General information

Job Title
Senior 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

Leading the Cooling system technical definition & project / system engineering activities on all vehicle projects, from concept to series-development, ensuring all systems and components fulfil all the programme requirements (performance, attributes, cost & timing).

Responsible ownership of Cooling System including:

  • High and Low Temp Heat Exchangers and Fans
  • High and Low Temp Pipes & Hoses Circuit
  • Dielectric Circuit
  • Expansion Tanks
  • Pumps (electric) and valves
  • Mountings and fixing features
Principal Accountabilities

Working alongside other engineering teams to develop aforementioned systems on new powertrain architecture and installations, progressing concepts through to delivery, detailing the development and manufacture for prototype and production release.

  • Responsibility, technical lead and ownership of aforementioned Cooling systems and components.
  • Responsibility for the delivery of owned systems to specific vehicle programmes.
  • Create and manage Technical Specification, FMEA, DVP, Vehicle / System level test specs.
  • Understanding of industry standards and application within respective Cooling systems and subcomponents.
  • Lead DFM and FMEA activities to support project delivery.           
  • Manage delivery of products to meet Budgets & Expenditure, Timing & Delivery.
  • BOM management & tracking - BOM definition and management to include leading cost & weight reduction initiatives to deliver targets.
  • Chairing key vehicle project meetings advocating a cross-functional approach
  • Supplier liaison & management.
  • Establish and give direction on supply chain and nominations, in association with function group buyers, SQA and logistics
  • Creation and management of Technology Roadmaps
  • Planning, monitoring and execution of project activities to guarantee project delivery in line with MDP and gateway deliverables.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
  • A high level of technical knowledge & experience of Cooling System specification, design, development, testing & production.
  • Min 5 years’ experience and knowledge of Hybrid and BEV Cooling systems a plus.
  • High level of knowledge in all system technical documentations e.g., Tech Specs, FMEA’s, validation planning and delivery.
  • Experienced in Cooling system definition for Automotive applications.
  • Experienced in OEM or tier one component delivery, gateways, and vehicle requirements.
  • Demonstrate experience of component & system design within an APQP or similar framework including FMEA, component planning and PPAP.
Personal Attributes
  • 5 years automotive design and development experience.
  • Proven track record of relevant Powertrain component & system design
  • Excellent Cooling system technical and development knowledge; component and vehicle level.
  • Experience in component release, BOM management, validation and problem solving
  • 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
  • Ability to communicate clearly with other function 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.