General information

Job Title
Transmission & Driveline Senior Engineer
Ref #
Friday, July 1, 2022
United Kingdom
Business area
Product Development
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

Reporting to the Principal Engineer in Transmission & Driveline, the Senior Engineer will be working to develop, engineer, integrate & deliver, from concept to series-development, Driveline Components (DLDs/DMF, K0 Clutch, Driveshafts, etc.), ensuring delivery of the programme requirements (cost, timing, performance / function / attributes).

They should have a “Cradle to Grave” approach – working within a cross functional team from R&D stage, through concept, design release, production launch and series production support to collectively deliver the whole vehicle specification targets.

Principal Accountabilities
  • Ownership and delivery of all driveline components
  • Support to driveline component modelling, simulation and analysis (where required)
  • Supplier management of all driveline components
  • Responsible for the creation and delivery of complex driveline systems that will deliver to McLaren attribute targets.
  • Guarantee driveline component integration and delivery to all vehicle projects– to specification, on time and on budget.
  • Understands and supports the package constraints for driveline components.
  • Working with the McLaren Propulsion design team, driveline component suppliers, concept teams & DMU to ensure the driveline components meet technical and package targets and to deliver detailed designs on time to predetermined quality, cost and weight targets, within DFM requirements
  • Establish links with external organisations (such as universities, research organisations, etc.) on collaborative research projects that will help McLaren deliver innovation in driveline technologies where appropriate.
  • Working within, and influencing, the Vehicle Programme & Engineering Management teams to guarantee that the Propulsion department responsibilities collectively deliver the whole vehicle specification targets.
  • Ensure design solutions deliver systems that meet attribute targets in NVH, thermal, durability, visibility & performance related attributes.
  • Working with Supply Chain Management to ensure delivery of driveline components are on schedule for all phases of prototype, pilot, pre-production and production build.
  • Preparation and presentation of material to support external and internal project status reviews
  • Provide support on driveline component technical risk management to ensure project delivery, optimised vehicle performance and delivery of Propulsion system attributes.
  • Guarantee driveline component ownership and delivery to the specific vehicle programme requirements including:
    • Component Specification which specifies integration requirements for driveline components
    • Support management of driveline component development budgets & expenditure
    • Planning, timing & delivery including design, release, ECR in line with ETRS requirements, development and validation plans
    • BOM management & tracking
    • Robust concerns resolution
    • Delivery of driveline components in line with MDP (McLaren Development Process)
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
  • Detailed driveline knowledge and technical experience
    • Attribute delivery/support
    • Managing design releases
    • Authoring specifications
    • Generating & tracking DVPs
    • Authoring DFMEAs
    • Issue containment & resolution process (8D Practical Problem Solving)
    • DFM plans at a vehicle level
  • Experience in OEM or tier one component delivery
  • Technical knowledge & experience of transmission & driveline design, test & production
  • Strong GD&T application experience
  • Component & system design within an APQP or similar framework including FMEA, component planning and PPAP
  • Understanding of Functional Safety relevant to transmission and driveline systems
  • Experience in component release management
  • Experience of high and niche vehicle (low volume) programmes
  • PC literate and at ease with MS Office products.
  • CAD design skills (2D and 3D authoring), preferably with CATIA V5, is advantageous
  • Experience in NVH analysis and measurements is advantageous
Personal Attributes
  • A passion for high performance powertrain engineering.
  • 5 years (or more) automotive design and development experience
  • Good team skills, willingness to work cross-functionally with excellent communication skills.
  • 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.
  • Well organised and delivery focused – with demonstrable track record of on-time delivery.
  • 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 interact in a small, focused team
  • An ability to deliver under pressure with an appetite for measured success
  • Capable of representing a world class automotive brand