Newell Brands Director Product and Safety Compliance in Atlanta, Georgia

Position title: Director Product and Safety Compliance

Location: Atlanta, Chicago or Huntersville

Reports to: VP Quality

Job Summary:

The Director, Product Safety will establish and maintain a strategic vision for product safety and regulatory compliance programs that ensure new and existing products meet Newell safety standards and regulatory requirements and are optimized for global expansion and customer acceptance. Moderate to Heavy travel may be required.

Job Description:

  • Develop and direct product risk assessment programs that examine physical, chemical, and electrical hazards; chemical registration; substance restrictions, product safety certifications; regulatory compliance; and hazard communication

  • Direct product and compliance risk management assessments and guide business leaders on practical alternatives

  • Oversee development and deployment of early warning monitoring processes for detecting threats and opportunities from emerging standards and regulatory requirements with high potential product impact or business risk

  • Evaluate and develop staff competencies, assessing and adjusting staffing levels, and developing and administering budgets

  • Manage the Research and Development (R&D) testing function and maintain a vision for best in class operating efficiency, efficacy and consumer relevance in testing

  • Require the ability to work effectively with other disciplines including Product and Design Engineering, Marketing, Industrial Design, Chemistry, Sourcing, Manufacturing, Quality, and Supply Chain

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Chemistry, Biology, Toxicology, Product Safety, Regulatory Affairs, Public Health or closely related field, technical engineering or science discipline required (Master’s degree preferred)

  • 10 years of product development and manufacturing experience required (12 years preferred); Consumer Products Industry Experience and Manufacturing experience in countries outside of the U.S. preferred

  • 7 years management experience required (5+ years directly managing international staff preferred)

  • 3+ years working experience in a matrix organization preferred

  • 2+ years leadership experience in trade association shaping industry objectives and practices preferred

  • Demonstrates specific knowledge in the chemicals, plastics, metals, wood, or electric commodities preferred

  • Demonstrates ability to deploy and maintain product safety management systems/programs such as ISO or Responsible Care systems

  • Demonstrates expertise in testing protocol development and execution

  • Demonstrates a proven track record of successfully leading compliance systems while partnering with suppliers

  • Demonstrates experience working closely with third party test labs to resolve challenges, strengthen standards, interpretation, and application

  • Demonstrates advanced understanding of cost of failure financials and experience managing cost of failure reduction projects

Newell Brands (NYSE: NWL) is a leading global consumer goods company with a strong portfolio of well-known brands, including Paper Mate, Sharpie, Dymo, EXPO, Parker, Elmers, Coleman, Jostens, Marmot, Rawlings, Oster, Sunbeam, FoodSaver, Mr. Coffee, Rubbermaid Commercial Products, Graco, Baby Jogger, NUK, Calphalon, Rubbermaid, Contigo, First Alert, Waddington and Yankee Candle. For hundreds of millions of consumers, Newell Brands makes life better every day, where they live, learn, work and play. Newell Brands and its subsidiaries are Equal Opportunity Employers and comply with applicable employment laws. EOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled are encouraged to apply.