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Head of System Safety

Malmö, Sweden
Closing date: 6 October 2023

We are looking for an experienced leader who has what it takes to lead in change and possess the kind of leadership that inspires people to walk the extra mile!

If you are a driven leader with a strong commitment to operational excellence, team development, system safety, fire safety, and software safety, we encourage you to apply for this exciting position. Take the plunge into a future where your expertise and passion make waves in submarine development!

Your role

As the Head of System Safety, you will be responsible for overseeing the safety aspects of our submarine systems throughout their lifecycle. Your role will encompass team leadership, operational development, system safety, fire safety, and software safety, ensuring that our submarines are not only technologically advanced but also meet the highest safety standards. Your section will collaborate closely with cross-functional teams to identify potential safety hazards, assess risks, and implement mitigation strategies.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead a team of talented system safety engineers, fire safety engineers and software safety engineers, fostering a culture of collaboration, innovation, and continuous improvement.
  • Assign your resources to the projects, to support the development and maintenance of our submarines, to conduct thorough safety assessments, hazard analyses, and risk assessments, and recommend appropriate safety measures to enhance the reliability and safety of our submarines, including fire safety measures.
  • Develop and execute comprehensive safety strategies, policies, and procedures for submarine projects, ensuring compliance with industry regulations and standards.
  • Support the collaboration with design, engineering, and software development teams to identify safety requirements early in the development process and integrate safety considerations into the submarine's design and software systems.
  • Oversee the implementation of fire safety measures and protocols across the submarine systems, ensuring compliance with fire safety standards and regulations.
  • Champion software safety to support efficient collaboration with software engineers to identify potential hazards and vulnerabilities, and implementing measures to ensure the safety and integrity of software systems onboard.
  • Interface with regulatory authorities, customers, and internal stakeholders to communicate safety-related matters and provide expertise during audits and reviews.
  • Be on top of emerging trends, technologies, and best practices in submarine, fire, and software safety, and contribute to the advancement of safety practices within the organization.

Your profile

Preferred qualifications:

  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Engineering, Naval Architecture, or a related field.
  • Proven track record in system safety engineering with at least 5 years of experience in submarine or maritime projects.
  • Experience in fire safety and software safety, with a demonstrated ability to apply safety principles to these domains.
  • Strong understanding of safety regulations, standards, and methodologies within the maritime industry.
  • Exceptional leadership and team management skills, with the ability to inspire and guide a diverse group of professionals.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal abilities, with a knack for building strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Analytical thinking, and problem-solving skills to effectively address complex safety challenges.
  • Previous experience in operational development and a passion for fostering a culture of safety and continuous improvement.

This position requires that you pass a security vetting based on the current regulations around/of security protection. For positions, requiring security clearance additional obligations on citizenship may apply.

What you will be a part of

The Head of System Safety belongs to the Specialty Engineering area, an area which currently consists of approximately 60 employees split in different sections. The section is expected to grow further to meet the increased demand of our knowledge and competence. You will be the one leading and developing a growing section, securing project deliveries both to our national and international submarine projects.

Kockums Business Unit Submarine, develop, integrate and verify new submarines as well as continuous upgrades and maintenance for Swedish and foreign navies.  We offer a role in a diverse and highly skilled team where you will collaborate with experienced engineers and professionals in an environment that fosters career development and personal growth. If you want to be part of some of Sweden’s most technically and challenging projects at the forefront of technology, we believe you will find it rewarding to work with us!

Saab is a leading defence and security company with an enduring mission, to help nations keep their people and society safe. Empowered by its 19,000 talented people, Saab constantly pushes the boundaries of technology to create a safer, more sustainable and more equitable world. Business area Kockums is a world leader in its segment in terms of development, production and in-service support of submarines, surface vessels and naval systems. The product portfolio includes submarines with Air-Independent Propulsion (AIP) systems, surface vessels that contain the most advanced stealth technology as well as minesweeping systems, high-speed patrol and pilot boats. Kockums also supplies subsystems and components for integration into naval solutions with customers worldwide.

Kindly observe that this is an ongoing recruitment process and that the position might be filled before the closing date of the advertisement. Your application may be in Swedish or English.

DRIVE TRUST & EXPERTISE are our core values. Join us in our strive making the world safer!

If you aspire to help create and innovate whilst developing yourself in a challenging team setting, Saab may well have the perfect conditions for you to grow. We pride ourselves on a nurturing environment, where everyone is different yet we share the same goal – to help protect people.