Autonomous Yard Operations
Golden, CO

Functional Safety Engineer at Outrider (Greater Denver Area, CO)

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The company
Outrider, the pioneer in autonomous yard operations for logistics hubs, helps large enterprises improve safety and increase efficiency. The only company exclusively focused on automating all aspects of yard operations, Outrider eliminates manual tasks that are hazardous and repetitive. Outrider’s mission is to drive the rapid adoption of sustainable freight transportation by deploying zero-emission systems. Outrider is a private company backed by NEA, 8VC, Koch Disruptive Technologies, and other top-tier investors. For more information, visit www.outrider.ai

The role 
As a Functional Safety Engineer at Outrider, you will report to the Head of System Safety and support the design, development, and implementation of a reliable, performant, safety-critical autonomous system. This includes empowering a safety culture, organizing artifacts for the safety case, defining safety mechanisms/architectures/validation strategies, and leading by example in system-level safety activities.

We are seeking an experienced system safety/functional safety engineer to help build out a first-of-its-kind safety case for autonomous yard operations. You will be responsible for setting, monitoring, and enforcing the high standard of engineering development necessary for the safety-critical functioning of a two-body, multi-ton autonomous ground-vehicle system and safe, error-free, effective operation.

This position requires a very capable professional with an interdisciplinary engineering familiarity of vehicle engineering, robotics, computer science, and electrical/hardware engineering. Exceptional problem-solving, project management, and strong interpersonal skills are a must.

This role is ideal for a talented engineer who wants to be a part of an elite, impactful engineering team pushing confined-area, heavy-vehicle autonomy into the mainstream. We're a team of builders that's passionate about start-to-finish, production-oriented development and rapidly introducing a commercial-ready product to the real world of logistics.

System safety engineering is a pivotal function for delivering a low-risk system for industrial automation. The opportunity offers a technical, hands-on, functional safety engineer the chance to help develop a market-defining, enterprise-grade robotics product that combines autonomous vehicle technologies with a software-as-a-service (SaaS) business model. 

The ideal candidate embraces the idea of reducing the carbon footprint of our 'get-it-now' economy and is invigorated by our overarching mission to accelerate the adoption of zero-emission, self-driving vehicle technology.

Duties & responsibilities

  • Ensure teams are following the Outrider safety development process and delivery high quality artifacts towards the Safety Case
  • Help improve the Outrider safety development process
  • Create, track and monitor dashboards to effectively communicate the highest value work that teams could be performing towards the safety case
  • Lead safety related activities including but not limited to FMEAs, system architecture analysis, safety mechanism determination, and creation of a complete functional safety concepts
  • Communicate with all required stakeholders to identify and define technical/ system requirements, safety requirements tied to the safety goals
  • Support 3rd party certification assessment for requirements, analysis and other functional safety work products

Required qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a STEM field
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in safety engineering or system engineering
  • Experience in working with safety standards like IEC 61508, ISO 26262, ISO 13849
  • Experience with safety related system architecture
  • Exceptional analytical skills
  • Team orientation - self-motivated, dependable, and consistent, with excellent networking and communication skills
  • Ability to adapt and operate under ambiguity
  • Sterling references

Ideal qualfications

  • Previous experience working with 3rd party assessors 5+ years of experience in Safety or Systems Engineering
  • Functional Safety Engineer/Professional/Expert Certification
  • Familiarity with UL 4600
  • Experience with ISO 21448 (SOTIF)
  • Proven track record as a Functional engineer through a complete product lifecycle

Compensation & benefits

  • Salary range of $90,000 - $130,000. For benefits, check this out!

At Outrider, we believe in cultivating an environment where there is diversity of perspectives, experiences, and knowledge with the expectation that we thrive in an inclusive environment. Outrider is committed to a workforce where everyone's opportunities are limitless regardless of race, national origin, gender, age, religion, disability, veteran status, or any others that are protected by law.

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Where we are

Our company is just steps away from hiking, mountain biking, climbing, and the New Terrain Brewery.

Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
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What are Outrider Perks + Benefits

Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Our Recruiting Team is aligned with our Hiring Managers to put D&I at top of mind to build the best product through the diversity of thought.
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
HSA up to $2000 annually
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 12 weeks for both the primary and secondary caretaker.
Remote Work Program
We embrace a hybrid work culture but promote being in-office. You drive your schedule and know when you need to be in-office and when not. Plan ahead and enjoy the opportunity to stay home and work.
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Flexible time off.
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Outrider hosts monthly company outings.
Game Room
Ping Ping table, Mountain Bikes for the trails behind the Golden office, In-Office Gym
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Professional Development Benefits
Promote from within

An Insider's view of Outrider

What’s the vibe like in the office?

We’re fired up to solve the urgent problem of yard automation needed for a more resilient supply chain. No one walks alone at Outrider. If anyone is stuck or needs help, people line up to lend a helping hand. This is an interdisciplinary problem, so the best and brightest engineers across multiple areas of expertise must work together to solve it.

Michael Cutter

Principal Computer Vision Engineer

What does your typical day look like?

A typical day starts on the computer modeling robotic designs. Next, our team holds a daily standup to discuss progress and goals. Then, I assemble prototypes. During lunch, I mountain bike with coworkers on N. Table Mountain. The afternoon is my favorite -- testing the robots on our autonomous vehicles. I love watching robots do cool things.

Martin Sotola

Robotics Engineer

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

At first, I was overwhelmed by unfamiliar software, robotics, and logistics jargon and the fast pace. Hard work, hustle, and awesome co-workers reduced my learning curve. In no time, I was contributing and saw my responsibilities expand -- working with engineering, commercial team and customers. I’ve seen exponential growth in my career and myself.

Kayla Holcomb

Associate Project Manager

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

Daily, we’re solving complex, cutting-edge engineering problems. We encourage and welcome new and innovative ideas. In close collaboration with our customer-facing teams, engineering turns ideas into products that solve big pain points for very large companies. The majority of our team's ideas have morphed into solutions deployed at customer sites.

Dan Ambrosio

Senior Software Engineer and Head of Software Integration

What are some social events your company does?

When we’re not working or noshing on snacks provided in the kitchen, we’re sipping pints together in the brewery across the road. Many like to go hiking, running or mountain biking several days a week on N. Table Mountain also across the road. Others do Cross Fit or hang out socially outside of work. And, there’s a monthly company-sponsored lunch!

Tessa Ronan

Autonomous Vehicle Controls Engineer

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