General information

Job Title
Principal Passive Safety Engineer
Ref #
Friday, July 1, 2022
United Kingdom
Business area
Product Development
Body & Chassis Passive Safety
Position level
F - Principal / Senior
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

The Passive Safety Principal Engineer must find and validate passive safety design solutions on certain future McLaren road vehicles, for all world regions.

The Principal Engineer is accountable for achieving acceptable Passive Safety performance in vehicle crash tests for a major vehicle programme. The Principal Engineer sets crash targets for the programme and then leads solutions to the design of componentry and systems which result in a vehicle that is capable of achieving legal and internal standards for occupant, pedestrian, and structural requirements in crash events.

The Principal engineer is then responsible for planning and executing the crash testing programme, including nomination and management of supplier and budgets, and for preparing and executing the tests.

At this exciting moment in McLaren's history, the number of new programmes is growing rapidly on the back of ongoing success in the marketplace. McLaren vehicles are consistently lighter than their competitors and employ cutting-edge materials technology. In this context, the Passive Safety department must employ exceptional technical understanding to create innovative solutions and approaches to keep McLaren road cars at the forefront of Passive Safety performance.

This role reports to the Passive Safety Manager. The individual will be expected to supervise and assist other members of the team and will have line management responsibility for a Senior or Qualified Engineer.

Principal Accountabilities
Ownership of Passive Safety performance for one significant vehicle programme, including the following responsibilities:
  • Accountable to successfully achieve the Passive Safety attribute targets including Passive Safety relevant legislation. The duration of this responsibility is from concept to vehicle sign off.
  • Single point of contact for programme leadership and meetings just for this programme.
  • Report and present to senior stakeholders, such as programme management and chief engineer, when called upon in attribute meetings or programme meetings.
  • Set the passive safety targets for this vehicle programme, with the assistance and approval of the Passive Safety Manager.
  • Guide function group conceptual design to achieve passive safety targets.
  • Perform proof-of-concept tests where required to prove out novel or risky designs.
  • Author and maintain passive safety test timing plan, and report through programme DVP.
  • Manage preparation and execution of vehicle tests.
  • Attend vehicle and rig crash tests at supplier site, with authority to represent McLaren.
  • Ensure all vehicles and other test material used is representative of design intent, fit for purpose and agreed with organisational stakeholders.
  • Organise workshop technician support to ensure that all vehicle re-builds, parts and teardowns are done to high standards.
  • Work with external test partners to ensure all testing conforms to company procedures, industry best practice and global regulations.
  • Perform post-analysis of Passive Safety test data for adherence to target and advise on any departure from expected performance.
  • Raise engineering issue documentation if concerns are found during this activity.
  • Close Passive Safety issues through pro-actively leading multi-functional engineering teams, the CAE group, and other attribute team leaders to establish root cause and solutions to engineering issues.
  • Prepare gateway status slides. Presentation of the Passive Safety attribute at the programme gateway will be by the Passive Safety Manager.

Coaching and Development

  • Responsible for coaching and developing a Passive Safety Senior or Qualified Engineer. Responsibility for resource management and planning rests with the Passive Safety Manager.

Subject Matter Expert for a Passive Safety sub-attribute, such as Pedestrian Impact, or Body and Seat Strength.
  • Create Passive Safety design guides and component technical specifications (MTS) for this area of expertise.
  • Support running changes (Series department) and personalisation projects (MSO department) with advice on Passive Safety implications, when requested by these departments.
  • Write test specifications for all Passive Safety tests related to this Passive Safety Sub-attribute.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
  • An engineering graduate with an Bachelors Degree (or equivalent) of minimum 2.1 classification.
  • Advantageous, but not a requirement: Masters Degree (or equivalent) with specialisation in structural, materials, simulation or crash research.
  • Proven expertise in any of the Passive Safety technical fields.
  • Proficiency in multiple languages would be welcome.
Personal Attributes

  • Willing to travel to test houses and suppliers as required (estimate 25% travelling)
  • Self-motivated to deliver excellence.
  • Able to work well under pressure.
  • Delivery focussed with demonstrable track record of on-time delivery.
  • Detail orientated with a good sense of initiative and intuition.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • A willingness to take ownership of problems and a determination to see things to completion.
  • Excellent, assertive communicator with the ability to influence development.
  • Capable of representing a world class automotive brand at a supplier test house.
  • Able to interpret and present information in a concise manner.
  • Flexible with the ability to prioritise and multitask effectively.
  • Willing to undertake extra responsibility and develop within McLaren.
  • Able to plan, organise and integrate activities across a team for multiple projects.
  • Forward thinker, able to envision and execute long term strategies.
  • ·Ability to identify and implement new and improved procedures.

We also take into account the following personal attributes:

  • Clarity: Clear thought process; a highly organised mind; and the ability to communicate concisely.
  • Aptitude: the capability to deeply analyse bringing new insights; and the ability to think on their feet.
  • Impression: confident and collaborative.
  • Nature: Instinctively curious; resilient to set backs; and always behaving with integrity.
  • Approach: Motivated by the challenge; technically brave; personally self-driven; and relentlessly positive.