General information

Job Title
Vehicle Development Engineer
Ref #
Friday, February 24, 2023
United Kingdom
Business area
Product Development
Vehicle Development
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

To plan and execute vehicle test items on McLaren Automotive future projects.

Principal Accountabilities

  • To take full responsibility for specifying, preparing, monitoring, analysing and reporting of activities related to the build, test, development and validation of vehicle development and attribute systems
  • To work closely with the Development and Prototype build teams to ensure that vehicles are built to the required standard, and when appropriate that the cars can be evaluated by the Executive Team.
  • To prepare short-term plans and budgets for Development activities
  • To represent the Vehicle Development group at technical meetings as required
  • To follow the McLaren Development Process (MDP) ensuring that all activity is correctly documented and appropriate standards and processes are followed.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Mechanical, Electrical/Electronic or Automotive Engineering Degree 2:1 or above
  • Can apply detailed technical knowledge to the understanding of new technologies, development of engineering designs and resolution of engineering problems
  • Design / implementation experience of vehicle embedded systems, notably:
    • Communication protocols (CAN, LIN etc.)
    • Diagnostics implementation and validation
    • Software architecture, ideally including use of the VECTOR tool chain.
    • Vehicle data logging, calibration and data analysis using INCA, Vector CANAPE or similar.
    • Vehicle powertrain and/or power-electrical simulations, particularly driveline, emissions and performance-analysis simulations (ideally in Matlab / Simulink)
  • Must be proficient with all common Microsoft Office applications including Project

Personal Attributes

  • Able to work well alongside a team of prototype technicians, providing leadership and guidance where needed
  • Must demonstrate a high-level initiative and flexibility, and determination to see a task through to completion
  • Good team skills, willingness to work cross-functionally with excellent communication skills.
  • Good systems design and development knowledge
  • An ability to deliver under pressure with an appetite for measured success.
  • A passion for high performance
  • A positive, proactive attitude with a high level of self-motivation to deliver excellence.
  • Ambitious and self-reliant - intrinsically self-motivated.
  • Should be well-organised and methodical, with excellent attention to detail
  • Demonstrable record of accomplishment for on-time delivery.
  • Calm under pressure
  • Must be prepared to adopt a flexible approach to working hours to ensure development activities are carried out as and when required
  • Capable of representing a world class automotive brand