Associate Spotlight - Scott, Safety Specialist
Scott Philips is the Safety Specialist for the New York and Southern New England Divisions and has been a member of the Coca-Cola family for 23 years in a variety of roles. One thing has always remained the same: his passion for helping the company and his fellow co-workers stay safe.
"Scott is an extremely hard worker who genuinely cares about the safety and well-being of all of our associates," said Zach Lit, Scott's Safety Specialist counterpart for the Capital and Patriot divisions, "He often calls this his 'dream job,' and it shows with the quality of his work."
Q. Where did you start out in the company? Can you talk about your career progression?
A. I started out as a part-time, seasonal warehouse employee putting 6-pack rings on 20oz cases. Back then we didn’t have 1/2liter 6-packs, and we certainly didn’t have all of the SKU’s we have today. From there I became a merchandiser, then a checker in the warehouse. After about six or seven years of checking loads in and out of the warehouse, I was promoted to warehouse supervisor. That’s where I started to get involved in safety since I was also the safety point of contact for the Syracuse facility. After a few years, I took a job as a distribution supervisor and continued my role as the safety point of contact for the facility. In late 2017 I was promoted to safety specialist for the company, which is the role I’m in today and now I work with all of the facilities in the New York and Southern New England Divisions.
Q. What does a typical day look like as a Safety Specialist?
A. As a safety specialist, no two days are the same. Typically I’m visiting one of the sales centers in the New York or Southern New England divisions to provide support in ensuring safety and compliance. This could mean anything from holding an accident investigation training class with supervisors or people leaders working in the trade to partnering with consultants from Liberty Mutual completing observations with our front line employees to figure out ways to reduce injuries.
Q. What’s the best part about your job?
A. The best part of my job is seeing the work that everyone puts into building a safe work environment pay off. We still have work to do, but our company has seen a significant reduction in injuries, and that makes this job so rewarding.
Q. What’s the most challenging and how do you overcome it?
A. We are working with a lot of people’s schedules and sometimes it can be hard to get things accomplished because those schedules can conflict with one another. The best thing to do is to be as flexible as possible and stay organized. My Outlook calendar is everything to me.
Q. What's your favorite memory from working at Coke Northeast?
A. I’ve been working with merchandisers in several different sales centers to try and figure out ways to reduce injuries and have noticed the need for knee pads or kneeling pads. I was able to provide a couple of different options and to see the look on these employees' faces when they saw how much comfort these kneeling pads provided really made me happy.
Q. Why would you recommend working at Coke Northeast?
A. I would absolutely recommend working at Coke Northeast for so many reasons, but mostly because there is an opportunity to learn and grow.
Q. What’s a misconception people have about your job or department?
A. We are not OSHA or any other regulatory body. We are all on the same team and are trying to minimize the risk or exposure to audit from an outside regulatory agency.
Q. If you could give a piece of advice to a younger version of yourself, what would that be?
A. Relax, you’ll get to where you want to be!
Q. Favorite Coca-Cola product?
A. Coke Classic in a glass bottle.
Q. What is something you like to do when you’re not working?
A. I like being out on my boat with my wife and kids.
Thank you, Scott, for your commitment to your fellow co-workers’ safety and for your expertise. If you or someone you know is interested in career opportunities at Coke Northeast please visit careers.cokenortheast.com.