Title:  Functional Safety Engineer - Contingent


Hethel, GB

Date:  10 Feb 2024

Functional Safety Engineer

Hethel or Wellesbourne

Temporary/ Contracted





About the Role:


Are you a Functional Safety engineer looking for a new challenge and to develop the next generation of exciting electric sportscars fit for the future?


The ideal candidate will be joining a small, dynamic, and growing team to support the growth and in-house capability of Functional Safety within the Lotus Group, on a contracted basis.


The team will deliver an exciting road map of class-leading vehicles and offer new solutions to the industry, as part of Lotus Engineering Technologies.


This is a dynamic role where the ideal candidate will be expected to turn their hand to many different aspects of functional safety, across all systems of the vehicle.




Key Responsibilities Include:



  • Core FuSa Delivery
  • Developing ISO 26262 work products at the OEM-level - Item Definition, HARA, FHA, Functional & Technical Safety concepts and requirements
  • Developing ISO 26262 supporting documentation, safety plans, safety cases and safety analyses (e.g. FTA)
  • Supporting the SW team with the development of working processes to meet ISO 26262 Part 6
  • Performing gap analyses for existing systems for integration to new platforms and developing/changing safety requirements
  • Developing safety validation strategies (Plans and Specifications)
  • Supporting/Performing safety goal validation testing
  • Performing Verification review activities
  • Supporting Development Activities
  • Supporting the education of engineering teams in the development of the Functional Safety capability & culture, within their engineering domain
  • Supporting with the development of process implementation for FuSa and the integration of these into the wider team, as well as ongoing process development across the group
  • Supporting with the FuSa strategy and research projects that look forward to ensuring Lotus maintain a state-of-the-art Functional Safety capability
  • Supporting the Systems Engineering team to develop electric systems specifications, according to Functional Safety Standards
  • Regularly interacting with the chief and lead engineers within each engineering commodity, both within Lotus and the wider GEELY group. This will be key in developing a rapport with engineering teams and supporting them in implementing FuSa and supporting processes, whilst ensuing organic growth of a safety culture within the teams






Knowledge, Skills and Experience Required:




  • Ability to handle multiple simultaneous tasks and manage time across several ongoing projects.
  • Ability to think on your feet and make decisions, with a risk focus, and identify where further evidence and rationale is required.
  • Inquisitive attitude, with a nature to ask the tough questions and approach ab understanding from new perspectives.
  • Breadth of knowledge across multiple vehicle items, such as EV powertrain, ESP and batteries would be beneficial, alternatively the ability to quickly learn and understand vehicle systems.
  • Experience in developing Functional Safety work products from an OEMs perspective & developing ISO 26262 Part 4, 5 and 6 work products & supporting processes.
  • Experience in SW/Embedded Systems development in Automotive OEM or a Tier 1 supplier.
  • Experience in developing and supporting Safety Goal Validation and vehicle-level integration testing.
  • Background in Systems Engineering for any Automotive Systems.
  • Good understanding of Electric Vehicles architectures and variants, including a system level knowledge of BMS and EDU subsystems.
  • Experience with training and coaching engineering teams in FuSa.
  • Expertise with developing FuSa analyses for ADAS and L2/2+ autonomy systems.
  • Experience working with centralised electrical Architecture.
  • Working with integrating functional safety with quality management processes.
  • Knowledge of Quality disciplines and 6-Sigma methodology application is a plus.
  • Experience with working with requirements to capture & change management tools.
  • Proven ability to work with diagnostic software & tools (CANalyzer, CANOE, CANape and/or Vehicle Spy).
  • Experience with reading electrical systems schematics and handling vehicle network databases (CAN, LIN, Flexray, Ethernet).
  • Working with the development of CAPL testing scripts to validate electrical systems.




About Lotus:


Lotus Cars is based in Hethel, Norfolk, UK, and is the global headquarter for sports car and hypercar manufacturing operations, the Lotus Advanced Performance Centre and the iconic 2.2-mile test track.


Lotus builds world-class high-performance cars, born out of legendary success on the racetrack including 13 FIA Formula 1 world titles and many other championship honours. In July 2021 Lotus unveiled the all-new Lotus Emira, its last petrol-powered sports car and best-of-breed, and in July 2019 it launched the Evija, the world’s first all-electric British hypercar.


The latest new model from Lotus is the Eletre. Unveiled in March 2022, it has the soul of a sports car and the usability of an SUV. It is pure electric and represents a clear vision of the future ambition of the company.


The ongoing transformation of Lotus, from a UK sports car company to a global performance car business and brand, is laid out in the company’s Vision80 strategy. It states what Lotus will be in 2028 when we celebrate our 80th anniversary. We welcome talented, creative, and motivated people to join us on our journey.


We offer you all the advantages of working for a prestigious high-tech automotive company. You will find a purpose-built facility; with all the tools and equipment you need to do an outstanding job. You will benefit from our fast-paced learning environment and our track record in designing and manufacturing thoroughbred sports cars over the last seven decades.





We reserve the right to close this role early if a high volume of applicants is received.