The Functional Safety Engineer role involves working as part of the functional safety engineering team supporting the delivery of a number of complex safety critical and safety related systems across multiple platforms.
Different thinking for a Different world
Northrop Grumman is a dynamic global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions worldwide. We have over 2,500 employees across Europe and a rapidly expanding UK operation.
In Northrop Grumman’s rapidly growing UK Defence business, we support our customers’work to create world-class mission capabilities.
As a part of Northrop Grumman you will use your skills to make a difference in our mission of enabling global security. Our company grows because of our employees'dedication and commitment to achieving this goal.
With a belief in rewarding the dedication shown by our staff, Northrop Grumman gives employees access to a benefits package that provides you with health &well-being benefits, discount schemes, pension benefits and investment in your future development, but most importantly the flexibility to balance your professional career with your personal life.
How you will make a difference
The role is specifically to undertake safety engineering activities in accordance with the NG safety processes and using guidance from Def Stan 00-056 and IEC61508. The primary activities will involve undertaking hazard identification and analysis activities and recording the outputs in the project hazard log. Such activities will include but not be limited to Hazard and Operability Studies (HAZOPs), Functional Failure Analysis (FFA), Fault Tree Analysis (FTA), Failure Mode, Effects and Criticality Analysis (FMECA) and Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA).
The role will also require the safety engineer to be aware of the latest legislation and regulations impacting the projects they work on and to be able to analyse the relevant standards and regulations for areas that must be complied with.
- Be responsible to the Project Safety Manager, who leads the technical safety work and is responsible for generating the safety case.
- Undertake safety analysis activities as directed by the project safety manager.
- Generate safety requirements for the system to ensure that the customers safety targets and derived safety targets can be met by the system design (e.g. random hardware failure probabilities or systematic safety integrity level (SIL) targets for software and/or firmware.
- Support the planning of safety activities on a complex project, including effort estimating to deliver the project milestones and safety case objectives.
- Supporting audits at internal and external design reviews and safety committee meetings
- Generating safety analysis and documenting it in a report, which will be the subject of internal peer review, governance reviews and presenting the findings to the customer.
- Producing technical documentation to a high standard in accordance with company/customer procedures
- Travelling to customer and sub-contractor sites in the UK, occasionally overseas, as required
- Undertaking analysis that positively impacts the design decisions and solutions propose by the engineering teams
- Presenting complex and reasoned safety arguments to internal and external stakeholders in order to influence their consideration of safety decisions.
- Working collaboratively within multi-disciplined teams to maximise NGs reputation by generating high quality and well-reasoned outputs
What we are looking for:
- Relevant work experience in a safety-related engineering environment
- Understanding and awareness of international and defence standards such as IEC 61508 and Def Stan 00-056
- Awareness of safety assurance of COTS PE based systems or high integrity software
- Ability to understand hardware and software failure modes, causes and effects
- Experience in some areas safety/reliability analysis techniques: hazard identification and analysis, FMECA, FTA, Functional Failure Analysis
- Awareness of the tools and techniques used in Risk Assessments and developing ALARP justifications
- Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team (e.g. systems, hardware, software and ILS engineers, project management, customer and supplier engineering teams)
- Degree, HND, HNC in Engineering or Safety Management related discipline
It would be great if you had:
- Experience of Commercial or Military Maritime engineering
- Safety requirements capture, negotiation and trade--off
- Knowledge of Human Factors Engineering
- Knowledge of formal Validation and Verification processes
- UK Defence experience on maritime projects
- Knowledge of the full systems engineering lifecycle
- Looking for flexibility? Talk to us at the application stage about what may be possible.
- Clearance requirements: The post-holder must be able hold and maintain UK Government clearances