SHEQ Specialist - Process Safety, Fire Protection & Emergency Response


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this vacancy

Start your career as a SHEQ Specialist (Process Safety, Fire Protection & Emergency Response) at Vopak and contribute to social themes such as energy security and energy transition. We offer you a working environment that is safe and pleasant and where equality, diversity and satisfaction are of paramount importance.

As a SHEQ Specialist (Process Safety, Fire Protection & Emergency Response) you will build together with all your colleagues in South Africa on our ambition to be the best in Port at leading locations. Vopak South Africa is a growing company and major investments have been done. As a SHEQ Specialist (Process Safety, Fire Protection & Emergency Response) you will join our motivated team in South Africa at Vopak South Africa to optimize the use of the infrastructure and contribute to a culture of being proud to work for this growing company.

Ready to develop yourself and make a positive impact? Improve the world and start as a SHEQ Specialist (Process Safety, Fire Protection & Emergency Response) at Vopak.

What will you do as a SHEQ Specialist (Process Safety, Fire Protection & Emergency Response)?

The SHEQ Specialist (Process Safety, Fire Protection & Emergency Response) will be required to ensure the management of Process Safety (PSM) and Fire Protection (FP) systems and processes by support the organization in ensuring that the relevant PS activities/actions are conducted sufficiently to prevent Loss of Primary Containment (LOPC), satisfy compliance with the requirements of the local, legislative and group SHEQ requirements and in the event of a loss of containment we have sufficient FP and Emergency Response (ERP) capability to mitigate such.

Key resource support to the Manager: SHEQ & Sustainability in the development and maintenance of an effective PSM, FP and ER Program which forms part of the National Occupational Health, Safety & Security Program, developing related targets and maintaining a positive safety performance in line with legal and Vopak standards.

What do we offer you?

  • A market-based salary that is commensurate to your knowledge & experience acquired, coupled with attractive bonuses
  • Relevant and competitively placed allowances
  • Various growth & developmental opportunities
  • Disability & Risk Insurance that is fully subsidized by the company
  • Group Medical Aid where Vopak pays 50% of the nominal costs
  • Excellent Retirement Scheme funding through our Group scheme retirement fund
  • Wellness Agenda that authentically connects and cares for our people and promotes work/life balance
  • Great working environment & a diverse and inclusive culture

What do we expect from you as a SHEQ Specialist (Process Safety, Fire Protection & Emergency Response)?

  • 3 year Degree  in Engineering or Occupational  Safety Management or equivalent 
  • Proof of Facilitation Training (certificate or other) 
  • Must be a seasoned Professional with well-grounded industry exposure with 5 – 7 years proven specialized experience in Fire & Emergency Response and/or Process Safety Management with demonstrable hands-on knowledge. 
  • Active exposure to emergency response e.g. Fire and Rescue, First Aid/BAA/BLS response, high angle rope access rescuer, hazmat and pollution response would be advantageous with supporting qualifications/certificates. 
  • Strong exposures and experience in Emergency Response/Mechanical/Engineering/ Operations would be advantageous

What does your day look like?

The position of SHEQ Specialist - PSM and FP reports directly to the Manager: SHEQ & Sustainability supporting the governance of the PSM, Fire and ERP policy and systems, by:

  • Being the recognized Subject Matter Expert (SME) and Authorizer for any Fire Safety & Emergency Response activities, policies and procedures as well as Process Safety Management processes and activities. 
  • Participate in the evaluation of Critical and/or High risk tasks, ensuring they take place safely through approved procedures/processes and compliance activities e.g. Trust and Verify. 
  • Ensuring that Process Safety Barriers are kept intact, with focus on implementation and assurance processes for the various Departments. Drive Teams to close out actions related to the PSM and FP
  • Inputs to CAPEX development for Fire/Safety Project related design and construction supporting SHEQ assurance and governance systems.

What can you expect from your employee experience?

You are going to experience that we care & dare: We are empathetic. We know when to lead and know when to let others lead. We attract, grow and coach future leaders.

We aim to communicate in a clear & authentic way. We solicit feedback, ask and listen, learn and unlearn.

You will grow with your team: Whatever our role, we support business, in a thoughtful way, to create value for our teams and our clients. We embrace new ways of working applying digitalization to provide solutions.

We lead the We: We have a passion for winning and growing as a team. We inspire people to deliver a joint performance. We create an inclusive environment where different thoughts, generations, cultures and experiences are valued and encouraged.

Your core responsibilities are:

  • Function as the Technical Authority/Specialist at various Committees & forums. 
  • Emergency Pre-Incident Planning activities for internal & external stakeholders as well as local authorities and Fire Brigades.
  • Emergency Coordinator & Fire Instructor designated to ensure response teams are able to deal with eventualities. 
  • Develop, Reviewing and updating Procedures and documents for high risk activities emanating from risk assessments
  • Ensured a robust assurance program inclusive of audits, field verification activities and various interventions are  in place to ascertain suitability, validity and strength of various controls and barriers in place for the PSM and FP programs.
  • Support in the identification of Occupational  Health, Safety and Security improvements based on the strategic objectives of the organization, changes in legislation, trending of SHE performance, industry best practices, customer requirements and general improvements.
  • Provide support and specialist SHE input in meetings/ projects - Safety Committee, Department interface, Contractor meetings, and Customer meetings and with relevant authorities. Support the Safety Representatives in achieving their mandate through training, reporting and monitoring the close out of actions.
  • Management of the ERP, update, training and testing of the plan as required by law/Vopak
  • Management of incidents, and perform incident investigations when required and monitor the close out of corrective actions and provide trends to support continuous improvement.
  • Support the organization on the development of a positive safety culture  (staff and contractors) by raising SHE awareness, empowering and coaching staff in SHE matters within their job functions
  • Facilitating audits to verify compliance level of contractors (Acts, codes, VSA standards)

Want to start as SHEQ Specialist (Process Safety, Fire Protection & Emergency Response) at Vopak?

Are you ready to share your vision and contribute to Vopak South Africa? Then start as a SHEQ Specialist (Process Safety, Fire Protection & Emergency Response) and apply now!

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