Process Safety Engineer

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Alameda, CA, USA

Posted on: 2024-07-09

Category: energy

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About the company:

We are Sila—a next generation battery materials company dedicated to accelerating energy transformation for a more sustainable future. 

Our next-gen anode material is the first significant chemistry improvement to lithium-ion batteries to reach the market in 30 years. Our silicon anode material is a simple drop-in replacement to graphite and significantly boosts the energy density of lithium-ion batteries without compromising performance. 

Today, Sila science powers innovative consumer electronics. Tomorrow, it will fuel our EV future and the electrification of everything. 

We work directly with leading consumer electronics and automotive OEMs to help accelerate product roadmaps, and partners with battery manufacturers commercial cell production. Our partners include BMW, Daimler, and ATL.

Sila Nano works directly with leading consumer electronics and automotive OEMs to help accelerate product roadmaps, and partners with battery manufacturers commercial cell production. 

Sila Nano’s first products significantly increase the energy density of state-of-the-art lithium-ion batteries. Our materials are manufacturable economically at scale and are drop-in replacements to existing battery manufacturing processes.

About Us

We are Sila, a next-generation battery materials company. Our mission is to power the world’s transition to clean energy. To create this future, our team is building a better lithium-ion battery from the inside out today. We engineer and manufacture ground-breaking battery materials that significantly increase the energy density of batteries, while reducing their size and weight. The result? Smaller more powerful batteries that can unlock innovation in consumer devices and accelerate the mass adoption of electric cars to eliminate our dependence on fossil fuels. We're tackling one of the biggest challenges of our time every day, and together we're redefining what's possible. Are you ready to be a part of a team committed to changing the world?

Who You Are

You are a creative, diligent, thorough, insightful and hands-on technical contributor. You thrive in a fast paced environment and understand process safety and risk mitigation. In this role, you will help to set the standard for Process Safety at Sila and guide project teams on necessary process modifications and engineering controls to scale safely. This is a unique opportunity to help build and implement a new PSM program from the ground up.

You will be on a team, surrounded by individuals with a diverse set of backgrounds, but a similar goal. We start with first principles, develop new materials, design & qualify processes for pilot scale development & commercial production, and continually support and improve our manufacturing capability. You will enjoy closely collaborating with a core team of Process, Equipment, Manufacturing, and Environmental Health and Safety representatives on complex multi-phase, multi-year projects.

Responsibilities and Duties  

  • Coach engineers, project managers, construction personnel, and other business partners in assessing process safety needs.
  • Lead process hazard analysis (PHA) safety activities such as quantitative risk assessment (QRA), HAZID, HAZOP, and LOPA workshops.
  • Reviews multi-disciplinary engineering documents and existing equipment to ensure that designs have been adopted which meet Sila internal standards, industry standards and best practices.
  • Create, design to, and maintain Sila standards, specifications and guidelines around Process Safety.
  • Calculate the physical effects and related consequences for specific process safety scenarios.
  • Perform process safety risk assessments for emerging issues and develop mitigation plans.
  • Coordinate internal incident and near miss investigations, define corrective actions, monitor and supervise completion of corrective action items with site personnel.
  • Influence others across the org and, as needed, drive technical solutions without authority.

Knowledge and Skill Requirements 

  • B.S. in Engineering or comparable with 5+ years of technical process safety experience.
  • Highly knowledgeable and experienced with relevant industry standards including API, NFPA, ASME, CGA, and CCPS and experience applying them to setting internal standards and guidelines.
  • Highly knowledgeable and experienced with OSHA Process Safety Management and EPA Risk Management Program requirements.
  • Experience applying protection strategies and identifying risk reduction options.
  • Effectively influence a new organization that is learning process safety management at scale.
  • Desire to work with/for a team and ability to tackle problems independently.
  • Ability to challenge your teammates, raise them up, and be vocally self-critical.

  • Track record of relentlessly challenging accepted practices and inefficiencies.
  • Dust Explosion Hazard analysis experience is desirable.
  • Proficiency with process simulation is desirable.

Physical Demands and Working Conditions

  • Wear personal protective equipment including, but not limited to, a lab coat, gloves, safety glasses, and steel toe safety shoes.
  • Move long distances (such as from building to building) and be stationary for extended periods of time.
  • Operate a computer and other office equipment, such as a laptop, copier/printer, etc in a fixed location.

The starting base pay for this role is between $151,000 and $177,503 the time of posting. The actual base pay depends on many factors, such as education, experience, and skills. Base pay is only one part of Sila’s competitive Total Rewards package that can include benefits, perks, equity, and bonuses.  The base pay range is subject to change and may be modified in the future.


Working at Sila

We believe that building a diverse team at Sila helps us amplify our individual talents. We are an equal opportunity employer and committed to creating an inclusive environment where good ideas are free to come from anyone. We are proud to celebrate diversity and all qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, national origin, or any other status protected by law.

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