Senior Functional Safety Engineer Job

Date: Sep 4, 2023

Location: Kirkland, WA, US, 98033

Company: PACCAR

Kenworth Division of PACCAR has an immediate opening for a Functional Safety Engineer to join our Vehicle Function Definition Team in Kirkland, WA.


Company Information

PACCAR is a Fortune 500 company established in 1905. PACCAR Inc is recognized as a global leader in the commercial vehicle, financial, and customer service fields with internationally recognized brands such as Kenworth, Peterbilt, and DAF trucks. PACCAR is a global technology leader in the design, manufacture and customer support of high-quality light-, medium-, and heavy-duty trucks under the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF nameplates.  PACCAR also designs and manufactures advanced diesel engines, provides financial services and information technology, and distributes truck parts related to its principal business.


Whether you want to design the transportation technology of tomorrow, support the staff functions of a dynamic, international leader, or build our excellent products and services — you can develop the career you desire with PACCAR. Get started!


Division Information

Kenworth Truck Company is the manufacturer of The World’s Best® heavy and medium-duty trucks. Kenworth is an industry leader in providing fuel-saving technology solutions that help increase fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. The company’s dedication to the green fleet includes aerodynamic trucks, compressed and liquefied natural gas trucks, and medium-duty diesel-electric hybrids. Kenworth is the first truck manufacturer to receive the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Excellence award in recognition of its environmentally friendly products.


Job Summary

This position will be responsible for defining Functional Safety requirements across a wide range of technological advancements, including EVs, L2/L4 ADAS platforms, and other future-facing vehicle technologies. We are looking for a team player who will be tasked with working with several other areas of engineering between PACCAR divisions globally.

The Functional Safety Engineer will lead the development of Functional safety work products and requirements for systems related to commercial EVs, Automated Driving (L2+), Autonomous (L4) trucks, and other technologies being developed at PACCARWe are looking for someone who can work with a high-performance team to manage the technology and process to ensure timely delivery of their Functional safety work products. The ideal candidate has excellent communications skills, experience in stakeholder alignment, and a passion for implementing the latest technologies into commercial vehicles.


Job Functions / Responsibilities

  • Perform safety-related analysis, derive, and specify safety requirements and safety concepts.
  • Create work products for systems needed, and conduct hazard and risk analysis.
  • Create and maintain applicable specifications in IBM DOORS / DOORS Next Generation (DNG)/ MEDINI.
  • Lead/participate in software peer reviews and Functional Safety to ensure compliance with requirements.
  • Responsible for compliance with PACCAR Inc. processes and safety procedures.
  • Represent the team globally as a key partner to the product.
  • Support or lead activities for customer outreach and education in these technologies and their respective use cases


Qualifications / Skills


  • Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or related technical degree.
  • 7+ years of experience with automotive or similar electronic modules and/or systems engineering.
  • Design/development of safety-critical systems/components (ISO26262).
  • Experience with requirement management tools such as DOORS, DNG, JAMA, etc.
  • Ability to read and interpret engineering drawings and specifications.
  • High level of oral and written communication skills and basic project management skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with colleagues local and at remote sites.
  • Comfortable with ambiguity.
  • Strong technical leadership skills and ability to work in a highly collaborative environment.
  • Creative, disciplined, strong sense of responsibility, delivery, and schedule commitment


  • Understanding of major automotive vehicle systems such as Advanced Driver-Assistance (ADAS), Motion Control, Automotive Network, and Powertrain.
  • Experience in writing and comprehending software and hardware requirements and interfaces.
  • Experience in automotive product release and specification process.


Why work for PACCAR/Kenworth?

  • Global Fortune 500 Company with a wide array of growth and development opportunities.
  • Work alongside experienced goal-oriented colleagues recognized as experts in their fields.
  • Support and/or design the commercial vehicles of the future with a focus on emerging technologies such as electric and autonomous trucks


As a U.S. PACCAR employee, you have a full range of benefit options including:

  • 401k with up to a 5% company match
  • Fully funded pension plan that provides monthly benefits after retirement
  • Comprehensive paid time off – minimum of 10 paid vacation days (additional days are provided with additional seniority/years of service), 12 paid holidays, and sick time
  • Tuition reimbursement for continued education
  • Medical, dental, and vision plans for you and your family
  • Flexible spending accounts (FSA) and health savings account (HSA)
  • Paid short-and long-term disability programs
  • Life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance
  • EAP services including wellness plans, estate planning, financial counseling and more



Additional Job Board Information


At PACCAR, we value talent and promote growth and development. We carefully consider numerous compensation factors including your education, training, or experience. The salary range for Functional Safety Engineer  is $ 102,700 - $160,700 annually. This position is also eligible for a holiday gift. Additionally, this role is eligible for the full range of benefit options listed above.

PACCAR promotes equal employment opportunities by implementing policies and practices that ensure employees and applicants are not discriminated against because of their race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status or other legally protected status. This applies to recruitment, selection, placement, promotion, termination, rates of pay, and other conditions of employment.


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