General information

Job Title
Senior Electric Drive Controls Engineer
Ref #
Monday, October 11, 2021
United Kingdom
Business area
Product Development
Powertrain Hybrid
Position level
Qualified 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

To specify, design, engineer & deliver, from concept to series-development, Electric Drive Control (EDC) systems ensuring they fulfil all the programme requirements (cost, timing, performance / function / attributes). EDC includes areas of software/control systems content in dedicated embedded controllers and other Electric Drive Components such as the DC/DC converter, Chargers and any other ECUs within the Electric Drive System. EDC also includes critical areas such as design via simulation using CAE tools closely working with the Propulsion CAE team and Functional Safety (ISO 26262) closely working with the Vehicle Controls Department.

Principal Accountabilities

·        Guarantee EDC delivery to all vehicle projects– to specification, on time and on budget. This will include leading EDC project leads or project engineers to deliver to programme requirements.

·        Influencing future EDC strategy and supporting Head of Electric Drive Technology in technology roadmaps and attributes.

·        Establish links with external organisations such as universities, research organisations, etc. on collaborative research projects that will help McLaren deliver innovation in EDC technologies where appropriate. This would include research projects with universities or other like-minded organisations collaborating with the Engineering Manager of EDC and Head of Electric Drive Technology to exploit such opportunities.

·        Working with Supply Chain Management to ensure delivery of the EDC on schedule for all phases of prototype, pilot, pre-production and production build.

·        Working with the Controls Department to ensure delivery of ISO 26262 requirements and platform software deliveries for all phases of the vehicle programmes.

·        Working with the Propulsion CAE group to develop, verify and validate electric drive systems architectures, component duty cycles and other support functions such as generation of the component durability reference duty cycle (RDC) as appropriate.

·        Preparation and presentation of material to support external and internal project status reviews

·        Provide support on EDC technical risk management to ensure project delivery, optimised vehicle performance and delivery of electric drive system attributes.

·        Guarantee EDC ownership and delivery to the specific vehicle programme requirements including:

o   Electric Drive Simulation tools – development, maintenance and verification of models and libraries

o   ISO 26262 coordination within the EDC components

o   Electric Drive Control Specification through DOORs which specifies control requirements for the EDSU, BMS, MCU and any other EDC components.

o   EDC FMEAs, and test specifications within MiL (Model in the Loop) and/or SiL (Software in the Loop) environments

o   EDC budgets & expenditure including setting tool chain budgets

o   EDC planning, timing & delivery including design, platform release, development and validation plans

o   Robust concerns resolution 

o   Vehicle build & development support

o   Delivery of EDC for all projects in line with MDP (McLaren Development Process) and that Project Management KPIs are on track        


Knowledge, Skills and Experience

·        A high level of technical knowledge & experience of EDC design, test & production delivery

·        Design / implementation of EDC embedded systems such as Battery Management Systems (BMS), Motor Control Unit (MCU), Electric Drive Supervisory Unit (EDSU), Grid Charging Control/Manage, DC/DC, communication protocols, software, control architectures, diagnostics, functional safety, etc.

·        Good understanding of HV system

·        Detailed understanding of Control Systems, Simulation modelling and techniques

·        Experience of testing with MiL, SiL,  HiL (Hardware in the Loop) and Rig systems would be beneficial.

·        Experience of executing EDC DVPs, FMEA

·        Design / implementation experience of vehicle embedded systems would be beneficial, notably:

o   System requirements capture (using tools such as DOORs, etc.)

o   Software design to MISRA guidelines (C or equivalent)

o   Communication protocols (CAN, LIN etc.)

o   Autocoding knowledge from Model-Based designs

o   Diagnostics implementation and validation

o   Software architecture, ideally including use of the VECTOR tool chain.

o   Vehicle data logging, calibration and data analysis using INCA, Vector CANAPE or similar.

o   Vehicle powertrain and/or power-electrical simulations, particularly driveline, emissions and performance-analysis simulations (ideally in Matlab / Simulink)

·        Design / implementation high or low voltage electrical distribution systems within the EDC.

·        Familar with tools from software, to rig and/or in-vehicle testing, calibrating, diagnosing, logging and data analysing.

·        PC literate and at ease with MS Office products.                                                                                                                                                          

·        Experienced in OEM or tier one EDC delivery


Personal Attributes

·        Technical proficiency in high performance EDC engineering

·        Good team skills, willingness to work cross-functionally with excellent communication skills.

·        5 years automotive design and development experience

·        Excellent systems design and development knowledge

·        Experience in component release management and problem solving.

·        Experience of high and niche vehicle (low volume) programmes

·        An ability to deliver under pressure with an appetite for measured success.

·        A passion for high performance EDC engineering.

·        Collaborative working with ESS (Energy Storage Systems), EDS (Electric Drive Systems) teams to deliver world class Electric Drive Control Systems, i.e. with ESS on BMS requirements and delivery, with HES on MCU and other HES component requirements and delivery.

·        A positive, proactive attitude with a high level of self motivation to deliver excellence.

·        Ambitious and self reliant - intrinsically self motivated.

·        Well organised and delivery focused – with demonstrable track record of on-time delivery.

·        Capable of representing a world class automotive brand