General information

Job Title
Senior Passive Safety Engineer
Ref #
Thursday, February 23, 2023
United Kingdom
Business area
Product Development
Body & Chassis Passive Safety
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

As the Senior Passive Safety Engineer you will find and validate passive safety design solutions on certain future McLaren road vehicles, for all world regions. 

Please note this is a hybrid position, you will be required to work on site a minimum of 3 days a week.

Principal Accountabilities
  • Responsibility for successful achievement of Passive Safety attribute, including Passive Safety relevant legislation.
  • Single point of contact for programme leadership and meetings just for the agreed responsibilities.
  • Supporting weekly attribute meetings, minutes, status sheets and issues lists.
  • Leading structural, exteriors, interiors and restraints conceptual design to achieve passive safety targets.
  • Performing proof-of-concept tests where required to prove out novel or risky designs.
  • Authoring and maintaining passive safety test timing plan, and report through programme DVP.
  • Responsibility to execute passive safety testing on time for this minor crash programme. Managing preparation and execution of vehicle tests.
  • Ensuring all vehicles and other test material used is representative of design intent, fit for purpose and agreed with organisational stakeholders.
  • Conducting vehicle safety attribute testing as required by vehicle program (including full vehicle crash testing, sub-system and component tests).Organising workshop technician support to ensure that all vehicle re-builds, parts and teardowns are done to high standards.
  • Working with external test partners to ensure all testing conforms to company procedures, industry best practice and global regulations.
  • Sign-off test preparation activities and authorising test supplier to perform the crash test.
  • Performing post-analysis of Passive Safety test data for adherence to target and advise on any departure from expected performance.
  • Raising engineering issue documentation (QCRs) if concerns are found during the course of this activity.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
  • An engineering graduate with an Bachelors Degree (or equivalent) of minimum 2.1 classification
  • Masters Degree (or equivalent) with specialisation in structural, materials, simulation or crash research would be an advantage, but is not a requirement.
  • 3 years of experience of Passive Safety engineering is required; beyond this any time working in Passive Safety testing or component design would be an advantage.
Personal Attributes

  • Willing to travel to test houses and suppliers as required (estimate 25% travelling)
  • Clarity: Clear thought process; a highly organised mind; and the ability to communicate concisely.
  • Intelligence: Sharp and quick intelligence; the capability to deeply analyse bringing new insights; and the ability to think on their feet.
  •  Impression: self-confident and affable.
  • Nature: Instinctively curious; resilient to set-backs; and always behaving with integrity.
  • Approach: Motivated by the challenge; technically brave; personally self-driven; and relentlessly positive.