General information

Job Title
Senior Design Engineer - Cooling Systems
Ref #
Monday, March 13, 2023
United Kingdom
Business area
Product Development
Propulsion Systems
Position level
G - Qualified Senior
Working time
Full Time
Contract type
Working pattern
8:30am - 5:30pm 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

Responsible for leading integration, 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 Cooling System including:
    • Water Glycol High and Low Temp Circuits
    • Hybrid Cooling (including Dielectric Circuit)
    • Heat Exchangers and Fans
    • Expansion Tanks
    • Pipes & Hoses
    • Brackets and Mountings

  • Working 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 solutions 
  • 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.
  • Review and manage the opening and closure of design concerns
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
  • You are an excellent CATIA V5 user with 2D/3D skills and strong GD&T application experience - high CATIA user proficiency a must!
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in aforementioned Cooling system component design, packaging & release.
  • Detailed knowledge of materials & manufacturing processes employed.
  • 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 PPA
  • Good Quality Mechanical or Automotive Engineering Degree 2:1 or above, or equivalent qualification.
Personal Attributes
  • Minimum 5 years automotive design and development experience.
  • Proven track record of relevant Powertrain component & system design
  • Excellent design and development knowledge
  • Adopts a creative & thoughtful approach to concept design and solving engineering problems (e.g. 8D or PPS) with good attention to detail.
  • 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).
  • Ability to communicate clearly with design and development groups
  • Well organised, delivery focused – with demonstrable record of on-time delivery
  • Good team skills, flexibility and willingness to work cross-functionally
  • An ability to deliver under pressure with an appetite for success.
  • A passion for high performance Powertrain engineering.
  • A positive, proactive attitude, self-reliant with a high level of self-motivation.
  • An engaging mind, open to new problems outside their normal comfort zone.
  • A willingness to engage in debate and discussion.
  • Empathy, a willingness to listen and see others’ points of view