Industrial and Safety Critical Systems Engineering Recruitment

KO2 is a recruitment agency with experience recruiting for safety critical software engineers, helping our clients ensure that their electronics and embedded systems are developed to the relevant safety-critical standards.

Our Expertise Recruiting for Safety Critical Software Engineers UK

KO2 has always specialised in recruiting for electronic embedded software businesses, working for 25 years in this industry sector. This has given us valuable experience sourcing candidates for a range of roles in organisations where the core product is for an industrial environment.

For example, we have the necessary experience to ensure that our mechanical engineers know how to select the correct materials for a rugged, military-grade PC and our embedded software engineers understand the need for MISRA compliance.

Our work in areas such as medical devices, wearables and automotive technology has also meant we have soured applicants for plenty of roles requiring experience working in line with relevant health and safety standards. We understand the need for exceptional candidates when it comes to designing and manufacturing safety-critical machinery, and ensure that each of our candidates are only sent opportunities that align with their skills and experience.


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Why We’re The
Right Partner

KO2 has helped a variety of businesses with recruitment in industries that would be classed as safety-critical and industrial. Our previous work has helped clients develop devices for non-destructive tests, control systems, rugged industrial displays, oil and gas umbilical test systems and electrofusion and butt fusion devices, to name just a few.

We cut our teeth on safety-critical and industrial businesses. Whilst electronics embedded systems businesses have realised the need to focus on modern techniques such as IoT, safety-critical and industrial recruitment within this sector remains at the core of what we do.

Electronics embedded systems businesses looking for skills within safety-critical often make their hiring decisions based on experience within sectors where key principles are similar. KO2 has found that companies within aerospace, automotive, defence, control systems, medical and oil and gas often utilise similar skills and techniques.

KO2 can provide the experience required to ensure compliance with all kinds of safety standards, including those involving MISRA, Automotive, Military, Medical and Defence technology. Previous clients we have worked with have required candidates with experience in standards such as DO-178B, ISO26262, IEC61508, IEC 62304, MISRA, IATF 16949, AEC-Q100, AEC-Q200 and IATF 1694.

At every stage of the lifecycle, from requirements capture to test, we’re a recruitment agency that can support you in finding the right candidates. Positions we have filled on safety-critical and industrial projects include embedded software engineers, electronic design engineers, verification and validation engineers and many more.

We source candidates with safety-critical and industrial experience that ensure a safe and high-quality product is delivered each and every time.

Safety Critical Software Engineer Jobs UK – FAQs

What are the three types of safety systems?

In the process industry, there are three main types of industrial safety systems. These are Process Safety Systems or Process Shutdown Systems (PSS), Safety Shutdown Systems (SSS) and Fire and Gas Systems (FGS). A process shutdown system automatically isolates and stops part of a process from functioning. A safety shutdown system automatically puts a process or piece of machinery in a safe state in an emergency situation, protecting both the people around it and the product or asset involved. Fire and gas systems detect fire and flammable gas at an early stage and automatically activate a fire protection system.

How much does a System Safety Engineer make?

According to data from Glassdoor, the average annual salary for a system safety engineer in the UK is £54,915. In senior positions, salaries for this engineering role can be over £100,000, so it’s a role with a lot of salary potential if you’re successful.

Don’t Take Our Word For It

“We’ve used KO2 for our technical recruitment for a few years now. They have become our default agency as they understand our technical requirements and have supplied us excellent staff over the years. Thoroughly recommended.”

Martin Williams, Engineering Director

Skills We Recruit For

We cover every niche skill that an electronic/embedded system business needs in the Safety Critical and Industrial sector, operating throughout the full product lifecycle.

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Get in Touch

If you’re looking for a parter for safety-critical engineer recruitment, we would love to speak to you and find out more about what you’re looking for.