General information

Job Title
Senior Design Engineer – Cooling Systems
Ref #
Tuesday, January 18, 2022
United Kingdom
Business area
Product Development
Powertrain Hybrid
Contract type

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

Responsible for leading packaging, detailed design & release of Cooling Systems on all vehicle projects, from concept to production ensuring the design supports vehicle level requirements and system technical specifications.

Principal Accountabilities
  • Design ownership of Colling System including:
- Water Glycol High and Low Temp Circuits
- Hybrid Colling (including Dielectic Circuit)
- Heat Exchangers and Fans 
- Expansion Tanks
- Pipes & Hoses
  • Work alongside system project engineers to package the aforementioned systems on new powertrain architecture and installations, progressing concepts through to executing detailed designs for prototype and production release and manufacture.
  • Understands and supports the package constraints for the components.  Designing in context of the vehicle package to ensure a robust whole vehicle solution.
  • Working with suppliers, Concept teams & DMU to ensure components and systems meet technical and package targets and to deliver detailed designs on time to predetermined quality, cost and weight targets, within DFM requirements.
  • Ensures design solutions are optimised to support vehicle assembly & service requirements
  • Works with other team members to develop component and system specifications.
  • Works with the other designers and the component supplier to achieve efficient, innovative and lightweight designs.
  • Works alongside attribute teams to deliver systems that meet NVH, thermal, durability, visibility requirements & performance related attributes (power, emissions, Response).
  • Understands system & component requirements
  • Ensures the components interface seamlessly to the wider car including structural interfaces & body panels.
  • Chair cross functional design reviews
  • Establish and control design release, ECR/ECN in line with ETRS requirements
  • Support and evaluate results of component testing
  • Support powertrain & vehicle development activities
  • Support vehicle manufacturing
  • Support Technical Specification, DFMEA & DVP activities.
  • Preparation and presentation of material to support external and internal project status reviews
  • BOM definition and management to include leading cost & weight reduction initiatives to deliver targets.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

·    Experience in aforementioned Cooling system component design, packaging & release.

·    Detailed knowledge of materials & manufacturing processes employed.

·    Excellent CATIA V5 2D/3D skills with strong GD&T application experience.                                               

·    PC literate and at ease with MS Office products.                                                                                                                        

·    Experienced in OEM or tier one component & System design.

·    Good understanding of component & system design within an APQP or similar framework including FMEA, component planning and PPAP

Qualifications and Training

Good Quality Mechanical or Automotive Engineering Degree 2:1 or above, or equivalent qualification.

Personal Attributes
  • Core Technical Skills
    • 5 years automotive design and development experience.
    • Proven track record of relevant Powertrain component & system design
    • Excellent design and development knowledge

o   Adopts a creative & thoughtful approach to concept design and solving engineering problems (e.g. 8D or PPS) with good attention to detail.

o   Excellent feasibility assessment skills including design for manufacture and DFMEA input

    • Experience in component release, BOM management and problem solving (e.g. 8D or PPS).

o   Well organised, delivery focused – with demonstrable record of on-time delivery

o   Good team skills, flexibility and willingness to work cross-functionally

  • Personal Attitude

o   A passion for high performance Powertrain engineering.

o   A positive, proactive attitude, self-reliant with a high level of self-motivation.

o   An engaging mind, open to new problems outside their normal comfort zone.

o   A willingness to engage in debate and discussion.

o   Empathy, a willingness to listen and see others’ points of view.