PDC Energy

  • Sr. Safety Specialist

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    A brief description summarizing the overall purpose and objectives of the position and the results the worker is expected to accomplish.


    The Sr. Safety Specialist serves as the company focal point for safety culture and excellence. The incumbent provides technical expertise regarding safety to staff company-wide and champion for best-in-class Safety culture. For safety matters, surveil EHS regulations and regulatory actions; understand rule applicability; translate rule language into PDC applicability and interpretations; deliver subject matter expertise to ensure organizational compliance; and manage external regulatory affairs. The St. Safety Specialist will also support other PDC EHS programs, as necessary.



    The tasks, duties, and responsibilities of the position that are most important to get the job done.

    1. Identify safety compliance requirements related to PDC's operations;
    2. Develop, manage, and coordinate PDC's relationships with safety regulatory agencies;
    3. Participate in and support federal, state, and local safety rulemaking activities (trade association, PDC party status, expert testimony, etc.) as assigned;
    4. Determine impact of new safety regulations or policies to PDC;
    5. Support PDC strategy for EHS trade association engagement; includes participation in trade associations as assigned and communication of trade association activities to EHS team members;
    6. Provide oversight of PDC interpretations/standards/policies/strategies to ensure consistent safety compliance approaches and policy application across assets;
    7. Establish, document, and maintain PDC’s interpretation/standards to meet safety requirements and update as needed;
    8. Determine when PDC's documented safety interpretations/standards require updating;
    9. Be a mentor and teacher to PDC and EHS employees regarding safety rules and programs;
    10. Maintain and disseminate knowledge of safety regulations, best practices, standards, etc. to support PDC's safety performance and culture;
    11. Provide subject matter expertise consultations on safety regulations and PDC interpretations/programs to the EHS asset team and other customers as;
    12. Support creation and maintenance of safety programs;
    13. Provide safety related content in support of training and communications materials and activities; delivery such training and communication as directed;
    14. Establish, document, and maintain updates to the strategy for completing and submitting safety reports (e.g. OSHA 300 logs);
    15. Identify recommended process improvements, best practices, and lessons learned related to safety and programs;
    16. Identify opportunities for enhanced service delivery, efficiencies, and increased cost effectiveness;
    17. Contribute subject matter expertise to the analysis of safety data for trends; recommend actions to correct deficiencies;
    18. Establish and document PDC's standards for incident investigations;
    19. Support in the investigation of major incidents; advise and serve as a resource for other investigations as needed;
    20. Support PDC’s EHS audit program as directed;
    21. Establish, document, and maintain PDC’s standards for contractor engagements, including ISN database and update as necessary;
    22. Develop and oversee a contractor inspection and audit program;
    23. Support communication to other departments related to safety regulations and requirements;
    24. Lead forums for cross-communication on safety and contractor management topics;
    25. Support population of data in and use of PDC's environmental data management systems (e.g. ACTS);
    26. As needed, support other EHS Programs for PDC;
    27. Perform and assume other duties and responsibilities as may be required at the direction of supervisor.


    The specific minimum competencies required for job performance.

    1. Demonstrated experience working with safety regulatory standards and compliance programs;
    2. Demonstrated experience working with safety regulatory standards and compliance practices as they relate to upstream oil and gas;
    3. Knowledge of safety regulatory requirements;
    4. Experience working to support EHS initiatives;
    5. Demonstrated track record of engaging with stakeholders to understand interests and priorities;
    6. Flexible to work in an evolving regulatory environment;
    7. Project management skills;
    8. Excellent communication skills;
    9. Strong analytical, problem solving, and critical thinking skills;
    10. Motivated self-starter;
    11. Ability to manage multiple tasks and deadlines;
    12. Ability to work well in a team setting;
    13. Excellent interpersonal skills;
    14. Strong sense of integrity;
    15. Familiarity with oilfield equipment, processes, and terminology.


    The scope of the person’s authority, including a list of jobs that report to the incumbent.


    This position may include supervision of external contractors.



    The environment in which the job is performed, especially any unique conditions outside a normal office environment.

    1. 80% office environment, 20% field environment;
    2. Travel between PDC office and various oil & gas field operations as required.


    The minimum level of education, experience, and certifications required to perform the job.

    1. 5+ years of relevant work experience;
    2. Bachelor’s degree in related field of study or equivalent work experience.


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