Learning & Development/Safety Leader

Washington, Illinois
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Jan 01, 2021
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Company Overview:

BTD is a fast growing metalworking company. We provide custom metalwork services for some of the world’s top brands. Our 1100+ employees work from four facilities throughout the Midwest and Southeast. We invest in our people, our equipment, and our facilities to offer our clients the best value possible. We are also a wholly-owned subsidiary of Otter Tail Corporation, a publicly traded company on NASDAQ.


Summary: Works directly as a trainer, supervises activities and priorities of other trainers, and serves as an advisor to leadership in the planning, development, presentation, and evaluation of training and educational programs that engage and develop employees to ensure key competencies are taught in order to perform current and future jobs with a primary concentration and focus on hourly positions. Main safety contact for the facility. Leads safety-training for employees, suggests effective methods of measuring safety standards in the workplace, and conducts safety inspections on a routine basis.


Safety is #1 at BTD: Our expectation is that every employee: 1) Strictly follows safety policies, rules and safe work methods. 2) Promptly corrects or reports safety hazards or unsafe conditions. Promptly reports injuries for prompt diagnosis and treatment. 3) Makes regular suggestions for safety process improvements to support continuous improvement in safety.


Essential Functions:

1. Both oversees and provides the orientation, onboarding and development to new, hourly employees.

2. Monitors skill sets and determines when recertification is needed.

3. Develops and delivers customized training per request.

4. Designs, implements, and maintains training programs in all locations.

5. Effectively holds online trainings with all other locations.

6. Identify implementation needs for new programs and drive continuous improvements for existing programs.

7. Ability to develop new programs from scratch.

8. Research and develop departmental training guide for essential function of the OJT.

9. Coordinates use of outside technical training resources as necessary to meet business needs.

10. Assists leadership in updating and maintaining the required skill flex for all positions.

11. Be the liaison between the OTJ trainer, supervisor and new department employee.

12. Prioritize training needs.

13. Evaluate new employees in the job interviews.

14. Assist the VP HR, Talent Mgmt. & Leadership Dev.in projects as requested.

15. Provides newly hired employees with the basic skill set for success.

16. As required, takes on the duties of the VP of Training & OD in their absence.

1. Trains employees in safety procedures.

2. Suggests revisions to production methods and employee activity that does not meet health and safety codes.

3. Stays up to date on new state and federal health and safety regulations.

4. Runs emergency drills to gauge employee readiness.

5. Consults with facility director regarding the implementation of new safety procedures.

6. Schedules and performs monthly safety audits of each department and subsequently enters audit findings into Industry Safe.

7. Tracks safety numbers, including: near misses, property damage, and reported/OSHA/Dart injuries.

8. Schedules Safety Meetings, maintains agenda and takes meeting minutes.

9. Maintains safety manuals.

10. Participates in incident investigations to determine root causes and corrective actions.

11. Enters claims into Liberty Mutual system and helps with claim management.

12. Maintains OSHA visual safety incident maps.

13. Runs reports out of Industry Safe and maintain injury statistics/reports.

14. Maintains OSHA 300 Log on site.

15. Accompanies employees to clinics/IWIRC for work related injuries.

16. Creates and manages modified work agreements.

17. Aids in production on an as needed basis.


Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Graduation from high school, college or technical school degree preferred, leadership experience in a metal fabricating environment.


Experience and Skills Required: At least three years of recent related production experience which includes the following skills and abilities:

1. Excellent computer database, customer service skills, and experience with documentation systems required.

2. Proficient in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Access.

3. Must be a self-starter, highly motivated, organized and able to prioritize.

4. Ability to establish and maintain strong, cooperative working relationships with others.

5. Able to present ideas effectively, orally and in writing, as well as strong public speaking/relations skills.

6. Strong working knowledge of the equipment, materials, methods and practices used in production operations.

7. Must be able to understand and follow routine oral and written instructions.

8. Must be able to delegate work as workload defines.



Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of the job, the employee is occasionally

required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.


Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of the job, the employee may be exposed to weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.



Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)