Kemin Industries EHS Specialist in Des Moines, Iowa


Position Overview

The EHS Specialist will be responsible for providing training to support safety and environmental compliance and the Specialist will also support all phases of the safety and environmental program at Kemin. Particularly, the Specialist must be a team player with the ability to support department and business unit loss reduction programs and perform tasks related to auditing and inspections in order to assure compliance and minimization of risk.

We Are Kemin

We are visionaries who see things differently and are inspired by the world around us. We have been dedicated to using applied science to improve the quality of life for over half a century. Committed to feed and food safety, Kemin maintains top-of-the-line manufacturing facilities where over 500 specialty ingredients are made for humans and animals in the global feed and food industries, as well as the health, nutrition, beauty and textile markets. We provide product solutions and options to customers in more than 120 countries.

A privately held, family-owned and operated company, Kemin has more than 2,300 global employees and operates in 90 countries including manufacturing facilities in Belgium, Brazil, China, India, Italy, Russia, Singapore, South Africa and the United States.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Conduct safety orientation for new hires, temporary employees and contractors.

  • Develop and present general employee safety and environmental training and train-the-trainer sessions.

  • Participate in incident investigations with support of others to determine probable root causes and develop corrective action plans. Input accident data into insurance tracking system.

  • Partner with business units to improve safety and environmental compliance.

  • Conduct inspections and audits; aid in developing corrective actions (safety and environmental) and advise responsible management of conditions.

  • Provide data collection and reporting, analyze accident trends and participate in the development of recommendations to improve results.

  • Maintain records required to support safety requirements and training presentations.

  • Assist with development, implementation and maintenance of EHS system policies, programs and procedures in conjunction with EHS Manager.

  • Provide support to business unit safety committees and work groups.

  • Take an active role in activities to reduce, reuse and recycle.

  • Help to ensure that all applicable internal and external reporting requirements are performed accurately and in a timely manner.

  • Assist with hazardous waste management and reduction.

  • Provide support for ergonomic assessments.

What we require of you:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Safety & Health or other science discipline such as Chemistry or Engineering with 3-5 years of experience.

  • Public speaking classes or presentation skills required.

  • Ability to successfully apply safety and/or environmental skills to help solve production issues, recommend process improvements and participate in job hazard analyses and worker safety program development.

  • Familiarity with safety and environmental standards and regulations such as 29 and 40 CFR or the ability to learn these provisions of the Code of Federal Regulations along with state safety and environmental regulations.

  • Willing to learn or some experience in recognizing, evaluating, and recommending controls for workplace hazards as well as work -related injury and illness.

  • Team player able to interact with all levels of the organization to reduce incidents and improve compliance.

  • Aptitude for dealing with challenging problems, developing strategies, prioritizing multiple tasks, and supporting the implementation of safety and environmental management programs.

  • Ability to demonstrate creative ability in solving technical issues and working with others.

  • Excellent oral, written and presentation skills.

  • Ability to work in a fast paced and changing environment.

  • Must have or can obtain certifications in order to support regulatory agency inspections and reporting (EPA, OSHA, Fire Department, etc.).

  • Must have or can obtain certifications in order to support environmental compliance including air, wastewater, solid waste and hazardous waste (e.g. RCRA, SARA, CERCLA, OSHA, and DOT).

Your Work Week: This exempt-level position is considered 40 hours per week and will be located at the Kemin Industries Headquarters in Des Moines, IA. Limited domestic travel may be required up to 10%.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to lift at least 50 pounds, on an occasional basis.

  • Ability to climb stairs and work at heights.

  • Ability to wear a respirator, on an occasional basis, as well as other PPE.

  • Ability to meet standards of the physical assessment test.

What’s in it for you:

  • A competitive financial package- in addition to your salary, we offer an uncapped bonus opportunity, 401k match program, and paid vacation and holidays.

  • Robust health and wellness support- we are proud to offer a fitness reimbursement (for your whole family!), an on-site fitness center, restaurant with seasonal fresh food options (and the ability to order food to bring home), and free fresh fruit in break areas- to name a few.

  • Continued learning opportunities- Kemin offers tuition reimbursement and recently launched a new corporate university with online and in-person training opportunities for growth and development throughout your entire career.

  • The chance to give back to our world- Through our foundation of servant leadership, we are proud to offer ample service opportunities, including paid time off to do so. Kemin has a valued corporate partnership with both The World Food Programme and Habitat for Humanity, in addition to many local initiatives.

  • Opportunities to support our valued educators- Kemin is a proud sponsor of the Iowa Governor's Stem Advisory Council where we fund annual teacher's awards. In addition, we have a robust internship and externship program, and frequently host student tours.



Job ID2018-5131



Position TypeRegular Full-Time