Breakthrough Energy Ventures Portfolio Company Career Opportunities

Director of Process Safety



Boulder, CO, USA
Posted on Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Who we are:

Electra is electrifying ironmaking to decarbonize steelmaking and eliminate 3.7 gigatons or 10% of global CO2 emissions. Leveraging proven industrial-scale electrochemical and hydrometallurgical processes, and backed by leading sustainability-focused venture capitalists, our team is developing lower cost, scalable solutions utilizing intermittent renewable energy to forge a cleaner, greener future for the trillion-dollar steel industry.

With a uniquely collaborative culture, endless passion for developing disruptive technologies, and the opportunity to revolutionize carbon-intensive manufacturing industries, careers at Electra offer challenge, reward, and the chance to bring to market solutions that dramatically improve the health of the planet.

What you will do:

The Director of Process Safety will primarily lead the company’s safety program, including both machine safety and occupational safety programs. The responsibilities will include:

  • Implements with passion and conviction, the health and safety culture of the company
  • Implements internal programs for pilot plant functional safety
  • Implements OSHA compliant workplace safety programs
  • Advises from concept to commissioning of equipment, process, and control scheme design
  • Works with cross functional engineering teams to advise and inform on designing the best practices with regards to machine, plant, and occupational safety
  • Works with external engineering firms and EPCs to develop joint safety protocols in construction and operation of high throughput electrowinning plants
  • Ownership of both prototype and production plant safety programs and protocols
  • Leads HAZOPs and risk assessments to minimize workplace incidents and hazards
  • Leads internal hazard mitigation and reporting programs to track and diminish facility hazards
  • Participates in plant and machine FMEAs
  • Advises and implements machine facing safety features including guarding, interlocking controls, and corrosion/explosion mitigation strategies
  • Manages day-to-day administration of programs and serves as the company’s subject matter expert in all things safety
  • Reads, understands, and complies with all workplace health and safety policies, safe work practices, and company policies and procedures
  • Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor

What we need you to bring to the team:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering or related field
  • 15 years’ related experience in safety management, heavy industrial plant safety
  • Must have a strong understanding of EH&S laws and regulations.
  • Demonstrated success developing and implementing EH&S programs that meet specific needs of a growing company
  • Experience advising in large scale plant design to implement best safety practices in the conceptual and project planning phase, as well as major construction site
  • Expert knowledge of piping system safety, knowledge of ASME B31 pressure piping code
  • Expert knowledge of hazardous material handling including strong acid and hazardous waste protocols
  • Expert knowledge of fire code related to flammable gasses, including CGA5.5, NFPA 2 and others
  • Strong organizational and project management skills, experience in safety program rollout (LOTO, machine guarding, etc.)
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office

What we want you to bring to the team:

  • Understanding of plant startup/shutdown protocols and best practices
  • Experience working in chemical plant, mining or oil and gas environment
  • Experience working with high power rectifier equipment
  • Experience working with hydrogen or other flammable gasses
  • Experience with controls tables and safety interlocking strategies


  • The anticipated starting pay range for this position is $150,000-$200,000 annually and may be more or less depending upon skills, experience, and education.

Benefits For You:

  • 100% paid premiums across all medical, dental, vision, telemedicine, short-term disability, long-term disability, and basic life insurance plans
  • Reasonable use PTO
  • $1,800 in annual employer HSA contributions (health savings account)

Benefits For Your Family:

  • 100% paid premiums across all medical, dental, vision, and telemedicine plans
  • $3,600 in annual employer HSA contributions (health savings account)
  • 12 weeks of paid parental leave

Benefits For Your Future:

  • 401k with up to 5% matching contributions which vest 100% on day one
  • Eligibility for incentive stock options