General information

Job Title
Principal Engineer - Powertrain E/E Systems Engineering
Ref #
Monday, January 16, 2023
United Kingdom
Business area
Product Development
Electrical & Controls - Software
Position level
F - 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.

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 to the performance of the vehicles and are highly influential to our customers perception of the quality of our products.

With Artura, McLaren Automotive has introduced a brand new high-performance Zonal Electrical Architecture, embedding cutting-edge technologies such as an Ethernet backbone, Over-The-Air software update, Cybersecurity, and AUTOSAR.

The McLaren E/E Architecture is designed to host complex electronic systems, such as Hybrid Powertrain systems, Chassis controls, luxury Body/Comfort systems, advanced HMI, state-of-the-art ADAS, and Connectivity systems.

Principal Accountabilities
  • Work as the owner and point of contact for all Powertrain System function design and integration into the E/E Architecture.
  • Take ownership of multiple functional areas within the Powertrain Software domain and be responsible for their successful integration and function in all McLaren vehicles.
  • Work closely with the vehicle line Lead Architect to ensure alignment with overall E/E Architecture strategy
  • Co-ordinate with attribute engineers, feature owners, and internal/external software development teams to ensure system optimization and successful integration into the Architecture platform.
  • Ensure compliance with industry regulations and standards related to Powertrain Systems
  • Continuously review and improve processes to increase efficiency and effectiveness
  • Provide regular updates and progress reports to the management team
  • Act as the primary point of contact for all internal and external stakeholders related to Powertrain Systems.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to ensure timely delivery of program milestones and successful integration of Powertrain Systems into the Architecture platform.
  • Continuously stay up-to-date on the latest developments and advancements in the Powertrain Systems domain to ensure the implementation of cutting-edge technology in all McLaren vehicles.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Electrical or Automotive engineering degree 2:1, or above
  • Significant experience of system definition, system architecture development, requirements specification, design/performance modelling, systems integration, system assessment and acceptance
  • Significant experience in applying Systems Engineering and in solving complex technical issues using a structured approach
  • Ability to decompose high level requirements into low level system critical requirement and creation of atomic system requirements
  • Previous experience with automotive network designs (CAN/Ethernet/LIN)
  • Experience in IBM Rational DOORS or similar is essential.
  • Experience in using JIRA or similar is essential.
  • Experience in Model-based Systems Engineering (MBSE) and SysML using Matlab & Dassault Systems (or similar) is preferred.
  • Technical leadership skills are also important, to be recognised by a wide development team as a reference point for the Powertrain system design
Personal Attributes

  • Strong interest in Automotive E/E Architectures and Electronic Controls Systems including market trends
  • Naturally technical, able to employ fundamental engineering principles
  • High self-motivation, willingness to learn and develop
  • Confident and concise communicator ensuring risks and benefits are communicated clearly to higher management
  • 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