General information

Job Title
Manager - Powertrain Controls
Ref #
Friday, October 28, 2022
United Kingdom
Business area
Product Development
Electrical and Controls - Software
Position level
E - Management
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

Lead the Powertrain Electronics team, responsible for the powertrain software lifecycle across all the vehicle projects, and the main powertrain attributes (driveability, emission, OBD).

Principal Accountabilities

  • Manage the team responsible for the delivery of emissions, OBD, driveability and base engine mapping across the entire vehicle line.
  • Manage suppliers for technical, commercial and delivery of powertrain controllers (including engine controller, transmission controller) and ESP.
  • Define the powertrain attribute roadmap (emissions and efficiency, driveability, OBD) in close collaboration with other departments throughout the business.
  • Deliver the powertrain software/calibration for all the vehicle projects in accordance to the McLaren Development Process
  • Develop and refine the team structure, to increase the efficiency and synergies with other departments 
  • Identify and nominate appropriate suppliers for the software development, in collaboration with the Purchasing department.
  • Monitor the future trends (Technology, Legislation, Safety) for powertrain electronics to guarantee business continuous improvement.
  • Define the budget for all powertrain electronics applications, in collaboration with the programme teams.
  • Manage budget for the delivery of all aspects within the team, including tools / applications, facilities etc.
  • Develop the team member’s skills and experience, encouraging job rotations and exposure to all the activities/workplaces (e.g. Idiada/Woking).
Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Team leadership within the automotive industry or similar domain.
  • Powertrain software project management for automotive applications.
  • Powertrain Application (calibration) experience on high performance vehicles  
  • Supplier partnerships management.
  • Automotive market trends knowledge, experience of business model development (e.g. make or buy).
Personal Attributes

  • Self motivated, and ability to work as a team leader.
  • Promote cross functional team working and collaboration between departments 
  • Conscientious and attention to quality, reliability and safety.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent personal workload management.
  • Flexible approach to working hours/ business trips.
  • Driving Licence.