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Senior Functional Safety and Compliance Engineer



Redwood City, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, April 6, 2023
Job Title: Senior Functional Safety and Compliance Engineer
About Dexterity
At Dexterity, we believe robots can positively transform the world. Our breakthrough technology frees people to do the creative, inspiring, problem-solving jobs that humans do best by enabling robots to handle repetitive and physically difficult work.
We’re starting with warehouse automation, where the need for smarter, more resilient supply chains impacts millions of lives and businesses around the world. Dexterity's full-stack robotics systems pick, move, pack, and collaborate with human-like skill, awareness, and learning capabilities. Our systems are software-driven, hardware-agnostic, and have already picked over 15 million goods in production. And did we mention we’re customer-obsessed? Every decision, large and small, is driven by one question – how can we empower our customers with robots to do more than they thought was possible?
Dexterity is one of the fastest growing companies in robotics, backed by world-class investors such as Kleiner Perkins, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Obvious Ventures. We’re a diverse and multidisciplinary team with a culture built on passion, trust, and dedication. Come join Dexterity and help make intelligent robots a reality!
About the Role
As a Senior Functional Safety and Compliance Engineer you will lead functional safety design and compliance initiatives of robotic systems for North America, European and Japanese markets. The ideal candidate will have an in-depth understanding of applicable industry standards, such as ANSI/RIA R15.06, ANSI/RIA R15.08, ISO10218, UL508A, and IEC60204. You will take a key role in Dexterity’s scale and global expansion by designing and implementing safe and compliant solutions.
Guide and direct compliance efforts for robotic systems in accordance with relevant standards, for global markets (North America, Europe, and Japan).
Develop and execute plans to demonstrate and maintain compliance with standards, working with 3rd party testing labs as necessary (NRTL, EMC labs, consultants, etc.).
Read and interpret governing standards and technical documentation.
Offer subject matter expertise regarding industry standards and regulations.
Guide product and development teams on the requirements and design of conforming products.
Architect functional safety systems, and lead the hands-on work.
Implement Functional safety engineering solutions including component selection (such as laser scanners, light curtains, PLC controllers, safety controllers, and other safety-related equipment), meeting Functional safety requirements, PLC programming, etc.
Guide engineers on systems design and conduct design reviews.
Create test plans to ensure functional safety systems are designed and assembled to specification.
Develop Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and tools for training, troubleshooting, and maintaining functional safety systems in customers' sites at scale.
Collaborate with HW design partners and vendors to ensure that integrated systems will comply with all applicable standards and regulations.
Stay up-to-date with the latest safety and compliance trends, regulations, and technologies.
Participate in industrial systems and control panels electrical schematics design reviews to ensure compliance with domestic and international regulations.
Conduct educational sessions on functional safety and compliance topics for interdisciplinary teams.
Bachelor's degree in Electrical, Mechanical, or related engineering field.
8+ years of relevant experience in functional safety and compliance in the automation or manufacturing industry.
In-depth knowledge of ANSI B.11 Machine guarding standards and OSHA requirements for General Industry.
In-depth knowledge of domestic and international standards such as ANSI/RIA R15.06, ANSI/RIA R15.08, ISO10218, ISO12100, ISO13849, NFPA70, UL508A, and IEC60204.
In-depth knowledge of CE directives such as the Machinery Directive and EMC Directive.
Professional certification in functional safety or compliance (e.g. CFSE, CMSE, CECE, etc.) is highly preferred.
Experience leading or managing cross-functional teams on large-scale automation or safety compliance projects.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including communicating technical concepts to non-technical stakeholders.
Experience with programming languages such as Structured Text, Ladder Logic, Function Block Diagrams, etc.
Familiarity with safety communication protocols, such as PROFINET, Ethernet/IP, EtherCAT, MODBUS, etc.
Familiarity with functional safety components and leading market vendors.
Strong project management skills, including the ability to develop and manage project schedules, budgets, and resources.
Proven ability to work independently and take ownership of projects, as well as collaborate effectively in a team environment.
Willingness and ability to travel domestically and internationally as needed (up to 15%).
Equal Opportunity Employer
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.