General information

Job Title
Project Engineer - Switches
Ref #
Friday, October 28, 2022
United Kingdom
Business area
Product Development
Electrical & Controls - Vehicle Engineering
Position level
H - Qualified
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

As Switches Project Engineer you will be responsible for development and delivery of state-of-the-art switches for current and future McLaren road cars.

As part of the Cockpit Electronics team you will be responsible for the specification, development, test, and delivery of all interior switches. This includes developing system requirements, supplier management, test case and procedure creation, manual test execution, as well as supporting the Principal Engineer – Cockpit Electronics & Infotainment and Cockpit Electronics Manager in proof-of-concept development and business reviews.

The position requires a highly motivated and hands-on team player with an exceptional attention to detail, diligence, and a positive attitude. The fast-paced development and bespoke target platform provide a challenging environment suited to an engineer who can quickly develop skills in new areas and liaise with other engineers within a multidisciplinary team.

Our customers expect high standards, and we require staff capable of meeting such demands.

Principal Accountabilities
  • Assist with the management of suppliers
  • Leading the development of the roadmap for the future switches in McLaren road cars
  • Write detailed system specifications for all switches
  • Lead integration of switches with the overall vehicle architecture
  • Manage the development of multiple hardware and software suppliers to deliver features on time, on cost, and within quality and functional specifications
  • Report on current activities, software status and issues at a business level
  • Develop and co-ordinate DVP plans for all areas associated with switches software and hardware.
  • Ensure and sign-off launch readiness of features for production
  • Test McLaren road cars with the latest features and content before release.
  • Assist with fault finding and root cause analysis of software and hardware failures
  • Report bugs and create test reports
  • Drive issue resolution with hardware and software suppliers
  • Take responsibility for resolving issues on current production vehicles.
  • Leading the mechanical integration of their components within the vehicle interior
  • Be responsible for the attribute performance of the switches
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
  • Several years of work experience in development and delivery of mechanical, electrical or electronic systems for automotive applications
  • Experience of the Systems Development Lifecycle (V Model); writing system requirements, defining test cases and writing test procedures.
  • Ability to produce formal documentation to a professional standard
  • Be well versed in the creation and maintenance of DFMEA's
  • Organised, systematic and understand the process of fault finding.
  • Familiar with issue tracking tools (Jira, Mantis, Bugzilla etc.)
Personal Attributes
  • Confident and articulate in high pressure scenarios.
  • Pro-active, self-organised and able to work independently with minimum level of supervision
  • Ability to effectively manage time between multiple projects and prioritise
  • Personable and able to manage and exceed expectations of internal customers.
  • Approachable and able to oversee a team of ambitious engineers.
  • Naturally technical. Able to employ fundamental engineering principles.
  • Able to make sound judgements based on balance of risk when data is not available.
  • Attention to detail and dedication to delivering best in class products
  • Willing to travel and work flexible hours when required.
  • A clean driving record and full UK license.
  • Passion for the automotive industry, technology and/or infotainment/cockpit electronics would be advantageous but not essential.
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree (preferably 1st or upper 2nd) in Electronic/Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Telecommunications, Software Engineering or other relevant engineering subject.