Corporate Safety Manager
Operations Management


Position Purpose:


This role reports to the Director EHS & Sustainability and will primarily be responsible for safety risk management and compliance within the Rail North America rail car and locomotive maintenance network. The position will be responsible for the safety of our employees, contractors, visitors and the surrounding community in practice with our Responsible Care Management System (RCMS) and GATX Rail North American EHS objectives, targets and goals. The position will support the strategic reduction of safety risk via a proactive, cross-functional and continuous improvement approach. The position will also have direct responsibility for safety compliance and training within our facilities and for supporting EHS resources throughout the network.


Key Job Activities: 


Key Activities


% Time Spent

Manage injuries, investigations and corrective actions throughout the network. Periodically analyze injury data to identify trends and improvement solutions.


Manage day-to-day, cross-functional safety risk reduction efforts including review of safety data reporting and safety data systems, standard work instruction (SWI) development, electronic safety inspections and observations, Toolbox Talk development & deployment, etc. Partner with Continuous Improvement and Facility & Maintenance Engineering to support with standardization.


Maintain and continuously improve GATX safety programs, policies, and training content to achieve safety risk and compliance objectives. Monitor and implement industry advances to improve safety performance and compliance within our network. Partner with L&D to improve effectiveness and efficiency of safety training within the network.


Provide on-site support within our maintenance facilities for internal EHS audits, projects, initiatives, training and EHS resource onboarding & development.



Interaction: This position will interact with senior executives, facility leaders, functional leaders and shop floor employees throughout the GATX organization. It is an independent, cross-functional key position that contributes significant knowledge and influence to the GATX Operations group in order to achieve our defined initiatives.


This position will not have direct reports.


Education and/or Experience required (including certifications):


  • Bachelor’s degree with concentration in Occupational Safety, Engineering, Operations or related field, or Associate’s Degree with equivalent experience.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in a production or corporate environment with safety responsibility (or equivalent in safety consulting role) with demonstrated results.
  • Proven ability to execute assigned projects or tasks independently.
  • Working knowledge of US and/or Canadian safety regulations, typical safety metrics and Workers Compensation procedures.
  • Responsible Care Management System (RCMS), SafeStart or ETQ experience is a plus.
  • Railroad or tank cleaning experience is a plus.
  • Union experience is a plus.
  • Effective interpersonal and communications skills - able to prepare and present recommendations and decisions in a professional, clear and concise manner.


Key Competencies (non-technical behavioral skills, i.e. presentation, negotiation, customer service skills), in priority order.  Select from “key competencies for job descriptions” list:


  • Leverage and analyze data
  • Detail oriented
  • Think strategically
  • Drive for results
  • Continuously improves
  • Ability to indirectly influence
  • Builds productive relationships
  • Embraces and leverages technology
  • Creates and delivers training content
  • Able to multi-task & prioritize
  • Technically knowledgeable


Other (i.e., physical requirements, travel, etc. that is not covered above):


  • Physical requirements include outdoor work, climbing stairs or ladders, and some heavy lifting.
  • Routine travel to US and Canada locations as needed – estimated 20% travel


Consistent with GATX policy, all new hires are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and if eligible per CDC guidance to receive a COVID-19 booster shot, subject to accommodation. 


GATX embraces diversity, and we are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills.


We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

GATX Corporation