Functional Safety Consultant Contract

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Salary or hourly rate
£45 to £55 per hr
Contract type
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!



Expert (5+ years’ experience in):

  • 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 objectivesExperience in all of:
  • 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 candidate must have a strong experience in systems engineering and requirements driven developments and be capable of advising clients on best-practice.


Some combination of:

  • Controllability of vehicles, in particular vehicle dynamics, control system performance and human-machine interactions
  • Embedded hardware design and technical review for safety-related systems and ADAS
  • 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 (confirmation measures)



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 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 Qualification:

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

Preferred Qualification:

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

The key functions of the role 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

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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