Vertical Aerospace

Bristol, United Kingdom

Posted on: 2022-08-04

Category: transportation

Employment type:

Full time

Experience required:



Salary not provided

System Safety Engineer

About the company:

Revolutionising urban air mobility and electrifying air travel

Why work with us? 

We at Vertical Aerospace are pushing the boundaries of what is possible, creating technology to achieve sustainable air travel like never before. Vertical comprises a world-class team of leaders, experts, engineers who're all striving towards the same goal, to make air travel personal, on-demand, and carbon free. This is your chance to be a part of this extraordinary team.

Vertical is one the world’s leading eVTOL businesses, and a pioneer of this ground-breaking new segment, which marks the beginning of sustainable aviation. 

Founded in 2016, Vertical uniquely combines the best of the aerospace, Formula 1 and automotive industries and has become one of only seven companies globally to have successfully flown multiple full-scale eVTOL prototypes.  The VX4, is a world-leading fully composite tilt-rotor winged eVTOL that will carry one pilot and four passengers or cargo.  VX4 is in plan to be  certified in late 2024, placing the business in the top two companies globally with a commercially viable aircraft capable of spanning intra and intercity passenger and cargo eVTOL markets. 

We are looking for a System Safety Engineer who will:

Be passionate about their work in system safety, is looking for an exciting new challenge and will enjoy working with a world class team  to produce a safe and sustainable aircraft that is accessible to everyone.

When you join Vertical Aerospace, you can expect to be part of a highly driven and motivated team comprised of leading aerospace and technology thinkers as well as some of the finest engineering talent. 

Vertical is a values-led business that embraces diversity in all its forms in particular diversity of thought. Vertical is committed to building an industry leading team offering global perspectives that represent the communities it serves.

The responsibilities and duties of the System Safety Engineer will be as follows:

  • Undertake a variety of safety activities (with responsibility for the conduct of Functional Hazard Assessments, System Safety Assessments and/or Aircraft Survivability Analyses) for the technology demonstrator / certification aircraft.
  • Derive safety requirements through analysis and in collaboration with the wider Team (such as at system interfaces and equipment level, and with respect to installation and maintenance activities).
  • Support the production of the aircraft safety case.
  • Collaborate, with the Design / Programme Teams on all aspects of system safety.
  • Contribute to the development / continuous improvement of the operating framework of Aircraft Safety Team.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone that possesses a passion for applying their skills and experience to building something new in a fast-paced start-up environment. 

The successful Safety Systems Engineer will have the following Experiences & Qualifications:

  • Education to degree level or higher in an Engineering discipline (Aeronautical, Mechanical or equivalent).
  • A career background in the design and development of safety-critical systems.
  • An interest in green technology in aviation.
  • Experience of aircraft and/or system level safety assessments.
  • Awareness of the processes and requirements relevant to aircraft certification.
  • Knowledge of SAE ARP 4754A / 4761 and their application.
  • User of fault tree analysis tools (Reliability Work Bench/FT+ preferred).
  • Fluent in English. Strong communication skills, both written and verbal, and an ability to influence and negotiate across the business. Ability to communicate complex ideas so that they are understood by different audiences.
  • Possess positive collaborative behaviours.
  • A commitment to continuing professional development.

Ideal candidates will have:

  • Knowledge of air vehicle design .Experience of working with multiple types of air vehicle including rotorcraft / multi rotors.
  • Experience with 2X.1309 analyses and guidance material.
  • Experience of conducting Particular Risk, Zonal Safety, Common Mode and / or Reliability analyses.
  • Knowledge of System-Theoretic Process Analysis (STPA) and its application to complex systems.
  • Experience of risk management and safety management systems.
  • Familiarity with Model Based Systems Engineering.
  • Familiarity with Dassault Systemes engineering and management tools (3DX).
  • An understanding of the interrelationship between Cyber Security on Safety
  • A basic understanding of aviation software development and system communication protocols.
  • An understanding of RTCA DO-178C, and RTCA DO-254.


This is an on-going advert and interviews will be help on an ad-hoc basis until sufficient applications have been received.