First listed on: 27 May 2024

Safety Specialist


Are you a passionate about Safety, then this is the opportunity for you!

GeelongPort is seeking a hands on Safety Specialist.

About Us

At GeelongPort, our values drive our business, and our people drive our values. We are committed to Safety and is the undercurrent that flows through everything we do – First. Last. Always.

We come to work to go home safely every day.

But more than that, we strive to provide a workplace that supports positive long-term health and well-being outcomes for us, our families and our community so that when we go home, we go home better than yesterday.

With over 150 years of maritime history and experience behind us, GeelongPort is a critical enabler for the Victorian economy supporting more than 1,800 jobs and contributing to the economic and social fabric of the Geelong region.

As Victoria’s premier bulk port, GeelongPort manages 12 million tonnes of cargo and $7 billion of trade annually with over 600 vessel visits per year.  Shipping activity is linked to a range of critical trades supporting the agriculture, construction, energy, and tourism sectors in the region.

Based at Corio Quay in North Geelong, we value partnering with our customers and community to deliver a safe and sustainable port that drives growth and prosperity for Geelong and the regions we connect to.

The Opportunity

Reporting to the Head of HSEQ you will work with the business to understand the health and safety risk of the operation and assist in implementing programs to minimise these risks and inspire positive change. This role pro-actively partners with line managers and employees across a diverse range, to enable solutions and build organisational capability.  This role will also oversee the management of the GeelongPort’s Quality Systems.

Key duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Ensure organisational compliance with all applicable OHS obligations and GeelongPort policies and procedures through audits, inspections and safety engagements.
  • Support the development, implementation and review of safety policies, procedures and programs.
  • Drive process improvement initiatives in support of OHS
  • Participate in safety committee meetings, departmental toolbox meetings and planning meetings as required.
  • Coordinate procedural updates to maintain company documentation as per ISO requirements
  • Maintain legal and other related registers to ISO requirements
  • Coordinate audits with functional leaders and external auditors as required
  • Facilitate change management activity
  • Assist with the management of GeelongPort Noggin Incident Management System.
  • Participation in emergency management planning and preparedness
  • Monitor, maintain and report on contractor safety and
  • Assist with contractor safety inductions and Authority to Commence Work processes.
  • Ensure safety improvement opportunities identified are implemented, reviewed, and closed out within the allocated timeframe.
  • Development and implementation of safety related training
  • Support wellbeing
  • Coaching and influencing leaders to maintain compliance whilst leading their team members to interdependent behaviours and a sustainable HSW culture.

About You

Ideally, you will hold a Cert 4 or above in Work, Health and Safety, have proven quality and auditing experience and have had worked in the port, logistics or similar environment. You will require influencing, coaching and mentoring skills and demonstrate an ability to effectively communicate with stakeholders at all levels. 

You will have exceptional communication skills and must be able to lead, guide and influence teams to deliver change.

Other key skills and experience will include:

  • Demonstrated experience in delivering and supporting health, safety and wellbeing systems and programs.
  • Management of Quality Systems.
  • Strong business acumen along with highly developed organisational skills and a proven ability to multitask, prioritise and meet deadlines.
  • Organisational change management.
  • Growth mindset.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills.
  • Ability to develop relationships, trust and rapport with a range of stakeholders at all levels.

We understand that the best candidates may not have all skills and experience but if you think you have the passion and drive we are seeking, we would love to hear from you!

What's in it for you?

  • Attractive, market competitive remuneration package, including access to an annual bonus program.
  • Progressive policies including 16 weeks paid parental leave for primary care givers, and 4 weeks for secondary care givers, plus access to an additional 2 days personal leave for cultural reasons.
  • Access to professional development opportunities to grow your career.

Diversity & Inclusion

We are committed to building a workforce that represents the diverse society in which we live and work. We recognise the increasing importance of flexible work arrangements and family friendly work practices to enable and maintain a diverse, adaptive and high performing workforce. 

GeelongPort is committed to achieving a diverse workforce and strongly encourages applications from First Nations peoples, women, people with disability, LGBTIQA+ and people from culturally diverse backgrounds.

Closing Date

Applications close on 14 June 2024.

Next Steps

Are you ready to be part of our future?

To apply, please click on the 'Apply' button below and follow the prompts.

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