General information

Job Title
Principal Safety Electronics Engineer
Ref #
Wednesday, January 4, 2023
United Kingdom
Business area
Product Development
Electrical & Controls - Software
Position level
F - Principal / 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

To join the McLaren Automotive Safety Electronics team to deliver of all vehicle safety systems for all McLaren vehicle platforms. Responsible for planning from the concept phase through to program launch for all Safety Electronics systems, including ADAS (advanced driver assistance systems) and Occupant Restraints.

Agree and deliver program targets, support supplier commercial engagement and program delivery through the project. Working as the part of a small team reporting to the Vehicle Electronics Head of Department you will be required to lead all critical program activities and be the main contact to engage with the architecture team and project management to define and agree the Safety Electronics topology for all McLaren vehicle platforms.

Principal Accountabilities

  • Experience and knowledge of ADAS functionality, safety systems and associated legal requirements.
  • Design & Integration of Automotive electrical systems.
  • Experience Test and integration of vehicle Electronics systems.
  • Generation and approval of detailed specifications.
  • Component standardisation.
  • Lab car and mule development and POC activities.
  • Understanding of Crash testing and FEA simulation.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  •  Team leadership within the automotive industry or similar domain. Experience managing teams.
  • Electronics architecture experience (harness, CAN/LIN protocols, ECUs, sensors) in automotive.
  • Body/Chassis and Software/Hardware experience for automotive applications.
  • Experience of the Supplier Management process.
  • Proven track record of system/component design and delivery within automotive/aerospace/engineering.
  • PC literate and at ease with MS Office products
  • SAP design tools (preferred)
  • Knowledge of Modern Vehicle operating systems (Preferred Safety Electronics)
  • Principal level experience within a Vehicle Electronics design environment. (Preferred Safety Electronics)
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
  • Excited to build on the McLaren legacy