Functional Safety Consultant

Forces Recruitment Services
£39.7k - 62k per year + Various Company Benefits
01 Dec 2017
03 Jan 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

EB4998: Functional Safety Consultant

Salary: £39,700 to £62,000 DOE

Location: Nuneaton, West Midlands

Position: Permanent

Benefits: Various Company Benefits

An exciting requirement for a Functional Safety Consultant has arisen to work with a world class, independent engineering consultancy, operating in multiple locations around the world, to support vehicle manufacturers and their supply chain with cutting-edge engineering and testing expertise.

This Client is looking to employ a Functional Safety Consultant who will beresponsible for delivery of specific functional safety work products related to certain vehicle attributes. The Functional Safety Consultant will need to take technical responsibility for delivery of technically challenging activities such as requirements decks, working closely with the vehicle attribute/technical teams and coordinating both with supplier management functional safety consultants in China and the functional safety managers in the US.

This Functional Safety Consultant needs to have a proven track record in maintaining complex requirements decks, dealing with automotive architectures, new technologies and executing in full safety analysis (FMEA, FMEDA, and quantitative FTA) sometimes with incomplete data. A track record in the activities is essential. This role will be based in Nuneaton, UK with occasional travel to West-Coast US and potentially China.

Applications from suitably experienced ex-military personnel are strongly encouraged


Essential experience for this role would include:

  • Delivering ISO 26262 to vehicle manufacturers and tier 1 suppliers covering all aspects of the safety lifecycle
  • Safety analyses techniques, particularly FMEA with broad exposure to different processes, methodologies and stakeholder objectives
  • Functional safety planning & management
  • Identifying hazards, performing risk assessment and classification
  • User and systems level requirements capture, management and technical review
  • Preparing safety cases (including safety arguments)
  • System level architectural design and technical review
  • Technical leadership of small project teams
  • Tendering process and preparation of project proposals
  • Developing and delivering training courses

The Functional Safety Consultant must have a strong experience in systems engineering and requirements driven developments and can advise clients on best-practice.

Desirable experience for this role would include:

  • Controllability of vehicles, vehicle dynamics, control system performance and human-machine interactions
  • Embedded hardware design and technical review for safety-related systems
  • Embedded software design and technical review for safety-related systems
  • Defence safety-related systems standards such as Def Stan 00-56 and DO-254
  • Off-highway or earth-moving safety-related standards e.g. ISO 15998, BS EN 474
  • Machinery safety-related standards e.g. ISO 13849
  • Other automotive-relevant safety-related systems standards such as IEC 61508 or MISRA SA
  • Engineering process development and practical implementation; including CMMI, ISO 15504 (SPICE)
  • Awareness of cyber-security principles and their commercial application (e.g. threat analysis, security requirements/techniques and penetration testing)
  • Involvement in ISO, SAE, MISRA or other relevant standards/guidance development bodies
  • Executing and reporting on independent safety assessment


The candidate should:

  • can deliver a high standard of technical writing
  • Be capable of presenting technical information confidently to customers
  • Be a self-starter and able to execute designated tasks accurately and within timing and budget constraints
  • Have well-developed analytical skills – rigorous but pragmatic, being able to justify decisions with solid rationale
  • Have good interpersonal skills – a consensus-builder not confrontational
  • Be capable of technically managing a small group of engineers
  • Be willing to travel and work flexibly: The job is likely to involve periods of 1 week at a time spent overseas approximately 6 to 8 times per year. The job may also involve extended placements at customer facilities requiring travel within the UK or Europe for 1 to 4 days per week for a significant period.
  • Be willing to engage in the security clearance process for defence related projects


Essential qualifications for this role would include:

  • Good first degree (minimum 2:1) in electrical/electronic engineering, systems engineering or a relevant related discipline

Desirable qualifications for this role would include:

  • Higher degree (relevant M.Sc., Eng. D or Ph.D.)
  • Corporate membership of an engineering institution including Chartered Engineer qualification

Other information

Key Functions are:

  • Coordinating safety analyses and engineering activities within a small team
  • Coaching the team to deliver consistent and successful results
  • Technical project management / decision making to deliver on time, to cost and quality
  • Managing challenging stakeholders who can have diverse objectives
  • Taking a lead sometimes autonomous role in auditing safety related development processes
  • Training/coaching other less experienced members of staff, particularly in audit and safety analyses
  • Developing process to support functional safety
  • Developing and delivering training on functional safety
  • Delivering value-add functional safety consultancy/guidance
  • Supporting the product groups in tendering activities

Interested applicants will be expected to complete and return by email a simple application form to which CVs must be pasted.

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