Job Title
Principal Engineer - Powertrain Controls - Emissions & Efficiency
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Date posted
Tuesday, May 2, 2023
United Kingdom
Business area
Electrical & Controls - Software
Position level
F - Principal / Senior
Working time
Full Time
Contract type
Working pattern
8:30am - 5:30pm Monday to Friday

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 Principal Engineer is responsible for developing process, tools, software, and calibration to deliver Emissions and Efficiency attributes. These attributes include engine start ability, compliance with worldwide emissions regulations and achieving best in class vehicle efficiency in terms of CO2 and EV range.

The principal engineer is fully responsible for technical delivery of the team for all projects and has line management and supplier management responsibilities.

Principal Accountabilities
  • The Expert in the business on the Emissions and Efficiency topics. This includes knowledge of applicable legislation, pollutants formation principles, software control strategies and the calibration activities associated.
  • Support attribute target setting via the development and usage of simulation tools, gathering of intelligence on current and upcoming legislation and supporting proof of concept activities
  • Line management responsibility for a team of 3 engineers.  Includes technical leadership, mentoring and developing their team, workload allocation & planning.  
  • Collaborate with the Powertrain Design team to define hardware architecture to support the delivery of our attributes
  • Collaborate with Suppliers, Controls & Electrical Architecture teams to define software requirements which will deliver competitive performance and achieve programme cost/timing/quality targets.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
  • Engineering Degree 2:1 or above in Mechanical, Controls, Mechanical or Automotive.
  • Deep knowledge of Engine, Hybrid systems and Controls fundamentals
  • Knowledge of Bosch Engine Management Systems
  • Deep Knowledge of Calibration tools like ETA INCA/MDA, AVL Concerto
  • Deep knowledge of Matlab / Simulink use
  • Knowledge of approaches & techniques required to achieve compliance to industry standards for functional safety, diagnostics & software development
  • Full Driving licence
  • Automotive experience, with excellent understanding of vehicle product development processes
Personal Attributes
  • Conscientious with excellent attention to detail for quality, reliability, and safety
  • Self-motivated, pro-active in anticipating & addressing potential problems
  • Proven personal and team workload management skills
  • Collaborative, working effectively across teams & departments to deliver on time & to quality.
  • Long term view on enhancing customer value through software development processes.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Flexible attitude to working hours