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HSE Specialist

Requisition ID:  27996

Sacramento, CA, US Springfield, IL, US

Work experience:  Specialist
Type of position:  Full-Time
Job Family: 

Vestas Factory

At Vestas we are powered by the dream of changing the world. And to create a sustainable future, we are building a team of passioned visionaries. Would you like to join us?


With +157 GW of wind turbines installed in 88 countries, our sustainable energy solutions have already prevented 1.5 billion tonnes³ of CO₂ being emitted into the atmosphere and contributed to a more sustainable energy system.  


The HSE Specialist is part of the Construction team and provides leadership and strategic direction around ensuring the safety of our employees and contractors while helping to minimize our environmental footprint.



  • Collaborate with Construction Operations team to effectively coordinate safe practices and procedures on the construction of developing wind projects.
  • Supervise the relationship regarding Health and Safety with project stakeholders
  • Perform risk management to minimize employee and project risk
  • Represent HSE at customer meetings as required
  • Oversees the care and case management of any person with a workplace injury in conjunction with construction management
  • Responsible for coordination and management of environmental risks and cleanup of any release
  • Build organization capability by providing HSE mentoring and development of HSE Professional I team members
  • Support the investigation process of incidents (including near misses, releases, and losses) and accidents to determine root causes and prepares/directs corrective and preventive action plans. Identify and determine correction action for systemic HSE issues within the region of responsibility
  • Maintain current knowledge of HSE industry best practices and technological developments and equipment to remain up to date on related systems, devices and techniques designed to eliminate or minimize associated risks. Keeps current on regulatory requirements pertaining to HSE for assigned Countries, Provinces, Territories and States
  • Direct HSE efforts and serve as ambassador for an injury and incident free safety culture
  • Ability to travel extensively to meet business goals
  • Perform in field interactions with trade workers and wind turbine technicians, sometimes at height



  • Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Health and Safety or related equivalent with work experience 
  • Certification (CSP/ASP/CRSP/GSP/SMS) is added value
  • Direct experience within the Wind industry is highly desirable 
  • Capable of guiding cultural change and behavior-based safety programs, as well as HSE programs and policies across multiple countries, geographies and cultures
  • Experience in applying international HSE standards (ISO 14001, ISO 9001 and ISO 45001) across business units and geographies
  • Experience with TapRoot or other root cause analysis process
  • Experience with cranes, lifting and rigging, civil works, safety management systems, control of hazardous energy, confined space requirements, work at heights and soft tissue injury prevention desired



  • Ability to effectively influence a cross-functional team
  • Ability to make recommendations and give direction to cross function team members
  • Ability to establish and maintain good relationships with internal and external stakeholders at all levels
  • Ability to guide by influence and by motivating and empowering 


What We Offer:

We offer an exciting Management position with great development opportunities in an inspiring environment at the world's number one wind turbine producer. We value initiative, responsibility, and accuracy. You will become part of an international environment with a commitment to sustainability and safety and you will work among colleagues that take care of each other.

  • Attractive salary and one of the most comprehensive benefits plans in the industry
  • Great benefits coverage that includes dental and vision
  • Generous Paid Time Off policies  
  • Great 401(k) plan (with employer match)
  • Tuition assistance


Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that should be met by an employee to completely perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable applicants with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to occasionally climb stairs and ladders 60-125 meters in height, in order to access work area.
  • Ability to occasionally lift, push, pull, and carry items up to 50 lbs. in weight.
  • Ability to occasionally walk, stand, look up/down, balance, stoop, twist, kneel, and bend.
  • Ability to occasionally grip and manually manipulate, often with repetitive motion, items such as, but not limited to, hand tools and turbine parts.
  • Comfort occasionally working in confined spaces and at heights over 100 meters.
  • Ability to favorably participate in all training courses, including controlled decent.
  • Ability to hear and see, including the ability to perceive depth and distinguish colors, sufficient to perform job functions and use close range radios.
  • Able to work in demanding physical and inclement weather conditions. 
  • Comfort working remotely in a turbine as part of a team with limited supervisory interaction.

It is an essential function of this position that you climb and work in the turbines. Therefore, to perform your position safely, your total weight, while wearing all required PPE and gear, should be at or less than the 300.0 lbs. weight limit. 

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About Vestas
Vestas is the energy industry’s global partner on sustainable energy solutions. We specialize in designing, manufacturing, installing, and servicing wind turbines, both onshore and offshore. 
Across the globe, we have installed more wind power than our competitors in the renewable energy arena. We consider ourselves forerunners within the industry, as Vestas continuously aims to design new solutions and technologies to create a more sustainable future for all of us. With more than 145 GW of wind power installed worldwide and 40+ years of experience in wind energy, Vestas has an unmatched history demonstrating our expertise within the field. 
With 29,000 employees globally, Vestas is a diverse team united by a common goal: to power the solution – today, tomorrow, and far into the future. 
Vestas promotes a diverse workforce which embraces all social identities and is free of any discrimination. We commit to create and sustain an environment that acknowledges and harvests different experiences, skills, and perspectives, and gives everyone equal access to opportunity. 
To learn more about our company and life at Vestas, we invite you to visit our website at and follow us on our social media channels. We also encourage you to join our Talent Universe to receive notifications on new and relevant postings. 

Nearest Major Market: Sacramento