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Safety Engineering Functional Area Manager

Director | Full-time
Environmental, Safety & Health | livermore, CA | 11/09/2021

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Company Description

Join us and make YOUR mark on the World!

Are you interested in joining some of the brightest talent in the world to strengthen the United States’ security? Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where our employees apply their expertise to create solutions for BIG ideas that make our world a better place.

We are committed to a diverse and equitable workforce with an inclusive culture that values and celebrates the diversity of our people, talents, ideas, experiences, and perspectives. This is essential to innovation and creativity for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Job Description

We have an opening for the Manager of the Safety Engineering (SE) Functional Area (SE FA). In this role, you will provide day to day management and technical leadership of the functions, disciplines, and personnel within the SE FA. Additionally, you will be counted on for strategic vision and technical oversight to meet the goals and objectives of SE FA customers and stakeholders. You will be a key member of the Environment, Safety and Health (ES&H) Directorate senior management team and report directly to the Associate Director for ES&H, ensuring that the SE Programs at the Laboratory are effective, efficient, and compliant in order to enable the safe execution of Laboratory work.

In this role you will 

  • Serve as an integral member of the ES&H Directorate senior management team to formulate and execute high-level goal setting and strategic planning.
  • Provide overall leadership, direction, technical oversight, and personnel administration to the SE FA while managing the delivery of an innovative, cost-effective, schedule-driven, compliant, and reliable SE program. The SE FA includes safety programs for electrical, pressure, laser, explosives safety, hoisting and rigging, industrial ventilation, LOTO, machine guarding, fire protection, powered industrial trucks, and traffic safety.
  • Engage SE FA customers and stakeholders to ensure comprehensive integration and teaming to operate with shared fate and as a valued and trusted partner, enabling successful mission execution and enhancing safety performance.
  • Provide expert level understanding of SE-related requirements imposed by the Prime Contract to effectively liaison with the DOE Livermore Field Office (LFO) on regulatory interpretation and to resolve highly unusual, complex and/or sensitive technical issues.
  • Serve as a key advisor to Directorate and Laboratory senior management on broad issues of Safety Engineering. Conduct frequent interactions across organizational lines to gain concurrence/acceptance on complex issues affecting all areas of the Laboratory.
  • Develop and maintain meaningful, data driven performance measures for the SE FA that inform Laboratory decision makers and accurately reflect the health of the SE FA at the Laboratory.
  • Oversee the SE FA’s performance management, salary management, and manage hiring and recruiting activities, including career development of employees and organizational succession management. Maintain a commitment to attract high-quality staff, and to foster a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment.
  • Collaborate with and benchmark against other DOE sites to share practices and continuously improve.


  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship
  • Bachelor’s degree in safety engineering, chemical engineering, or other engineering field or physical science, or the equivalent combination of education and extensive related experience.
  • Significant experience leading and/or managing an ES&H program at a large company or national laboratory with a broad set of safety hazards, including significant experience with strategic planning, workforce planning, managing budgets, organizational dynamics, and establishing strategic and operational goals.
  • Significant subject matter expertise in several of the safety programs within the scope of the SE FA, with expert level knowledge of, and extensive experience interpreting and evaluating, SE regulations imposed by the Prime contract, demonstrated ability to determine their applicability and impact on operations, and experience evaluating and proposing solutions for issues related to implementation.
  • Extensive experience building strong working relationships and trust with a demanding customer base, leading staff in achieving high standards of customer service, and a personal commitment to a customer service ethos.
  • Experience successfully collaborating on senior management teams to develop organizational strategy, objectives, measures, and goals.
  • Expert situational awareness, problem solving, decision making, and analytical skills necessary to independently advise, recommend, and resolve highly complex problems impacting a large organization.
  • Significant experience in performance management and supervision of organizational staff and managers, including performance issues, career development, annual performance appraisals, and salary management with the ability to motivate and inspire a diverse group of personnel.
  • Expert communication, facilitation, collaboration, interpersonal, and conflict resolution skills necessary to effectively explain, direct, present, advise, negotiate, and influence all levels of management, both internal and external to the Laboratory.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Master’s degree in safety engineering, industrial hygiene, industrial safety, or related field.
  • Experience applying systems safety principles in the design and planning phases.
  • Certification as an Industrial Hygiene and/or Industrial Safety Professional, or Professional Engineer License.

Additional Information

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

  • Included in 2021 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor
  • Work for a premier innovative national Laboratory
  • Comprehensive Benefits Package
  • Flexible schedules (*depending on project needs)
  • Collaborative, creative, inclusive, and fun team environment

Learn more about our company, selection process, position types and security clearances by visiting our Career site

COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate

LLNL demonstrates its commitment to public safety by requiring that all new Laboratory employees be immunized against COVID-19 unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to all new hires including those who will be working on site, as well as those who will be teleworking.

Security Clearance

LLNL is a Department of Energy (DOE) and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Laboratory.  Some positions will require a DOE L or Q clearance (please reference Security Clearance requirement above).  If you are selected and a clearance is required, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  An L or Q clearance requires U.S. citizenship.  For additional information please see DOE Order 472.2.

Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

Pre-Placement Medical Exam

A job related pre-placement medical examination may be required.

Equal Employment Opportunity

LLNL is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer that values and hires a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.

LLNS is committed to offering reasonable accommodations during the application and recruiting processes due to a disability.  If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please submit a request via our online form

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