Engineer Brake Systems

Location: Woking, GB

Engineer Brake Systems 

Permanent - full time


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.

To ensure McLaren Automotive continues its desire to be “the sportscar company”, we are looking for an Engineer Brake Systems to join our team.

Purpose of the Role

  • Technical and delivery responsibility for all aspects of brakes system across vehicle programmes (pedal assembly, booster, reservoir, pipes, callipers, discs, pads, parking brake system)


Principal Accountabilities

  • With the Chassis Systems Manager, lead the design and development of components and systems to ensure optimised vehicle performance and delivery of vehicle attributes
  • Development of new brake technologies with suppliers for implementation of future projects and platforms
  • BOM definition and management including leading cost reduction initiatives to deliver Function Group BOM glide path targets and leading weight reduction initiatives to deliver Function Group weight targets
  • Assessment of braking and vehicle performance and correlation with objective parameters
  • Leadership, planning, monitoring and control of function group activities to guarantee project delivery in line with MDP (McLaren Development Process)
  • Establish and control system and component, design, release, development and validation plans in association with functional experts and in line with technical risk management processes
  • Establish and control supply chain in association with function group buyers to ensure delivery of components and systems on schedule for all phases of prototype, pilot, pre-production and production build
  • Define and execute DVP to validate the system performance from a component and attribute perspective
  • Ensure manufacturability and compliance with quality standards of all components and systems within the defined BOM through interface with manufacturing site and suppliers
  • Review and manage the opening and closure of engineering concerns
  • Respond to requests for information or specification change with assessment of risk and cost
  • Control DFM and FMEA as required
  • Direct line management of a small team where appropriate based on team and project structure


Knowledge, skills and experience:

  • 3-7 years experience in direct OEM or Tier1 Brake Systems experience
  • Proved experience of automotive design and development
  • Excellent systems design and development knowledge
  • Simulation and data analysis using Matlab/Simulink tools
  • Experience in component release management and problem solving
  • Experience of high and niche vehicle (low volume) programs
  • An ability to deliver under pressure with an appetite for measured success
  • PC literate, at ease with MS Office products
  • Familiar to CAD CATIA v5
  • Firsthand experience of brake actuation systems development for highly hybridized vehicles



  • Mechanical or Automotive Engineering Degree
  • PHD in Mechanical Engineering advantageous


Personal Attributes

  • Natural leadership skills
  • Must be a good team player
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ambitious and self reliant.  Intrinsically self motivated
  • Delivery focused, with demonstrable track record of on-time delivery
  • An understanding and awareness of appropriate escalation
  • The ability to motivate and focus team members and suppliers to meet all program deliverables



All employees must ensure compliance with the Company Health and Safety Policy, and all relevant other statutory Health and Safety legislation.

This job description may not detail some less major duties allocated to the post holder, nor cover duties of a similar nature, commensurate with the role, which may from time to time be reasonably required by the relevant manager.