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Director, Critical Safety Risk

San Francisco, CA, US, 94105

Requisition ID # 53676 

Job Category : Environmental Management / Safety 

Job Level : Director/Chief

Business Unit: Safety, Health, ECAP & DOT

Job Location : San Francisco


Department Overview


The Critical Safety Risk organization is responsible for leading PG&E’s efforts to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries by creating, implementing and driving best-in-class risk management solutions, tools, practices, and systems. This includes managing the Enterprise Safety Management System (ESMS) and overseeing critical safety risks and lifesaving programs such as the Contractor Safety Program, hazardous energies, confined space and fall protection. 


Position Summary


The Critical Safety Risk Director is a key function within the Enterprise Health & Safety team.  This position is responsible for leading and driving a methodical approach to managing PG&E’s top safety risks, in a way that properly identifies hazards, evaluates risk, assigns ownership and tracks improvements.  This requires subject matter expertise in technical safety engineering programs, bowtie analysis, and project management.


Reporting Relationship


This position will report to the Vice President of Enterprise Health & Safety and Chief Safety Officer.


Job Responsibilities


  • Leads PG&E’s efforts to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries and to decrease other safety incidents by creating, driving, and implementing best-in-class risk management solutions, tools, practices, and systems.
  • Develops processes to assess critical risks, regularly reviews existing risk mitigation practices, collaborates with others to ensure no material risk is left unaddressed, and keeps track of progress being achieved in risk reduction efforts.
  • Implements, in a collaborative and inclusive way, an enterprise safety management system, promoting the sharing of best practices, learning and benchmarking, including ISO45000 certification.
  • Works with the various lines of business and functions to increase consistency through solutions and strategies.
  • Functions as a subject matter expert for a suite of safety critical standards aimed at controlling key, common risks, like control of hazardous energies, working at heights, confined spaces, contractor safety, etc.
  • Serves as the recognized expert in critical safety risk management, including the application, improvement, and use of critical control field verifications and associated software and data analysis.
  • Influences senior leaders on strategies to comply with processes, policies and best practices, improving company’s risk management program and meeting internal and external expectations.
  • Keeps up to date on technological developments, industry tendencies, and innovative solutions. Takes necessary action proactively to improve and modernize the company’s practices.
  • Leads risk assessments, incident investigations, audits and training.
  • Manages and leads staff to accomplish results through effective recruitment & selection, training & development, performance management and rewards & recognition.


Leadership Qualities


PG&E expects its leaders to conduct themselves with the highest ethics and integrity and to embody specific leadership qualities.


Strategic Mindset

  • Seeing ahead to future possibilities and translating them into breakthrough strategies.
  • Operating effectively, even when things are not certain or the way forward is not clear.

A Leader in the Community and Industry

  • Effectively building formal and informal relationship networks inside and outside the organization.
  • Anticipating and balancing the needs of multiple stakeholders.

Demonstrates Safety Leadership

  • A safety champion in words and deeds with respect to both employee and public safety.
  • Maintaining an environment of open dialog and free of retaliation.

Influences and Inspires

  • Using various- communications that convey a clear understanding of the needs of different audiences.
  • Maneuvering comfortably through complex policy, process, and people-related dynamics.

Optimizes Team Performance

  • Building strong-identity teams that apply their diverse skills and perspectives to achieve common goals.
  • Creating a climate where people are developed and motivated to do their best to help the organization.

Values Diversity and Creates Inclusion

  • Recognizing the value that different perspectives and cultures bring to an organization.

Fiscally Responsible

  • Interpreting and applying understanding of key financial indicators to make better business decisions.
  • Planning and prioritizing work to meet commitments aligned with organizational goals.

Leads Ethically and in a Compliant Manner

  • Sponsoring and sustaining a high integrity speak-up corporate culture which prioritizes ethics, safety and compliance.
  • Building on necessary level of industry, company and subject-matter expertise, including laws and regulations.

Provides a High Level of Customer Service

  • Building strong customer relationships and delivering customer-centric solutions.


Background Qualifications



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Safety Engineering, Safety Management or job-related discipline or job equivalent experience
  • Experience in controlling hazardous energies
  • Experience in utility industry, company similar to PG&E, 4 years
  • Experience in safety, or related, 10 years
  • Leadership experience
  • Experienced in safety management systems, including ISO 45000
  • Experienced in control of hazardous energies, confined space entry, working at heights, electrical safety, cranes and hoisting, and other programs/risks applicable to the utilities industry.
  • Expert knowledge of fatality prevention programs, critical risk management, safety management systems and key programs necessary to keep workers safe in a high-risk industrial setting.
  • Ability to lead risk assessments using different techniques depending on the circumstances and needs.
  • Knowledgeable in OSHA regulatory requirements, process safety and enterprise risk management process



  • Master’s Degree in Safety Management or Safety Engineering
  • Experience in project management
  • Significant knowledge of bowtie analysis and effective contractor safety management practices.
  • Strong leadership and collaboration skills to create teams, develop plans, drive progress and accomplish results.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including interpersonal and presentation skills, to effectively influence others, including senior leaders.
  • Strategic decision-making skills to organize, plan, and implement complex multi-year initiatives, as well as ability to multi-task and meet tight deadlines. Customer-oriented, with a demonstrated ability of achieving measured superior performance improvements.



Our Mission

To safely and reliably deliver affordable and clean energy to our customers and communities every single day, while building the energy network of tomorrow.

Our Vision

With a sustainable energy future as our North Star, we will meet the challenge of climate change while providing affordable energy for all customers.

Our Culture

We put safety first.
We are accountable. We act with integrity, transparency and humility.
We are here to serve our customers.
We embrace change, innovation and continuous improvement.
We value diversity and inclusion. We speak up, listen up and follow up.
We succeed through collaboration and partnership. We are one team.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric companies in the United States. Based in San Francisco, our 24,000 employees deliver safe, reliable, affordable and clean energy to nearly 16 million people throughout our Northern and Central California service area, stretching from Eureka to Bakersfield and from the Pacific Ocean to the Sierra Nevada.

More About Our Company

Pacific Gas and Electric Company is an Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity employer that actively pursues and hires a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability status, medical condition, protected veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the job.

Employee Privacy Notice                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) goes into effect on January 1, 2020. CCPA grants new and far-reaching privacy rights to all California residents. The law also entitles  job applicants, employees and non-employee workers to be notified of what personal information PG&E collects and for what purpose. The Employee Privacy Notice can be accessed through the following link: Employee Privacy Notice

PG&E will consider qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records for employment in a manner consistent with all state and local laws.