General information

Job Title
Functional Safety Engineer
Ref #
Tuesday, April 26, 2022
Business area
Product Development
Electrical and Controls - System Architecture
Position level
Working time
Full Time
Contract type
Working pattern
9am - 6pm Monday to Friday

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

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’s responsibilities extend to several layers in the development lifecycle, notably vehicle level, item level, and has a direct interaction with the in-house ASW software development team for internally developed Functional Safety software components, embedded in our in-house AUTOSAR Architecture.

Principal Accountabilities
·    Responsible for the whole ISO 26262 V-cycle activities for the assigned vehicle programme, from item definition to software requirements specification
·    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
·    Perform appropriate FMEA / FTA for the assigned systems
·    Maintain the requirements and testing specification in DOORS, ensuring the traceability and consistency within the multiple levels
·    Ensure that the Independent Safety Assessment (ISA) activities are carried out for the assigned vehicle programme, minimising the number of findings
·    Be the subject-matter expert of Functional Safety for technical discussions with the internal development team and with Tier 1 suppliers and assessors
·    Support the software implementation and validation of in-house safety software monitors and safety functions to fulfil the safety concepts and requirements
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
·    Proven experience in successfully applying ISO 26262 on automotive systems, including safety analysis (HARA, FMEA, FTA, etc.)
·    Awareness of the state-of-the-art automotive hardware and software solutions and best practices relevant to Functional Safety
·    Understanding of the automotive electrical architectures, including the AUTOSAR standard and software integration paradigms, communication protocols and standards (Ethernet, CAN, LIN, etc.)
·    Ability to produce formal documentation to a highly professional standard using IBM Rational DOORS
·    Masters degree in either engineering, information technology, computer science or similar
Personal Attributes
·    Conscientious and attention to quality, reliability, and safety
·    Self-motivated, and ability to work independently and as a team member
·    Effective time management and prioritisation of tasks between multiple projects
·    Excellent verbal and written communication skills
·    Methodical approach with attention to detail