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Portland General Electric Senior Manager, Safety 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!

The Senior Manager, Safety is a highly visible and impactful role within Portland General Electric Company; a critical role in collaborating and executing on a vision to create a healthy workforce that is Safe, Secure and Prepared. This leader will establish an enterprise-wide safety strategy for PGE and be comfortable leading change and decision-making through ambiguity.

As a leader of a team of professionals who serve as subject matter experts on operational initiatives or committees, they will drive PGE’s safety function in providing support and services to employees, vendors, contingent workers, contractors and the general public.

Key Responsibilities

General Management

Oversees PGE’s safety function to provide support and services to employees, vendors, contingent workers, contractors and the general public; oversees and governs the development and implementation of health and/or safety programs to safeguard the interests of the PGE workforce and the general public; collaborates with executive leadership and other senior leaders to ensure alignment on goals and initiatives; drives accountability of other departments in complying with safety standards and requirements; ensures operational issues are identified and resolved; monitors performance, motivates employees and provides coaching and feedback; oversees safety process improvement.

Strategy and Planning

In collaboration with executive leadership, establishes and implements overall safety strategy; develops and monitors safety metrics; monitors progress and oversees reporting, utilizing the metrics to provide input to the safety strategy. Brings industry and national utility peer trends and best practices in to recommend and establish strategic safety direction.

Compliance Oversight

Collaborates with other senior leaders to ensure operational compliance with safety and health laws, regulations and standards; oversees cost/benefit analyses and directs team in providing creative safe, cost-effective solutions to operational issues; establishes policies and directs implementation of associated activities, including audits or evaluations; oversees staff in monitoring emerging legislation and developing proactive solutions to ensure compliance.

Subject Matter Expertise

Oversees professional staff who serve as subject matter experts on operational initiatives or committees; ensures staff maintains current expertise in safety best practices and emerging trends; collaborates with operational leaders to ensure designated operational safety experts align goals and initiatives to enterprise-wide safety strategy.

Risk Assessment

Oversees PGE’s safety research and benchmarking; monitors overall risk assessment; ensures safety risk mitigation strategies are developed and implemented.

Functional Leadership

Exercises comprehensive functional and industry knowledge in specialized areas; identifies and resolves complex multidimensional business problems; exercises delegated authority over planning, direction and timely execution for a functional area or program; establishes and maintains contacts with management levels within and outside the company and at government agencies and with industry experts in accomplishing function or program objectives.

Financial Management

Sets strategy and develops plans, policies and processes for the accounting, budgeting and, where applicable, charging of department resources and services, including the definition of cost models and charging models; sets, negotiates, approves and manages all financial budgets and targets, ensuring that there is adequate funding for department objectives and plans.


Oversees workforce planning and resource strategy across multiple departments, ensuring that there is adequate skilled resource to meet planned service delivery or department objectives; ensures integration with strategic human resource plans; responsible for recruitment, development and demand forecasts for multiple departments.

Professional Development

Determines organizational development needs in line with business needs and strategic direction of departments; generates development strategies to achieve required change; monitors progress and evaluates business benefits achieved.


Requires a bachelor’s degree in business, social science, engineering, safety or other related field or equivalent experience. Master’s degree in safety, engineering, business or related field preferred.

Typically 12 or more years in safety, health or related field with five years of leadership experience.

Safety and/or health certification preferred, e.g., Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Associate Safety Professional (ASP), Construction Safety & Health Technician (CHST), Occupational Health & Safety Technologist (OHST), Certified Utility Safety Professional (CUSP), Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS), Certificate in Industrial Hygiene (CIH), Certificate in Hazardous Materials Management (CHMM).

Competencies (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities)

Functional Competencies

Expert knowledge of safety-related laws, regulations and legal processes (e.g., Occupational Safety and Health Act, regulations from the Department of Transportation)

Expert knowledge of industry best practices

Advanced knowledge of PGE’s policies, procedures and plans

Advanced skills in project management

Advanced skills in facilitation and presentations

Advanced skills in systems and programs used in HR

Intermediate knowledge of environmental laws and regulations (e.g., those from the Department of Environmental Quality)

Intermediate knowledge of multiple areas of HR, including organizational design, strategy, employee relations, labor relations (depending on position), employee engagement and HR specialty areas

General Competencies

Advanced customer focus skills

Advanced safety leadership skills

Advanced skills in analytical thinking and problem solving

Advanced interpersonal and communication skills

Advanced skills in giving presentations to diverse audiences

Advanced skills in leading change

Advanced decision-making skills

Advanced organization and prioritization skills

Advanced business acumen

Leader Practices

Drives Vision and Purpose

Business Insight

Strategic Mindset

Develops Talent

Manages Ambiguity

Physical and Cognitive Demands

Cognitive Level

Substantial: Consistent use of logic or scientific thinking to define problems, collect information, establish facts and draw valid conclusions (for example, engineer, HR director, plant manager, etc.).


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 [for part-time positions, change to part-time attendance]

Ability to work shift schedule

Ability to work on-call schedule

Physical Capabilities

  • Driving/travel/commute: Daily within service territory - Frequently (at least once a week or more)

  • Driving/travel/commute: Overnight inside/outside the service territory - Occasionally (one to two times a month or less)

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

  • Lifting/pushing/pulling: Up to 10 lb

  • Carrying: Up to 10 lb

  • Unstable surfaces requiring balance (i.e., moving equipment, boats) (check all that apply): ◦

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

  • Confined spaces

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

  • Stairs (over 10 steps)

  • Ladders (over 10 rungs)

Environment - Indoor/Outdoor

  • Office

  • Plant

  • 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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This job posting will close at 12:01 am Pacific Time on the closing date listed below:

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.