General information

Job Title
Principal EE Architect
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 hardware and software Architecture of McLaren Automotive vehicles.

With exposure to a variety of systems and platforms across programmes, the Principal E/E Architect is responsible for design and implementation of the whole-vehicle E/E architecture, systems interactions, and distributed functionality.

Principal Accountabilities
  • Lead the activities coordinating the design of the systems in the development of new Architectures for the assigned vehicle programmes
  • Deliver the PREEvision models for the hardware layers across programmes, in line with the Architecture plan
  • Be the Subject Matter Expert for the electrical systems integration into the E/E Architecture, with particular focus on the hardware aspects
  • Manage the planning of the delivery of the E/E Architecture across programmes, with particular attention to timing for delivering new systems and features, in the design, proof of concept, and development phases
  • 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 or Automotive engineering degree 2:1, or above
  • Significant working experience with vehicle level system integration in terms of hardware and software
  • Significant hands-on experience of design and development of automotive electrical components, and their integration in a vehicle E/E Architecture, including all aspects of hardware-software system integration, mechanical, packaging, environmental, D&D costs and timing, and performance
  • Previous experience with Architecture design tools, such as PREEvision
  • Team leadership skills, to be recognised by a wide development team as a reference point for the assigned vehicle programmes
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
  • High self-motivation to respect programmes’ deadlines in a challenging environment