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Principal Automotive Functional Safety Engineer

Sierra Wireless

Sierra Wireless

Bristol, UK
Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Location: Bristol

Our Team:

Semtech Corporation (NASDAQ:SMTC; www.Semtech.com) is a leading supplier of high-quality analog and mixed-signal semiconductor products. Semtech has a large number of design centres around the world, including three within the UK. The Bristol design centre is focused on optoelectronic ICs primarily targeted to datacoms and adjacent markets. Products include TIAs, laser drivers, optical receivers and fully integrated transceiver IC products from below 1Gbps to over 800Gbps. Within the centre, all functions of product development from initial ideas to full production take place, including, marketing, definition, design, layout, product engineering, validation, test engineering, characterization, qualification, applications, etc. Due to the significant innovation and differentiation in the development of our products, Semtech has continued to be the leader in our target markets.

Job Summary:

The Senior Automotive Functional Safety Engineer is responsible for functional safety requirements across the product development and research. You will drive implementation of requirements and ensuring delivery of highest level of quality products within autonomous, robotic driving portfolio with the full support of a functional safety team.


  • Analyse systems and components to ensure Semtech meet stringent safety requirements.

  • Conduct Safety and Failure analysis (FMEA/ FTA / DFA / HARA), documenting analysis outcomes and recommending requirements based on results of this analysis.

  • Conduct TARA – Security threat analyses in conjunction with HARA, where required.

  • System modelling for Safety & Security executions where required.

  • Work with Product Definition and the R&D teams to deliver designs with ISO 26262 compliance, define functional and technical safety concepts along with technical, software and hardware safety requirements.

  • Develop HW & SW Safety Mechanisms concepts, specifications, including control diagrams and implementation of safe state machine and provide support for their verification & validations specifications and review and confirm test reports.

  • Conduct Reliability studies for HW (Fault metrics calculations) and FMEDA.

  • Support customer reviews with functional safety input.

  • Support Functional Safety Managers and Safety Project managers for developing all safety ISO26262 Work Products and provide inputs for Confirmation Measure within the area you are responsible.

  • Conduct technical confirmation measure reviews and document the confirmation measure reports.

  • Deliver solutions to complex problems by providing a systematic answer which impact the Mechanical, Software and Hardware systems for a product.

  • Ability to work independently and mentor others.

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Minimum bachelor’s degree in electrical/electronics.

  • 10+ years of professional experience in automotive systems and components.

  • Proven knowledge of hardware safety standards such as ISO 26262, IEC 61508.

  • Solid knowledge of Semiconductor manufacturing and product development for Automotive applications.

  • Expert Functional Safety Practitioner certification

  • Executive knowledge on Quality, ISO26262 and Deviation management

  • System Modelling, SysML, Enterprise Architecture or expertise with similar tools

  • Demonstrated ability in interpreting and assessing complex vehicle systems and architectures regarding safety is required.

  • Strong experience in automotive safety (ISO26262: ASIL-B and ASIL-D) and its application within ASIC designs.

  • Experience in autonomous driving, sensors, and robotics.

  • Knowledge of software development processes, standards, or guidelines (ASPICE, MISRA) as well as scripting and document generation tools (Python, Latex) are a plus.

Career Growth Philosophy

At Semtech, we seek innovation and leadership from each member of our team. Our goal is to ensure that our talented professionals are equipped with support, resources, and the opportunity to excel. Our pay-for-performance philosophy provides recognition and prestige coupled with a competitive compensation package.

The intent of this job description is to describe the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbents of this job. Incumbents may be required to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically included in this description.

All duties and responsibilities are essential job functions and requirements and are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.

(US only) We are proud to be an EEO employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace.