General information

Job Title
Systems Engineer, High Voltage Energy Storage Systems (HV ESS)
Ref #
Wednesday, June 29, 2022
United Kingdom
Business area
Product Development
Position level
H - Qualified
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 ensure McLaren Automotive continues to be at the forefront of the Automotive market, we are looking for a Systems Engineer to join our Propulsion department to design, engineer and deliver, from concept to series-development, High Voltage Energy Storage Systems (HV ESS), ensuring they fulfil all programme requirements of cost, timing and performance attributes.

Principal Accountabilities

  • ESS ownership and delivery to vehicle project requirements of quality, cost and weight, on time and on budget
  • Manage ESS design releases, technical specifications, DFMEAs, DVPs and Quality Concern Resolution
  • Ensure ESS integrates with other Electric Drive Systems (EDS) using aligned technical specifications
  • Ensure ESS design solutions deliver systems that meet attribute targets in NVH, thermal, durability and performance (power, emissions and response)
  • Work with ESS design engineers, ESS suppliers and concept teams to achieve efficient, innovative and lightweight designs. As well as seamless integration into the wider vehicle, including structural interfaces
  • Support Propulsion CAE teams with ESS simulation activities
  • ESS supplier management
  • ESS BOM management and tracking
  • Work with supply chain management to ensure delivery of the ESS on schedule for all phases of prototype, pilot, pre-production and production builds
  • Support vehicle build and development activities
  • Support cell, module and pack level testing to facilitate data gathering and analysis
  • Working within and influencing the vehicle programme and engineering management teams to guarantee that the Propulsion department collectively delivers the whole vehicle specification targets
  • Delivery of ESS for all projects in line with MDP (McLaren Development Process) and that project management KPIs are on track
  • Preparation and presentation of material to support external and internal project status reviews
  • Support project and engineering management with ESS development budgets and expenditure
  • Provide support on ESS technical risk management to ensure project delivery, optimised vehicle performance and delivery of electric drive system attributes
  • Support links with external organisations such as universities, research organisations or other like minded organisations on collaborative research projects that will help McLaren deliver innovation in ESS technologies
  • Support testing with HiL (Hardware in the Loop) and rig systems to prove integration quality
  • Design and implementation of high and low voltage electrical systems within the ESS
Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • A high level of technical knowledge and experience of high performance ESS design and development, including cooling, EE and structural systems
  • Good understanding of Li-Ion technologies, Ultra/Supercapacitor storage solutions, Functional Safety and High Voltage Switchgear design
  • Understanding of ESS embedded systems such as Battery Management System (BMS)
  • Experience of ESS design verification plans and testing, inc. certification and homolgation tests
  • Experience in component release management and problem solving
  • Experience of executing ESS FMEA and DFM plans
  • Good CATIA V5 2D/3D skills with GD&T application experience                
  • Experienced in OEM or tier one component delivery
Personal Attributes

  • Automotive design and development experience
  • A passion for high performance ESS engineering
  • Good team skills and a willingness to work cross-functionally with excellent communication
  • An ability to deliver under pressure with an appetite for measured success
  • Collaborative working to deliver world class Electric Drive Systems
  • A positive, proactive attitude with a high level of self motivation to deliver excellence
  • Ambitious and self reliant
  • Well organised and delivery focused – with demonstrable track record of on-time delivery
  • Experience of high and niche vehicle (low volume) programmes
  • Capable of representing a world class automotive brand
  • PC literate and at ease with MS Office products