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Company Name:
Approximate Salary:
Aurora, Illinois
United States
Job Categories:
Risk Management Specialist
Risk Management Consultant
Safety Engineer/Specialist: Single site
Safety Engineer/Specialist: Multi-site
Safety Consultant
Industry Segments:
Consulting, Engineering, Machinery & Equipment
Experience level:
6-10 years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree

Sr. Consultant - Safety & Risk Assessment

This position requires an individual with 5 – 10 years experience in industrial machine safety, including machine safeguarding, risk assessment, or occupational health and safety.  The job involves leading a wide variety of incident investigations, including accident reconstruction.  Projects require field work, investigation, analysis, report development and legal testimony.  The candidate should have a successful history of legal testimony at deposition, trial, or other legal venues. The candidate should have experience managing projects of moderate to substantial complexity and/or size.  Established set of existing client projects highly preferred.

The candidate will provide safety expertise as part of a multi-disciplinary team evaluating accidents of various types in industrial settings and conducting risk assessments of varying scopes. Independent work and collaboration in a team environment is anticipated.  The candidate will be responsible for planning, directing and coordinating activities of small- to large-scale consulting projects to ensure that goals and objectives are accomplished within prescribed timing and financial constraints by performing duties personally or in conjunction with other consultants. The candidate will assist in all phases of project management from proposal through closing.  General duties will include organizing staffing and logistics, developing work plans, and conducting technical analysis based on principles of science and engineering.  Work will include review of existing scientific literature and standards, and the performance or supervision of original research to obtain and analyze relevant technical data.  The candidate will interface directly with clients, assessing client needs, establishing performance timelines, developing budgets, and explaining complex technical concepts in lay terms.  Professional certifications (if applicable) and a good publication/presentation record are required.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Evaluates root causes in industrial and recreational accidents, including issues regarding machine safeguarding, risk reduction, control of hazardous energy (lockout-tagout), engineering controls, robotics, and the like. 
  • Identifies and reviews existing media (e.g., photographs, video, witness statements, depositions, police and OSHA reports, etc.) to develop preliminary conclusions and plan further investigation.
  • Conducts inspections of accident scenes and of involved or exemplar machines, safety equipment, consumer products, and other items as needed.
  • Locates, assesses pertinence of, and applies consensus safety standards, scientific literature, existing test data, and governmental regulations.
  • Designs and conducts testing and/or develops models to obtain and evaluate machine performance or human factors data.
  • As part of a team, conducts risk assessments or job safety analyses for a variety of products and industrial machines.
  • Prepares written reports and verbal presentations of findings and conclusions in clear, concise, and easy-to-understand terms.
  • Provides legal testimony in a variety of venues, including courtroom settings.
  • Manages client projects including collaboration with and delegation of tasks to other engineers and support staff.
  • Works with Business Development to identify potential clients and strategies to build client base.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Education Required:
Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering or related field.  Master’s degree or Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering or related field highly preferred.

Five to ten years work (and/or equivalent academic experience) in industry or safety consulting position.  Experience working in manufacturing or machine design, teaching experience, and/or in depth knowledge of engineering controls or risk assessment methodology. Authoring of high quality technical reports and/or peer-reviewed publications.  Preferred experience in consulting industry. Experience providing expert testimony is highly desirable.

Computer Skills:
Full competency in office productivity software, advanced skills in technical computing environments. 

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

Licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) or Certified Safety Professional (C.S.P.) highly preferred.

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