Staff EHS & Facilities Specialist


Traverse City, MI

We are seeking a Staff EHS & Facilities Specialist to join our team in Traverse City, Michigan where we develop and produce specialty optical and semiconductor components. The Ideal candidate will have experience in both Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) and Facilities management in a manufacturing setting. This position will be responsible for designing, implementing, documenting, and maintaining our EHS, Facilities, and Security programs.  

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

Facility Related Duties

  • Manage the facility and coordinates related outside consultants, vendors, contractors and other resources
  • Develop and implement facility maintenance standards, procedures and guidelines including establishing KPI’s and document progress against those in regular management updates
  • Coordinate and develop project specifications, estimate cost and resources, manage construction activity, and oversee schedules and budgets
  • Plan, budget, and schedule facility modifications, including estimates on equipment, labor, materials and other related costs
  • Responsible for round-the-clock maintenance of facilities, physical plant health and safety
  • Manage custodial, grounds keeping, and snow removal services
  • Establish annual facility budgets & roadmaps
  • Identify opportunities for savings, without sacrificing quality of services or reliability of facilities operation
  • Continuously look for ways to improve optimization of facilities space, investment and utilities cost
  • Perform regular risk assessments and develop mitigation plans to ensure continuous, efficient operation of facilities
  • Select, develop, and evaluate contractors/vendors to ensure the efficient operation of the facilities operation
  • Maintain the facility’s security program, including: the camera and badge access systems

EHS Training

  • Lead efforts for planning site EHS training for employees, contractors, and other visitors, including training matrix creation and maintenance, PowerPoint, and other training materials, LMS implementation, training, and related activities
  • Ensure EHS training completed, including written feedback by participants
  • EHS training records maintained for easy access
  • Lead Emergency Response Team training efforts at the site (CPR, AED, First Aid, etc)

Environmental Activities

  • Ensure all required environmental permit applications, and fees are submitted and renewed on-time.
  • Complete environmental calculations as needed.
  • Ensure site environmental training sessions have been conducted.
  • Serve as lead for all environmental inspections.
  • Audit compliance with site permit conditions regularly.
  • Ensure all local, state and federal environmental reporting requirements are met.
  • Conducts and coordinates any required environmental sampling.
  • Prepare and submit other environmental reports including Tier II, TRI, emissions reporting and Corporate Social Responsibility data

EHS Committee Activities

  • Lead site EHS Committee, including tracking attendance, following up on action items, leading discussion and completing documentation
  • Ensure continued effective department EHS Committees and audits
  • Lead efforts to drive completions of the safety observations

Other EHS Activities

  • Lead SDS review and approval program for the site
  • Lead Medical Surveillance efforts for the site
  • Lead Industrial Health program and related efforts for the site
  • Participate in execution of the Respirator Fit-Testing Program for the site if required.
  • Manage the Prescription Safety Glasses program for the site.
  • Conduct JSAs, EHSRs, Incident Investigations/RCAs as directed by the Regional EHS Manager, Auditor, or as required by circumstance
  • Follow-up on employee EHS concerns received. Imminent hazards shall be addressed on the spot
  • Lead the review and updating of Traverse City EHS programs, guidelines and procedures to ensure they are compliant with both Corporate, State and Federal guidelines
  • Attend meetings and functions as the subject matter expert on EHS and Facilities, as necessary
  • Keep up to date with all EHS regulations and techniques
  • Escort and assist regulatory inspectors as necessary
  • Coordinate hazardous waste program
  • Serve as Laser Safety Officer and over see Laser Safety Program
  • Perform other projects as assigned 

Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Safety, Occupational Safety, and Health, or related field desired; equivalent experience considered
  • 2-4 years EHS experience required
  • 2-4 years Facilities experience required
  • Semiconductor or laser related industry experience in engineering, manufacturing, or manufacturing engineering preferred 
  • Knowledge of cleanroom environments, tool installation and hookups
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects and contractors simultaneously
  • Experience with OSHA rules and regulations required
  • Experience and understanding of LEAN principles preferred
  • Experience in a manufacturing related safety role preferred
  • Experience with DOT and RCRA rules and regulations for Hazardous Waste Preferred
  • Certified trainer in at least one specific EHS topic desired (such as First Aid/CPR, Confined Space Rescue, or Forklift Operations Certification)


  • Due to ITAR regulations, U.S. citizenship or Permanent Resident Alien Status required
  • Participate in required safety training (RCRA, DOT Hazmat Shipper, etc.) and mandatory member of the Emergency Response Team (ERT). Respond to emergencies as part of the ERT
  • CPR certified or willing to become certified.  EMT certification desirable
  • Open to furthering safety knowledge through seminars, training, etc. 
  • Ability to conduct inspections using inspection equipment
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office products (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Accurate data entry skills required
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Must be open to flexible work hours
  • Ability to work independently and efficiently with little supervision
  • Must be able to concentrate in a busy work environment and be detail oriented in order to maintain high level of quality and maintain a safe work environment
  • Good problem-solving and analytical skills

Working Conditions

  • Work environment will range from office to plant floor and include periodic work performed outside. 
  • Work may be performed on ground level and/or at heights using ladders or lifts. 
  • This position must generally work on-site (though occasional work-from-home days be allowed)
  • Must be comfortable working with chemicals and machinery.
  • Must be willing to receive calls or work on nights or weekends occasionally.
  • Must be willing to travel domestically as required (up to 5%).
  • Must have the ability to work with employees and customers in a multi-cultural, global team environment.

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to effectively move around the facility. May be asked to stand for extended periods of time (up to 4 hours).
  • May be required to occasionally perform strenuous work. 
  • Ability to reach, bend, stoop, push, pull and lift 50 pounds and move a 55-gallon drum.
  • Must be able to work sitting at least 6 hours per shift.

Safety Requirements

All employees are required to follow the site EHS procedures and Coherent Corp. Corporate EHS standards.

Quality and Environmental Responsibilities

Depending on location, this position may be responsible for the execution and maintenance of the ISO 9000, 9001, 14001 and/or other applicable standards that may apply to the relevant roles and responsibilities within the Quality Management System and Environmental Management System.

Culture Commitment

Ensure adherence to company’s values (ICARE) in all aspects of your position at Coherent Corp.:

Integrity – Create an Environment of Trust

Collaboration – Innovate Through the Sharing of Ideas

Accountability – Own the Process and the Outcome

Respect – Recognize the Value in Everyone

Enthusiasm – Find a Sense of Purpose in Work

Coherent Corp. is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.


To conform to U.S. Government export regulations (ITAR), applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8. U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State."