General information

Job Title
Principal E/E Architect – Networks and Diagnostics
Ref #
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
United Kingdom
Business area
Product Development
Electrical and Controls - Software Analysis
Position level
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. 

To ensure McLaren Automotive continues its desire to be “the sportscar company”, we are looking for an SQA Principal Engineer to join our Supplier Quality Assurance team. 

Purpose of Role

Electronic Systems at McLaren Automotive are a key element characterising the performance and attributes of our cars. The features and applications we develop are fundamental for the performance of the vehicles, and highly influencing our customers’ perception of the quality of our products.

McLaren Automotive has introduced in the Artura a brand new high-performance Zonal Electrical and Electronic Architecture, embedding cutting-edge technologies such as Ethernet backbone, Over-The-Air software update, Cybersecurity, AUTOSAR.

The McLaren E/E Architecture is designed to host complex electronic systems, such as Hybrid Powertrain systems, fine Chassis controls, luxury Body/Comfort systems, advanced HMI, state-of-the-art ADAS, Connectivity systems.

The Principal E/E Architect coordinates a high-performing team successfully delivering the design and implementation of in-vehicle communication networks and on-board and off-board diagnostics of all McLaren Automotive vehicles.

With exposure to a variety of distributed systems and platforms across programmes, the Principal E/E Architect is responsible for modelling the software and communication layers to deliver robust E/E Architecture, guaranteeing a fault-free experience to customers and a seamless product launch, blending the development into the manufacturing and aftersales processes.

Principal Accountabilities
  • Manage the Architecture design tool PREEvision, providing the basis for the modelling of the features across programmes, optimising the robustness of the design vs timing and maintenance costs
  • Deliver the models for the communication and software layers across programmes, in line with the Architecture plan deadlines
  • Deliver the Architecture Releases, respecting the programmes’ needs for timing and contents
  • Manage the roadmap for the Architecture design tool PREEvision, in combination with the continuous improvement of the software development toolchain
  • Be the Subject Matter Expert for the diagnostics protocols and features across systems, and deliver proven and robust diagnostics ahead of vehicle launches
  • Manage the internal and external resources, building a team well integrated in the development processes, with attention to the personal development of the individuals and team effectiveness
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
  • Electrical, software or automotive engineering degree 2:1, or above
  • Excellent knowledge of automotive network and diagnostic protocols, such as Ethernet, CAN, LIN, UDS
  • Previous experience with Architecture design and diagnostic software tools, such as PREEvision, CANoe, CANdela, Venice
  • Significant working experience with vehicle level system integration in terms of hardware and software
  • Proven experience with managing high performing teams, ideally in demanding and fast-pace environments
Personal Attributes
  • Deep passion for Automotive E/E Architectures and Electronic Controls Systems
  • Naturally technical, able to employ fundamental engineering principles
  • High self-motivation, willingness to learn and develop
  • Ability to manage personal and team priorities understanding programmes’ needs
  • Conscientious and attention to quality, reliability, and safety