Director Of Safety | $130K-$145K | Cocoa, Florida

Director of Safety


You will be part of a team of driven and enthusiastic engineers working to prototype, design, develop, and test our innovative hybrid rocket engine-powered small launch vehicle. As Director, System Safety, you will build and lead a team of system safety professionals responsible for identifying and eliminating hazards on our launch vehicle. Your scope will include working closely with a multidisciplinary team including development, qualification, production, testing, engineering, and launch operations. You will be directly responsible for important licensing & regulatory deliverables that support our ability to launch. You and your team will be the primary safety representatives of the company to external stakeholders/regulators, including the FAA. You should be comfortable working in a fast-paced and often uncertain environment, contributing to innovative solutions, while demonstrating personal leadership, technical competence, and attention to detail. A willingness to branch outside your comfort zone is essential… Our client is a small fast-paced company and everyone pitches in when needed. This is an opportunity to get in near the ground floor of an expanding space launch start up and have a direct impact on the development and production of a completely new space launch vehicle.

Travel Required-Up to 10%

Required Security Clearance None (ITAR Eligible)

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

• Oversee company safety programs and conduct flight and ground safety reviews and hold design personnel to high design safety standards.

• Mentor and lead a team of high-performing system safety engineers and industrial safety staff.

• Accurately identify and assess hazards through the appropriate safety analyses such as preliminary hazard listing and analysis (PHL/PHA), HAZOPs, fault tree analysis, event tree analysis, zonal analysis and FMECAs.

• Proactively mitigate safety hazards in all our operational environments, including manufacturing, test, and launch

• Implement new processes and software tools that help us keep teams safe while scaling up production and launch operations

• Oversee complex hazard analysis, functional safety analysis, risk analysis, and mitigation triage

Job Description

• Ensure identified hazards are properly assessed and tracked and the necessary risk reduction measures are implemented in the design and tracked to completion.

• Establish safety and operational requirements for new/existing products and participate in Technical Review Boards

• Work with regulators including launch sites, range safety, and government agencies

• Develop and implement effective safety programs to ensure that local operations are fully compliant with Local, State, and Federal laws/regulations.

• Execute a comprehensive facility inspection process to ensure continuous improvement while maintaining regulatory compliance.

• Partner seamlessly with engineering, production, and launch operations teams

• Lead the development of proactive annual safety plans that provide solutions necessary to build and sustain a world‐class safety culture.


• A bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering or a related field with safety management, environmental safety, or a similar field.

• At least 4 years’ experience in system safety, spaceflight safety preferred.

• Excellent knowledge of OSHA standards and federal safety legislation.

• Proficient in analysis techniques to meet a range of safety and reliability objectives

• Familiarity with writing health and safety policies and procedures.

• Proficiency in conducting data analysis and reporting statistics.

• Strong communication and teamwork skills.

• Excellent supervisory and leadership skills.

• Self-starter ability to gather evidence from different engineering disciplines

• Willingness to work flexible hours as necessary

• US Person as defined in 22 CRF Part 120.15 (U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, refugees and those given asylum in the United States, and temporary residents granted amnesty) since work includes ITAR controlled technical data

Preferred Skills and Education

• 10+ years of technical experience, ideally in the product safety engineering space

• Certified Safety Professional (CSP) or Professional Engineer (PE)

• DoD or FAA Accident Investigation Board experience/training

• Experience with hazardous systems such as ordnance, cryogenic systems, high pressure systems, high voltage systems, highly combustible materials, or toxic materials

• Knowledge of system safety standards e.g. MIL-STD-882, Defense Standard 00-56, CENELEC

• Knowledge of range safety standards e.g. AFSPCMAN 91-710, GSFC-STD-8009

• Knowledge of safety standards such as IEC 61508, ISO 26262, DO-178C, EN 50128

• Experience working with military and commercial ranges, FAA AST, ATC, USCG