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VP of Safety, Certification & Quality Assurance

Los Angeles, CA, USA | Leading Transportation/Trucking/Railroad Company

  • Industry:
    Transportation/Trucking/Railroad
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    General Management
    Quality Assurance
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Job Description:
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THE PURPOSE:

As the Vice President of Safety, Certification & Quality Assurance at Virgin Hyperloop One, you’ll be our internal safety authority, holding VHO to the highest safety and quality standards as we transition from R&D to building and maintaining the world’s first hyperloop networks. You’ll lead the team that ensures our products are fit for purpose, sustainable in operation, and safe to use, operate, and maintain. As our internal auditor, you’ll assess our engineering quality, control, and compliance to secure certification, accreditation, and regulatory compliance.   

 

THE ROLE:

 People Management: 

Recruit, mentor, coach, and motivate your team 

Manage people, priorities, schedules, budgets, and quality 

 Technical Safety Authority: 

Establish overall safety strategy and foster a safety culture at VHO 

Set certification strategy aligned with existing and proposed standards 

Evaluate, develop, and implement policies, standards, and practices to support safety, quality, and reliability throughout the engineering and product lifecycle 

Accountable for oversight of our engineering process, ensuring all engineering projects, initiatives, and processes adhere to our established safety policies and objectives 

Responsible for independently verifying and validating the safety requirements of the supplied system and the integrity of the technical solution  

Develop, maintain, and enforce our system safety management plan 

Develop generic product, generic application, and specific application safety cases  

Support operators in implementing safety management systems to our standards 

Accountable for interface with regulators, certifiers, transportation authorities, national safety agencies, independent safety assessors, and regional development partners 

Monitor international, federal, state, and local regulations and laws, making recommendations for necessary changes to achieve compliance 

Develop any functional bodies necessary to promote and advance hyperloop acceptance 

Flexibility to travel 25% or more Other projects as assigned 

THE CANDIDATE:

You’re an enthusiastic leader with strong interpersonal skills  

You’re an excellent communicator (both spoken and written), comfortable presenting in front of groups 

You think deeply, critically, and creatively about challenges, comprehensively analyze and solve ambiguous problems, and convey your points persuasively 

You’re highly self-motivated and eager to take on new challenges  

You manage conflict effectively, dialoguing, negotiating, influencing, and working with others collaboratively and constructively 

 

MINIMUM REQUIRED EXPERIENCE:

Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Applied Science, or other relevant field or equivalent work experience 

Proven track record of developing and implementing safety programs and plans 

Experience leading and developing senior-level cross-functional teams  

Familiarity with safety standards, such as CENELEC 5012x, IEC 61508, or ISO 26262  

Familiarity with quality management systems, such as ISO 9001 or AS 9100

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE:

Master’s degree in Engineering, Applied Science, or other relevant field or equivalent work experience 

Leading senior-level safety teams through definition, implementation, construction, and commissioning  

Operation and maintenance planning and development for mass transportation projects  

Driving organizational change, managing stakeholders, and delivering high-level safety training 

Experience with requirements management tools, especially DOORS


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