AES United States EHS Operations Director in Arlington, Virginia

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EHS Operations Director

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The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES) is a global power company that owns and operates a diverse and growing portfolio of electricity generation and distribution businesses, which provide reliable, affordable energy to customers in 18 countries. AES understands that a reliable, affordable supply of electricity is essential to human progress, economic growth, public health and security. Our power plants encompass a broad range of technologies and fuel types, including coal, diesel, hydropower, gas, oil, wind and biomass. Our utilities power several diverse markets, from São Paulo, Brazil to Indianapolis, Indiana. Combining deep local insight with a global presence and more than 30 years of experience, AES has a proven commitment to ensuring operational excellence in providing electricity to its customers.

The Global EHS Director will be responsible to provide leadership and direction for EHS programs and initiatives across the company. In this role, the successful candidate will be responsible for leading a team as well as partnering with business leaders and cross-functional team members on a global scale.


  • Lead a team that is responsible for developing the global frameworks for workplace safety programs and EHS standards, training programs, tools and procedures

  • Lead cross functional teams to design and implement new EHS processes utilizing the APEX process and tools

  • Enhance Significant Incident and Potentials improvement and lessons learned initiatives

  • Contribute to development of strategies to consistently evolve and improve EHS related performance and programs aligned to AES growth, risks and operations

  • Work closely with the EHS leaders in our local businesses to host and lead leadership team sessions

  • Create and deliver training content on a variety of topics related to EHS programs, initiatives, awareness and emergency preparedness

  • Partner with the business in leading activities and efforts around safety-related incidents and investigations

  • Identify and build action plans and strategies through analytics

  • Oversee and coordinate EHS audit management and execution programs to effectively identify EHS related risks and establish mitigation strategies and actions to support SBUs

  • Ability to effectively lead the implementation of programs on a global basis and escalate issues for resolution


  • 10-15 years related experience.

  • A proven operational business leader from an electric distribution business or from a power plant

  • Possesses a passion for safety

  • Has in-depth understanding of safety programs, understands how to operate with them and knows why they are in place

  • A change leader that champions change, enlists the supports of others and leads teams in pursuit of change, handles conflict in a constructive way, and thinks with an overall business perspective to make positive change

  • Ability to effectively communicate and influence at all levels of an organization

  • Respected by a number of leaders and other people throughout AES

  • Ability to build effective relationships; possess strong interpersonal skills

  • Has an established network within AES

  • Ability to lead a small team and influence and motivate a much broader audience

  • Ability to review, analyze and draw conclusions from data; effectively use the conclusions to make and communicate key recommendations

  • Ability to manage, lead, and coordinate multiple projects at once, often under tight deadlines, while always meeting the deliverables

  • Has an attitude that “finishes the work” to a high level of professionalism

  • Must be able to and enjoy working in a dynamic, fast-paced environment

  • Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree preferred

  • Demonstrates alignment with our Values, cultural foundational elements and our WE ARE AES principles

We are the energy that improves the lives of over 100 million people through the many benefits that come with electricity.


Virginia (US-VA)

United States (US)

The AES Corporation is a Fortune 200 global power company. We provide affordable, sustainable energy to 17 countries through our diverse portfolio of distribution businesses as well as thermal and renewable generation facilities. Our workforce of 21,000 people is committed to operational excellence and meeting the world’s changing power needs. AES is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status. E-Verify Notice: AES will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee's I-9 to confirm work authorization.

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AES people raise the quality of life in communities around the world – from bringing electricity to rural communities in El Salvador for the first time, to engineering battery storage that makes a clean energy future possible. That’s a 24/7 responsibility, so we work like a 21,000-person start-up – all in, full-on, in small, hyper-connected teams of people from different divisions, specialties and cultures.

We recognize and reward contribution from anyone, anywhere. The only limit to our influence and impact is our own commitment. We measure our careers by the difference we make to our communities, colleagues and families. So we care as much about how we act as what we do, at work and in life. We don’t just work at AES. We work for AES. We are AES.

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