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O&M Rail Safety Manager

Location: Pearl City, Hawaii, United States
Job ID: R0032872
Date Posted: May 2, 2024
Segment: Green Energy & Mobility
Business Unit: Hitachi Rail
Job Schedule: Full time
Remote: No

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Hitachi Rail is looking for an enthusiastic self-motivated O&M Rail Safety Manager who thrives in a fast-paced environment.  The successful candidate is comfortable performing a wide range of engineering tasks from administrative to strategic.  The position is based in Pearl City, HI.

About Us:

A career at Hitachi Rail will help create a legacy. With operations in every corner of the world, our work goes to the cutting-edge of digital transformation and technology. From the multi-cultural strength of our global organization to the sustainable and innovative ways we work to bring people together, there’s something for everyone to get stuck into. And that’s where you come in.


  • Provides primary managerial direction and performs personnel administrative functions of direct report staff (e.g. training, supervising, work assignments, timesheets, performance evaluations, etc.) for maintaining necessary staffing, enhancing productivity of staff and ensuring necessary department outcomes are achieved.
  • Participates in all aspects of the planning, development, implementation, and continuous improvement of Safety Management System programs and Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan (PTASP) in accordance with State Safety Oversight Agency (SSOA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) requirements.
  • Provides technical supervision on safety issues of rail-related projects.
  • Leads accident investigation teams and recommends corrective actions as necessary.
  • Leads the annual review and update of the Rail Accident Investigation Procedure.
  • Manages and oversees the Project's Safety Rules Compliance Program.
  • Interprets, executes and recommends changes to established safety policies and procedures.
  • Manages and oversees the Rail Internal Safety Audit to comply with SSOA and FTA requirements.
  • Maintains and coordinates emergency preparedness standards for Operations and Maintenance.
  • Provides leadership and safety direction to Rail Operations and Maintenance.
  • Develops and reviews safety and hazard analyses of Rail Operations and Maintenance and recommends improvements.
  • Evaluates, trains, counsels, and oversees continuous development of safety initiatives to Rail Operators, Supervisors, Controllers, maintenance personnel, and other personnel involved with rail operations along with any necessary safety performance improvements.
  • Assures Rail Operations compliance with applicable safety requirements and regulations including OSHA, FTA, FRA, ADA and the SSOA.
  • In conjunction with Operations update and maintain the Rail Operations Rulebook and SOPs..
  • Trains personnel from outside agencies and emergency responders on different aspects of rail vehicles, procedures, and wayside equipment to give them working knowledge of emergency situations.
  • Provides direction for Rail Operations Safety Committee, System Safety Certification Review Committee, Configuration Management Committee, and the Fire and Life Safety Committee.
  • Prepares routine and special reports for senior management and Rail Operations division.
  • Interfaces and maintains relationships with other public agencies, rail safety associations and groups to keep abreast of latest industry trends, regulations, and technologies and to develop and implement safety improvements.
  • Provides excellent customer service to Skyline internal and external customers.
  • Promotes safety awareness and other employee safety procedures in efforts to reduce or eliminate accidents.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned.

Required Skills/Knowledge:

  • Minimum 8 to 10 years progressively responsible related experience in rail operations safety to include three (3) years supervision experience.
  • Thorough knowledge of Rail operations, Rail Vehicles and associated Rail systems. General knowledge of rail systems of various kinds, including commuter, automatic rail systems and/or high-speed rail.
  • Must have completed FTA’s Public Transportation Safety Certification Training Program.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications (verbal and written) skills. Ability to work effectively with all levels within the organization and with third party contractors. Excellent PC skills with proficiency in Microsoft office suite. Safety Management Systems (SMS) training required. National Incident Management System (NIMS) certifications required-IS-100.b, IS-200.b, IS-265, IS-700.a, IS-800c.

Desired Skills/Knowledge:

  • Experience in transit safety, safety management, or system safety engineering is preferred.


Bachelor’s Degree in Safety Management, Engineering or related field preferred.



Hitachi Rail employees enjoy a comprehensive benefits package including Competitive Pay, Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance, Short & Long Term Disability, Life & Accident Insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts, a Retirement Savings Plan, and Paid Vacation. We also offer a number of Work/Life Programs such as Flextime and a variety of Training and Development opportunities. 

Additional Information

Hitachi Rail Honolulu has a zero tolerance drug and alcohol policy for all employees. All internal and external applicants will be required to undergo drug testing before employment and will be subject to further drug and/or alcohol testing throughout their employment.

Further, employees who perform safety-sensitive functions will submit to drug and/or alcohol testing in accordance to the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) regulatory requirements.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those under consideration will be contacted. Join us at 
It is our commitment at Hitachi Rail to create a diverse environment and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. 

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