Environmental Safety, Health and Quality (ESH&Q) Director

  • TerraPower
  • Bellevue, WA
Full Time Program Management Quality Control Research Science OTHER

Job Description

TITLE:                   Environmental Safety, Health and Quality (ESH&Q) Director         

LOCATION:          Bellevue, WA, USA       


TerraPower® is a nuclear energy technology company based in Bellevue, Washington. At our core, we are working to raise living standards globally. The essential factor? Energy. In 2006, the company originated with Bill Gates and a group of like-minded visionaries who evaluated the fundamental challenges to raising living standards around the world. They recognized energy access was crucial to the health and economic well-being of communities, and decided that the private sector needed to take action and create energy sources that would advance global energy deployment.  TerraPower’s mission is to be a world leader in new nuclear technologies, while developing innovators and future leaders in the nuclear field. As a result, the company’s activities in the fields of nuclear energy and related sciences are yielding significant innovations in the safety and economics of nuclear power, hybrid energy and medical applications – all for significant human health benefits.

TerraPower is seeking a professional with the commitment to do work that is important to humankind and who will help to advance the potential medical capability of nuclear materials.  TerraPower is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate in hiring on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religious creed, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. In addition, as a federal contractor, TerraPower has instituted an Affirmative Action Plan (AAP) in an effort to proactively recruit, hire, and promote women, minorities, disabled persons and veterans.


Environmental Safety, Health and Quality (ESH&Q) Director

TerraPower is seeking a successful leader to guide our ESH&Q team. The Director, reporting to our President and CEO, will coordinate team activities, communicate vital safety and compliance issues to the Executive Leadership team and will provide a strategy for execution and promotion of a safe and compliant workplace in accordance with applicable environment, safety, health and quality requirements and regulations.



  • Provide leadership and oversight of Quality Assurance/Quality Control, Environmental Program, Safety and Health Physics programs and team.
  • Provide leadership, oversight and maintenance of Records Management/Document Control, Corrective Action, Training and Learning Management Systems programs and team.
  • Set strategic direction for ESH&Q function at TerraPower.
  • Build, lead and operationalize strong, productive, cross-functional team by attracting, developing, and retaining the best talent, in order to drive long-term value.
  • Serve on Compliance, Safety and other needed committees as Senior Manager in organization.
  • Lead team in execution and analysis of internal audits and assessments as well as supplier audits, surveys, surveillances, evaluations and inspections.
  • Oversee team responsible for maintenance of approved supplier list, receipt and fabrication inspections.
  • Oversee ongoing development, improvement and maintenance of corporate ESH&Q and Health Physics programs and procedures.
  • Develop project-specific quality plans and procedures.
  • Review and approve ESH&Q, Design, Procurement and Contracting documents.
  • Ensure and maintain highest level of safety for all TerraPower staff through implementation and execution of ESHQ initiatives.
  • Provide ESH&Q technical experience and direction.
  • Communicate issues relating to policy, procedures, programs and assessments/audits.


Key Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in Sciences, Technical, QA/QC, Nuclear Engineering or relevant field with equivalent work experience considered
  • 15+ years of experience in Quality Assurance/Quality Control roles
  • 10+ years of experience managing and developing people
  • 5+ years of experience managing quality systems, Corrective Action programs, Quality Assurance Audits, Nuclear Supplier Quality subject to the requirement of NQA-1, 10CFR50 Appendix B, NUREG-0800, NRC Guides, Letters, etc as applicable
  • Demonstrated record of sustainable safety performance improvement
  • Previous experience working with engineers and scientists in a laboratory facility
  • Experience with leadership of Occupational Safety, Lab Safety and Quality Control/Inspection programs is strongly preferred
  • Experience with corporate training program administration, health physics programs, record management and document control program administration is strongly desired
  • Experience with FDA QA (cGMP) and ISO 9001 is desired, but not required
  • Demonstrates ability to be a creative, team oriented and hands-on leader able to ‘work with team in the trenches’
  • Provides innovative solutions to complex and abstract problems
  • Military experience is a plus
  • The successful candidate will possess a high degree of trust and integrity, communicate openly and display respect and a desire to foster teamwork


Job Functions

Job Functions are physical actions and/or working conditions associated with the position.  These functions may also constitute essential functions for the job which the employee must be able to fulfill, with or without accommodation.  Information provided below is to help describe the job so that the applicant has a reasonable understanding of the job duties/expectations.  An applicant's ability to perform and/or tolerate these actions and conditions will be discussed and workplace accommodations may be made on a case-by-case basis following an individualized assessment of the applicant and other considerations, including but not limited to any governing safety standards.

  • Motor Abilities: Sitting and standing for extended periods, bending/stooping, grasping/gripping, fine motor control (hands)
  • Physical exertion and/or requirements: Minimal, with ability to safely lift up to 20 pounds
  • Repetitive work: Prolonged
  • Special Senses: Visual and audio focused work
  • Work Conditions: Stairs, typing/keyboard, standard and/or sitting working environment of >8 hrs./day
  • Travel required: 0-10%


TerraPower’s technology is controlled for export by various agencies of the U.S. Government.  TerraPower must evaluate applicants who are foreign nationals (other than asylees, refugees, or lawful permanent residents) in accordance with U.S. Government export control requirements.  To facilitate TerraPower’s export control reviews, you will be asked as part of the application process to identify whether you are a U.S. Citizen or national, asylee, refugee, or lawful permanent resident of the United States.  Government export authorization approval times vary.  Based on the business needs for a particular position, TerraPower may not consider a foreign national from a country if it is impracticable to obtain timely Government export approval.  

Please visit www.terrapower.com to apply

Education Requirements

Bachelor's Degree

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