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Senior Systems Engineer, Functional Safety - Latitude

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Job Title
Senior Systems Engineer, Functional Safety
Job Location
Pittsburgh, PA, Palo Alto, CA, Detroit, MI, Remote
Job Description

Latitude AI ( is an automated driving technology company developing a hands-free, eyes-off driver assist system for next-generation Ford vehicles at scale. We’re driven by the opportunity to reimagine what it’s like to drive and make travel safer, less stressful, and more enjoyable for everyone.  

When you join the Latitude team, you’ll work alongside leading experts across machine learning and robotics, cloud platforms, mapping, sensors and compute systems, test operations, systems and safety engineering – all dedicated to making a real, positive impact on the driving experience for millions of people. 

As a Ford Motor Company subsidiary, we operate independently to develop automated driving technology at the speed of a technology startup. Latitude is headquartered in Pittsburgh with engineering centers in Dearborn, Mich., and Palo Alto, Calif.

Meet the team:

The Functional Safety team ensures the product meets the safety caliber set forth within the company by leveraging existing standards, but also creating novel safety approaches to the cutting edge problem of Level 3 autonomy. Our team is responsible for the entire safety lifecycle during the core development and application of the system into a series-production vehicle. Come help us make the world safer, and the driving experience more relaxed.

Our team leverages a variety of backgrounds, ranging from robotics, systems engineering, high performance software development, and embedded and industrial software engineering. We collaborate closely with experts in machine learning, prediction/planning, sensor processing, and simulation from across Latitude AI’s product development teams to understand the systems they build, the possible failure modes, and how to detect and respond to those failures.

What you’ll do: 

  • Lead functional safety activities across the systems and software organizations on assigned functions to design functional safety into our system from the ground up
  • Work closely with engineering teams from concept through implementation to ensure systems, hardware and software functional safety architectures satisfy the functional safety goals 
  • Develop requirements from the Functional Safety Requirement (FSR) level down to the Software Safety Requirement (SSR) level
  • Perform functional safety analyses on assigned functions (HARA, FMEA, FTA, DFA, STPA)
  • Ensure traceability of functional safety requirements across architectures, safety analyses and verification plans
  • Develop functional safety verification plans at systems and software level
  • Contribute to the preparation and performance of independent safety reviews
  • Contribute and support the development of the complete system safety case for our system
  • Work with project management to plan and perform functional safety activities

What you'll need to succeed:

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Robotics or a related field and 4+ years of relevant experience (or Master's degree and 2+ years of relevant experience, or PhD)
  • 7+ years of relevant industry experience at a minimum
  • Strong record working in the field of system safety as it relates to systems/software design and development
  • Strong engineering communication skills, especially the ability to communicate complex engineering issues to a diverse team
  • Experience with complex compute architecture and development
  • Ability to design systems and clearly communicate your designs through documents, diagrams, and presentations.
  • Strong ability to quickly understand complex systems and perform systems and software analysis
  • Practical experience with systems engineering methods applied to complex software systems, including systematic system or software analysis (e.g. FMEA, FTA, DFA, STPA)
  • Knowledge of automotive functional safety standards (ISO-26262 or similar)
  • Experience in safety-critical software development processes
  • Expertise in safety management and leadership
  • Strong systems engineering fundamentals
  • Previous demonstrated experience delivering products following the safety lifecycle

Nice to have: 

  • Experience applying functional safety concepts to autonomous vehicles and/or high-performance computing a major plus
  • Experience with requirements management tools such as Jama
  • Experience with modeling tools such as MagicDraw
  • Experience with design and architecture documentation, such as UML and SysML
  • Experience with AUTOSAR development

What we offer you:

  • Competitive compensation packages
  • High-quality individual and family medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Health savings account with available employer match
  • Employer-matched 401(k) retirement plan with immediate vesting
  • Employer-paid group term life insurance and the option to elect voluntary life insurance
  • Paid parental leave
  • Paid medical leave
  • Unlimited vacation
  • 15 paid holidays
  • Complimentary daily lunches, beverages, and snacks for onsite employees
  • Pre-tax spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses
  • Pre-tax commuter benefits
  • Monthly wellness stipend
  • Adoption/Surrogacy support program
  • Backup child and elder care program
  • Professional development reimbursement
  • Employee assistance program
  • Discounted programs that include legal services, identity theft protection, pet insurance, and more
  • Company and team bonding outlets: employee resource groups, quarterly team activity stipend, and wellness initiatives

Learn more about Latitude’s team, mission and career opportunities at!

The expected base salary range for this full-time position in California is $152,320 - $209,440 USD. Actual starting pay will be based on job-related factors, including exact work location, experience, relevant training and education, and skill level. Latitude employees are also eligible to participate in Latitude’s annual bonus programs, equity compensation, and generous Company benefits program, subject to eligibility requirements.

Candidates for positions with Latitude AI must be legally authorized to work in the United States on a permanent basis. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire. Visa sponsorship is available for this position.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status or protected veteran status.

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Provo, UT

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Between 5 - 20 employees

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    $3,300,000 USD

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    $750,000 USD