Manager, PSM (Ref ID: 133)

Next Decade

Next Decade

Houston, TX, USA
Posted on Wednesday, December 20, 2023


NextDecade Corporation is an energy company accelerating the path to a net-zero future and leading innovation in more sustainable LNG and carbon capture solutions, NextDecade is committed to providing the world access to cleaner energy. Through our wholly owned subsidiaries Rio Grande LNG and NEXT Carbon Solutions, we are developing a 27 MTPA LNG export facility in South Texas along with one of the largest carbon capture and storage projects in North America. We are also working with third-party customers around the world to deploy our proprietary processes to lower the cost of carbon capture and storage and reduce CO2 emissions at their industrial-scale facilities. By combining emissions reduction associated with our carbon capture and storage project, responsibly sourced gas, and our pledge to use net-zero electricity, Rio Grande LNG is expected to produce a lower carbon intensive LNG for the world.

NextDecade’s common stock is listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbol “NEXT.” NextDecade is headquartered in Houston, Texas.


NextDecade is seeking a full-time Process Safety Manager to support long-term operations for the Rio Grande LNG facility located near Brownsville, Texas. The position will require work from Houston during early job phases before transitioning to Brownville, Texas prior to commissioning and startup.

  • The incumbent will report to the Sr. Director of Engineering in the Operations Department, under the leadership of the Vice President of Operations.
  • Peer level managers will include the Ready for Operations (RFO) Manager, Facilities Engineering Manager, Process Engineering Manager, Brownfield Projects Manager, and Quality Manager.
  • Direct reports will include Process Safety Management Advisor


  • Ensure adherence to Next Decade corporate and Rio Grande LNG safety specifications, standards, and procedures.
  • Manage the Process Safety Management (PSM) effort for a multi-train LNG facility.
  • Coordinate the engineering team portion of the facility-wide Safety Case.
  • Provide input and advice regarding safety and associated regulatory requirements for the Management of Change (MOC) team.
  • Conduct and/or coordinate Process Hazards Analysis (PHAs), Hazard and Operability Study (HAZOP), Layer of Protection Analyses (LOPAs), Operations, Qualitative Risk Assessments, and externally Quantitative Risk Assessments as necessary.
  • Champion the facility-wide Barrier Management effort.
  • Champion the Alarm Management program.
  • Manage PSM related software, contracts, and licenses.
  • Ensure PSM requirements and actions are progressed through the Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS).
  • Establish and manage external relationships with external safety and risk assessment consultants and service providers.
  • Liaise with EPC partner(s) PSM personnel.
  • Participate in incident investigations.
  • Participate in safety related Root Cause Analyses (RCAs) and proposed solutions.
  • Coordinate with the RGLNG Safety Team to help ensure safety related regulatory compliance with OSHA, PSMSA, FERC, NFPA and other regulatory agencies.
  • Organize and conduct routine internal safety audits and coordinate periodic external safety audits.
  • Provide safety and regulatory input into the RGLNG Risk Based Inspection (RBI) program.
  • Manage budget for the Process Safety Management (PSM) team.


Minimum experience requirements:

  • Safety professional with wide exposure to diverse environments.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of OSHA, PHMSA, FERC, NFPA and other regulatory agency safety codes, standards, and API Recommended Practices.
  • Substantial experience with coordinating and conducting PHAs, HAZOPs, LOPAs, and risk assessments.
  • Significant experience with LNG facility operations.
  • Significant experience with safety related process controls, alarms, and trips.
  • Demonstrated experience in championing and motivating staff with proven ability to guide, mentor, and inspire.
  • Demonstrated troubleshooting, problem solving, and analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated experience with conducting and participating in incident investigations.
  • Experience with Risk Based Inspection (RBI) programs.
  • Experience with Management of Change (MOC) regulatory requirements and processes.
  • Proven experience with managing interfaces and working closely with Project and Operations teams during detailed design, construction, commissioning, startup, and post startup operations.
  • Demonstrated experience with identifying and managing risks and critical success factors.
  • Demonstrated commitment to safety and environmental guidelines and experience leading by example and working within intercompany HSSE standards.
  • Proven record in the application of intercompany and external audits and related functional safety processes.

Required attributes:

  • Ability to work collaboratively and foster a collaborative work environment.
  • Strong and effective oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to lead by example and deliver against targets.
  • Ability to perform under pressure.
  • Ability to adhere to key project performance drivers, operational requirements, financial and commercial considerations, and longer-term strategic interests.
  • Ability to challenge others in a constructive manner and positively influence internal peers and stakeholders to continuously improve work processes.
  • Ability to manage and interface with teams in different geographic locations.
  • Excellent organization, planning, and time management skills to ensure timely delivery of multiple work streams.

Personal and behavioral traits:

  • Highly motivated self-start mentality.
  • Focus on timely and consistently accurate results.
  • Excellent listening skills.
  • Highly organized.
  • Willingness to accept and take responsibility.
  • Determination to consistently meet and exceed expectations.
  • Desire for career development and upward mobility for self and team members.
  • Willingness to travel, domestically and internationally.

Minimum knowledge, skills, and abilities required:

  • 5+ years of Process Safety Management.
  • 5+ years in LNG plant design and/or operations.
  • 10+ years of experience within the oil and gas industry.
  • APCI liquefaction facility operations experience.
  • Experience and knowledge of API RP 74, 750 and OSHA 1910.
  • Substantial experience with Process Safety Management (PSM) and Management of Change (MOC) requirements.
  • Sound technical writing skills and presentation abilities

Preferred knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Experience working within a Safety Case for hazardous facilities, including design and establishment of Safety Critical Elements (SCE) and preparing the associated performance standards.
  • Experience as a Technical Authority in safety related fields, such as Management of Change (MOC) and Process Safety Management (PSM).
  • Experience with Condition Monitoring & Risk Based Inspection (RBI) programs.
  • Familiarity with maintaining ISO 9001 certification(s).

Required education & certifications:

  • B.S. or higher in Chemical, Mechanical, Petroleum, or Safety Engineering

Preferred education & certifications:

  • Professional Engineer, TX (or equivalent)

*In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.


  • Safety – We make safety a priority. Everything we do relies on the safety of our people and the communities around us.
  • Integrity – We do the right thing, and are open, ethical, and fair. We hold ourselves to the highest standards in all that we do.
  • Honesty – We value truth and honesty in ourselves and others. We honor our commitments and take responsibility for our actions.
  • Respect – We listen, and respect people, the environment, and the communities in which we live and work.
  • Transparency – Transparency builds trust. We promote open communication with our people, our customers, and all our stakeholders.
  • Diversity – We value diversity of people and thought. It takes people with different strengths, ideas, and cultural backgrounds to make our company succeed.