General information

Job Title
OpEx Controls Senior Engineer
Ref #
Friday, August 12, 2022
United Kingdom
Business area
Continuous Improvement
Position level
H - Qualified
Working time
Full Time
Contract type
Working pattern
Blue Shift 40 hours

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

We have a fantastic opportunity within the OpEx Manufacturing Engineering Department for a talented “Controls Engineer – Lead” to oversee a small team of engineers supporting production during shift. The role will promote and support the continued development of the Manufacturing Controls Function.

Reporting into the Manufacturing Controls Manager and working closely with the current and future vehicle Manufacturing Engineering teams, you will be responsible for the diagnostic fault analysis of both vehicle and test stands within the manufacturing and development facilities. You will work with each vehicle from concept through to manufacture, supporting from pre-production build into full production. In addition you will also be developing the Electrical Test Stand scripts, using a variety of programming languages, whilst supporting the continued development of the platform, along with developing future solutions

Principal Accountabilities
  • Directly supporting the Controls Manager with all day to day activities and being their deputy as an when the need arises
  • Liaise across engineering function groups, to establish Vehicle EOL test requirements, for new and existing models, through established formats, such as SWAT Mtgs, and other mechanisms
  • Create EOL / test routine specifications for realisation.
  • Develop and deliver test routines to ensure the electrical conformance of all vehicles, through in-house creation and supplier.
  • Consider TAKT impact when introducing new EOL requirements, ensuring all affected parties are informed.
  • Rapid online fault analysis of both vehicle and test stand,
  • Introduction of New Line side automotive test/manufacture equipment
  • Support ongoing improvement plan, with respect to RFT, and improved TAKT requirements
  • Maintain and update Off Board controller reprogramming facility, with the focus of improving capacity and reliability
  • Acting with initiative and innovation, actively thinking of fresh approaches to current or new manufacturing concerns or restrictions
  • Hands on approach to vehicle electrical concern resolution, and rectification,
  • Ability/capability to learn to program in multiple programming languages, inclusive of JAVA and C/C++ - Particularly Bosch Grade X
  • Development of future Test stand platforms, working with suppliers and engineering functions to deliver
  • Ability to manage their own workload, and work independently, and proactively.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • This A high level of computer literacy a must
  • Working knowledge of wireless network configuration and the ability to configure peer to peer networks
  • The candidate will have excellent knowledge of automotive systems including:

1.        Universal Diagnostics Services (UDS)

2.        EDS

3.        Vehicle CAN/LIN networks

4.        Vehicle controller interaction / configuration

  • The candidate will have a clear understanding of McLaren brand requirements
  • An ability to act under pressure with calmness, clarity of thought and decisive authority is essential
  • Programming knowledge, or exposure to, and a willingness to develop their understanding of:

1.        Java

2.        C++

3.        Visual Basic

4.        SQL

  • Ability to read and understand automotive electrical wiring schematics, and component drawings
  • Knowledge of and ability to use Softing Diagnostic Tool Set V7/8 highly advantageous
  • Knowledge of and ability to use Vector Diagnostics Tools, CANAlyzer, CANape, and CANdella Studio, and Vector Vsignalyzer highly advantageous
  • Understanding and knowledge of ODX (open Diagnostics exchange). The ability to create and modify ODX highly advantageous
  • Microsoft office, and particularly Excel highly advantageous

Personal Attributes
  • Dynamic individual with the ability to respond to challenging situations in an innovative manner
  • Flexible approach to working times
  • Flexible approach to work requests
  • Effective written and verbal communication to peers and reports
  • Is able to remain calm in a pressurised environment
  • Approachable
  • Confident
  • Comfortable working both within a team, as well as independently
  • Able to multi-task effectively
  • The applicant must be extremely trustworthy
  • Able to display excellent attention to detail
  • Demonstrate a methodical approach towards problem solving, with a ‘common sense’ approach
  • Can translate technical information and feedback in layman’s terms