General information

Job Title
Powertrain Engineer - Electric Drive & Transmission
Ref #
Friday, August 4, 2023
United Kingdom
Business area
Powertrain Engine
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 to the Principal Engineer, you will design & implement solutions for powertrain components or systems presenting failures in service (transmission, electric drive technologies and other auxiliary components) for high performance vehicles in Production.
  • You will work with the Team of Powertrain Engineers and Technical Experts, who are responsible for designing or overseeing the designs to understand the issue & present a solution.
  • You will take ownership of design and delivery of solutions as components or subsystems on McLaren Powertrain Programmes.
  • Interfacing with other engineering Teams, takes responsibility for integration of Powertrain designs within all other vehicle systems
  • As part of a highly dynamic team, influencing concepts and delivering the application of existing & new technology on exciting new products.
Principal Accountabilities

  • Detailed knowledge of Electric drive technologies and diagnostics is essential.
  • Responsibility of components design, from concept to design development to delivery on time for McLaren programmes.
  • Knowledge of automotive processes used to identify & define problems, understand them, track progress and fixing the problem.
  • Experience with Root Cause Analysis (RCA) and associated tools; IS/IS NOT, Fishbone/Ishikawa etc.
  • Liaise with suppliers and development partners, to deliver designs to defined technical specifications in line with the Powertrain & Vehicle programme timing.
  • BoM management and delivery of component and sub-system for the assigned designs in SAP.
  • Responsibility for maintaining; technical Specifications, DFMEAs and DVP.
  • Takes ownership to meet cost, timing and quality targets.
  • Co-ordinates Design for Assembly, Manufacture & Service reviews with the necessary support departments and incorporates any such required changes.
  • Contributes to the technical assessment, integration and application of appropriate Powertrain technology.
  • Support vehicle programme attribute owners with respect to development and reporting.
  • Ensure the components interface seamlessly to the wider car.
  • Responsibility of design release in line with Engineering Timing Release Schedule requirements
  • Guarantee delivery of components and/or sub-system for designated engine projects in line with MDP (McLaren Development Process) and that Project Management KPIs are on track.
  • Cooperates with the Powertrain team in the execution and evaluation of results of component testing and to support powertrain & vehicle development activities and vehicle manufacturing, launch & planning.
  • Preparation and presentation of material to support external and internal project status reviews
Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • A good level of technical knowledge & experience of Electric Drive components is essential.
  • PC literate and at ease with MS Office products is essential
  • High Voltage Senior Authorised Person trained is essential or training will be provided
  • Knowledge and experience of using Electric drive diagnostic software is essential.
  • Proficient CATIA V5 2D/3D draughting/solid and surface modelling skills is desirable.
  • Competence in Design and FEA of mechanical components is desirable.
  • Engineering Degree 2:1 or above desirable
Personal Attributes

  • A passion for all things Automotive engineering.
  • Adopts a creative & thoughtful approach to concept design and solving engineering problems with good attention to detail.
  • Excellent feasibility assessment skills including design for manufacture and DFMEA input
  • A positive, proactive attitude with a high level of self motivation to deliver excellence.
  • Well organised and independent – able to work constructively with minimal supervision.
  • 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.
  • Ability to communicate clearly with design and development groups
  • Ambitious, and self reliant - intrinsically self motivated.
  • Good team skills, willingness to work cross-functionally.   
  • Well organised and delivery focused – with demonstrable track record of on-time delivery.
  • Capable of representing a world class automotive brand      
  • Able to remain focused under pressure