Corporate Safety Director

Jun 30, 2020

Polk Mechanical Company – Grand Prairie, TX

We are looking for a crackerjack Director of Safety and Risk Management that has the chops to manage the known risks, prepare for the unknown risks and guard the company and its members for the unknowable’s. 

The ideal candidate will have a strong record of accomplishment in developing a safety culture that delivers best in class resultsbuilding organizational safety talent and propelling the company to the front of the pack with their creative approaches to risk avoidance and problem solving. 

Polk Mechanical Company is expanding in DFW & Houston through a reputation for high performance and outstanding service. Now 17 years old, the company is continuing to set new milestones, and as a result is, adding new staff and raising the expectations of its team. We are looking for a Director of Safety & Risk Management who will execute handson leadership and administration of all things risk related, as well as participate with senior management and company principals in developing a structured and comprehensive framework for safety, risk management and business resilience.  

Organization Structure and Interfaces

Reports to: COO 

Primary Interfaces: Polk employees in both service and construction (including trade workers, service technicians, project management and supervision)as well as the executive team, operational unit managers and human resources team 

Direct Reports: Four sharp Field Safety Supervisors


  • Multi-location:  jobsite and office based business model with a large distributed workforce 
  • Pace:  constant changing targets and quick turnaround is essential due to shifting priorities, changing client needs and project specifications 
  • Demographic diversity:  workforce enjoys a wide range of diversification associated with ethnicity, culture, position qualifications, socio-economic background, geographical differences, white & blue collar, etc.

Success Factors

  1. Level-up our Polk Nation Strategy of building a culture and community of care where we protect each other, creating an environment of zero lossesGiven the inherent risks associated with the work we do; the ideal candidate will have successfully implemented strategies that transform safety from a program that is managed, to foundational part of everything a company does. Where safety is woven into the DNA of our Polk Nation community members.  
  2. Key functional experience needs to include the basics of:  injury management, safety training, jobsite audits, fleet safety, program development, crisis and emergency action planning, safety performance management, coaching, safety talent development, and regulatory complianceIncludes active participation, leadership and best practice development through involvement in local and national industry associations.  
  3. Lead research, development and execution of our “Now, Next & Beyond: Future of Safety” framework: based on strategic input from upper management, drive the use of technology, data and analytics to improve safety outcomesenhance decision makinglimit the role human error plays in risk management and prepare our company for the next crisis. Here you will be instrumental in developing the map to navigate uncertainty and complexity that will lead to business continuity and safeguard our organization’s future 
  4. Strong interpersonal skills and adept at employee relationsIdeal candidate can handle the wear and tear of a fast-paced environment with an advanced sense of urgency while dealing with a multitude of issues that tend to be more shades of gray than black and white. Coach and consult with front line forces on complex safety issues, interface with doctors and claims adjusters related to injury management and getting employees back to work, coach and develop safety team members to be best in the industry. 

Education Experience

  • 8-10 years relevant experience 
  • Bachelor s degree or equivalent combination of training and related experience 
  • Degree in Occupational Safety/Health is a plus 
  • Must have OSHA30 certification 
  • Professional Certification CSP or similar 


  • Directed OSH function at multiple facilities regionally and corporate-wide 
  • Managed subordinates achieving highly effective teams  
  • Monitored regulatory arena for new/changing regulations and rulemaking 
  • Communicated with all business units pertaining to OSH 
  • Conducted comprehensive audits 
  • Liaised among executive management, business units, and support groups 
  • Issued OSH directives and corporate standards 
  • Compiled metrics and KPIs for all business units 
  • Provided recommendations to executive management 
  • Appropriated budgetary resources 
  • Acted as a consultant to business units 
  • Provided support for business units during regulatory inquiries 
  • Conducted global, regional and divisional OSH conferences 
  • Oversaw workers’ compensation process 
  • Leads the companys safety program 
  • Assists in setting up and maintaining a safe jobsite and ensures ongoing compliance with safety rules and regulations at all locations 
  • Maintains an active incident management program including: 
  • Develop and maintain doctor relationships 
  • Interviewing and setting up clinic protocols for all projects across the region 
  • Interfacing with HR on employees returning to work 
  • Performs on-site audits to identify unsafe operations, risks and compliance issues 
  • Oversees and supports safety meeting implementation and documentation 
  • Serves as the company safety subject matter expert with clients, regulators and employees 
  • Develops and analyzes reporting to identify trends and indicators to help prevent future incidents 
  • Identifies, creates and conducts safety training for compliance with all safety requirements 
  • Develops and mentors job-site safety professionals 
  • Participates in relevant industry associations and forums