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Portland, Oregon
United States
Job Categories:
Safety Engineer/Specialist: Single site
Safety Engineer/Specialist: Multi-site
Industry Segments:
Manufacturing - Miscellaneous
Experience level:
3-5 years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree
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Safety Engineer

Leatherman Tool Group, Inc. is seeking a Safety Engineer for our world headquarters located in Portland, Oregon. 

Leatherman is the world leader in the design and manufacturer of innovative, high quality, compact, multi-purpose tools.  We employ over 500 Team Members in our 90,000 square feet facility.  

The successful candidates for the Safety Engineer will plan, implement and coordinate safety programs, requiring application of engineering principles and technology, to prevent or correct unsafe environmental working conditions, to reduce risk, control costs, analyze and ensure compliance throughout all business functions.  Develop and drive cross-functional teams and projects to evaluate, develop and implement policies, training, metrics, assessments and hazard controls to ensure regulatory compliance, and incorporate best management practices in regard to occupational safety.

Provide technical expertise to operations leadership and management to help evaluate risks and cost-effectively resolve health and safety issues, including recommendations from incident investigations and internal and/or regulatory audits.  Serve on cross-functional teams, facilitate audits, develop safety procedures, lead and/or participate in incident investigations and safety training, interact with operations and maintenance and interface with external regulatory organizations.

The ideal candidate must be able to:

  • Develop safety programs that adhere to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines and the elimination of industrial accidents.
  • Support safety activities of unit managers to ensure implementation of safety activities throughout organization.
  • Conduct hazard evaluation and control.  Perform analysis of equipment, processes, facilities, and communication in support of risk reduction.
  • Develop accident-prevention and loss-control systems and programs for incorporation into operational policies of the organization.
  • Organize and conduct audits of facilities, work areas, and equipment to ensure compliance with organization, state, and federal safety regulations.  Identify and implement corrective action plans and perform follow-up inspections. 
  • Lead investigations and identify root cause of accidents, prepare reports with findings and corrective actions.
  • Partner with the operations team to create safety policies and procedures to comply with OSHA and State regulations.
  • Prepare and administer the safety training and incentive programs.  Identify employee safety training and certification needs, develop materials and courses, present topics, identify and train instructors as needed, and maintenance of training records.  Conduct incident preparedness, response, investigation, root cause analysis, corrective measures, and tracking.
  • Maintain program records requiring metrics, documentation, and budget/cost savings.
  • Ensure regulatory compliance, communication and reporting (i.e. OSHA).
  • Compile, analyze, and interpret statistical data related to exposure factors concerning occupational illnesses and accidents and report to business leaders.
  • Act as liaison with safety committee and outside organizations such as fire departments and rescue teams to assure information exchange and mutual assistance.
  • Partner with leadership, sourcing and required suppliers to add, change or maintain inventories of safety equipment and PPE per individual, team specific or company as needs arise in a timely manner.
  • Develop and maintain environmental health programs consistent with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines and regulations, including environmental permit compliance such as DEQ: Wastewater, Storm Water, Hazardous Waste Generator/ Hazardous Materials, Fire Marshall.
  • Contribute to waste reduction, recycling, and sustainability efforts.


  • Action Oriented – Take on new opportunities and tough challenges with a sense of urgency, high energy, and enthusiasm.
  • Balances stakeholders – Anticipate and balance the needs of multiple stakeholders.
  • Builds networks – Effectively build formal and informal relationship networks inside and outside the organization.
  • Collaborates – Build partnerships and work collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives.
  • Communicates effectively – Develop and deliver a variety of communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences.
  • Courage – Step up to address difficult issues, saying what needs to be said.
  • Customer focus – Build strong customer relationships and deliver customer-centric solutions.
  • Ensures accountability – Hold self and others accountable to meet commitments.
  • Instills trust – Gain the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity.
  • Persuades – Use compelling arguments to gain the support and commitment of others.
  • Plans and aligns – Plan and prioritize work to meet commitments aligned with organizational goals.
  • Situational adaptability – Adapt approach and demeanor in real time to match the shifting demands of different situations.

Experience and Education Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or occupational safety field or equivalent experience required. 
  • Associate Safety Professional (ASP) certification preferred.
  • Minimum of three years’ experience in an occupational safety or manufacturing safety related role in a fast-paced environment.  Experience should include effective health and safety program development, implementation, management and oversight; conducting hazard evaluations and investigations; regulatory compliance, and incident command systems.
  • Knowledge or experience with heavy metal processing equipment preferred.
  • Understanding of regulatory compliance of all local, state and federal safety requirements (OSHA).
  • Familiarity with ANSI workplace safety standards preferred.
  • Ability to recognize hazardous situations, partner with leadership to recommend corrective actions.
  • Excellent skills in developing interpersonal relations, communication and teamwork, including leadership and coaching experience.  Ability to communicate effectively to influence others and gain support to achieve results in a cooperative manner.  
  • Uses a proactive approach to problems and challenges and is able to partner with leadership and react quickly and decisively to critical situations.
  • Effectively organize, prioritize and manage multiple complex assignments, projects and issues simultaneously. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Work independently, collaboratively; possess a high level of self-motivation, initiative and innovative problem solving.

Physical Demands/Working Conditions/Physical Hazards:  While performing duties of this job, employee is continually required to stand, walk, balance, use hands to handle, grasp, or feel objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms with some overhead. The employee is occasionally required to lift up to 50 pounds, sit, climb, twist, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.  The employee regularly works in an office environment as well as production environment with exposure to noise, liquid grinding coolant mist and vapor, dust and lubricants managed through an exhaust system. Work area is well lit and air conditioned.

To Apply:  At Leatherman, we are also interested in how you think, behave and integrate.  With this in mind, please give extra consideration and time to each question when you apply thru our online applicant module.  You will want to allow yourself 20-30 minutes; we do consider this a key part of our selection process.  Please attach a resume and watch your email for upcoming communication(s) and information.  

Excellent Benefit Package:  Competitive Compensation, Bonus Plan with Performance Multiplier, 401k Employer Match up to 5%, Onsite Health Clinic, Medical, Dental, Life Insurance, Award Winning Wellness Program, PTO, 10 Paid Holidays, On Premise Gym, Pickle Ball Court, Opportunities for Career Advancement and Personal Growth with Educational Reimbursement Program, Employee Assistance Program and Employee Discount on Products.  Come be part of the Leatherman Team.  Leave nothing undone . . . . Including your career!

Core Values:  We thrill our consumers with quality, products, and service; We care about each other’s well-being; We share ideas, challenge each other and do the right thing; We respect each other, show humility and grow from our failures; We foster the development of individuals to reach their greatest potential.

Pre-employment background check and drug screening is required. Equal Opportunity Employer.


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