General information

Job Title
Design Engineer - Powertrain Systems
Ref #
Friday, March 3, 2023
United Kingdom
Business area
Propulsion Systems
Position level
H - Qualified
Working time
Full Time
Contract type
Working pattern
8:30am - 5:30pm 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

  •   Reporting directly to the Principal Engineer, you will be responsible for vehicle packaging, detailed design, integration & release maturity propulsion and powertrain components on all vehicle programs; from concept to production ensuring the design supports system technical specifications.
  • Interfacing with other engineering Teams, taking responsibility for integration of Powertrain system designs with Powertrain Systems and Vehicle systems
  • Working within as part of a highly dynamic and flexible team alongside Engineers and technical experts, responsible for designing to high quality standard and taking ownership of design and delivery of components and subsystems.
  • Influencing concepts and delivering the application of existing & new technology on exciting new products.

Principal Accountabilities
Powertrain Systems include the following systems and design ownership may consist of the following systems:

  • Cooling Systems (ICE and Hybrid)
  • Battery Systems
  • HVAC Systems
  • Electric Drive Systems
  • Fuel System
  • Exhaust and Insulation Systems
  • Transmission and Driveline

  •   Experience in any of the aforementioned Powertrain systems a plus (additional experience a bonus).
  •   Work alongside system project engineers to package responsible propulsion systems on new propulsion system architecture and installations, progressing concepts through to executing detailed designs for prototype and production release, vehicle integration and manufacture
  • Understands and supports the package constraints for the components.  Designing in context of the vehicle package to ensure a robust whole vehicle solution.
  • Working with suppliers, Concept teams & DMU to ensure components and systems meet technical and package targets and to deliver detailed designs on time to predetermined quality, cost, and weight targets, within DFM requirements.
  • Ensures design solutions are optimised to support vehicle assembly & service requirements
  • Works with other team members to develop component and system specifications
  • Works with the other designers and the component supplier to achieve efficient, innovative and lightweight designs.
  • Ensure design solutions deliver systems that meet attribute targets in NVH, thermal, durability, visibility & performance related attributes (power, emissions, response).
  •  Understands system & component requirements  Ensures the components interface seamlessly to the wider car including structural interfaces & body panels.
  • Support cross functional design reviews
  • Establish and control design release, ECR/ECN in line with ETRS requirements
  • Support and evaluate results of component testing
  • Support and work alongside propulsion & vehicle development activities.
  • Support vehicle manufacturing
  • Support Technical Specification, DFMEA & DVP activities.
  • Support preparation and presentation of material for external and internal project reviews
  • BOM definition and management to include identifying cost & weight reduction initiatives to deliver targets
  • Review and manage the opening and closure of design concerns
Knowledge, Skills and Experience

Personal Attributes
  • An ability to deliver under pressure with an appetite for success
  • A passion for high performance Powertrain engineering
  • A positive, proactive attitude, self-reliant with a high level of self-motivation
  • An engaging mind, open to new problems outside their normal comfort zone
  • A willingness to engage in debate and discussion
  • Empathy, a willingness to listen and see others’ points of view

We recognise that we can only achieve our vision with the dedication and collaboration of our world class employees.  It is our aim to become the employer of choice within the global automotive industry.

 At McLaren Automotive we are constantly looking to improve. To become the employer of choice we are always looking to develop our employee offerings. We currently offer a range of benefits to employees at all levels of the business including Private Healthcare, Contributory Pension Scheme, Life Assurance and Personal Lease Car Scheme. We also offer a range of discounts with our partner organisations.