General information

Job Title
User Experience Engineer
Ref #
Thursday, January 5, 2023
United Kingdom
Business area
Product Development
Electrical and Controls - Software
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

Creating yet unthought of user experiences, you will set attribute targets and define the solutions to meet those targets. Targets for each vehicle programme will be influenced by user insights, legislative and technical constraints, product roadmaps and market trends. Delivery against these targets will involve defining experiences through wireframing, workflow diagrams and written specifications. You will collaborate with multiple stakeholders (including ergonomics, vehicle software and infotainment) to ensure the defined experience is delivered and signed off as meeting targets.

Principal Accountabilities

  • For assigned feature sets, own the UX/HMI attributes including defining and delivering:
  • Relevant subjective and objective targets to measure UX performance
  • UI requirements (including UX specifications referencing workflows, layouts/wireframes and content)
  • Voice recognition requirements
  • Mobile application requirements
  • Sound design requirements
  • Benchmarking activity / best practice definition
  • Domain-specific constraints (e.g., legal/market-specific requirements)
  • Reviews of technical alternatives with component owners
  • Feature Roadmaps
  • For an assigned vehicle programme, own the reporting and delivery of the UX attribute in line with programme delivery milestones, including:
  • Maintenance of an attribute delivery plan
  • Providing the content for the attribute to pass programme gateways
  • Communication across UX/HMI feature owners to ensure delivery of content to plan
  • Support of regular programme meetings
  • Ensure UX content satisfies Legislation, Functional Safety and Product Liability in all applicable markets.
  • Support of drive events and engineering sign off
  • Support of required launch content including owners’ manual and dealer training
  • Across all programmes, champion a user-centred design approach and build credibility and capability of the team through:
  • Contribution to continuous improvement of processes
  • Implement and refine chosen UX toolchain
  • Sharing academic, and industry insights and expertise within the team and with relevant stakeholders
  • Managing external suppliers to deliver specialist UX skills

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Wireframing, diagramming and workflow definition
  • Creative thinking and execution demonstrated through a clear thought process and portfolio of work
  • A structured approach to analytical thinking and problem solving
  • Experience designing for accessibility and reduced distraction
  • Strong competence in diagramming and prototyping tools (e.g. Adobe XD, Sketch, Figma, Axure) as well as MS Office Suite.
  • Experience of designing and implementing user experiences for automotive, infotainment or smart eco-system applications
  • Familiarity with automotive UX design constraints
  • Effective communication skills across all company levels and global suppliers
  • A degree in engineering, psychology, information technology, computer science, product design or other relevant discipline
  • Experience working for an automotive OEM directly or via a supplier

Personal Attributes

  • Self-motivated and proactive, with a can-do attitude and the ability to work both as a supportive team member and as a driven individual with minimal supervision
  • Adaptable, quick thinking, decisive, showing strong initiative and self-determination
  • Promote cross functional team working and collaboration between departments to support delivery of challenging projects
  • Conscientious, with a proven eye for detail (quality, reliability and safety) with dedication to deliver best in class products
  • Excellent personal workload management and workforce planning.
  • Excellent communication skills to enable cross-functional working, able to define the requirement and breakdown complex problems
  • Willing to travel and work flexible hours when required
  • Passion for the automotive industry and technology would be advantageous
  • Enthusiasm to embrace change and support creation of new processes as necessary
  • Willing to own and push the boundaries of their core responsibilities
  • A UK vehicle driving license
  • Excited to build on the McLaren legacy