General Atomics and Affiliated Companies Sr. Director - EH&S in San Diego, California

Job ID#: 15632BR

Company: General Atomics

Title: Sr. Director - EH&S

Job Category: Safety

City: San Diego

State: California

Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Salary

Travel Percentage Required: 0% - 25%

Clearance Required?: No

Job Summary:

General Atomics (GA), and its affiliated companies, is one of the world’s leading resources for high-technology systems development ranging from the nuclear fuel cycle to remotely piloted aircraft, airborne sensors, and advanced electric, electronic, wireless and laser technologies.

We recognize and appreciate the value and contributions of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and welcome all qualified individuals to apply.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Director of Environmental, Health & Safety (EH&S) to join our Licensing, Safety and Nuclear Compliance team at our headquarters in Torrey Pines, CA. This position is responsible for overseeing all activities related to licensing, safety and nuclear compliance from inception to completion in support of business activities ensuring adherence to Company policy as well as appropriate laws, regulations, permits, and licenses. The position develops, implements and manages department policies and procedures. In consultation with executive management, the position develops and implements annual and long-term schedule, quality, business and financial objectives for the department and participates in and contributes to the development of annual and long-term objectives for the Company. The position represents the Company with external contacts including business and non- business communities; and ensures technical leadership and excellence are maintained.


  • Oversee the Environmental Health and Safety activities including planning, implementing, and managing technical performance to ensure quality and financial objectives are attained.

  • Oversee the development, implementation and management of policies, objectives, budgets, plans, procedures and schedules for the department; develop, recommend, implement and monitor uniform programs; conduct quality control audits and evaluate work standards and performance levels ensuring uniformity, effectiveness, and appropriate staffing levels.

  • Oversee the administration of licenses, review and approve Work Authorizations involving radioactive material or radiation producing machines for compliance with applicable regulations and license conditions; review proposed changes; frequently performs inspections assuring adequate implementation of safety controls.

  • Ensure compliance with the radiological safety requirements of federal and state regulations regarding health physics, as well as those imposed by radioactive material licenses; including exposure monitoring of personnel as appropriate.

  • Implement programs for accountability, custody and control of radioactive material, including audits and physical inventories.

  • Review operations of industrial safety involving hazardous work; review and approve Hazardous Work Authorizations.

  • Review accident investigations, safety training and inspections; oversee the distribution of Company-supplied safety equipment and protective equipment to personnel.

  • Interface with the hazardous materials management team to review and approve work involving the use of hazardous materials and the timely and proper dispositioning of hazardous, radioactive, and mixed waste.

  • Ensure technical leadership and excellence is maintained by overseeing the planning, attraction, selection, retention, and development of the required management, professional, and technical talent.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

  • Responsible for observing all laws, regulations and other applicable obligations wherever and whenever business is conducted on behalf of the Company. Expected to work in a safe manner in accordance with established operating procedures and practices.

Job Qualifications:

  • Typically requires a Bachelors or Masters degree in a technical field and fifteen or more years of progressively complex experience with at least nine of those years of having management responsibilities.

  • Must demonstrate an extensive technical understanding of environmental health and safety principles, concepts, theories, regulations and practices.

  • Must have an in depth understanding of licensing, safety and nuclear compliance principles, theories and concepts; the ability to provide leadership and direction to lower management levels; the ability to represent the organization as a spokesperson regarding matters of significance to the company; and analytical ability to interpret scientific and technical journals and legal documents.

  • Must be customer focused and possess: (1) the ability to identify issues, analyze and interpret data and develop innovative solutions to a variety of unusually complex technical problems using a high degree of independent judgment; (2) excellent analytical, verbal and written communication skills to accurately document, report, and present findings to a variety of audiences including executive and senior management, senior external parties and government agencies; (3) excellent interpersonal skills to influence and guide all levels of employees, including senior managers and senior external parties and to give presentations to a variety of audiences including senior executives and senior outside representatives; (4) the ability to maintain the strict confidentiality of sensitive information; (5) the ability to effectively and efficiently initiate, plan, budget and manage projects; (6) the ability to develop and administer budgets, schedules and performance standards; and (7) excellent computer skills.

  • Ability to work independently or in a team environment is essential as is the ability to work extended hours and travel as required.

General Atomics and affiliated companies is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, genetic information, protected veteran status, disability, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law.