Senior Vehicle Dynamics Engineer - Super Series

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Location: Idiada, ES

When our founder Bruce McLaren passed away at the age of 32 he left behind a legacy that has shaped who we are today. We have an unrivalled heritage which has its roots in racing; but McLaren Automotive is now creating a story of its own and we want you to be a part of it.

As part of McLaren’s Track 25 plan, we are looking to invest £1.2 billion into Research and Development, leading to the launch of 18 all-new cars or derivatives by the end of 2025.

Purpose of the Role
•    This role involves the definition, development and validation of Vehicle Dynamics aspects in McLaren Super Series.
•    You will coordinate the development of different active systems in all McLaren platforms, ensuring that McLaren DNA is maintained across the fleet
•    You will lead the calibration activities and sign off for Traction control and stability systems and define, together with the Controls team, the functional requirements of these systems 
•    You will work together with the project budget owners for defining the development plans and requirements
•    The role involves the simulation, modelling, testing, tuning and validation of suspension, steering and vehicle performance attributes to deliver the high-level vehicle characteristics targets.

Principal Accountabilities
•    Defining and managing development plan with Vehicle Development team 
•    Develop high level control strategies together with CAE and Controls team to ensure attribute targets, a robust and straight forward calibration process
•    Defining attribute targets based on Marketing and vehicle roadmaps
•    Responsible to ensure Dynamics Attribute Sign Off 
•    Responsible to deliver active system calibrations on time according to business software releases coordinating calibration and validation plans
•    Model and simulate “virtual” vehicle to define software functionalities 
•    Understand and resolve issues that arise during development process
•    Tracking and reporting on development status
Knowledge, skills and experience
•    Excellent knowledge of vehicle dynamics
•    Excellent knowledge of high level control system design and tuning
•    Proven experience in calibrating at least two of the following systems (ESP, torque management, E-diff, torque vectoring, body controls or wheel angles controls)
•    Bosch ESP 9 SW / Continental ESP SW knowledge advantageous
•    Excellent knowledge of chassis hardware systems (steering, suspension, tyres)
•    Proven driving skills for high performance vehicles
•    Competent user of Matlab, Simulink and ADAMS car
•    Good skills in managing testing plan
•    Good knowledge of validation, verification and testing process
•    Good knowledge of data logging and calibration systems 
•    Good knowledge of objective manoeuvre driving and subjective vehicle evaluation
•    High sensitivity to assess and develop cars in sub and limit conditions

Education
•    Mechanical or Automotive Engineering Degree 
•    PHD or Masters in Mechanical / Automotive Engineering advantageous
•    Excellent English language required
•    Spanish language advantageous

Personal attributes
•    Able to analyse business requirements and technical specifications, and design solutions with high performance in mind
•    Works well under strict time pressure
•    Attention to detail, highly motivated and able to work to tight deadlines
•    Produces work of a high standard
•    Escalates technical issues in a timely fashion
•    Must be a fast learner. Be able to come up to speed on new applications and technology in a very short amount of time
•    Out of the box thinker, keen to make use of new technology where applicable or see how in-house technology can be reused. A willingness to take ownership of problems and a determination to see things to completion
•    Ability to communicate (written and oral) technical issues to a non-technical, business audience
•    Must be details oriented, with strong analytical skills and problem solving skills
•    High degree of self-motivation. Must be able to plan and execute work both independently and as a team member

Notes
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.

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