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Principal Safety Engineer

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New Malden, London
£65000 - £75000 per annum
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Date Added
February 5th, 2024

Principal Safety Engineer

NB!! Please only sole British Nationals to apply


The Principal Safety Engineer role involves working as part of the system safety engineering team supporting the delivery of a number of complex safety critical and safety related systems across multiple platforms.

The role is specifically to undertake safety engineering activities in accordance with the safety processes and using guidance from Def Stan 00-056 and IEC61508.

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.

Role Responsibilities:

  • 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 customer's 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 the reputation by generating high quality and well-reasoned outputs
  • Provide input to the Monthly Staff Meeting, Team Briefings and SOFT report.
  • Supervision and development of other employees as required. May be requested to act as a mentor to more junior employees.
  • Undertake any other reasonable task as requested.

General Responsibilities

  • To adhere to the terms and conditions laid down in the employee contract or subsequent variations to contract, the Staff Handbook and the Health and Safety Policy.
  • To follow, and where appropriate improve, the Quality process laid down in the Quality System Manuals.
  • To adhere to the Company Security Instructions.

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)
  • Masters Degree, Degree, HND or 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 life-cycle

Carbon60, Lorien & SRG - The Impellam Group STEM Portfolio are acting as an Employment Business in relation to this vacancy.

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