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National Grid Director, Process Safety Management in Hicksville, New York

About us

Every day we deliver safe and secure energy to homes, communities, and businesses. We are there when people need us the most. We connect people to the energy they need for the lives they live. The pace of change in society and our industry is accelerating and our expertise and track record puts us in an unparalleled position to shape the sustainable future of our industry.

To be successful we must anticipate the needs of our customers, reducing the cost of energy delivery today and pioneering the flexible energy systems of tomorrow. This requires us to deliver on our promises and always look for new opportunities to grow, both ourselves and our business.

National Grid is hiring a Director for our Process Safety department in UNY or DNY.

Job Purpose

This position is accountable for the development, implementation and oversight of the company’s single Process Safety Management System. It ensures that all aspects of the National Grid Process Safety Program are fully implemented in all critical areas of the company to mitigate the risk associated with all predetermined process safety assets throughout US operations. These assets include, Gas, CNG, Generation, LNG and trucking / barging for delivery of LNG, fuel oil and bulk delivery of acids and caustic chemicals. The role is also accountable to monitor corporate program effectiveness, and the governance model to ensure compliance with internal requirements.

Key Accountabilities

  • Develop and maintain a consistent methodology for determining asset and activity based risks from Gas, Generation, LNG, CNG, LNG Trucking and Fuel oil trucking and barge assets as well as establishing risk controls based on US/ UK regulatory requirements from multiple agencies including FERC, DOT, OSHA, EPA, NFPA, state public Utility commissions and Group Health and Safety Executive.

  • Stay current on asset life cycle risk reduction best practices for assets that have process safety potential consequences including application of inherently safer engineering design principles, asset mechanical integrity programs and other asset-based safeguards.

  • Develop and deliver new engineering and risk reduction processes, procedures and training programs in various aspects of process safety, including Process Hazard Analysis facilitation, Incident Analysis, Safety Instrumented Systems, Facility Siting, Layer of Protection Analysis, Organizational Change Risk Assessments, FMEA, Management of Change, Operational Readiness, Mechanical Integrity, Competency Management Systems, Human Factors and all Technical Aspects of Process Safety.

  • Provide guidance to all Engineering, Operating and Bulk Energy Commodity areas in implementing practical solutions to their unique process safety challenges with a consistent process. This last group includes business groups in developing and managing processes to safely handle LNG, fuel oil, and caustics and acids that are transported by truck or barge. Includes the development of consistent Engineering design, Construction and Operational procedures related to Process Safety.

  • Review engineering designs, safety critical construction tasks and other non-routine high risk jobs and provide recommendations to those business leaders in order to minimize risks to employees, contractors and the public from assets that have potential to result in loss of containment of gas, fuel oil, compressed air, high energy steam, hydrogen, LNG and other chemicals that if released could result in catastrophic safety or environmental consequences.

  • Obtain and share lessons learned and best practices through customer contacts, team meetings and incident analysis results and by being involved with industry best practice groups including the Center for Chemical Process Safety, the US Chemical Safety Board, American Gas Association and other similar groups.

  • Support and enable the Corporate Process Safety Governance structure as the subject matter expert on Process Safety.

  • Manage the Process Safety KPI process with the businesses and be responsible to report all areas of concern relative to the implementation and effectiveness of the Company’s Process Safety Management System. Provide input to businesses to help improve their ability to measure and manage risks.

  • Complete routine and non-routine internal or external process safety risk compliance reports and associated performance management analysis

Key Accountabilities Continued

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of corrective actions that have been implemented and identify any new asset related hazards that have been created as a result of these actions.

  • Provide strategic and tactical guidance to application of qualitative and quantitative risk assessment processes consistent with industry standards for measuring asset failures and worst-case consequences. Review and approve software tools and develop critical assumptions used in risk calculations including those related to probabilities of ignition, occupancy, vulnerability and equipment performance failures on demand.

  • Perform audits with various elements of process safety for operating facilities and capital projects in conjunction with SHE audits.

  • Work with Learning & Development on ensuring sustainable process safety competency system for personnel with process safety roles and responsibilities.

  • Educate businesses on process safety risk assessments and provide leadership and mentoring when assessing new and existing designs, construction and non – routine high risk assessments using various risk assessment tools including but not limited to : PHA, LOPA, FMEA, QRAs, Facility Siting and SIS

  • Maintain process for risk assessment inventory and risk portfolio and provide periodic updates to US and global leadership on potential areas of concern

  • Maintain outreach and coordination with engineering areas to ensure lessons learned factored into new inherently safer designs to decrease process safety risks

  • Ensure development and monitoring of continuous improvement efforts regarding process safety

  • Manage a team of engineers from various disciplines including mechanical, chemical, civil and process controls to provide appropriate process safety engineering expertise to the business areas.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or related science discipline with a strong background in statistics, asset-based risk assessments and project management

  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in process safety and operations areas in an electric/gas utility business.

  • Completion of classes in process safety programs including PHAs, LOPAs, SIS, Facility Siting and other related programs and experience applying them to Gas, CNG, LNG, Generation, Trucking and Barge related asset design, construction activities and other high-risk tasks.

  • Demonstrated ability to work well across all company functions with staff from diverse range of backgrounds and experience.

  • Comprehensive knowledge of LNG, CNG, gas and electric utility operations

  • Comprehensive knowledge of US Process Safety regulatory frameworks and an understanding of the UK regulatory frameworks

  • Experience in risk identification, performance management and reporting and other process safety tools

  • Excellent knowledge of the technical and political issues related to Process Safety in all states of service territory and Federal requirements.

  • Ability to lead and advise executive management in the area of Process Safety management.

  • Recognition and experience gained as a key process safety leader with executive leadership, employees, contractors, regulators, and other external process safety stakeholders

Job Dimensions

  • Extensive interactions across all US electric and gas transmission and distribution, LNG, LNG Transportation, CNG, electric generation, business development and non-regulated businesses and with similar UK businesses.

  • Accountable for expertise in process safety across organization.

  • Responsible for executing across all disciplines that have assets with potential for process safety type consequences in order to protect the Company from safety, environmental and reputational damages of asset-based loss of containment, fires, explosions and similar failures.

  • Responsibilities span entire US service territory including generation, operations and non-regulated businesses impacting 17,000 employees in the US organization.

More Information

National Grid is an equal opportunity employer that values a broad diversity of talent, knowledge, experience and expertise. We foster a culture of inclusion that drives employee engagement to deliver superior performance to the communities we serve. National Grid is proud to be an affirmative action employer. We encourage minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans to join the National Grid team.

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