ZF Principal Functional Safety Engineer in Washington, Michigan

Principal Functional Safety Engineer

Division A - Engineering - Steering


Job Description

ZF is seeking a highly capable engineer to join a dynamic team who are responsible for ensuring safety at all levels for electrically powered steering systems (EPS). The role requires an engineer with a good background in electronic, electrical, mechanical, control and software engineering, with extensive experience of Safety Standards and Safety Analyses, to lead and develop the safety analysis of the system components and architecture in line with ISO 26262. You will need to interact with a multi-disciplinary EPS system engineering team and will be required to provide the necessary technical integrity of the product, ensuring that requirements are captured, disseminated, monitored & controlled to ensure compliance with customer, legislative & ZF TRW drawings, specifications & standards.This is a fast-paced sector requiring strong safety analysis skills to support projects with short design cycle times and high production volumes.

What you’ll do:

  • Analyze EPS system safety at all levels through a series of formal safety analyses (including hazard analysis, Hazard Testing, FMEA and FTA).

  • Provide technical leadership for Safety Standards and Safety Analyses, including checking and approving analyses performed by others.

  • Act on the results of any safety analysis or validation test result to ensure that the safety and integrity of the electric power steering system is not compromised in any way.

  • Develop a reliability analysis, and advise on the best use of statistical techniques and to provide reliability estimates to form part of a commercial case to the EPS business and its customers.

  • Assist in the development of new system features, components and diagnostic algorithms that will improve the safety or reliability of the system or improve the coverage of the built-in protection systems.

  • Liaise with the customer to set safety acceptance standards, to develop customer-specific safety analyses and to ensure that the customer’s safety expectations are met.

  • Ensure that the supply-base is fully aware of the safety-related requirements and responsibilities.

  • Proactively engage project teams insuring safety is appropriately comprehended in product development process.

  • Actively support all projects with analysis and expert advice for DRBFM and PRN reviews.

What we are looking for:

  • Bachelors Degree or similar qualification in electrical or mechanical engineering or a related subject.

  • Minimum of 7 years Automotive Engineering experience required

  • Minimum of 3 years experience in safety engineering with a working knowledge of IEC 61508 and awareness of ISO26262 and other Legislative Safety Requirements

  • Experience of safety analyses of electro-mechanical safety-related products. Including participation and organization of hazard analysis, failure mode effect analysis and fault tree analysis.

  • Knowledge of statistical methods used for reliability analysis and design of validation test regimes.

  • Meticulous attention to detail.

  • Must have confidence to represent ZF with suppliers and customers.

  • Able to work flexibly and effectively in a multi-disciplinary team and on own initiative.

  • Understanding and experience of requirements modelling tools and methods preferred.

  • Experience of automotive systems development preferred.

Required Education and Experience

Experience and Skill Requirements

Position Status

Salaried Full-Time

Functional Area







United States

Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer M/F/Disability/Veteran