Functional Safety Engineer

Location: Woking, GB

Purpose of the Role:

To join a highly successful Functional Safety team to ensure that the achievement of the Functional Safety attribute across our full range of Sports, Super and Ultimate series vehicles. The Functional Safety Engineer manages effectively the Functional Safety activities in accordance with ISO 26262.

With a small high-performing team and an interesting number of projects under development at McLaren Automotive, the role has a broad scope and touches different technical areas, dealing with software developed in-house and supplied, internal and external stakeholders, item-level and vehicle-level analyses, legacy and AUTOSAR software methodologies, traditional and state-of-the-art Zonal E/E Architecture.

This role has a particular focus on Powertrain and Chassis systems, however, our Functional Safety team is involved in other areas, such as Body, ADAS, HMI/UX, software development with Agile methodology, therefore previous experience or desire to expand your learning in these areas in future would be a plus.


Principal Accountabilities

  • Responsible for the whole ISO 26262 V-cycle activities for the Powertrain/Chassis systems, from item definition to software requirements specification
  • Perform appropriate FMEA / FTA for the in-house safety software developed systems
  • Support the implementation and validation of in-house safety software monitor and safety functions to fulfil the safety concepts and requirements
  • Support the planning and execution of the system tests and vehicle level tests to ensure the safety concept achievement
  • Maintain the requirements and testing specification in DOORS, ensuring the traceability and consistency within the multiple levels
  • Support the definition and negotiation of the development interface agreements with suppliers and follow up activities with regular catch-up for the functional safety topics


Knowledge, Skills & Experience    

  • Experience in applying ISO 26262 on automotive systems, including safety analysis (HARA, FMEA, FTA, etc.)
  • Awareness of the latest automotive hardware and/or software state-of-the-art solutions and best practices relevant to safety, e.g. E-Gas, lock-step core processor, etc.
  • Understanding of the automotive electrical architectures, including the AUTOSAR standard and software integration paradigms, communication protocols and standards (CAN, LIN, Ethernet, etc.)
  • Ability to produce formal documentation to a highly professional standard using IBM Rational DOORS
  • Ability to develop software with Matlab/Simulink


Personal Attributes 

  • Self-motivated, and ability to work as a team member and across diverse team
  • Effective time management and prioritisation of tasks between multiple projects
  • Conscientious and attention to quality, reliability and safety
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Master degree in either engineering, information technology, computer science or similar
  • Flexible approach to working hours
  • Driving Licence