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Job ID
Posting Date
Engineering services
Job type
Full time
Years of experience
5+ years
Career level
Manager (Manager/Supervisor of Staff)
Education Level
Masters degree or postgraduate certificate/diploma
39,759.00 - 62,062.00  per year
Job reference code


Functional Safety Consultant

Job description






Requisition Number:



Job Description.




HORIBA MIRA is a global provider of pioneering engineering, research and test services to the automotive, defence, aerospace and rail sectors. We work in close collaboration with vehicle manufacturers and suppliers around the world, providing comprehensive support ranging from individual product tests to turnkey engineering design, development and build programmes.

With over 70 years’ experience in developing some of the world’s most iconic vehicles, our engineers utilise the latest test facilities and simulation tools to make vehicles and journeys safer, cleaner, more efficient and rewarding. Our suite of 37 major test facilities, 100km of specialised proving ground and wealth of engineering experience, combined with our expanding international presence, means we are confident that we can achieve our vision – that by 2025 every journey in the world will be positively influenced by us.

Progress towards achieving our vision has been significantly accelerated through the creation of MIRA Technology Park, Europe’s largest transport technology R&D cluster. By applying our advanced engineering, test and validation capabilities to our customers’ challenging programmes, we are already shaping journeys of the future


Title of Job:

Functional Safety Consultant


0441 Systems & Safety



Date Required:


Salary Range:

£39 759 to £62 062

Number Required:



Nuneaton, UK

Contract Type:





Responsible To:

Team leader / Manager (systems and safety function)


Typically 2-4 depending on assigned projects


Main Purpose of Job

  • Take a principal role in executing functional safety activities for internal or external customers
  • Provide expert level consultancy in ISO 26262 and safety analyses including FMEA


Key Functions

  • 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


Essential Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications

  • Good first degree (minimum 2:1) in electrical/electronic engineering, systems engineering or a relevant related discipline
  • Higher degree (relevant M.Sc, Eng D, Ph.D)
  • Corporate membership of an engineering institution including Chartered Engineer qualification


Essential Experience

Preferred Experience

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 objectives

Experience 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
  • 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)


What is the candidate likely to be doing now?

Functional safety specialist or consultant for an automotive VM, Tier 1 or Tier 2 supplier


Other information

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



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