Software Safety Engineer

Zoek Pin New Malden, Greater London, England

Unspecified (Full time)

Posted 25 days ago


RELOCATION ASSISTANCE: No relocation assistance available

CLEARANCE TYPE: UK-Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS)

TRAVEL: Yes, 10% of the Time


At Northrop Grumman , our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems that impact people’s lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our pioneering and inventive spirit has enabled us to be at the forefront of many technological advancements in our nation’s history - from the first flight across the Atlantic Ocean, to stealth bombers, to landing on the moon. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work — and we have an insatiable drive to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they’re making history.

Northrop Grumman are actively seeking a Software Safety Engineer to work 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.

The role is specifically to perform safety engineering analysis of software and complex hardware elements with the focus on certification of COTS PE based systems to IEC 61508, Def Stan 00-55 or similar.

The primary activities will involve conducting analysis to determine the required safety integrity level for the control and safety functions within the system and to work with the engineering teams to ensure that suitable and sufficient evidence of compliance can be generated to support the certification safety argument.

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 software safety analysis activities as directed by the project safety manager.
Generate software safety requirements for the system to ensure that the customers safety targets and derived safety targets can be met by the system design (. random hardware failure probabilities or systematic safety integrity level (SIL) targets for software and/or firmware.
Support the planning of software safety activities on a complex project, including effort estimating to deliver the project milestones and safety case objectives.
Generating and implementing certification plans for software and complex hardware elements to meet the safety integrity level requirements
Supporting audits at internal and external design reviews and safety committee meetings
Generating software 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

Essential experience:

Proven and relevant work experience in a software-related engineering environment Understanding and demonstration of compliance to international and defence standards such as IEC 61508 and/or Def Stan 055
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
Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team (. systems, hardware, software and ILS engineers, project management, customer and supplier engineering teams)
Degree, HND, HNC in Electrical/ Electronic/ Control/ Software/ Systems Engineering or related discipline

It would be great if you had:

Certified TÜV Functional Safety Professional Experience in achieving certification for SIL2 systems or equivalent
Experience in safety assurance of COTS PE based systems or high integrity software Safety requirements capture and negotiation
Experience of IEC 61511 SCADA and PLC/D Development
Experience of WIN CC OA or similar Knowledge of formal Validation and Verification processes
UK Defence experience on maritime projects

Additional information:

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

Northrop Grumman is committed to equality and diversity in our workplace. Northrop Grumman provides equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants without regard to an individual's protected status, including race/ethnic origin, color, nationality, national origin, ancestry, sex/gender, gender identity/expression, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marriage/civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity, religion or belief, creed, age, disability, genetic information, or any other protected status or characteristic.

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