Design Engineer - Powertrain Systems

Location: Woking, GB

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 a Design Engineer - Powertrain Systems to join our team.

Purpose of the Role:

Responsible for packaging, detailed design & release of Powertrain Systems on all vehicle projects, from concept to production ensuring the design supports system technical specifications.


Principal Accountabilities:

  • Powertrain design ownership may consist of:
    • Exhaust Systems (including After-Treatment)
    • Insulation Systems (Acoustic and Thermal)
    • Air Intake Systems
    • Cooling Systems
    • Fuel Systems
    • Electric Drive Integration
  • Work alongside system project engineers to package Powertrain Systems on new powertrain architecture and installations, progressing concepts through to executing detailed designs for prototype and production release and manufacture.
  • Understands and supports the package constraints for the components.  Designing in context of the vehicle package to ensure a robust whole vehicle solution.
  • Working with suppliers, Concept teams & DMU to ensure components and systems meet technical and package targets and to deliver detailed designs on time to predetermined quality, cost and weight targets, within DFM requirements.
  • Ensures design solutions are optimised to support vehicle assembly & service requirements
  • Works with other team members to develop component and system specifications.
  • Works with the other designers and the component supplier to achieve efficient, innovative and lightweight designs.
  • Ensure design solutions deliver systems that meet attribute targets in NVH, thermal, durability, visibility & performance related attributes (power, emissions, response).
  • Understands system & component requirements
  • Ensures the components interface seamlessly to the wider car including structural interfaces & body panels.
  • Support cross functional design reviews
  • Establish and control design release, ECR/ECN in line with ETRS requirements
  • Support and evaluate results of component testing
  • Support powertrain & vehicle development activities
  • Support vehicle manufacturing
  • Support Technical Specification, DFMEA & DVP activities.
  • Support preparation and presentation of material for external and internal project reviews
  • BOM definition and management to include identifying cost & weight reduction initiatives to deliver targets.
  • Review and manage the opening and closure of design concerns


Knowledge, skills and experience:

  • Experience in Mechanical Powertrain component design, packaging & release preferred.
  • Knowledge of materials & manufacturing processes employed in Powertrain Systems
  • Good CATIA V5 2D/3D skills with GD&T application experience.              
  • PC literate and at ease with MS Office products.                                                                                                                                
  • Experienced in OEM or tier one component & System design preferred.
  • Understanding of component & system design within an APQP or similar framework including FMEA, component planning and PPAP preferred.


Qualifications and Training:

Mechanical or Automotive Engineering Degree 2:1 or above, or equivalent qualification.


Personal Attributes:

  • Core Technical Skills
    • 2 years engineering design, with automotive design advantageous.
    • Proven track record and knowledge of relevant Powertrain component system design.
    • Adopts a creative & thoughtful approach to concept design and solving engineering problems with good attention to detail.
    • Ability to assess feasibility of designs including design for manufacture and DFMEA input.
    • Experience in component release, BOM management and problem solving (e.g. 8D or PPS.
    • Ability to communicate clearly with design and development groups
    • Well organised, delivery focused – with demonstrable record of on-time delivery
    • Good team skills, willingness to work cross-functionally.


  • Personal Attitude
    • An ability to deliver under pressure with an appetite for success.
    • A passion for high performance Powertrain engineering.
    • A positive, proactive attitude, self-reliant with a high level of self-motivation.
    • 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.



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.