General information

Job Title
Senior Vehicle Dynamics Engineer
Ref #
Friday, January 6, 2023
Business area
Product Development
Body, Attribute & Testing
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

This role involves leading the definition, development and validation of Vehicle Dynamics programmes in McLaren vehicles. The role involves the simulation, modelling, testing, tuning and validation of suspension, steering, active aero, tyres and vehicle performance attributes to deliver the high-level vehicle characteristics targets. The Senior Engineer is responsible for defining and managing the budget and plan as well as having technical responsibility for delivering the vehicle attributes.

Principal Accountabilities
  • Defining attribute targets based on Marketing and vehicle roadmaps
  • Defining and managing Attribute plan with vehicle development to ensure all attributes achieve sign off at the appropriate point in the program
  • Define and manage budget to deliver the attributes
  • Collaborate with the Vehicle Dynamics CAE team to define component level and translate onto vehicle level KPI’s 
  • Model and simulate “virtual” vehicle to ensure targets and correctly defined and hardware and software specification can deliver them
  • Define and carry out vehicle testing plan to tune/calibrate dynamic systems on the vehicle
  • Define and lead all tuning activities related to the above-mentioned systems.
  • Understand and resolve issues that arise during development process
  • Tracking and reporting on vehicle project status
  • Follow testing activities on track for Dynamics systems
  • Coordinate and manage integration in multi-department activities that affect the Dynamics attribute
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
  • Proven record of defining, developing and delivering vehicle dynamics attribute for other OEM. Minimum 5 years of appropriate automotive product development experience
  • Excellent knowledge of vehicle dynamics
  • Excellent knowledge of suspension and steering systems
  • Desirable knowledge on E-Diff, TV and AWD systems
  • Excellent knowledge of chassis hardware systems (i.e. steering, suspension, tyres etc.)
  • Proven driving skills for high performance vehicle
  • Competent user of Matlab, Simulink and experience with ADAMS car
  • Good skills in managing testing plan
  • Good knowledge of control system design and tuning
  • Good knowledge of validation, verification and testing process
  • Good knowledge of data logging and calibration systems 
  • Good knowledge of objective maneuvers driving and subjective vehicle evaluation
  • Model based controls application/development is a very good plus
Personal Attributes
  • “Can do” approach, “out-of-box” thinking, excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to operate within a team environment (team spirit) are vital requirements to succeed in this role;
  • Proactive collaboration with all other units in Automotive;
  • Creativity and ability to develop ideas from first principle together with independency and intrinsically self-motivation;
  • Quantitative rigor and an inquisitive outlook to prove design solutions;
  • Delivery focused
  • Self-motivated to deliver excellence with flexible attitude to working hours;
  • Capable of representing a world class automotive brand;
  • Able to analyse business requirements and technical specifications, and design solutions with high performance in mind;
  • Works well under strict time pressure
  • Produces work of a high standard; 
  • Escalates technical issues in a timely fashion; 
  • Must be a fast learner. Be able to come up to speed on new applications and technology in a very short amount of time; 
  • Ability to communicate (written and oral) technical issues to a non-technical, business audience; 
  • Must be detail oriented, with strong analytical skills and problem solving skills; 
  • High degree of self-motivation. Must be able to plan and execute work both independently and as a team member.