Functional safety manager

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Safety standards require specialist knowledge and experience

Are you passionate about safety, and would like to use your technical know-how in an exciting and challenging role? If so, you’re in the right place with us! As a functional safety engineer, you will ensure that our products and systems fulfil the highest functional safety standards.

At Da Vinci you will work on demanding and future-oriented projects in which you can make use of your specialist knowledge and creativity.

What are the tasks of functional safety managers?

Functional safety managers have an important part to play in industries such as automotive, aviation, rail transport and industrial automation. They ensure that safety-critical systems fulfil all of the required safety standards.

Examples of their their typical tasks are:

  • Development and implementation of safety standards in accordance with the safety standards of ISO 26262 (for the automotive industry) or IEC 61508 (for general industry)
  • Carrying out risk assessments and safety analyses
  • Defining safety requirements
  • Monitoring whether the safety concepts have been implemented
  • Close collaboration with other teams and areas such as development engineers, test engineers or project management
  • Carrying out training courses and raising functional safety awareness
  • Carrying out validations
  • Participation in FMEA appointments

We’ll provide you with a wide variety of work!

Our customers are companies from different industries with whom we realise a wide variety of projects together.

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What can functional safety managers specialize in?

Functional safety managers can specialise in functional safety in various industries. Particularly popular industries for aspiring functional safety managers are the automotive industry, the aerospace industry, medical engineering and the process industry.

Functional safety managers acquire in-depth knowledge of industry-specific norms, standards and requirements by means of in-depth specialization in a specific industry. They can use their specialist knowledge and experience to take part in the development of safety-critical systems, assess risks, design system architectures and take appropriate measures for ensuring functional safety.

Which requirements should functional safety managers bring with them?

Functional safety managers must fulfil certain requirements in order to be able to successfully complete their tasks and guarantee functional safety in their respective specialist areas.

As well as in-depth specialist knowledge in the functional safety area, functional safety managers should be familiar with the relevant norms and standards which apply in their industry – and the relevant processes with which the norms are implemented and checked. These include ISO 26262, DO-178C, IEC 60601 or IEC 61511, for example. An understanding of safety analyses such as FMEA, FTA and HAZOP is also important.

Appropriate training and qualifications are also very important. One of the basic requirements is a university degree in a relevant specialist area such as engineering, computer science or electrical engineering.

Personal certification in accordance with the Functional Safety Certification Program (FSCP) is also important for functional safety engineers who primarily want to work in the automotive industry, since it demonstrates that they have the necessary specialist knowledge in the area of functional safety for the automotive industry.

As well as the specific technical skills, soft skills such as analytical thinking, communication and teamwork skills as well as assertiveness are also advantageous in order to be successful in this professional field.

What career opportunities are available for functional safety managers?

Since functional safety has such an important part to play in many industries and technology areas, a wide variety of career opportunities for functional safety managers also exists.

As well as the numerous exciting specialisation options which have already been mentioned, functional safety engineers can develop into leadership positions during the course of their career. For example, you can be promoted to team leader and manage a team of safety engineers or functional safety specialists.

With extensive experience and specialist knowledge in functional safety, functional safety managers can also work as independent consultants or for consultancies. You will support other companies in implementing functional safety, carry out safety audits and help them to comply with norms and standards.

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