Regional H&S Manager Europe, CIS & Turkey – Refractory Services 

Enhance H&S for our RHI Magnesita employees at customer production sites in the region

RHI Magnesita is the global leader and driving force in the refractory business – they develop, produce, sell and install heat-resistant materials and products for high temperature production. Without RHI Magnesita cars, planes, glass, roads and many other things that we take for granted would not exist. RHI Magnesita has app. 14.000 employees, 2.7 bn. Euro in turnover, and serves more than 10.000 customers within steel, cement, glass, metals, energy, chemical and similar industries.

Refractory Services is a business unit that is in charge of replacing and maintaining refractories at the customer plants. Do you have substantial experience with all aspects of a H&S role in dangerous heavy industry environments and are you able to drive considerable change to the benefit of the RHIM employees in the cross field between external customer production sites, Refractory Services HSE and Corporate HSE in many different cultures and countries then we got the role for you.

About the job

Global Refractory Services counts over 3000 collaborators working at our customers‘ facilities throughout the world. Our customers‘ sites differ from very small plants to plants with hundreds of employees – some with very well defined H&S policies some with less – but all in high risk environments with liquid metals, extreme heat exposure and heavy bricks.

In this position you will be responsible to define our H&S policy and lead its deployment within the Refractory Services Business Unit in Europe, CIS & Turkey which is in charge of the installation of our refractory products at our customers. You will be promoting H&S as the #1 priority and you will define a comprehensive roadmap to consolidate and further improve our H&S mindset in the region. Your regular visits on site will be key for you to understand the reality our organization is living in and find the proper solutions in close collaboration with the business leaders. You will support the regional managers as well as our operational teams to assess potential gaps, define & implement the right H&S measures and guide them on this journey. Additionally, you work closely with Refractory Services H&S, our local H&S Officers and the corporate H&S department of our company in order to ensure that company tools and policies are implemented across all teams. Sharing and implementing best practices between the different areas of our department will be one of the main drivers of making our work environment a safe place.

This position is linked to the challenge and opportunity of bringing the RHIM Refractory Services team to the highest standards in terms of H&S. As a direct report to the Director of Spot Installation Europe, CIS & Turkey you will have the chance to create your own impact on our organization and work with people around the globe in a cross-functional cooperation. Your daily tasks include:

  • Enable & support the regional managers to define their strategic development plans in order to improve our H&S level
  • Support the local H&S Officers to roll out company tools and initiatives
  • Conduct regular site visits and H&S audits
  • Take an active part in the analysis of H&S events targeting root cause identification as well as corrective and preventive actions
  • Share best practices and incident reports to the relevant population
  • Represent Refractory Services in corporate H&S meetings and workshops
  • Travel up to 50% of the time

About you

You are a proven H&S Manager with a solid background in heavy industries such as (petro)chemical, O&G, offshore, construction or steel production. Improving the level of safety of all individuals working around you is your main goal and working globally with colleagues all around the world excites you!

As our ideal candidate you are an expert in your field with thorough experience in managing operational H&S in industries involving extensive manpower and you are comfortable in assessing and managing all kinds of risks associated. Additionally, you have strong communication and interpersonal skills as well as the capacity to successfully manage both regional topics and local initiatives in very different cultural environments.

In addition, you have:

  • Minimum 5 – 10 years of experience working in an H&S role in a demanding industry
  • Relevant educational background
  • Deep practical knowledge of managing cultural change around H&S
  • Solid knowledge of behavior-based H&S tools
  • Fluency in English, and other language skills are considered an asset

What we bring to the table

We are the acknowledged industry leader in innovative technology. Our company is defined by people. That’s why we attach so much importance to our employees. We have a collaborative culture that cherishes ideas and determination to add value for our customers. Our leadership style encourages openness, fresh thinking and initiative. We are pragmatic, positive and optimistic.

We offer:

  • Challenging and diverse tasks within a multicultural and passionate working environment
  • A responsible position within the Business Unit Refractory Services
  • Cross-functional collaboration with open-minded and innovative teams
  • Flat hierarchies with short decision-making processes
  • Full-time position (40 hours/week) at our Hub in Rotterdam, The Netherlands or at one of our operational locations such as Kerpen (near Cologne), Nuremberg, Gerbstedt, All in Germany or in Ploiesti/Bucuresti in Romania
  • Health insurance contribution and competitive pension plan
  • Transportation allowance or public transportation travel card (1st class)

About RHI Magnesita

RHI Magnesita is the leading global supplier of high-grade refractory products, systems and solutions which are critical for high-temperature processes exceeding 1,200°C in a wide range of industries, including steel, cement, non-ferrous metals, and glass. Our purpose is to master heat, enabling global industries to build sustainable modern life. With a vertically integrated value chain, from raw materials to refractory products and full performance-based solutions, RHI Magnesita serves customers globally, with around 12,000 employees in 30 main production sites and more than 70 sales offices. RHI Magnesita pursues an innovative and industry-leading path in technological development and sustainability, including CO2 emissions reduction technology.

Do you recognize yourself in this role?

For this position we are working with the executive search company, Brinch & Partners, based in Copenhagen. If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact Partner Arne Kyed at or +45 2970 2031.

If you are interested in the position please please upload your CV at your earliest convenience.

Arne Kyed

+45 2970 2031