General information

Job Title
Principal Engineer - Series Electronics and TVM
Ref #
Monday, December 12, 2022
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

Leading a team to deliver the technical definition & project / system engineering activities of vehicle components on current production vehicles as part of Total Value Management (TVM) strategy, ensuring all systems and components fulfil all the programme/attribute requirements.

Principal Accountabilities
  • Responsibility for the delivery of engineering TVM across vehicle systems:
    • Update and manage Technical Specification, FMEA, DVP, Vehicle / System level test spec updates, including creation of new technology content as required
    • Supporting delivery of products to meet Budgets & Expenditure, Timing & Delivery  
    • Planning & allocation             
    • BOM management & tracking            
    • Testing & development support including functional builds            
    • Attending key TVM project meetings.
    • Supplier liaison & management
    • Contribute to Technology roadmaps
  • BOM definition and management to include leading cost & weight reduction initiatives to deliver targets.
  • Planning, monitoring and execution of project activities to guarantee project delivery in line with targets & deliverables.
  • Establish and control system design, release, development and validation plans in association with functional experts and in line with technical risk management processes.
  • Establish and give direction on supply chain in association with function group buyers, SQA and logistics to ensure delivery of components to support validation and implementation timing.
  • Ensure manufacturability and compliance with quality standards of all components and systems within the defined BOM (DFA & DFM).
  • Respond to requests for information or specification change with assessment of risk and cost.
  • Co-ordinate DFM and FMEA activities to support project delivery.
  • Preparation and presentation of material to support external and internal project status reviews.
  • Management of suppliers to ensure delivery to required quality & cost in line with project timelines.
  • Facilitate and support vehicle benchmarking, TVM and Perceived Quality events.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
  • Experienced in the delivery of components & system engineering tasks from concept through to production.
  • Experience gained in Automotive OEM or tier one supplier.
  • Experience of component & system design and development within an APQP or similar framework including FMEA, component planning and PPAP.
  • CATIA V5 2D/3D skills advantageous.
  • PC literate and at ease with MS Office products.                                                                                
Personal Attributes
  • A passion for high performance 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.
  • Well organised and independent – able to work constructively with minimal supervision.
  • 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
  • Good team skills, willingness to work cross-functionally.                                                                
  • Well organised and delivery focused – with demonstrable track record of on-time delivery.
  • Capable of representing a world class automotive brand                                                                
  • Able to deliver under pressure