General information

Job Title
Principal Aerothermal Engineer
Ref #
Sunday, July 24, 2022
United Kingdom
Business area
Product Development
Design Execution
Position level
F - Principal / Senior
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

You will be responsible for the vehicle aerodynamics and powertrain cooling systems for all vehicle programmes. Managing the use of, 1D simulation, CFD, scale wind tunnel, and track side testing methods to investigate concepts and complete design validation against programme targets. 


You will also, apply continuous improvement methods, provide leadership to maintain our expert lead in vehicle aerodynamics, support the development of our team, testing methodologies, design tool correlation, research roadmaps, all to aid simultaneous model based engineering of our highly-integrated sports cars.  


This role is part of the Aerothermal team which likes to support an innovative and collaborative atmosphere therefore we are interested in a diverse background of talents and experience.

Principal Accountabilities
  • lead all programmes for vehicle aerodynamics and powertrain cooling systems, from system technical specification to programme sign-off, meeting all performance, timing, and investment targets
  • Manage the use of, 1D simulation, CFD, scale wind tunnel, and track side testing methods to develop the vehicles aerothermal attributes, to meet programme targets, for powertrain cooling systems, downforce, drag, airflow through radiators, brake ducts and HVAC ducting
  • Communicate system design progress and critical issues to vehicle line Directors and Chief Engineers, chair Attribute and Design Reviews to ensure targets are meet
  • Ownership of Aerothermal DVP, define POC and validation mule specifications, investment profiles, working in continual collaboration with Vehicle Development to ensure delivery of all DVP activities
  • Subject matter expert for fluid dynamics at McLaren Automotive, provide leadership in external aerodynamics, ducted cooling flows (radiators, brake cooling), engine air-induction and exhaust flow, powertrain and hybrid component cooling (high voltage battery, electric motors, power electronics) 
  • Manage all research activities on aerodynamic and powertrain cooling technology roadmaps, collaborate with Advanced Engineering and external universities to ensure alignment of timing and investment with, pre-G0, product specification and target setting  
  • Support with the recruitment and technical development of Aerothermal team members 
  • Support continual development of Aerothermal methodologies (CFD, scale wind tunnel, vehicle testing) to reduce development times, improve test data accuracy and correlation of our design tools, to increase the level of cross-functional design integration 
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
  • First-rate Aeronautical or Mechanical Engineering degree
  • Strong understanding in aerodynamic flow structures and heat transfer fundamentals,  
  • Creativity, ability to develop ideas from first principles through to a final refined and optimised design
  • Extensive aerodynamic experience, additional knowledge of high-end or niche road vehicles an advantage
  • Experience in wind tunnel and/or track side aerodynamic testing, strong understanding of measurement and data post processing methods – MATLAB, ATLAS 
  • Expert knowledge of the CFD technique, with particular understanding of modelling requirements for external aerodynamics, conjugate heat transfer driven flows an advantage
  • Proven analytical abilities of 1D systems modelling of cooling circuits and vehicle powertrain systems – AMESim, GT Power, MATLAB/Simulink
  • Strong knowledge of powertrain cooling circuit design, with particular understanding of charge-air systems, refrigeration, high voltage batteries, electric motors and power electronics an advantage
Personal Attributes
  • Quantitative rigor and an inquisitive outlook to prove design solutions
  • Strong written and verbal presentation skills, with an ability to communicate at all levels
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and ability to operate within a team environment.
  • Independent, intrinsically self-motivated to deliver excellence, with flexible attitude to working hours