches and develops a broad range of innovative products in three primary areas of pharmaceuticals, vaccines and consumer healthcare.

As one of the few healthcare companies researching both medicines and vaccines for the World Health Organization’s three priority diseases – HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, we are very proud to have developed some of the leading global medicines in these fields.

Our product portfolio also includes a range of consumer brands, many of which are household names around the world, including Sensodyne, Aquafresh, Horlicks, Panadol and Tums.


Job Title: EHS Manager, Africa

Basic qualifications:

Specialized Knowledge:

•Degree or equivalent in scientific related discipline

•Knowledge ISO14001/OHSAS 18001, EHS management systems

• Competence and regulatory knowledge in EHS disciplines

-EHS Risk Assessment

-Driver Safety

-mental health, employee assistance programs, resilience and energy management

-health promotion

-attendance management


-injury and illness care.

•Strategic knowledge of global pharmaceutical, vaccine and consumer healthcare operations.

•Successful experience of delivering a range of EHS services  to various GSK or external business units, experience of working internationally

•Quick acclimatizer to new situations

•Highly effective influencing and consulting skills.

•Demonstrated ability to work effectively in matrix teams

•Strong customer focus and delivery track record and experience

•Proven track record of active listener, flexibility and solution building

•Good examples and feedback on pragmatic approach

•Demonstrated ability to effectively mentor and develop EHS staff and managers



Preferred qualifications:

Same as above


Job Purpose:

Leads the design, development and delivery of EHS Service in Africa (South and Central Region) commercial organisation. Establish a robust enterprise wide EHS control framework in Africa and deliver interventions to reduce EHS risks in critical areas. Support commercial business objectives via enable people to release energy and optimise their health and wellbeing.

Ensure delivery of an efficient and effective EHS service across LOCs in the region that meet customer needs and meet required standards, support the local awareness and knowledge development in key technical EHS aspects and management systems.  Ensure processes are adopted and a strong and robust partnership exists with EHS shared service.

Provide strong coordination and direction

Coordinate and deliver EHS services and programmes to meet customer needs and complement local capability in wide range of EHS aspects within Africa. Bring particular expertise to the region.


Key responsibilities:

•Lead commercial EHS risk assessment in Africa to identify EHS risks in critical areas. Provide expertise on risk mitigation plan development and monitoring actions progress. Support the implementation and embed and grow of commercial EHS management system to ensure compliance with local EHS legislation and GSK global EHS standards.

•Build strong relationship and engage/partner with senior commercial leaders, HR and compliance in Africa countries to ensure adequate internal control framework had been established to mitigate EHS risks.

•Mentor EHS Country Advocate to increase service capability and capacity to meet business needs through growth of individuals and allocation of relevant competent resources.

•Support development of commercial EHS board in Africa countries and facilitate regular commercial EHS board meeting joint by all relevant functions to discuss EHS concerned areas, to prioritize actions; to ensure appropriate resources and plans are in place.

•May lead in one technical area in a given EHS discipline that they lead across the EHS team providing technical leadership and direction to EHS practitioners and the business

•Work closely with Europe and North Africa EHS Manager to deliver EHS shared service within the region.

•Work closely with Regional Health and Productivity Lead and topic specialists and project teams, e.g. Energy and Resilience and Driver Safety team to support business needs in each Africa countries.

•Work closely with Office Support Function (WREF) to ensure a safe infrastructure is in place within office environment

•Provide support to LOCs as part of a team delivering technical advice, such as EHS training, risk assessment, incident investigation/reporting and new projects within defined geographical region

•Demonstrate flexibility and technical excellence to the business peers and LOC EHS advocates and management.

•Work highly effectively with other key EHS professionals to deliver an efficient EHS service to GSK staff, and interface effectively with business partners, facilities and project management staff.


Application of Knowledge:

•The EHS Professional will need to speak business language fluency in English and one or more common languages in region.

•Business application of EHS content:  proven experience in integrating EHS into business operations and managing key issues in collaboration with EHS partners, HR generalists and specialists (eg benefits), business continuity and others to foster healthy, resilient, high performing workforces.

•Ability to develop holistic risk assessments, effective management systems, and governance processes at site, country, and regional levels using population level data sets.

•Ability to work effectively in multicultural, multinational, and matrix teams to consult and embed EHS behavior changes.

•Ability to grow and sustain personal, team and organizational energy .

Strong insight driven decision making, using internal and external data to generate options, design solutions, and monitor performance.

•Good ability to apply knowledge, skills and experience in new situations at sites/locations and businesses that may be new.

•Experience of applying their skills across a wide number of EHS aspects so they can be highly useful EHS professional across sites and businesses in region

•Experienced professional who is prepared and able to provide EHS services at numerous levels, to ensure successful deployment of a full range of EHS services across the region and business units in a technically robust and timely way.



•High degree of problem solving required for this job because the role will be responsible for responding and balancing, work demands across a variety of LOCs to best meet conflicting needs of customer groups within a complex region

•The problems will be complex and often require very quick learning and appreciation of a situation  and the need to guide and support the location/team  to come up with pragmatic solutions within constrained resources and often at short notice.

•Strong diagnosis, design, implement and embed and grow approach needed to  understand needs, plan and flawlessly execute technical solutions with the customer, finding solutions that they will be able to sustain


Organizational relationship:

The role requires international relationships with Africa countries for Pharma & Consumer Commercial business units with  managers and EHS communities.


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