Principal Functional Safety Engineer




A new opportunity exists for a Functional Safety Engineer who will have the opportunity to take responsible for delivering projects in accordance with the automotive functional safety standard ISO 26262, working across a broad range of technical activities.

Market Overview

Home to our global Research, Design and Development centre and all of our Commercial functions, Dyson HQ is tucked away in countryside famous for the railway tunnels and bridges of Isambard Brunel, who revolutionised modern engineering. Our secluded location helps us to protect our ideas and stay independent-minded. Yet nearby are the fashionable cities of Bristol and Bath (where a young James Dyson invented cyclone technology). The building is the heartbeat of Dyson. Over 1,500 people, including James himself, spend their days strategizing, inventing technology and telling the Dyson story to the world. From 2016, our HQ will begin doubling its footprint with an ambitious new expansion.

Function Overview

It has remained Dyson’s ambition to solve the problem of vehicle pollution for nearly 30 years. In March 1990 a team at Dyson began work on a cyclonic filter that could be fitted on a vehicle’s exhaust system to trap diesel particulates. Nobody at the time was interested in employing it and we stopped the project.


You will apply a sound understanding of the fundamentals of functional safety engineering within ISO 26262 to pro-actively ensure that safety is built into the product from the start. You have a detailed understanding of relevant safety engineering standards (such as ISO 26262) but more importantly you understand the principles and rationales behind them, acknowledging that compliance is more than a ticking-the-boxes exercise.

Able to work & communicate well within multi-disciplinary project teams, you are a self-starter, confident in your decisions, and display a strong "can-do" attitude to match the challenges you will face with equal enthusiasm.

Your everyday responsibilities will involve:

  • Taking responsibility for delivery of functional safety-related work products according to cost, quality and operational targets,
  • Communication and cooperation with overall project teams, engineering technical specialist support functions, clients and suppliers,
  • Supporting the wider team with regard to understanding & engineering according to international safety standards


  1. Degree level qualification in an Electronic/Software Engineering Discipline within the automotive environment
  2. Ideally 2 years of relevant work experience within functional safety (on its own or part of systems engineering)
  3. Good communication and motivation skills.
  4. FMEA experience, (experience on Functional Safety Analysis is a plus)
  5. A safety engineering specific qualification is a bonus, but not essential.
  6. Knowledge in at least one of the following additional areas would be helpful:
Model-Based Development using MatlabElectrical safetyElectronics hardware developmentEmbedded software development

Benefits Overview

Dyson monitors the market to ensure competitive salaries and pension contributions. Beyond that, you’ll also enjoy a profit-related bonus, very generous leave, income protection, and private medical and dental care (level dependent). But financial benefits are only the start of a Dyson career. Rapid professional growth, leadership development and new opportunities abound, driven by regular reviews and dynamic workshops. And with a vibrant culture, flexible working hours, the latest devices and a relaxed dress code reflecting our engineering spirit, it’s an exciting team environment geared to creativity, innovation and ambition

Posted: 15-Dec-2017

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