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Functional Safety Senior Staff Engineer

Company: UL
Location: Palatine
Posted on: September 12, 2021

Job Description:

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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!


This position is a unique blend of technical and business leadership. Our functional safety and autonomy safety team is growing and evolving as technology evolves. We are looking for a senior technical leader who can understand what is happening in the industries that require functional safety, autonomy safety and cybersecurity. This position can be located remotely from anywhere in the US.

  • Manages and coordinates on an industry basis with UL’s larger customers over all related industries.
  • 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, ISO 21435, IEC 62443 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, ISO 21435, IEC 62443 and other similar standards.
  • Lead the development of UL technical standards and other relevant technical standards (from ISO, IEC, IEEE, SAE, etc.) by direct participation as member and leader of standards committees
  • Provide mentorship and thought-leadership in the development of junior-level engineering personnel.
  • Position works on strategies with managers to generate revenue growth and achieve strategic goals.
  • Responds effectively to urgent and sensitive customer issues.
  • Develops and coordinates executive presentations and de-briefings.
  • Assists industry leadership in the development of global account strategies, goals and plans.
  • Focuses on customer satisfaction, account growth and expansion of services provided, and sustaining customer loyalty for a group of key customers.
  • May provide work direction to other employees in charge of specific customer accounts
  • Read and follow the Underwriters Laboratories Code of Conduct, and follow all physical and digital security practices.
  • Performs other duties as directed.

  • University Degree in Electrical Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Computer Science Engineering or a closely related field in a relevant technical field plus 12 or more years of experience.
  • Detailed knowledge of the technical vocabulary common to the appropriate discipline.
  • Working knowledge of conformity standards in use in area of expertise.
  • Working knowledge of industry issues, needs, and problems.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply project-handling concepts in use in area of expertise.
  • UL has COVID-19 protocols and policies in place. Business related travel on behalf of UL requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

  • 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: In the US, we provide lots of great benefits for our employees are their families. From Volunteer Days off to 401k match and retirement contribution benefits to flexible work location & schedule options we look to support our employees no matter what stage in life they are experiencing. 

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.


Curious? To learn more about us and the work we do, visit 

Keywords: UL, Naperville , Functional Safety Senior Staff Engineer, Other , Palatine, Illinois

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