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Job #: R-00119563
Location: Washington, DC
Category: Safety
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Remote Type: Hybrid Remote
Clearance: None
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Referral Bonus Amount: $2,000
Group: Defense

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Gibbs & Cox, a wholly owned subsidiary of Leidos, is the largest independent naval architecture and marine engineering firm in the United States. Since our founding in 1929, 24 classes of combatants and nearly 7,000 vessels have been built to Gibbs & Cox designs. We proudly support military and commercial clients in the U.S. and internationally with all phases of marine design, construction, and lifecycle management. Our passion is solving our customers’ 21st century maritime challenges with quality and integrity.

We are looking for a Senior Systems Safety Engineer to help support our growing customer demand.  This is a full-time position.  This is a hybrid remote position.  Prefer to be local to the Washington DC Naval Yard and able to work onsite 1-2 days per week.  Will consider fully remote candidates.

As a senior member of an interdisciplinary team, you will provide engineering and technical support and services in the field of system safety to clients including the US Navy, Coast Guard, foreign military, commercial maritime and transportation industries. 

Essential responsibilities include:

  • Integrating safety systems including environmental, safety, occupational health and software into ship design and acquisition activities by reviewing contractor plans, reports, and other products.

  • Establishing and ensuring compliance of system safety requirements.

  • Identifying hazards and acceptable risk resolution, and safety testing/verification.

  • Providing hands-on technical system safety support by:

    • Performing system safety reviews of designs, prototypes and as-built production systems.

    • Performing hazard analyses to ensure that risks are mitigated to an acceptable level.

    • Ensuring mitigation measures are effectively incorporated into system designs.

  • Conducting system safety research and studies including the development of plans, pilot testing, data collection and analysis and reporting.

  • Participating in engineering and system safety working groups and independently identifying and resolving system safety issues to ensure customer needs are met.

  • Applying system safety engineering to shipboard integration of combat/weapons systems to ensure platform readiness to safely support live-fire test events and deployment, including:

    • Performing safety assessments/hazard analyses (e.g., operating and support hazard analysis (O&SHA) of shipboard weapons integration and loading, movement, handling and stowage of ordnance.

    • Participating as a core member of the Weapon System Explosives Safety Review Board (WSESRB) System Safety Working Group (SSWG)

    • Preparing WSESRB technical data packages (TDPs) as required

Primary Responsibilities

  • U.S. Citizenship is required

  • Must be able to obtain a US Secret security clearance

  • BS or Advanced Degree in Safety, System Safety, Systems Engineering, Environmental Science or a Related Field

  • 5(+) Years applying system safety and/or system engineering in the design and evaluation of complex systems.

  • Familiarity with the DOD/DON acquisitions process and experience in supporting large programs and/or experience with US Navy, US Coast Guard and other DOD and commercial maritime surface ships.

  • NAVSEA certified Principal for Safety (PFS) or meeting the PFS certification requirements or ability to meet the certification requirement and obtain certification within six months of hire.

  • Ability to support a Navy ship acquisition program's system safety effort, aid the programmatic and technical authority to implement DoD, SECNAV, OPNAV, and NAVSEA system safety requirements and policy throughout the program's lifecycle, and support the execution of the program's system safety program.

  • Provide system safety input to engineering planning documents, system requirements, statements of work/statements of objectives, and requests for proposals

  • Review contractor delivered safety products and provide feedback to senior management on adequacy, gaps, and issues

  • Experience in applying MIL-STD-882E and performing the 'tasks' and hazard analysis outlined in the standard to the design of systems; specification development and identification of safety critical items/functions; and experience with hazard analysis techniques (FMEA, FTA, HAZOP, etc.)

  • Experience in developing and managing hazard management/tracking systems. 

  • Experience in providing support at Design Reviews, System Safety Working Groups (SSWGs), etc.

  • Strong oral and written communication and presentation skills, and a background in working with multidisciplinary teams.

  • Proficiency in standard MS Office suite.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of theoretical and practical engineering principles and techniques.

  • Knowledge of Navy environmental, safety and health laws, regulations, policies, and guidance.

  • Knowledge of shipboard hazardous systems, materials, and environments.

  • Experience with hazard and risk identification, assessment and management software packages.

  • Familiarity with NAVSEA OP-4, Ammunition and Explosives Safety Afloat requirements and NAVSEAINST 8020.6E, DoN Weapon Systems Explosives Safety Review Board

Pay Range:

Pay Range $105,300.00 - $190,350.00

The Leidos pay range for this job level is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.


About Leidos

Leidos is a Fortune 500® technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, civil, and health markets. The company’s 47,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $14.4 billion for the fiscal year ended December 30, 2022.   For more information, visit

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