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Technical Specialist - Functional Safety

Job Number:  33163
Group:  Magna Corporate
Division:  Magna Services of America (Troy Office)
Job Type:  Permanent/Regular


Group Description
At Magna, we create technology that disrupts the industry and solves big problems for consumers, our customers, and the world around us. We’re the only mobility technology company and supplier with complete expertise across the entire vehicle.


We are committed to quality and continuous improvement because our products impact millions of people every day. But we’re more than what we make. We are a group of entrepreneurial-minded people whose collective expertise gives us a competitive advantage. World Class Manufacturing is a journey and it’s our talented people who lead us on this journey.

Role Summary

The functional safety engineer leads the functional safety concepts for complete automotive E/E architectures for pre-development programs and serial production programs. He/she provides assistance to the program team in delivering the work/products of the safety case and in complying with ISO 26262.

The Functional Safety Engineer is responsible for supporting the development team in the definition and creation of full E/E architecture and their products which fulfils functional safety requirements. Working from industry, internal and customer specifications, the engineer not only performs, but is responsible for guiding engineering activities as it pertains to functional safety. The engineer will independently plan the safety activities of a project, carry out work assignments and serve as the technical authority regarding functional safety. These activities shall begin during the concept phase of a project and extend through the serial development phase to the end of production.

Key Responsibilities

  • Tailors the safety case of the program in collaboration with the functional safety manager and the Technical Lead.
  • Provides guidance and support to the program team in the development of their work products per the safety case in compliance with ISO 26262.
  • Supports the functional safety manager in the development of the Development Interface Agreement (DIA) with the responsible party (e.g. internal pre-development lead, external: customer).
  • Develops and owns the functional safety program plan in collaboration with the program manager.
  • Provides guidance to the program team in the usage of Magna group functional safety processes, templates, and guidelines as stated in GPEP.
  • Supports the SW tools qualification process in support of the program in collaboration with the Quality team.
  • Provides coaching to the program team in the interpretation of the relevant clauses of ISO 26262; solicits support from the functional safety manager in this area as necessary.
  • Tracks the program’s functional safety issues and drives for their closure.
  • Support the functional managers with the verification reviews of the work products per GPEP and ISO 26262.
  • Supports the functional safety manager in carrying out the Confirmation Measures per ISO 26262 (Confirmation Reviews, Safety Audit, and Safety Assessment)
  • Provides coaching to the program’s suppliers in the area of functional safety; solicits support from the functional manager in this area as necessary.
  • Provides assessment of the program status in terms of functional safety to the functional safety manager.
  • Perform work assignments as a highly competent Functional Safety engineer, requiring independent design, implementation and testing of the control software components.
  • Support development of safety and secure systems according to ISO26262 and ISO / SAE 21434.
  • Create safety & security plans in order to plan and track safety activities within projects.
  • Work with project teams to provide information about the progress of work products and special tasks.
  • Ensure compliance with the relevant safety and security standards.
  • Support functional safety audits and assessments.
  • Moderate and create an internal preliminary hazard analysis and risk assessment.
  • Support product concept development from a Functional Safety perspective (Item Definition, HARA, functional safety concept), aligning safety requirements between OEM and suppliers.
  • Analysis and evaluation of special customer-relevant security requirements.
  • Develop functional and technical safety concepts for full BEV E/E architectures (e.g. HVIL).
  • Support the safety development on the system, Hardware and Software level (develop safety requirements, support related departments).
  • Lead and/or support safety analyses on the system, hardware and software level.
  • Support production planning and continuous development of safety and security related products.

Key Qualifications/Requirements

  • Functional understanding of complex mechatronic systems.
  • Knowledge of the ISO 26262 and the IEC 61508 standards required.
  • Knowledge of cyber security (ISO / SAE 21434) is desirable.
  • Knowledge of Automotive SPICE (ISO 15504) is desirable.
  • Knowledge of Software and Hardware development processes required.
  • Skills for understanding and analysis of complex mechatronic systems strongly preferred.
  • PTC RM / SI skills strongly preferred.
  • Medini analyze skills strongly preferred.
  • Moderation and problem-solving techniques.
  • Working knowledge in computer-based software, strong organizational/communication skills, and ability to work with others in a team environment
  • Must be able to travel internationally on an occasional basis
  • Valid driver’s license

Additional Information

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering/ Systems Engineering/ Electrical Engineering/ Computer Science or equivalent (Master’s preferred)
  • Minimum 5 years’ relevant product and or technology experience regarding the Responsibility/ Activities (listed above) for automotive electronics serial development projects (mandatory).



Nearest Major Market: Troy
Nearest Secondary Market: Detroit

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