General information

Job Title
Principal Engineer - E/E Lead Architect
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 and Electronic Architecture, embedding cutting-edge technologies such as 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, fine Chassis controls, luxury Body/Comfort systems, advanced HMI, state-of-the-art ADAS and Connectivity systems.

The Lead E/E Architect oversees the successfully delivery of the E/E hardware and software Architecture of McLaren Automotive vehicles.

With visibility and accountability for the function and performance of all systems and platforms on a vehicle programme, the Lead E/E Architect is responsible for the design and implementation of the whole-vehicle E/E architecture, systems interactions, and distributed functionality.

Principal Accountabilities

  •  Define the feature implementation plan (FIP) with support from the programme management team.
  • Create the Software Platform plan for the programme & cascade requirements for feature implementation, software maturity & timing to the software engineers & module owners. Ensure robust feedback on the feasibility of the plan from all stakeholders and that any dependencies (e.g. ARXML release / hardware / test property timing) are well understood.
  • E/E System design lead for the vehicle. Working with the E/E Systems Engineers for each domain, ensure that the systems are technically compatible across the vehicle & that the vehicle attribute requirements will be met. Work with Preevision team to ensure that ARXML release timing & content will support the software plan.
  • With support from VLM, monitor functional implementation & timing to ensure each platform remains on track to the agreed software maturity & FIP. Responsible to ensure that each platform is technically compatible, advising on the impact of any late / incomplete deliveries & finding a solution to support the customers of that platform.
  • Coordinate with Lead Validation Engineer to ensure stress testing and the relevant functional attributes are assessed at each milestone.
  • Work with the programme Lead Validation Engineer to identify key technical risks & priority fix tickets. Actively monitor delivery of these key fixes into the next platform. Create platform critical issues dashboards & ensure these are closed.
  • Lead system level issue root cause analysis (from field, vehicle DVP, MPC & Aftersales), pulling cross-functional teams together to solve difficult issues.
  • Manages Software Change Requests - complete full impact analysis to identify required changes. Work with VLM to agree the change & target implementation timing with the programme manager.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering or a related field
  • Comprehensive problem-solving experience in the automotive domain, including data interrogation
  • Software & Electronics experience (diagnostic standards: ISO-14229 (UDS), ISO-15765 (DoCAN), ISO-13400 (DoIP), SAE-J2012 (DTC Definitions), ISO-22901 (ODX) in automotive.
  • Body/Chassis/Powertrain Software design experience for automotive applications.
  • Automotive market trend knowledge and experience of project development (e.g. timing vs desired goal).
  • Degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering or a related field
  • Knowledge of automotive communication protocols, Ethernet CAN, LIN
  • Experience with project/issue tracking tools such as Mantis or Jira
Desirable Skills and Experience:
  • SAP Engineering Record and Billing of Materials creation and management for automotive applications.
  • Indirect report management
  • Experience with project/issue tracking tools such a Jira
  • IBM Doors

Personal Attributes

  • Excellent indirect management skills of wider team
  • Self-motivated, and ability to work as a team leader.
  • Promote cross functional team working and collaboration between departments.
  • Conscientious and attention to quality, reliability and safety.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent personal workload management.
  • Flexible approach to working hours.
  • Driving Licence