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HSE Director

Job Title: HSE Director
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Erbil, Iraq
REF: 1248
Contact Name: David Bernard
Job Published: over 1 year ago

Job Description

Main objective of this position is to ensure an efficient, effective and integrated management of all HSE aspects and assurance that work is undertaken in compliance with Company’s internal regulations on Health, Industrial Safety, Labor Protection and Environmental Protection as well as with relevant international standards and best practices. Overall objective is to ensure a safe operation environment to the employees and to the general public.

The HSE Director leads the HSE Department in the executive office of the client in Erbil staffed with 5 employees and manages HSE teams located at the different sites (e.g. pump stations, metering stations) along the pipeline with a total workforce of approximately 12 staff. Key duties of the site staff are:

  • Provision of training
  • Conduct of HSE inspections
  • Participation in accident investigations
  • HSE data collection and reporting

Each HSE Team is headed by a subordinate manager (Head of HSE Team) reporting to the HSE Director.

The HSE Director is responsible for the overall HSE performance of the Company and continuous optimisation. The HSE Director reports directly to the Branch Head.

While each manager is responsible for the adherence of his/her personnel to safety policies and regulations, protection of the environment, and prevention of damage to systems and equipment through continual promotion of safe work practices and procedures, the HSE Director and his teams provide guidance, training, and the required regulations and procedures, and monitor compliance through inspections. The HSE Director provides input to strategic decisions that affect the functional area of responsibility and gives input into developing the budget.

The HSE Director’s further key duties include:

  • Develop and introduce the Company’s HSE related internal normative documentation in relation to HSE;
  • Drive and monitor development of external and internal regulations pertinent to HSE (e.g. new Acts of the Government, Statutory Instruments, HSE Guidance Notes, Codes of Practice and Instructions related to HSE) and provide information to Company Directors and personnel;
  • Participate in the Company's technical policy definitions.
  • Approve the Corporate HSE policy and regulations.
  • Ensure a Corporate HSE Risk Register is available and maintained.
  • Organise the development of Emergency Response Plans and Environmental Protection measures;
  • Ensure Emergency Response, Fire and HSE safety equipment & facilities including vehicles are defined, available, regularly inspected  and maintained at all locations including temporary work locations. 
  • Ensure emergency equipment and materials are defined and approved including storage location and maintenance of same. 
  • Ensure sufficient qualified staff for all HSE requirements are available in all locations; HSE, Firefighting, Emergency Response.
  • Ensure all work instructions and procedures are available, maintained, implemented and adhered to for the entire organization , for example the permit-to-work system. 
  • Develop of HSE awareness training materials and programmes and organize comprehensive training of the Company’s employees;
  • Develop and implement of an HSE audit schedule and lead internal as well as external HSE audits and inspections
  • Monitor compliance of the Company’s employees to HSE requirements and guide the Company’s Operational Units in the reduction and prevention of regulatory non-compliances, injuries, accidents, third-party damage and environmental incidents;
  • Develop, implement and monitor an HSE programme for subcontractors and third parties
  • Study and analysis of the causes for emergencies and incidents, industrial traumas and occupational deceases;
  • Monitor and where necessary lead or participate in the investigation of emergencies and incidents, develop measures to minimise and/or mitigate risk of incidents and emergencies, and provide compliance information to state authority as needed;
  • Implement, monitor and report HSE data / KPI´s to the Government Bodies and the Company Management Bodies;
  • Plan and organize in cooperation with the Procurement Directorate that employees receive any Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and normative and training documentation for safe work. Also, ensure that potentially hazardous environments are equipped with visual warning signs and safe work instructions;
  • Plan and exercise control over collection, storage and utilization of industrial wastes and discharges and create awareness for handling hazardous materials.
  • Promote the highest HSE standard and culture within the Company, Contractors and Business Partners.
  • Organize, control and manage the coordination of plans, reports, events, schedules and other documents in the area of HSE.
  • Control and participate in short-term and long-term work plans and budgets preparation in relation to HSE.
  • Monitor and manage changes in HSE budgets. Undertake a plan-fact analysis of the budgets execution and report approval.
  • Organise the receipt of corporate approvals for additional and changing HSE measures.
  • Participate in the formation and coordination of development programs, technical re-equipment, etc. and ensure that due consideration is given to HSE aspects
  • Evaluate employee performance and goal achievement.
  • Interact with HR Management Division and subordinated organization units in order to define job profiles, select suitable candidates for interviews and propose candidates for new positions;
  • Provide consultancy in relation to HSE to the Technical and Tender Committee and possibly other Company Units as may be required;
  • Interact with the government and local authorities of Iraq and the Kurdish Autonomy in relation to HSE.


  • University degree in an engineering discipline
  • Certified training courses in HSE



  • Self-motivated individual, able to work independently or in a team environment.
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast paced, changing environment with strong analytical and time management skills
  • Equipped with soft skills required to build and manage teams; ability to avoid, deal with and resolve conflict.
  • Capable of resolving escalated issues arising from operations and requiring coordination with other departments.
  • Confident communicator to represent his/her Directorate/Unit and report to Company's Senior Management and the Board of Directors.
  • Must have strong organizational and interdisciplinary skills and able to deal concurrently with a variety of projects and issues.
  • Focus on meeting applicable regulatory compliance;
  • Familiarity with the HSE issues related to planning and implementation of industrial construction projects, ideally in the area of oil and gas installations or even pipelines
  • Familiarity with the HSE issues related to transportation processes of crude oil or petroleum products;
  • Familiarity with management systems such a OHSAS 18001 or ISO 45001;
  • Familiarity with job safety and risk assessments;
  • Familiarity with the concept of Stop Work Authority (SWA);
  • Familiarity with the key aspects of asset integrity management and technical process safety

Language Skills


  • English fluent;
  • Kurdish preferable;
  • Russian preferable

Work Experience


  • Min. 15 years of relevant business experience; 8+ years of managerial experience; five or more years in a position with particular HSE focus, preferably at a tank terminal, pipeline or plant operations;
  • Relevant experience working in global companies and ability to work on equal footing across cultural boundaries. Concrete Middle East experience is clearly a plus;
  • Experience in managing and directing HSE functional units and in particular in facilities for the oil & gas sector;
  • Experience in establishing or at least working within the framework of certified HSE systems such as OHSAS 18001 and/or ISO 14001;
  • Experience with the development and implementation of behavior based safety programs;
  • Experience in managing a small to medium sized workforce and managing budgets;
  • Experience in designing and implementing HSE related training / capacity building programmes for employees and contractors.

Computer Skills

  • Proficiency in using standard office software such as MS Office and/or equivalent;
  • Proficiency in using modern communication tools such as internet, e-mail, mobile phone, telephone / video conferencing, messenger systems


Erbil, Kurdistan Region, the Republic of Iraq

Degree of mobility

Trips to locations along the pipeline; sporadically international business trips

This is a residential role based in Erbil, Kurdistan with 35 days of annual leave.