Functional Safety Engineer - Irvine

Irvine, CA /
Engineering and Programs – Vehicle Systems /
As Functional Safety Engineer, you will be responsible for performing the vehicle level functional safety analysis and consulting on all aspects of the feature decomposition and execution throughout the lifecycle. In order to do this, you will work closely with the departmental functional safety engineering resource to ensure compliance throughout the lifecycle and provide technical guidance, consult and independent peer review of the system and component engineering.

Core activities to this job role are:

    • Contribute to feature requirements and provide functional safety guidance on feature definition 
    • Perform vehicle level HARA and generate safety goals as well as perform DFMEA and FTA analysis 
    • Capture requirements within the Rivian requirements tool and maintain the traceability and quality 
    • Represent the functional safety team working alongside the engineering departments to provide technical consult, guidance and approval as part of internal and external development activities 
    • Work with the vehicle and system architecture teams to derive functional safety requirements and technical requirements from derived safety goals  
    • Provide independent peer review and approval of functional safety activities including technical review and resolution 
    • Provide a single point of contact for specific departments to ensure compliance throughout the functional safety lifecycle 
    • Co-ordinate cross-functional engineering teams to achieve their deliverables 
    • Work with the vehicle engineering, systems engineering and component engineering teams to progress the functional safety deliverables 


    • Degree education in Electrical/Electronic or Mechanical (or similar) 
    • Over 3 years of experience within the automotive industry (or equivalent), ideally OEM or Tier 1 working within functional safety 
    • Good interpersonal and communication skills with a high level of integrity 
    • Experience working within a cross-functional team 
    • Proven knowledge of ISO 26262 and experience applying within an OEM or Tier 1 
    • Good working knowledge of vehicle system functionality and electro/mechanical control strategy 
    • Ability to report to senior management and report accurate information in a clear and concise manner 
Location: Irvine, CA
We Are Rivian 
Rivian is building a new kind of car company. Starting from a clean sheet has allowed us to learn from and leverage what’s been done in the past while giving us the freedom to reimagine mobility from the ground up. Our vehicles and technology are designed and engineered to challenge what’s possible and to inspire people to explore the world in new ways. 
We believe in the power of adventure. While a vehicle can’t make someone adventurous, it can nurture that fundamental desire in each of us to go places we’ve never been and do things we’ve never done — thoughtfully and sustainably. Science and invention depend on our innate curiosity and desire to explore the unknown. 
Our development centers are located in Plymouth, MI, San Jose, CA, Irvine, CA and Surrey, England. In addition to these four locations, we have a modern manufacturing facility in Normal, IL and will begin production of our R1T and R1S in 2020.  
The Adventure Is Just Beginning 
Doing something different is never easy. It requires courage, optimism and grit. Core to delivering on our vision is building a team of curious individuals, determined to make a positive impact on the world. This means challenging ourselves, stretching beyond the bounds of conventional thinking, reframing old problems, seeking new solutions and operating comfortably in a space of uncertainty.  
Our team has a diverse set of backgrounds— but at heart, we are adventurers on a mission to move the world in a new direction. We’re currently looking for thinkers and doers with a strong sense of adventure to join us on this journey.  

Rivian is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Prohibits Discrimination and Harassment of Any Kind: Rivian is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at Rivian are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. Rivian will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics. Rivian encourages applicants of all ages.