University of Washington School of Public Health
Principal Ergonomist - Amazon
Closing Date: October 26, 2018
Posted: September 26, 2018
Are you a senior leader with the desire to disrupt current health and safety practices and truly augment and extend the approaches used to reduce risks associated with musculoskeletal injuries? Have you ever wanted to be a leader or be part of revolutionary projects that you read about other organizations doing? Do you want to solve the problems of today with the solutions of the future, and predict future problems before they occur? Do you believe that science, technology and a passion for excellence can drive significant reduction in incidents through reducing human error, optimizing physical capability, and enhancing health, comfort, safety, effectiveness and efficiency in the workplace?
Now is the time to step forward.
We are looking for a Principal Ergonomist to be the WorldWide (WW) single-threaded leader accountable for our long term strategy and operational direction to leverage science and technology, along with proven traditional strategies to reduce exposure to musculoskeletal risk, as well as reduce frequency and severity of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). In this role you will provide WW technical expertise applying a variety of scientific techniques, standardized assessments and problem-solving skills to drive innovative solutions for MSDs. You will functionally lead, design and implement global ergonomic programs focused holistically on the risk factors that contribute to MSD risks (biomechanics, psychosocial and individual elements).
You will lead and work collaboratively with EHS field operations, Operations, Engineering, HR, Workers’ Compensation and other stakeholders to develop risk controls that are fit for purpose and are effective. This includes working closely with WW Engineering ergonomist responsible for design, WW Human Factors Engineer as well as ergonomic and injury prevention specialists who work in the field.
You must be innovative and think outside of the traditional paradigm for enhancing human performance and human interface with equipment to prevent injury. You will be able to demonstrate a true passion for new and emerging technology with the ability to conceptualize novel applications to benefit intended and unintended end-users, and the confidence to challenge assumptions, conventions, and the status quo in terms of what could be possible. Your role will be worldwide, which will drive significant improvements across all our businesses and geographies. You will need to be able to travel both within USA and internationally. The role is based in HQ in Seattle.
- Bachelor’s degree in ergonomics or industrial engineering with ergonomics focus or related field
- Worked within a global company, with multi-country responsibilities.
- 10-15 years’ experience, including senior ergonomic roles within manufacturing, production, or service operations; or show us how your other industry experience will benefit our workplaces.
- Strong analytical and statistical background to include quantitative and qualitative data analysis, project and program management.
- Strong project management skills, and demonstrable experience with ergonomic risk analysis tools and developing risk reduction programs.
- Experience with health promotion, early intervention and return-to-work programs.
- Have the ability to collaborate and lead in a flexible, detail-oriented, fast-paced team environment in a changing and growing organization.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including comfort collaborating with executives.
- A self-starter and ability to self-manage priorities and deliverables.
- Possess the ability to interact positively and in a professional manner, excellent critical thinking with problem-solving skills, and an ability to work cooperatively in a team setting. Flexibility in responding to changing demands, timelines, and priorities is also required.
- Ability to manage many projects and tasks at once while meeting and exceeding deadlines.
- Master’s Degree or Doctoral (Ph.D.) degree from an accredited US university, or international university of equivalent standard.
- Ergonomics Certification (AEP, CPE or equivalent), or ability to become certified is required.
- Experience implementing lean principles and process improvement in an operational environment.