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Memphis, Tennessee
United States
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IH Manager/Coordinator: Multi-site
Occupational Health Nurse
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6-10 years
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Bachelor's Degree
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Occupational Health Program Manager

What if you were given the opportunity and responsibility to make a difference? It is time to embrace your Infinite Possibilities. This is your opportunity to be part of International Paper, a Fortune 500 company and global leader in paper and packaging products. IP is known for our commitment to the environment and to cutting-edge technology. We have spent more than 100 years creating new ideas, and we are looking for people who can collaborate to help us build on our history, while creating future success. We are committed to attracting, preparing, promoting and supporting our teams. At International Paper, you control your destiny. We offer benefits, challenges, global opportunities and total rewards. When we say Infinite Possibilities, we mean it.

Purpose: The Occupational Health (OH) Program Manager is the senior health professional in the company and works as a member of the EHS Center of Excellence (COE).  This manager provides company-wide leadership and expertise in matters of work-related health to ensure regulatory compliance and promote safety and productivity of International Paper employees by developing and implementing strategies, policies, and programs to effectively deliver work-related health services.

Key customers include the EHS Business Managers, Regional EHS Managers, members of the EHS COE, Regional Workers Compensation Coordinators, Legal Department, Human Resources Department and local site management for complex occupational health problems and developing clinical support and staffing.

The OH Program Manager serves as the Functional Manager for all the U.S. IP Occupational Health professionals and on-site medical providers servicing International Paper employees.  The OH Manager also serves as the coordinator of the Corporate relationship with the Company’s Corporate Medical Director. 

Key Accountabilities:

  • Develop Company-wide strategies for work-related health through collaboration with Business and EHS work groups and other stakeholders.
  • Ensure compliance with U.S. regulatory agencies and professional standards for occupational health care by developing and implementing corporate standards and programs.
  • Provide Functional direction for all U.S. work-related health service providers within legal and contractual scope of work and budget.
  • Provide support for issues dealing with work-related health, worker productivity, health and wellness, including traveler health, medical surveillance, and fitness for duty, complex case management for workers’ compensation claims, Americans Disability Act and Family Medical Leave Act.
  • Recommend and implement occupational health and emergency response programming and staffing needs to business management. And provide functional leadership to IP health care professionals including licensure and scope of practice monitoring consultation for standard of care issues, and educational and networking opportunities to maintain consistent quality and services of work-related health services.
  • Appraise management of emerging issues and ensure development of best practices through benchmarking and networking with other fortune 500 companies, corporate occupational health professionals, and external organizations such as ORC and occupational health nursing organizations.

Key Challenges:

  • There are multiple regulatory agencies for business and health card that are the key drivers of standard, programs, policies, and scope of practice for healthcare providers.
  • Ongoing medical advances and medico-legal issues including the use of technology and electronic medical records.
  • Legal challenges on occupational health and medical issues for the company.
  • Availability of quality and consistent medical care and work-related health as well as expertise and cost from community based services.
  • Emerging issues that affect employees and business viability such as pandemic response and international traveler health.

The internal environment, including interaction with others, (both inside and outside the company) policies/practices:

  • Know internal resources and development of functional relationships.
  • Supporting the work-related health and medical services needs of employees across a global and diverse business groups and management levels within the company.
  • Increase globalization requires partnering with work-related health and medical care systems of many different regions and countries.

The work itself, e.g. problems, opportunities, change:

  • Managing a growing program with limited resources and staffing allocated.
  • Minimal opportunities to leverage work-related health programs across the businesses and facilities.
  • Competing with LIFE focus and programs.
  • Developing and understanding of work-related health concepts and opportunities to business and staff resources including use of external medical service providers.


  • Supports all businesses and employees.
  • Provides work-related health consulting to Legal Department and Human Resources.
  • Actively support EHS professionals.
  • Serves as corporate medical consultant.
  • Manages relationship with external Corporate Medical Director who oversees all corporate medical issues and concerns.
  • Supports workers’ compensation case management for all complicated or complex injuries.
  • International travelers’ health and fitness for duty.
  • Compliance with all U.S. regulatory agencies governing health and medical services.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing with Certification in Occupational Health Nursing.
  • Masters in occupational health nursing or equivalent strongly preferred.
  • Must have current unrestricted nursing license to practice in Tennessee.
  • 10+ years of effective corporate occupational and management experience in a multi-site occupational health setting. Global manufacturing experience preferred.
  • Strong and effective communication skills.
  • Demonstrated competence to work effectively with minimum supervision and with all levels of management.
  • Strong written, presentation, and computer skills.
  • Competencies critical include Action Oriented, Customer Focus, Integrity and Trust, Interpersonal Savvy, Problem Solving, Organizational Agility.

Organizational Relationship:
This role will report to the Manager of Occupational Health and Workers’ Compensation and serve as a member of the EHS Health and Safety COE. 


  • Based in Memphis, TN
  • Requires 30% travel primarily U.S. domestic with possible International travel.

International Paper is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Minorities/Females/Individuals with Disabilities/Veterans.