Regional Process Safety Engineer

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Date: Mar 22, 2023

Location: Charleston, TN, US

Company: Wacker Chemie AG


Our world needs ideas! As one of the world’s most research-intensive chemical companies, we have been developing leading solutions for numerous sectors – from construction to photovoltaics and cosmetics to rubber – for over 100 years. We have a global presence with production sites on three continents and 14,300 employees from 70 nations.


At our site in Charleston, we are currently looking for a ​Regional Process Safety Engineer​ to join our growing team.


This is Us:

You know us. You just didn’t know it. WACKER is a global chemical manufacturer that prides itself on “Creating Tomorrow’s Solutions”. WACKER materials are so versatile and adaptable, they have virtually unlimited applications just about anywhere imaginable, making WACKER an integral part of daily life. Whether it’s protecting buildings from the elements, a tube of toothpaste, a cell phone, airbags, or cosmetics, people from all over the world come into contact each day with our products and achievements. We are looking for capable, innovative, and enthusiastic achievers to join our team and grow with us. We are currently seeking a Regional Process Safety Engineer for our site in Charleston, TN.


What you will do:

The Regional Process Safety Engineer is responsible for application and implementation for ongoing compliance with WACKER Process Safety Standards, as well as the Process Safety Management (PSM) standard and Risk Management Plan (RMP) programs. This position will interface with relevant third parties such as consultants and auditors retained by the Company as well as with facility and corporate leadership.


    • Lead the Process Safety Management (PSM) program improvements and implementation of processes, through sharing and facilitating best practices among different plants and by creating the best means and/or channels for communications to serve this purpose.
    • Responsible or co-responsible for application of all 14 elements of OSHA PSM standard.
    • Support/Develop business specific standards and best practice efforts.
    • Support process safety implementation. 
    • Identify needs required to comply with PSM requirements and establish a Risk Based Process Safety approach.
    • Provide support for management of significant, though unregulated, process safety risks (e.g. not regulated because volume of chemical is below regulatory threshold) and process safety activities regulated under alternative regulatory regimes (e.g. PHMSA regulation of pipeline safety)
    • Assist sites in their procedure development and provide direct support to their implementation efforts of new and existing standards (e.g., WACKER Process Safety Directives or Policies).
    • Report upon PSM/RMP activities and initiatives.
    • Provide evaluations and progress reports of ongoing programs to management as required.
    • Support site and capital projects to ensure process safety requirements are identified in the project design and implementation.
    • Train and strengthen site process safety resources in their process safety related duties including WACKER process safety and specific Procedures, Directives, and Policies
    • Provide training to employees and contractors (as required) to assure understanding and compliance with legal obligation under PSM/RMP as well as conformance with WACKER Process Safety requirements.
    • Ensure contractor selection with strong safety and process safety mindsets (i.e. gatekeeper function) and be an active support ensuring safe work practices throughout Lead or participate with required compliance audits of the PSM/RMP covered sites.
    • Assist sites in leading Process Hazards Analysis (PHA) by providing expert support in PHA methodologies, such as WSA (WACKER Safety Analysis).
    • Provide support for LOPA reviews of those risk scenarios requiring further assessment post PHA review as requested by sites or projects.
    • Assist plants in their Hazard Assessment (Off-Site Consequence Analysis) modeling in accordance with legal requirements (as required).
    • Assist in development of the Functional Safety program and establish the governance requirements for the program.
    • Track and follow-up action items with timely completion; addressing findings from PSM audits, PHA studies, and other PSM or RMP assessment activities.
    • Participate in select Pre-Startup Safety Reviews (PSSRs) prior to startup of new or modified processes or equipment or after extended shutdown of equipment.  Periodically review site PSSRs for quality and completeness. 
    • Participate in Process Safety event investigations/root cause analysis to provide guidance to all sites.  In conjunction with site management teams, track progress of corrective actions.
    • Evaluate events and operational results and support the revising / updating of site policies, procedure revisions contractors’ work on Company projects
    • Direct or functional responsibility for MI program and technical resources
    • Develop and Implement policies for a robust mechanical integrity program.
    • Develop and track KPIs for mechanical integrity processes
    • Assist NCA sites with compliance to the MI policy and development of site-specific procedures.
    • Ensure training is developed and provided to the affected personnel for the MI program.
    • Act and the subject matter expert on MI related compliance opportunities by ensuring the correct resources are utilized and the documentation is completed.
    • Support MI processes for site and capital projects.
    • Works closely with Mechanical Integrity Quality Assurance and Control Specialist – Regional for MI QA/QC


What we need from you:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering required.
  • 5+ years relevant experience.
  • Detailed knowledge of U.S. (including federal, state and local) regulations related to process safety and risk management planning, particularly the OSHA PSM standard and the Clean Air Act’s RMP regulations.
  • Must understand relevant agency practices regarding enforcement of the standards and regulations (such as OSHA’s National Emphasis Programs for the chemical industry).
  • Contribute to, and perhaps lead, internal efforts to develop internal Policies, Practices, Procedures, Design Guides and Engineering Standards.
  • Participation in professional/technical organizations and in the development and delivery of subject matter training.
  • A general understanding of related codes and consensus standards is also necessary (e.g. state fire, boiler, and pressure vessel codes; API, ANSI, ASME etc. standards and recommended practices) as these play a role in overall process safety management whether or not formally incorporated within the PSM and RMP standards.
  • Analytical ability, organizational skills, time and people management skills, computer skills such as SAP, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PHA Works, and must be an excellent communicator both orally and in writing.
  • Must be flexible, innovative, and have good leadership ability.


Life at Wacker:

Wacker is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe that our individual differences are our collective strength. We encourage our employees to be their authentic selves and desire team members that share these interests. You will be valued for your contributions and perspectives as we continue to grow together. Your career is important to us, and we want to foster a mutually beneficial relationship where you feel heard, understood, and fulfilled. We consider our employees’ overall health and satisfaction when creating a benefits package. Below are some of the additional incentives our employees enjoy.


  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance effective Day 1
  • 401(k) with company match
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Advancement Opportunities
  • Education Assistance Program
  • Paid Time Off in addition to personal days and holidays
  • Support for Community Involvement
  • Bonus Plans



WACKER, as an innovative chemical company, makes a vital contribution toward improving the quality of life around the world by developing intelligent solutions for sustainable growth. Our culture focuses on building and retaining diverse and inclusive teams. WACKER offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, competitive benefit offerings and beyond through giving back to our communities.


Be part of our WACKER family, across all nations!


We are looking forward to your online application at
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The information contained herein is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the job, nor are they intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job. A minimum requirement for this US-based position is the ability to work legally in the United States on a permanent unrestricted basis.  Visa sponsorship is not available for this position, including for any type of US permanent residency (e.g., for a Green card).


WACKER is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected classes.

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