Senior Functional Safety Engineer - Contract

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Salary or hourly rate
£35-£45 per hr
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Role type
Customer site-based
Location details
South West UK

Do you have working knowledge and experience of ISO26262? Do you have experience in systems engineering and requirement driven developments?

We are looking for our next Functional Safety Engineer to join our Systems and Safety team. HORIBA MIRA is renowned in this domain as a global thought leader, and is a global provider of pioneering engineering, research and test services to the automotive, defence, aerospace and rail sectors. This role is part of a pivotal team that helps us as a company influence the journeys of tomorrow.

Joining a team of 24; the team are responsible for the deployment of functional safety, systems engineering and cyber security expertise and tools across the business to deliver internal and external projects. Projects can involve a combination of engineering, consultancy, analysis, training, audit and assessment either directly to external customers or for internal product developments.

Our vast portfolio covers all domains of land-based transportation including automotive, commercial, off-highway and defence applications. With customers ranging from global vehicle manufacturers down to part-level suppliers, we take a pragmatic approach to scaling international standards and good engineering practice to an appropriate level for the individual client. So, we can guarantee no day or project is the same!



Electrical/electronics engineer, systems engineer or software architect with ideally a minimum 3 years in an embedded systems environment, particularly safety-related systems

Experience in ONE or MORE of:

  • Automotive-relevant safety-related systems standards such as IEC 61508, MISRA SA and ISO 26262
  • Off-highway or earth-moving safety-related standards e.g. ISO 15998, BS EN 474
  • Machinery safety-related standards e.g. ISO 13849

 Experience in all of:

  • Identifying hazards, performing risk assessment and classification
  • User and systems level requirements capture, management and technical review
  • System level architectural design and technical review
  • Safety analysis techniques e.g. FMEA, FTA (qualitative and quantitative), HAZOP etc. applied at the systems level and hardware part level
  • Technical leadership of small project teams
  • Tendering process and preparation of project proposals


The candidate must have a strong experience in systems engineering and requirements driven developments and be capable of advising clients on good practice.


Functional safety engineer or safety manager on one or more automotive or defence projects

Experience in a combination of:

  • Controllability of vehicles, in particular vehicle dynamics, control system performance and human-machine interactions
  • Defining and populating safety cases
  • Embedded hardware design and technical review for safety-related systems
  • Embedded software design and technical review for safety-related systems including process and tools for high integrity software developments
  • Modern microprocessor architectures and systems to support deployment of functionality to an ASIL C/D level of integrity
  • Defence safety-related systems standards such as Def Stan 00-56 and DO-254
  • Hybrid electric vehicles and associated technologies
  • Engineering process development and practical implementation; including CMMI, ISO 15504 (SPICE)
  • Engineering process audit; including CMMI, ISO 15504 (SPICE)
  • Developing and delivering training courses
  • Awareness of cyber-security principles and their commercial application (e.g. threat analysis, security requirements/techniques and penetration testing)

The candidate should:

  • Be capable of delivering 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 budgetary 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 being able to deal with strong-willed characters
  • Be able to make justified technical decisions based on solid rationale
  • Be capable of technically managing a small group of engineers, tracking progress and budget spend
  • Be willing to engage in the security clearance process for UK defence related projects
  • Be willing to travel and work flexibly: The job may also involve extended placements at customer facilities requiring travel within the UK for 1 to 4 days per week for a significant period or overseas for extended periods.


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


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

The candidate will be responsible for the following key tasks: 

  • Functional safety engineering tasks (developing safety concepts, requirements and architecture)
  • Coordinating and/or executing safety analyses (FMEA, FTA, hardware architectural metrics etc.)
  • Developing process to support functional safety
  • Delivering training on functional safety
  • Functional safety planning & management (incl. verification and validation planning)
  • Hazard identification, analysis and risk assessment
  • Delivering functional safety consultancy/guidance
  • Developing safety arguments (safety cases)
  • Independent safety assessment (confirmation measures: audit and assessment)

Right to work: - HORIBA MIRA actively promotes diversity and inclusion across our organisation, however this role does not meet the criteria to be considered within the current Home Office Shortage Occupation list. As a result, HORIBA MIRA is unable to support an application for visa sponsorship.  All applicants for this role must have an unrestricted right to work for an indefinite period in the UK.

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