General information

Job Title
Head of EE Architecture
Ref #
Friday, May 26, 2023
United Kingdom
Business area
Electrical & Controls - Software
Position level
C - Head of Department
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

To lead the EE Architecture Team, responsible for  EE Architecture strategy, Electrical Systems design & whole vehicle software integration across all the vehicle projects (Sport, Super and Ultimate lines).  

This role works closely with the other “Heads of” within the Electrical Systems and Software & EE Architecture teams  to deliver high quality features that meet customer expectations.

Principal Accountabilities
  • Deliver high quality system design specifications & ECU extracts for all the vehicle projects in accordance with the McLaren Development Process and the ISO26262 requirements.  
  • Drive a design-led  approach to systems engineering, with appropriate analysis conducted to define system behaviour, derive functional requirements & evaluate alternative system design concepts.
  • Lead the creation of feature implementation & Software Platform plans for each programme.  Ensure these are actively managed, keeping each platform on track & meeting its customers needs.  Actively manage software development risk, prioritising specific validation / issue resolution actions as appropriate.
  • Lead the standardisation, documentation & development of Software and Electronics processes, as well as the optimisation of EE Architecture related processes.
  • Define the budget for all EE Architecture activities, in collaboration with all the project Vehicle Line Managers.   
  • Define the required EE Architecture organisation & internal / external strategy to support all projects.  Select suitable external engineering partners & manage their delivery to achieve project milestones. 
  • Monitor the future trends for electrical architecture & design methodologies / tools.   Own the McLaren technical roadmap for electrical architecture. 
  • Lead the contribution of the systems & software teams to all relevant PD technical roadmaps. 
  • Develop the team member’s skills and experience, encouraging job rotations and exposure to all the activities/workplaces, and managing the multi-site requirements (e.g., Idiada/Woking).   
Knowledge, Skills and Experience

Business Knowledge

  • Proven leadership skills in Automotive systems design, experience of managing a large team.
  • Successful delivery of several complex whole vehicle software projects. Able to confidently manage project execution & risk.

Automotive market trends knowledge, experience of business model development (e.g. make or buy).

Essential Functional / Technical Skills

  • Deep experience of system definition, system architecture development, requirements specification, design/performance modelling, systems integration, system assessment and acceptance.
  • Automotive engineering experience in EE architecture network design, with good knowledge of the LIN, CAN, CAN FD & Ethernet standards.
  • Experience working with AUTOSAR standards, & developing products in line with Functional Safety and Cybersecurity standards.
  • Technical leadership skills - recognised by a wide development team as the reference point for any complex cross-functional issues.
  • Degree in an Electrical or Electronics engineering, 2:1 or above.

Personal Attributes
  • High quality mindset, attention to detail in reliability & safety.
  • Strong collaboration skills. Actively promotes cross functional team working & the most efficient solution for the business even if it means more workload in his/her team.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent personal workload management
  • Flexible approach to working hours/ business trips
  • Driving License