General information

Job Title
Senior Electric Drive Development Engineer
Ref #
Tuesday, March 7, 2023
United Kingdom
Business area
Product Development
Powertrain Hybrid
Position level
G - 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 test, validate and calibrate all Electric Drive System/s components within McLaren vehicles. It is expected that the engineer will be able to support testing of both hardware and software aspects of the Electric Drive / Hybrid Systems.

Principal Accountabilities

  • Testing and resolving issues on Electric Drive systems in vehicle applications and/or on development rigs
  • Working with the Electric Drive Controls Department to ensure delivery of ISO 26262 requirements and platform software deliveries for all phases of the vehicle programmes.
  • Supporting Durability testing requirements at vehicles and rigs
  • Supporting calibration of Electric Drive components
  • Be the first point of contact for all Electric Drive development testing activities
  • Fully aware of HV Safety principles and deliver safety requirements through example
  • Preparation and presentation of material to support external and internal project status reviews
  • Provide support on Electric Drive technical risk management to ensure project delivery, optimised vehicle performance and delivery of electric drive system attributes


Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • A good level of technical knowledge & experience of electric/hybrid vehicles and relevant testing
  • Mechanical and Electrical integration of electric drive components in a rig and/or vehicle environments to aid functional and system development
  • Experience of creating quality rig systems for component / system validation purposes
  • Experience of executing DVPs, FMEA, DFMEA
  • Design / implementation experience of vehicle embedded systems, notably:
    • System requirements capture 
    • Communication protocols (CAN, LIN etc.)
    • Diagnostics implementation and validation
    • Software architecture
    • Vehicle data logging, calibration and data analysis using INCA, Vector CANAPE or similar.
  • Design / implementation of high or low voltage electrical distribution systems.
  • Familar with software tools for, rig and/or in-vehicle testing, calibrating, diagnosing, logging and data analysing.
  • PC literate and at ease with MS Office products. 
Personal Attributes

  • Mechanical, Electrical/Electronic or Automotive Engineering Degree preferable
  • Good team skills, willingness to work cross-functionally with excellent communication skills.
  • Capable of working completely independently
  • 1-2 years automotive design and development experience
  • Good systems design and development knowledge preferable
  • Experience in problem solving is essential.
  • Some 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 Hybrid/Electric Drive engineering.
  • A positive, proactive attitude with a high level of self-motivation to deliver excellence.
  • Well organised and delivery focused – with demonstrable track record of on-time delivery.
  • Capable of representing a world class automotive brand