Battelle Memorial Institute System Safety Engineer in Richmond, Kentucky

Battelle is guided by a founding mission. We invest our knowledge, talents and resources, helping our customers achieve their most important goals. We apply scientific rigor and creativity, succeeding where others may fail, and we invest in our communities, making the world better for generations to come. All of us share a common purpose: to solve the greatest challenges of today and tomorrow.

Our 22,000 employees work at the forefront of scientific innovation to tackle critical challenges in security, human health, manufacturing, energy and environmental management. Battelle’s work is grounded in the belief that science, technology and a passion for excellence can make industries more competitive and the world a better place.

We are currently seeking a System Safety Engineer. This position located in Richmond, KY.


The System Safety Engineer (SSE) is responsible for leading, planning, and conduct of hazard analyses to identify potential design deficiencies, human errors, and for making recommendations for mitigating hazards. This position provides safety input throughout the project life cycle, and providing system safety interface with other key project functions (design, operations, maintenance and government). The SSE will lead and oversee the development and review of policies, procedures, and requirements applicable to the personnel and functions performed by Blue Grass Chemical Agent Demilitarization Pilot Plant (BGCAPP) staff members and plant operating personnel. The SSE will advise senior project personnel and government site managers regarding hazard analysis, explosive and chemical agent safety, and will prepare reports for dissemination to the Department of Defense Explosive Safety Board, US Army Technical Center for Explosive Safety, installation safety offices, and other regulatory agencies. The SSE will manage the project system safety program, risk reduction approach development, explosive safety, as well as hazard data management and tracking. The SSE will lead the conduct of consequence analysis including from events involving unintended detonation of chemical munitions.


  • Maintains and supports the implementation of the Project System Safety Program Plan.

  • Lead, plan and conduct facilitates hazard analysis review meetings.

  • Interface with senior client management and stakeholders to review and discuss results of hazards analysis evaluation and mitigation recommendations.

  • Coordinate with client to review hazard closure progress and acceptance of proposed hazard mitigation recommendations.

  • Develops, reviews, edits, and maintains the project Hazard Tracking Log.

  • Develops, analyzes and integrates safety and risk information into written reports.

  • Maintains both formal and informal communications and relationships with the client management including responsibility for reports and presentations.

  • Develop and implement solutions to complex problems that require the frequent use of ingenuity.

  • Interacts with design, engineering, construction, and operations personnel to identify causal factors and identifies/evaluates recommendations and safeguards to mitigate hazards and risks associated with project operations, equipment, software and/or facilities. Conducts and/or leads major tasks.

  • Coordinate and provide technical safety, risk assessment, industrial hygiene and occupational health support to the design, procurement, operations, and closure efforts.

  • Leads advanced predictive assessments and hazard analyses of subsystem and system hardware, processes, equipment, software and logic for project or facility operations. Achieves the highest technical quality in safety activities.

  • Prepares and/or approves calculations involving design of blast containment areas, determining fragmentation hazard zones, and predicting downwind hazard areas using DoD approved methodologies and software.

  • Lead responsible project managers to affect timely resolution of issues and to inform management if appropriate resolution is not achieved. Works within time and budget constraints and informs management early when resources are constrained. Demonstrates interpersonal skills and is known by the client as being a subject matter expert in safety. Confirms issue/hazard resolution for closure of risk reduction activities.

  • Remains cognizant of applicable federal, state, and local government regulations and requirements as they apply to project and facilities. Disseminates information on new/revised regulations to engineering, construction, field managers, and safety personnel.

  • Conducts training of other personnel in professional or discipline-specific skills, techniques, and procedures.

  • Analyzes and interprets nationally and internationally recognized ES&H standards and applies them to projects and facilities. Integrates these standards with project requirements.

  • Develop technical, cost and schedule input to the proposal process when required.


  • BS degree with concentration in safety or engineering or bachelor's degree and related experience. The candidate must have 10 years of project/engineering management experience.

  • Experience in leading a group of systems safety professionals in safety and hazard analyses.

  • Experience in developing and implementing system safety programs, failure mode and effects analysis, consequence analysis, and or probabilistic risk assessments.

  • Experience with electronic data base systems and processes similar to those used for hazard tracking.

  • Experience developing and giving oral presentations involving complex technical information to senior level management personnel, government staff, and external stake holders.

  • Have a general knowledge of design, construction methods, and industrial hygiene.

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a project team including various engineering disciplines, professional safety staff, and operations personnel.

  • Demonstrated ability for technical problem solving, technical writing, and computer skills (Microsoft Word and Excel) is required.

  • Mandatory fluency (speaking and writing) in English.

  • Willing to travel and relocate (office in Richmond, KY)

  • Willingness to work overtime as required supporting project schedules.

  • BGCAPP is subject to Army Regulations (AR50-6 Chemical Surety Program and AR190-59 Unescorted Access Program) which govern persons performing work under the Chemical Personnel Reliability Program (CPRP) and Unescorted Access Program (UAP). Eligibility to be placed in a CPRP or UAP position requires US citizenship. Employees must favorably complete a series of screenings to include but not limited to: a National Agency Check with Local Agency Check and Credit Check (NACLC) security investigation, drug/alcohol testing and medical examination.

  • BGCAPP operates on a 24/7 schedule. This position may be required to work a schedule of rotating shifts including nights, weekends or holidays. All employees are subject to and agree to random drug and alcohol testing as a condition of continued employment for the duration of their assignment. Respiratory screening and the ability to wear PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) may be required for this position. The ability to obtain/maintain access to the Blue Grass Army Depot is required.

  • Flexibility to respond to urgent project requests and/or changing priorities. This position may be required to work a schedule of rotating shifts (8-12 hours nominally), including weekends and holidays.

  • Drug-free workplace; urine testing for drugs is mandatory.

  • This position involves work near or with toxic and hazardous materials and requires ability to wear protective clothing/mask. Must be clean-shaven; must wear seat belts when driving or riding in vehicles on post.


  • Master Degree in safety, human factors, chemical, or mechanical engineering with 20 years' experience

  • Professional engineer

  • Certified Safety Professional

  • Experience with pilot plant operations, especially as they relate to chemical demilitarization.

  • Experience with safety assessment of weapons systems, explosive ordnance, and energetic materials handling.

  • Experience using MS Access databases

Legal Disclaimer

The above statements are intended to describe the nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, activities and skills required of staff members. No statement herein is intended to imply any authorities to commit Battelle unless special written permission is granted by Battelle's Legal Department.


Battelle’s competitive benefits program includes comprehensive medical and dental care, matching 401K, paid time off, flexible spending accounts, disability coverage, and other benefits that help provide financial protection for you and your family.

Battelle provides employment and opportunities for advancement, compensation, training, and growth according to individual merit, without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, genetic information, disability, veteran-status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable Federal, state, or local law. Our goal is for each staff member to have the opportunity to grow to the limits of their abilities and to achieve personal and organizational objectives. We will support positive programs for equal treatment of all staff and full utilization of all qualified employees at all levels within Battelle.

For more information about our other openings, please visit