Safety Manager
Job Type

The Safety Manager is a vital part of the Bertch team; therefore, this position is on-site located in Waterloo, IA. 

Job Description

The Safety Manager will lead and engage in all aspects of occupational safety for Bertch facilities. This includes developing and executing safety training plans to meet regulatory and internal program requirements, maintaining safety documentation and records, and purchasing all safety supplies and equipment. The Safety Manager will also conduct or guide injury incident investigations, track all incidents (injuries, first aids, near hits), review and make recommendations for improvements, coordinate inspections, and facilitate new-hire safety orientations. Additionally, the role involves partnering with a third-party administrator on the coordination and management of workers' compensation claims.


Key Accountabilities

  • Provide strategic leadership for the safety program development to achieve cultural permanence, site-specific performance objectives and program implementation goals.
  • Maintain understanding and knowledge of current applicable federal, state, local regulations and company policies.
  • Coordinate and conduct injury investigations to determine correct root cause and corrective action.
  • Administers the worker’s compensation program.
  • Lead and manage the implementation of injury reduction efforts.   
  • Track and report operational safety performance.
  • Coordinate safety training programs for all levels of the site organization.
  • Provide leadership and facilitation to drive a sustained and effective plant safety committee.
  • Function as emergency coordinator. Develop and drive emergency response and business continuity initiatives.
  • Lead the operation to best practices and best-in-class results, including program development
  • Assist the organization by participating in special taskforce assignments, special projects, and continuous improvement.
  • Serve as the site security focal point.
  • Work closely with company third party Early Intervention Specialist.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Characteristics & Attributes

  • Proficient collaborator; able to partner with and get things done through others
  • Flexibility to support off shifts as necessary.
  • Ability to multi-task and balance priorities.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and professional demeanor; able to teach and communicate effectively at all levels of the organization
  • General occupational safety, environmental, risk management, and security experience desired.
  • Strong oral and written communication, and presentation skills
  • Analytical reasoning and problem-solving capabilities.

Education & Experience

  • BS in Occupational Safety or Industrial Hygiene; advanced degree and/or professional certification(s) preferred.
  • 5+ years of experience in health, safety and environmental field in a manufacturing setting, with at least three years in a leadership role.
  • Strong track record for transformative results through programs, training and culture shaping.
  • Demonstrated success in Safety leadership, and strong commitment to the safety of others.
  • Demonstrated program development, implementation and training success.
  • Certified in CPR, AED and First Aid.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Power BI a plus.

Organizational Relationship

Position reports to the Vice President of HR

Additional Information

Nestled in the heart of the Midwest, Bertch has been reviving the cherished art of traditional cabinetmaking for over 40+ years, reflecting a commitment to reforestation, recycling and a general respect for the environment. Utilizing only the finest wood, furniture joints and exceptional finishes to create distinct products for the home and hospitality industry. Bertch is a totally integrated manufacturer producing all components in house. Cogeneration is part of the corporate strategy. Today's modern manufacturing facility is in excess of 1,000,000 sq. ft., with state-of-the-art plant design and equipment. An experienced workforce of 600+ associates, many with 10+ years of skill and experience, create products that are delivered on air ride tractor/trailers nationwide. Visit to learn more and join us in building great experiences together!

Equal Employment Opportunity

Bertch Cabinet LLC is an equal opportunity employer. Bertch Cabinet LLC’s policy is not to discriminate against any applicant or employee based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, age, disability/handicap status, marital status, military status, sexual orientation, genetic history or information, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local laws. Bertch Cabinet LLC also prohibits harassment of applicants or employees based on any of these protected categories. It is also Bertch Cabinet LLC’s policy to comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws respecting consideration of unemployment status in making hiring decisions.

Reasonable Accommodations

Bertch Cabinet LLC is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If you have a disability and wish to discuss potential accommodations related to applying for employment, please contact us at 319-296-2987.

*Actual pay will vary based on qualifications and other factors