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Portland General Electric Senior Principal Safety Specialist in Portland, Oregon

This is an exciting time to join Portland General Electric. As Oregon’s largest electric utility, Portland General Electric is leading an energy transformation that will harness the power of clean and renewable resources. Our vision for a clean energy future relies on three interrelated and overarching strategies: de-carbonize through investing in clean and reliable energy; modernize through a smarter more resilient grid; and empower our customers in their energy technology choices.

We’re searching for innovative, customer and results-obsessed leaders to help power our mission and lead the way in championing the world’s clean energy future!

Senior Principal Safety Specialist

Job Function Summary

In this role, you are responsible for accelerating and reinforcing the safety culture transformation of Our Safety through multi-dimensional relationships. Your expertise and credibility is essential to be the trusted ambassador of safety, and a translator of the customer-centric business strategy and the customer-centric operational practices. Your demonstrated leadership will accelerate change with and through people, up level our collective safety performance, and drive overall strategy.

Key Job Information

Senior Principal Safety Specialist 7123

Grade 9

Career Level: P5

Key Responsibilities

Reporting and Analysis

  • Provides expert guidance and oversees investigations in collaboration with managers and other staff.

  • Ensures reporting utilizes best practices for tracking, review and analyzes of data.

  • Ensures cross-functional integration of action items resulting from investigatory reports and/or data and trend analysis.

  • Leads strategy for predictive analytics to develop new programs or initiatives.

Program Management

  • Provides expert guidance in the design enterprise-wide safety program and initiatives implementation.

  • As a recognized expert, advances and ensures a learning culture making every day safer; fosters active relationships with business units to facilitate the program and initiatives.

  • Recommends or develops innovative safety programs to meet business objectives and comply with all relevant state and/or federal laws and regulations.

  • Integrates industry best practices into existing programs.

  • Collaborates with other areas to ensure program alignment.


  • Expert facilitation and proactive communication of relevant information to employees, managers and other departments.

  • Strategically integrates business needs and leads collaborative efforts with other departments to deliver business safety solutions aligned to industry best practices.

  • In collaboration with other departments, develops and implements safety educational strategy for employee and/or public safety.

  • Leads the design and delivery of safety educational programs and materials.

Special Projects

  • Collaborates with other departments to identify and initiate special projects to meet corporate objectives engaging cross-functionally.

  • Leads meetings and/or specialty teams to implement projects or initiatives.

  • Depending on position, may assume leadership roles in emergency response up to and including incident command.


  • May provide formal written commentary to regulators on proposed regulations.

  • Develops strategy for regulatory and compliance reporting.

  • In collaboration with Legal Services, responds to questions from regulators and serves as an expert for safety-related regulator inquiries and communications.

  • Ensures all projects and initiatives comply with applicable laws and regulations.


Education: Requires a bachelor’s degree in business, economics, engineering or related financial or scientific discipline or equivalent experience.

Experience: Typically 12 or more years in utility or similar operational experience in the area(s) of safety, leadership, training, emergency management, strategic planning or a related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Certifications, Licenses and Training

  • Certified Safety Professional (CSP),

  • Associate Safety Professional (ASP),

  • Construction Safety & Health Technician (CHST),

  • Occupational Health & Safety Technologist (OHST),

  • Certified Utility Safety Professional (CUSP), or

  • Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS)

  • Journeyman card or equivalent trade or operator qualification and/or ergonomic certification is a plus.

Competencies (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities)

  • Expert knowledge of employment laws related to area of discipline

  • Advanced knowledge of PGE’s policies, procedures, collective bargaining agreements and benefit plans

  • Expert knowledge of industry best practices related to area of discipline

  • Expert skills in project management

  • Expert skills in writing reports

  • Expert skills in facilitation and presentations

  • Expert skills in systems and programs used in functional area, including data retrieval

  • Expert customer focus skills

  • Expert safety leadership skills

  • Expert skills in analytical thinking

  • Expert skills in problem solving

  • Expert oral and written communication skills

  • Expert interpersonal skills

  • Expert decision-making skills

  • Expert organization and prioritization skills

  • Expert knowledge of business process interrelationships

  • Expert business acumen

  • Expert skills in change leadership

  • Expert risk management skills

Physical and Cognitive Demands

  • Ability to adhere to set response times, deadlines and time-sensitive tasks

  • Ability to follow accuracy standards

  • Ability to follow through on decision-making tasks

  • Ability to interact effectively and collaboratively within a team environment

  • Ability to communicate and problem solve when under stress

  • Ability to respond and adapt to frequent change

  • Ability to accept and demonstrate self-awareness when provided constructive feedback

  • Ability to discern feedback and acknowledge ownership of areas of improvement

  • Ability to avoid future mistakes by applying reasonable skills to new but similar work situations or tasks

  • Ability to successfully collaborate with peers, managers and others within the organization

  • Demonstrates sound memory

  • Ability to process new information to be applied consistently to work tasks

  • Ability to work long hours

  • Ability to work a variable schedule

  • Ability to report to work and perform work during periods of severe inclement weather

  • Ability to consistently meet attendance standards for regular, reliable, predictable, full-time attendance

Physical Capabilities

  • This position requires a valid driver's license and a history of safe driving practices.

  • Frequent driving/travel/commute within the service territory

  • Occasional overnight travel outside the service territory.

  • Computer use (use computer regularly for entire work shift)

  • Lifting/pushing/pulling/carrying up to 10 lb

  • Walking on unstable surfaces requiring balance including:

  • Elevated areas (i.e., catwalks, roofs and high buildings)

  • Walking distances and surfaces (long distances and over rough, uneven or rocky surfaces)

  • Stairs (over 10 steps)

  • Ladders (over 10 rungs)

Environment: Office, Plant and Field

Join us today and power your potential!

To be considered for this position, please complete the following employment application by the posting close date. A cover letter may be needed with your application to be considered for this position.

PGE believes in rewarding strong performance. We provide a total compensation package that is designed to reward your contributions to the company, and, at the same time, support your well-being and professional development, both now and into the future.

PGE is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. PGE will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, protected veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law.

Assisting with storms or other Company emergencies is a part of all positions at Portland General Electric.

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At Portland General Electric, we’re innovators, builders, and achievers. We’re committed to powering our customers’ potential and making a difference for our community and the planet. Today, that commitment includes developing an intelligent and resilient electric grid, electrifying transportation and de-carbonizing the energy sector.

We’re proud to deliver an exceptional experience to help our customers thrive. Our mission is to make clean, reliable and affordable energy services available to all. We obsess over serving customers and are committed to growing employee career paths with purpose. Equity and inclusion are core business values; we celebrate our differences and are committed to developing teams that reflect the communities we serve.