Head of Functional Safety


Munich, DE
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Engineering Software
  • Post Date: 05/28/2021
  • Website: apex.ai
  • Company Address: 979 Commercial Street, Palo Alto, CA, 94303

About Apex.AI

Apex.AI offers reliable, safe and certified software for autonomous mobility.

Job Description

Apex.AI, Inc. is seeking an experienced Functional Safety Engineer to lead the team certifying Apex.AI software products such as Apex.OS, Apex.Middleware and Apex.Autonomy

Apex.AI recently achieved a world’s first - certifying ROS 2 according to ISO 26262, up to ASIL D. We are now setting our sights on functional safety challenges of larger size and scope, advising the largest and most innovative automotive companies in the world on certifying complex autonomous driving software stacks. 

You will be leading a world class engineering team in architecting, analyzing, validating and verifying cutting edge functionally safe software products written in modern C++ and Rust. Software that your team certifies will be a critical component in our customers’ safety-critical ADAS and AD implementations. Our customers include well known names like Toyota, and our reputation depends on our ability to plan and execute safety as an integral part of our software development process.

Looking beyond automotive, our software can power a host of autonomous systems in safety-critical and mission-critical areas including industrial, medical and aerospace, each with its own software safety standards. You will help develop strategies for all of these as the company grows.

Your tasks and responsibilities

  • You will be the Head of Safety to manage a team and certify C++ and Rust based software in mobility systems
  • You will utilize your C++ and (optionally Rust) reading skills. Previous programming experience in one of these languages is thus very valuable
  • You will be utilizing your expertise in ISO 26262 to the extreme. Experience with other standards such as SOTIF, ISO 21434, UL4600 also very valuable
  •  You will be consulting our customers on integrating our products into their SW architectures

Expected qualifications and characteristics are

  • A B.S. (with 10 years experience ), or higher degree in a technical field with relevant work experience
  • Proven 3+ years of C++/C development expertise and familiarity with Rust
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Being a team player
  • You must have previous experience leading teams
  • Previous experience taking a C++ software through ISO 26262 certification viewed favorable
  • Experience working with external rating agencies such as TUV is preferred

Some highlights of this role

  • You will lead a high calibre team of FUSA experts and work with the development team of deep C++ and Rust experts
  • An opportunity to influence major product and business decisions of the company
  • An opportunity to work on all safety aspects of the automotive software stack including framework, transport layer and application layer
  • Direct interaction with top OEM, tier 1 and new mobility players in US, Japan and Europe
  • Work with leading tools vendors on cutting edge features, and leading software partners for novel certification strategies
  • Publish and/or present innovations at leading conferences on software safety, as well as internally within the company to make best practices as part of our everyday process

We offer

  • an open, friendly, collaborative, organized working environment, 
  • the opportunity to be part of an awesome and global team, 
  • healthy snacks and drinks,
  • barista training to operate our professional espresso machine,
  • flexible work hours including the option to work from home as much as possible, 
  • a competitive salary and stock option package depending on experience, 
  • benefits including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 401(k) plan or similar depending on the region.

About Apex.AI

Apex.AI is a Palo Alto and Munich-based company that is developing breakthrough safe, certified, developer-friendly, and scalable software for mobility systems. 

Our software products are based on proven open-source software, such as ROS or Eclipse iceoryx, so that we don’t spend time redeveloping what already works. Instead, we fork software that has been developed and proven in use by large developer communities. We then add what is missing: Functional safety, flawless performance, and support for application in commercial and safety-critical products. In order to do so, we have developed a proprietary process to rework open-source software in record time such that it conforms to the highest requirements of the applicable functional safety standard.

Distinguished by our experienced and agile team, we bring in the right pedigree: Expertise in modern software engineering to build software that scales to massive systems, leading know-how in software functional safety to make software reliable, experience bringing software to market so that we know what to takes to build actual products, and twenty-plus years of experience building autonomous systems so that we can take the perspective of our customers and know their needs. 

We launched our award-winning first product Apex.OS after three years in 2020 and have taken it through certification in record time for launch in 2021. We have more in the pipeline to revolutionize the use of software in the automotive industry. 

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