General information

Job Title
Assistant Functional Safety Engineer
Ref #
Thursday, September 9, 2021
United Kingdom
Business area
Product Development
Electrical and Controls - Software
Contract type

Description & Requirements


No restraints. No limitations. We don’t simply push boundaries. We completely rethink them. McLaren Automotive exists to create breath-taking performance road cars.

With innovation at the core of all we do, every challenge starts with the same question. How can we do it better? This restless spirit runs right through McLaren Automotive. And the search for perfection is evident in everything we do.

Purpose of Role
  • To join a high-performing and successful functional safety team by achieving the Functional Safety attribute across our full range of Sports Super and Ultimate series vehicles
  • Effectively manage and coordinate Functional Safety activities in accordance with ISO 26262 
  • Opportunity to work on interesting number of projects under development at McLaren Automotive 
  • Be involved in discussion with different technical areas, dealing with software developed in-house or 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 focus on Chassis / 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
  • Adhere to companywide functional safety policy 
  • Coordinate and create safety work-products like DIA Safety plan, Item definition, HARA FSR etc
  • Responsible for the whole ISO 26262 V-cycle activities for the Active safety systems like Powertrain, Chassis, Body as well as Passive safety systems like airbag, seatbelt etc 
  • Perform appropriate safety analysis FMEA / FTA for the in-house software safety systems 
  • Support the implementation and validation of in-house safety software monitor 
  • Support 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 
  • Coordinate development of safety requirements and associated architecture across other systems 
  • Review of work products to meet the requirements of ISO 26262 
  • Working with disciplines such as systems hardware software validation
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
  • Experience in automotive systems or similar industry like aerospace, defence, military etc 
  • Awareness of ISO 26262 on automotive systems including safety analysis (HARA FMEA FTA FMEDA DFA etc.) and working knowledge would be plus
  • Awareness of the latest automotive hardware and software state-of-the-art solutions along with best practices relevant to safety e.g. E-Gas lock-step core processor etc
  • Understanding of the automotive electronic and electrical architectures including the AUTOSAR standard. 
  • Understanding of software integration paradigms communication protocols (CAN LIN Ethernet etc.) and latest trends 
  • Ability to produce formal documentation to a highly professional standard using IBM Rational DOORS 
  • Ability to develop software with Matlab/Simulink
Personal Attributes
  • Pro-active, self-motivated and ability to work as a team
  • Strong communicator as the role requires work across cross functional 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 
  • Bachelor engineering degree in either Electronics, Electrical Mechanical or similar 
  • Flexible approach to working hours 
  • Driving Licence