General information

Job Title
Transmission & Driveline Manager
Ref #
Friday, February 24, 2023
United Kingdom
Business area
Product Development
Position level
E - Management
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 manage the Transmission & Driveline team within Engineering Powertrain.

Principal Accountabilities
  • Technical responsibility and detailed component and sub-system knowledge for all high-performance transmission components and sub-systems. 
  • Responsible for engineering resource task allocation/prioritisation, recruitment, appraisal and performance management. 
  • Lead the transmission team in the management of internal technical design and analysis teams and external engineering organisations and suppliers to deliver to defined technical specifications in line with the Powertrain & Vehicle programme timing. 
  • Lead the transmission team in the management and delivery of component and sub-system BOM, specifications, FMEAs and DVP and also cost, timing and quality targets. (in coordination with purchasing and SQE team) 
  • Support the function safety manager/controls team in the compliancy of the ISO26262 standard 
  • Lead the technical assessment, integration and application of appropriate Powertrain technology. 
  • Support vehicle programme attribute owners with respect to development and reporting. 
  • Ensure the components interface seamlessly to the wider car including structural interfaces, aerodynamics and cooling systems. 
  • Establish and control design release in line with ETRS requirements 
  • Lead the transmission team in the execution and evaluation of results of component testing and to support powertrain & vehicle development activities and vehicle manufacturing, launch & planning. 
  • Preparation and presentation of material to support external and internal project status reviews.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
  • A high level of technical knowledge & experience of transmission & driveline design, test & production.   
  • Experience in the definition/simulation of a transmission hydraulic system 
  • Experience in transmission controls system 
  • Experience in NVH analysis and measurements 
  • Experienced in OEM or tier one component delivery 
  • Component & system design within an APQP or similar framework including FMEA, component planning and PPAP 
  • CAE basic knowledge to support basic in house analysis like structural and crash analysis. 
  • CATIA V5 2D/3D skills preferred with strong GD&T application experience  
  • PC literate and at ease with MS Office products.                                                      
  • Management skills to lead a team of engineers
Personal Attributes
  • A passion for high performance powertrain engineering. 
  • Adopts a creative & thoughtful approach to concept design and solving engineering problems with good attention to detail. 
  • Excellent feasibility assessment skills including design for manufacture and DFMEA input 
  • A positive, proactive attitude with a high level of self motivation to deliver excellence. 
  • 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. 
  • Ability to communicate clearly with design and development groups 
  • Excellent communicator and ability to lead a small, focused team 
  • Ambitious, and self reliant - intrinsically self motivated. 
  • Good team skills, willingness to work cross-functionally with excellent communication skills.