General information

Job Title
Controls Engineer - Electric / Hybrid Drive
Ref #
Tuesday, September 20, 2022
United Kingdom
Business area
Product Development
Position level
H - Qualified
Working time
Full Time
Contract type
Working pattern
9am - 6pm Monday to Friday

Description & Requirements


No restraints. No limitations. We don’t simply push boundaries. We completely rethink them. McLaren Automotive exists to create breath-taking performance road cars.

With innovation at the core of all we do, every challenge starts with the same question. How can we do it better? This restless spirit runs right through McLaren Automotive. And the search for perfection is evident in everything we do.

Purpose of Role

To specify, design, engineer & deliver, from concept to series-development, all Electric Drive Control Systems (EDC) ensuring they fulfil all the programme requirements (cost, timing, performance / function / attributes). EDC includes areas of software/control systems content in the Hybrid Supervisory Unit (HSU), and other Hybrid Components such as the DC/DC converter, Chargers and any other ECUs within the Hybrid System. EDC also includes critical areas such as design via simulation using CAE tools closely working with Powertrain CAE team and Functional Safety (ISO 26262) closely working with the Vehicle Controls Department.

Principal Accountabilities
  • EDC knowledge and experience  – includes attribute delivery/support, managing design releases, specifications, DVPs, DFMEAs, business release processes
  • EDC ownership and delivery
  • EDC simulation (where required)
  • EDC Supplier management
  • EDC Calibration release
  • EDC issues root cause analysis
  • Design-focussed vehicle level meetings for EDC integration working with the Hybrid Electrical Systems group

You will be accountable for:

  •      Support EDC delivery to all vehicle projects– to specification, on time and on budget. This will include supporting EDC project leads or project engineers to deliver to programme requirements.
  •        Working with Supply Chain Management to ensure delivery of the EDC on schedule for all phases of prototype, pilot, pre-production and production build.
  •       Working with the Functional Safety experts to ensure delivery of ISO 26262 requirements and platform software deliveries for all phases of the vehicle programmes.
  •       Working with the Powertrain CAE group to develop Model-in-the-Loop systems and support requirement verification.
  •       Preparation and presentation of material to support external and internal project status reviews
  •       Ensure technical risks are highlighted and mitigated by design.
  •       Guarantee EDC ownership and delivery to the specific vehicle programme requirements including:

o   Hybrid Control Specification through DOORs which specifies control requirements for the HSU, BMS, MCU and any other EDC components.

o   EDC FMEAs, and test specifications within MiL (Model in the Loop) and/or SiL (Software in the Loop) environments

o   Robust concerns resolution

o   Vehicle build & development support

o   Delivery of EDC for all projects in line with MDP (McLaren Development Process) and that Project Management KPIs(Key Performance Indicators) are on track            

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

·       Technical knowledge of EDC design

·       Proficiency in Control Systems Engineering, Simulation modelling in MATLAB/Simulink and auto-coding techniques

·       Design / implementation of EDC embedded systems such as Battery Management Systems (BMS), Motor Control Unit (MCU), Hybrid Supervisory Unit (HSU), Grid Charging Control/Manage, DC/DC, communication protocols, software etc.

·       Experience of testing with MiL, SiL,  HiL (Hardware in the Loop) and Rig systems to prove integration quality desireable.

·       Experience of executing EDC DVPs, FMEA desireable.

·       Familiar with tools from software, to rig and/or in-vehicle testing, calibrating, diagnosing, logging and data analysing.

Qualifications and Training

·       Mechanical, Electrical/Electronic or Automotive Engineering Degree, MSc or PhD

Personal Attributes

  •       Industry exposure and/or internship
  •       Good team skills, willingness to work cross-functionally with excellent communication skills.
  •       Experience in problem solving
  •       An ability to adapt and learn quickly on the job
  •       An ability to deliver under pressure with an appetite for measured success.
  •       Well organised and delivery focused
  •       A passion for high performance EDC engineering.
  •      Can work independently as well as collaboratively with other Engineering teams
  •       A positive, proactive attitude with a high level of self motivation to deliver excellence.
  •       Ambitious and self reliant - intrinsically self motivated.
  •       Capable of representing a world class automotive brand