Senior HSE Manager

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Our Client: Company Profile

Our client, McBride NV, is one of the most well-established and best respected international Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) manufacturing companies. They are looking for a Senior HSE Manager. The McBride group is the clear European leader of private label household cleaning products. Its customers are the largest and most successful European distribution retailers. The firm also delivers contract manufacturing services for a variety of well-known brands. McBride has approximately 4.000 staff, 16 production sites and offices across 12 countries.

The company offers a dynamic and exciting place to work. You can rely on a culture of effective communication and an open environment, where people aren’t just a number, where challenge is welcomed and your contribution recognized. Employee well-being has always been of major importance throughout the organization, as exemplified by the strong collaboration between HR and QHSE departments.

Group HSE Manager (Europe)

Implement Group HSE strategy in European “liquids” factories through pragmatic approach and local follow-up // Great opportunity to capitalize on synergies between factories and to build a strong multicultural team of local HSE Managers across Europe // Pro-active mentor with focus on long-term strategy and building team ethos


This senior role reports directly to the Group Manufacturing Director. Providing strategic management and technical HSE oversight for McBride’s “Liquids” business, you will be responsible for seven manufacturing sites & offices across Europe, comprising liquid mixing and filling plants.

Having proven leadership skills, a solid HSE expertise, a thorough business understanding and a pragmatic approach to translating company policies to local initiatives, you will gain respect and influence change.

Requiring a practical approach, you will work closely with site leaders and site HSE Managers (as your indirect reports), forging a European team of local HSE champions. You’ll detect and exploit synergies between the sites and by driving exchange of best practices, you will support the local teams in achieving operational excellence and group objectives.

Being based in the Belgian HQ Estaimpuis (Kortrijk region), this role will require you to travel (mostly short trips), as being present at the factories is essential for team building and for the successful implementation of different HSE programs.

Skills and Qualifications

  • You possess a (Belgian) diploma in Occupational Health and Safety: “Preventieadviseur niveau 1”, “Conseiller en Prévention niveau 1”;
  • OHSAS 18001 and ISO 14001 regulation knowledge;
  • Language skills: sound knowledge of Dutch, English and French is mandatory;
  • Substantial HSE experience gained in a progressive, cross-cultural FMCG environment or equivalent manufacturing business;
  • You are experienced in developing, directing and motivating a team of (HSE) Professionals, preferably in a remote matrix network;
  • Experience with HSE specialties such as Behavior Based Programs, Root Cause Analysis and Risk Assessment will be beneficial;
  • Pragmatic individual with proven leadership skills who is comfortable in a collaborative environment; you’re able to influence by strength of knowledge and personality rather than by direct management authority;
  • Excellent communication skills; the ability to influence on senior level and to build strong professional relationships;
  • Self-motivated, highly energised and committed;
  • You’re able to travel to all sites on a regular basis (most trips by car, average of 1 plane trip/month).

  • Attractive salary package including numerous benefits (company car, meal vouchers, expense allowance, health insurance, pension plan…);
  • A beautiful opportunity to build a strong European network of local HSE leaders;
  • You will be part of a dynamic and collaborative Group Management Team where systems and best practices are shared and aligned;
  • Despite travel requirements, you’re given the tools and flexibility to find an acceptable balance between work and private life.
Contact us!

If you believe you have what it takes to make things happen as a Senior HSE Manager, we would like to hear from you.

Please send your CV and Cover Letter to quoting “ref 0366”. Feel free to call Wim Vander meiren (0032 (0)489 585 566) or Manu Pauwels (0032 (0)489 585 565).