Regional EHS Manager

Date: May 17, 2024

Location: Smyrna, TN, US Northville, MI, US Paragould, AR, US Smithville, TN, US

Company: Tenneco

Tenneco is one of the world’s leading designer, manufacturers and marketers of automotive products for original equipment and aftermarket customers, with approximately 78.000 team members working at more than 300 sites worldwide. Through our four business groups, Motorparts, Ride Performance, Clean Air and Powertrain, Tenneco is driving advancements in global mobility by delivering technology solutions for diversified global markets, including light vehicle, commercial truck, off-highway, industrial, motorsport and the aftermarket.

This position is responsible site level promotion, implementation, and maintenance of EHSS systems, programs and initiatives to support Tenneco’s conformance with applicable EHSS legal and other requirements and to minimize EHS legal risks and liabilities. The position may be based in Northville, MI and reports directly to the EHS Director of the company.


Supporting the South Region including but not limited to:

  • Athens, Alabama
  • Boaz, Alabama
  • EL Paso, Texas
  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • Maryville, Missouri
  • Maryland Heights, MO
  • Paragould, Arkansas
  • Hendersonville, North Carolina
  • Sevierville, Tennessee
  • Smithville, Tennessee
  • Smyrna, Tennessee
  • Spring Hill, Tennessee



Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Coordinate the consistent implementation of Tenneco’s EHS policy, procedures, standards and guidance documents, programs, and initiatives, including management of related EHS SharePoint site, EHS Management System, and other enterprise systems that ensures communication to the global EHS team.
  • Analyze EHS legal obligations and risks and develop initiatives and action plans to address those obligations and risks, including but not limited to environmental permits, submission of required reports, and maintenance of data are properly managed by sites in the region.
  • Evaluate and assess the internal EHS incident reporting process/system including participating in root cause investigation (in person as needed), development of corrective and preventive action plans, communication of lessons learned and usage of electronic incident reporting tool.
  • Actively participate in Incident/Injury case management including review and approval of information sent with 3rd party Workman’s Compensation/Injury Management claims.
  • Identify, monitor, track, drive and report leading and lagging EHSS metrics and KPIs metrics to ensure site level engagement and transparent communication. 
  • Participate in and support corporate EHS audit program and other internal assessment measures for all applicable Tenneco locations.
  • Work with Global EHS, legal counsel and operations teams to negotiate and resolve government agency notices of violation, claims and penalties.
  • Collaborate with all Regional Managers, Directors and Global EHS to ensure communication of information on EHS best practices, lessons learned, and other success stories.
  • Manage active site investigations and remediation projects in coordination with Corporate Environmental Remediation Team, including management of environmental consultants and outside legal counsel, and negotiations with governmental agencies.
  • Coordinate the collection and submission of the company’s energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and water use initiatives. 
  • Develop and present site-level EHS trainings in line with EHS training matrix/deployment plan(s) covering both legal and Tenneco EHS requirements.
  • Facilitates process and provides technical and administrative services such as industrial hygiene sampling, ergonomic evaluations to ensure compliance with EHS regulations and Tenneco requirements. Specific attention is needed to evaluate and ensure compliance with local EHS requirements.
  • Establishes and maintains relationships with governmental authorities on matters of mutual concern including voluntary certification (e.g., ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 registration, VPP, Industria Limpia)
  • Ensure environmental permits, submission of required reports, and maintenance of data are properly managed by sites in the region.
  • Supports emergency response actions dealing with the environment, employees, or the community.
  • Assures that Tenneco EHS Directives/Documentation are available or translated into local languages as appropriate.

Minimum Requirements


Education: Minimum of a four (4) year degree (Bachelor of Science) in Occupational Health and/or Safety, Industrial Hygiene, environmental discipline or equivalent, engineering or another relevant field desired. Relevant advanced degree preferred.


Experience: Minimum of 5-7 years of experience with an emphasis in environmental, health and safety program management, including at least 5 years of EHS oversite of multi-site manufacturing operations.


    • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and proficiency in local languages preferred.
    • Travel expectations – minimum of 70% including international travel, as needed.
    • Ability to work in a manufacturing environmental requiring the use of Personal Protective Equipment, walking, standing, and other motion-based activities.
    • Strong knowledge of environmental, health and safety legal requirements.
    • Demonstrated technical proficiency and ability to manage complex environmental site investigation and remediation projects.
    • Extensive background in hazard identification, risk assessment, accident investigation and development of corrective actions / risk reduction measures.
    • Ability to serve as a subject matter expert in one of the EHS functional disciplines (Occupational Health, Environmental Engineering/Management, Safety, or EHS Systems).
    • Understanding of manufacturing technologies and processes.
    • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
    • Proven facilitation skills including the ability to influence others.
    • Strong team-building skills.
    • Strong organizational skills including ability to manage large number of disparate projects and to track projects through completion.
    • Working knowledge of cross-functional EHS disciplines.
    • Demonstrate good understanding of latest relevant EHS legislation within the assigned region.
    • Fluent computer skills including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
    • Experience in the automotive industry a plus.

An Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.