Functional Safety Engineer

Phoenix, AZ


Nikola Motor Company’s goal is to transform and disrupt the transportation industry in America. We constantly seek talented, motivated individuals possessing a proven track record of excellence to join our team. Become part of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to transform the transportation industry. This position requires experienced professionals with hands-on experience in functional safety engineering in the context of ISO 26262 at an OEM or Tier 1. **Primary Responsibilities:** * Assist in the development of functional safety system requirements and functional decomposition for (a) specific functional domain(s) * Actively contribute to the definition and/or confirmation of the system architecture of one or more functional domains in the vehicle (powertrain, chassis, etc.) from the perspective of the functional safety engineer * Define the functional safety concept for the relevant system, hardware, and software according to ISO 26262 standards * Work with cross-functional teams to develop hazard analysis, safety concepts, and DFMEA for the relevant system/domain. Take ownership of these work products including their approvals * Support functional safety validation tests * Work closely with internal teams and suppliers to define functional safety interfaces between project partners. Generate DIAs and other necessary functional safety information for supplier systems/components * Help implement and master functional safety processes and tools to ensure Nikola Motors products provide world-class safety * Work in a fast-paced, rapidly evolving environment **Requirements:** * Knowledge of vehicle embedded systems and functions such as torque demand, motor control, warnings/alerts, or similar * Deep knowledge of automotive software development process and the V-Model system development, verification and validation framework * An intimate knowledge of ISO 26262 and experience developing and delivering the major work products of a functional safety program * Experience supporting external/third-party reviews of functional safety work products. * A strong attention to detail and desire to create the very best product * Knowledge of DFMEA, FMEDA, and FTA * A collaborative approach to working closely with development teams * Understanding of the product safety responsibility share, between supplier and OEM * Experience with functional safety tools (e.g. Medini, APIS IQ) and requirements management tools (e.g. Jama, JIRA) * Excellent writing, verbal and organization skills **Additional Skills:** * Experience with electric propulsion systems, including relevant controls preferred but not required. * Experience working in an Agile development environment and using related tools * Knowledge of Automotive Spice and its role in delivering a quality product * Experience developing and delivering embedded system hardware and/or software * Experience with driver assistance and autonomous driving * Knowledge of MIL-STD-882E standard * Familiarity with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) Issued by NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) **Education Requirements:** * A minimum of bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline such as computer science, electrical or mechanical engineering * A minimum of 5 years of work experience as a functional safety engineer or related role * Advanced degrees preferred

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