Safety Critical Software Lead

Clarksburg, Maryland
Software – Safety /
Full-Time /
Office Location: Clarksburg, MD

Tele-work Opportunities: Remote eligible // Hybrid preferred (3 days on-site, 2 days remote)

Travel Requirements: Minimal domestic travel may be expected (less than 10%)

To conform to U.S. Government technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

The Safety Critical Software Lead will oversee and spearhead development of safety-critical software applications.

Position Responsibilities:

    • Lead design and development of safety-critical software complying with applicable standards and focus on software architectures that are robust, reliable and fault-tolerant.
    • Provide technical leadership and guidance to a team of safety software engineers.
    • Lead software development activities such as sprint planning, task delegation, roadmap refinement and identifying markers of success.
    • Collaborate with engineers from other cross-functional groups such as systems, safety and test to ensure product and program level needs are met.
    • Manage software development throughout the development cycle, from collecting feature requests to their final delivery via thorough testing and verification activities.
    • Develop safety critical embedded software in C/C++ or model-based safety certifiable development tools for use on controllers running an RTOS such as QNX.
    • Lead the development of software safety artifacts and required documentation to provide evidence of rigor in accordance with relevant standards.
    • Ensure that software requirements are clearly defined, implemented and traceable to system and safety requirements.
    • Create and maintain comprehensive documentation for software requirements, architecture and design decisions to ensure compliance with safety software development processes.
    • Participate in safety assessments, analyses and review of work products created by other functional groups that affect safety software features.

Required Skills and Abilities:

    • Excellent leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills, with ability to motivate and guide a team of developers and engineers.
    • Proven experience in software development, with a focus on safety-critical systems.
    • Fluency in a text-based computer language usable for safety critical software development, such as C, C++, or Ada.
    • Experience with software development methodologies such as Agile or Scrum.

Preferred Skills and Abilities:

    • Experience with development for Real-time Operating Systems such as QNX.
    • Familiarity with safety standards, such as ISO-26262, IEC-61508, DO-178, or MIL-STD-882
    • Familiarity with MISRA C/C++ standards.
    • Experience developing software design documentation and safety artifacts such as FMEA’s, interface control documentation, and test coverage reports.
    • Experience with CAN, CAN/FD, Ethernet, and FlexRay.
    • Experience with model-based programming tools such as ANSYS SCADE, Simulink, or similar in safety critical applications.
    • Strong understanding of algorithms and subjects relevant to ground robotics, including perception, world modeling, navigation/localization, planning, and/or motion control.
    • Hands-on experience with integration of other complex electro-mechanical systems (aerospace, medical, etc.).
    • Strong problem solving and analytical skills, with an ability to troubleshoot and resolve software issues.
    • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, dynamic environment, managing multiple tasks and priorities.

Education and Experience:

    • Bachelor’s degree or higher in software engineering, a related field, or with equivalent industrial experience.
Forterra is excited to offer the following benefits:
·           17 Company Holidays for 2024
·           20 days of PTO accrual a year
·           Flexible work schedules and a casual work environment
·           Competitive medical, dental & vision plans
·           401k contribution plan with up to 4% match 
·           $9k a year Tuition Reimbursement program
·           Company paid Basic Life, STD, LTD, Legal & ID Protection plans
·           Employee assistance program options
·           7+ weeks of fully paid Parental Leave
·           Jury Duty Leave
·           Bereavement Leave
·           Pet-friendly offices
·           Fully stocked beverage fridges available free for staff
·           Full-service latte/cappuccino/coffee machine in each building

Company Overview:
Forterra is the leading provider of autonomous systems for ground-based movement in the working world. Originally named Robotic Research, Forterra was among the earliest innovators in the field of driverless technology. For more than twenty years, we have focused on building systems which protect front-line soldiers and enable our industrial base. The company has become a go-to provider of autonomous solutions for the U.S. Department of Defense, which harnesses autonomy for asymmetric warfare in critical conditions. 

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