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UL, LLC Functional Safety Staff Engineer – Autonomous Vehicles in Portland, Oregon

At UL, we know why we come to work.

Thousands of us around the world wake up every day with a common purpose: to make the world a safer, more secure and sustainable place. Science is in our DNA; we are endlessly curious and passionate about seeking and speaking the truth. We take delight in knowing that our work makes a meaningful contribution to society, and we are proud that our culture is centered on integrity, collaboration, inclusion and excellence. UL stands at the forefront of technological advancement, and we are continually challenged to find new ways to foster innovation and positive change. Satisfying? Yes. Exciting? Absolutely!

What you’ll learn & achieve:

We are currently seeking a Functional Safety Staff Engineer to join our growing Autonomous Vehicle team. With our headquarters located in Northbrook, IL, this opportunity can be based there or offered as remote.

Our ideal candidate will have a degree in Electrical, Automotive, or Computer Science Engineering and 8+ years of industrial experience along with some additional autonomy experience. This individual will support our Connect Technologies division, Energy and Power Technologies, Automation and Energy customers. This individual will also have the opportunity to work with cutting edge technology like robotics, artificial intelligence, under these standards and have an opportunity to grow and support additional markets/standards Software development, testing experience, or safety analysis experience is a must for this position. Functional Safety/Software Safety experience is preferred to be successful in this position.

If this sounds like an exciting opportunity, we want to hear from you!

  • Lead the development, or review, or audit/assessment of safety work products for clients seeking compliance to standards in functional safety and related fields, including ISO 26262, IEC 61508, IEC/EN 62061, ISO 61511, ISO 21448, UL 4600, ISO 13849, and other similar standards relevant to systems- and software- engineering.

  • Lead the development, or review, or audit/assessment of safety processes and related safety management processes for clients seeking to compliance to standards in functional safety and related fields, including ISO 26262, IEC 61508, IEC/EN 62061, ISO 61511, ISO 21448, UL 4600, ISO 13849, and other similar standards relevant to systems- and software- engineering.

  • Employ established methods and frameworks, relevant to functional safety and related fields, to lead the engineering development or review, or audit/assessment of safety cases for complex software-intensive systems. (Examples of such systems may include self-driving vehicles, industrial automation systems, battery and energy storage systems in both vehicle and stationary applications, and related systems.) Methods and frameworks may include safety analysis such as FMEA, FMEDA, FTA, safety requirements management, safety concepts such as FSC/TSC work products, system and software architectures, HIL and SIL test, system integration test, vehicle integration test, and system/vehicle validation.

  • Lead full training events in topics relevant to functional safety and related fields, including ISO 26262, IEC 61508, IEC/EN 62061, ISO 61511, ISO 21448, UL 4600, ISO 13849, and other similar standards.

  • Provide mentorship and thought leadership in the development of junior-level engineering personnel

  • Lead business development activities defining Statements of Work (SOWs), providing budgetary estimates, and submitting full proposals for client-funded projects. Leverage industry experience and network to win projects and build the business.

  • Lead client programs, including major/large-scale client programs, by interacting regularly with clients in technical program meetings and project reviews. Address client concerns and to resolve client issues. Provide expert technical leadership and guidance to clients in reference to functional safety and related technical fields. Projects may include regular travel to client sites and to other UL locations.

  • Contribute to the strategic direction of the business by providing technical and market expertise to management planning and report-out activities.

  • Coordinates complex laboratory activities by developing data sheets. Coordinates administrative aspects of project management. May serve as Project Handler of record and may sign as Reviewer of record as assigned.

  • Perform verification reviews or other technical review activities as directed. This includes roles requiring independent expert technical judgment , such as PDE, review board chair, and similar roles. Represent UL at industry related functions such as seminars and trade shows.

  • Communicate project status and results to clients through frequent contact, reports and written communication, and interactions with client’s executive-level leadership. Comfortable working in a dynamic, fast-paced team environment.

  • Provides leadership and technical advice on special projects that involve complex, new or unusual issues. May provide direction as a Primary Designated Engineer or Designated Engineer for specific product categories.

  • Contribute to the development of UL technical standards and other relevant technical standards (from ISO, IEC, IEEE, SAE, etc.) by direct participation as member of standards committees

  • Integrate continuous improvement and safety culture in all aspects of the job.

  • Read and follow the Underwriters Laboratories Code of Conduct and follow all physical and digital security practices.

  • Performs other duties as directed.

What makes you a great fit:

  • University Degree in Electrical Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Computer Science Engineering or a closely related field in a relevant technical field plus 8 or more years of industry experience and autonomy.

  • Detailed knowledge of the technical vocabulary common to the appropriate discipline.

  • Working knowledge of conformity standards in use in area of expertise.

  • Demonstrated ability to apply project-handling concepts in use in area of expertise.

  • Working knowledge of industry issues, needs, and problems.

  • Experience working with both/either UL 4600 and ISO 21448 standards is highly preferred.

What you’ll experience working at UL:

  • Mission: For UL, corporate and social responsibility isn’t new. Making the world a safer, more secure and sustainable place has been our business model for the last 125 years and is deeply engrained in everything we do.

  • People: Ask any UL employee what they love most about working here, and you’ll almost always hear, “the people.” Going beyond what is possible is the standard at UL. We’re able to deliver the best because we employ the best.

  • Interesting work: Every day is different for us here as we eagerly anticipate the next innovation that our customers’ create. We’re inspired to take on the challenge that will transform how people live, work and play. And as a global company, in many roles, you will get international experience working with colleagues around the world.

  • Grow & achieve: We learn, work and grow together with targeted development, reward and recognition programs as well as our very own UL University that offers extensive training programs for employees at all stages, including a technical training track for applicable roles.

  • Total Rewards: All employees at UL are eligible for bonus compensation. UL offers a generous 401k matching structure of up to 5% of eligible pay. Additionally, we invest an additional 4% into your retirement saving fund after your first year of continuous employment. We provide Healthcare Reimbursement Accounts and Health Savings Accounts that UL contributes to twice per year! Depending on your role, you can work with your manager on flexible working arrangements. We also provide employees with paid time off including vacation, holiday, sick and volunteer time off.

Learn More:

Working at UL is an exciting journey that twists and turns daily. We thrive in the twists and revel in the turns. This is our every day. This is our normal.

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UL is committed to hiring and retaining a qualified diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.

LocationUS-IL-Northbrook | US-MI-Royal Oak | US-OR-Portland | US-CA-Fremont | CA-Toronto | US-TX-Plano | US-NY-Melville | US-IL-Northbrook

Job ID2020-18592

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Job CategoryEngineering