Functional Safety Manager

Location: Woking, GB

Functional Safety Manager


Purpose of the Role:

Electronic Systems at McLaren Automotive are a key element characterising the performance and attributes of our cars. The features and applications we develop are fundamental for the performance of the vehicles, and highly influencing our customers’ perception of the quality of our products.

In our highly innovative landscape, Functional Safety has a central role in the electronics hardware and software development, from concept design to delivery of our products to customer.

The development process according to ISO 26262 at McLaren Automotive has started a decade ago, and matured to what is now a wide scope of ISO 26262 systems across the vehicle Architecture, including Hybrid Powertrain, Chassis, Body, HMI, and Passive Safety domains.

The Functional Safety processes at McLaren Automotive are well established, but as part of the McLaren DNA we are constantly looking for improvement, striving for excellence in the performance of our cars, without compromises on Functional Safety.

The Functional Safety Team responsibilities extend to several layers in the development lifecycle, notably vehicle level, item level, and ASW software development of Functional Safety software components embedded in our in-house AUTOSAR Architecture.


The Functional Safety Manager coordinates a high-performing team successfully delivering all the activities described above, and is the strong technical reference point in the Company for the development of electronic systems in line with ISO 26262.


Principal Accountabilities

  • Ensure that Functional Safety activities are performed according to the established company standards and in compliance with ISO 26262, through effective management of the Functional Safety Team
  • Ensure that the Independent Safety Assessment (ISA) activities are carried out for all the McLaren programmes, minimising the number of findings
  • Support the definition of technology roadmaps from the Functional Safety point of view, including the provision of the necessary resources to implement the strategies
  • Be the subject-matter expert of Functional Safety for technical discussions internally and with suppliers and assessors
  • Supervise the development of the in-house Functional Safety software
  • Ensure that internal processes and standards evolve in accordance with the industry state-of-the-art
  • Continuously look for new opportunities to increase the internal quality in the Functional Safety activities, over the short, medium and long term


Knowledge, Skills & Experience    

  • In-depth knowledge of the definitions, requirements and recommendations of ISO 26262
  • Experience in applying ISO 26262 to multiple system domains (Powertrain, Chassis, Body, User Experience, Passive Safety, etc.)
  • Awareness of the state-of-the-art automotive hardware and software solutions and best practices relevant to Functional Safety
  • Knowledge of software development processes and architectures for high safety-critical systems
  • Knowledge of the industry E/E architectures, including the AUTOSAR standard and software integration paradigms
  • Ability to assess project risks and take critical decisions with pragmatism
  • Preferred experience in the supercars sector


Personal Attributes 

  • Electrical, software or automotive engineering degree 2:1, or above
  • Conscientious and attention to quality, reliability and safety
  • Team leadership and advanced project management skills
  • Naturally technical, able to employ fundamental engineering principles
  • High self-motivation, willingness to learn and develop