Engineering Manager - Motorsport ECUs

Location: Woking, GB

Job Title:                             Engineering Manager – Motorsport ECUs

Function:                             Engineering

Reporting to:                      Engineering Director 

Date of preparation:          July 2021 




The world around us is experiencing significant change, the greatest in generations. 

At McLaren Applied, we’re accelerating the response to that change. Our vision is that our people and technologies will pioneer a better future.  Our mission is to achieve breakthroughs in performance.

We’re at the cutting edge of innovation in industries including automotive transportation and motorsport. We create solutions that drive efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

We want to help to reduce the carbon footprint and become more sustainable.  Our focus is on electrification and telemetry, control and analytics.

To deliver efficient lightweight electric powertrain and vehicle development; motorsport solutions that make series more sustainable and efficient; reliable connectivity solutions for transportation and insightful analytics and monitoring of transport fleets.

By applying our expertise, we deliver real benefits and pioneer a better future.


McLaren Applied is a high-performance technology company which combines fresh thinking and innovation to solve crucial challenges and improve people's lives in industries as diverse as public transport, Internet of Things, automotive and motorsport.

We were pioneers in the use of electronics in F1. McLaren Applied took the brave step to expand its motorsport electronics business over two decades ago by offering complete electronic control systems to F1 teams. Since then, Applied Technologies has been supplying unrivalled high-performance hardware and software to race series across the world, from the World Endurance Championship to IndyCar and NASCAR in North America, and most recently, Formula E.

In 2007 the FIA chose McLaren Applied to be the sole supplier of ECUs to reduce the mounting costs of competing in Formula 1. The ECUs have been re-engineered over time to ensure compatibility with the turbocharged parallel hybrid engines that power F1 cars today.

The ECU is essentially a small but very powerful computer that controls, processes and transmits vast quantities of data from the F1 cars to the teams.

The ECU provides control for a variety of systems including the engine, gearbox, differential, throttle, clutch, energy recovery system (ERS) and the drag reduction system (DRS). It is also the primary data logging service which feeds live data – via telemetry – to the teams and race control. This allows teams to visualise the capability and performance of their cars in real-time, including engine health, tyre degradation and fuel consumption.

With help from over 300 sensors on each car, McLaren’s F1 ECU deals with over 1000 input parameters and transmits more than 1.5GB of live data back to the garage during an average 300km grand prix.

During a two-hour race, the ECU will receive and send over 750 million data points. That’s twice as many words as each of us will speak in a lifetime.

As leader of the Engineering team, you will have the opportunity and freedom to work directly with many of the world’s best motorsport teams supporting the development, customisation and improvement of our product offerings

Purpose of the Role

The Engineering Manager leads this multi-disciplinary Engineering team developing motorsport ECUs and associated electronics. This team includes hardware, mechanical and embedded software engineers and is supported by other specialists.

The Engineering Manager is accountable for delivering the agreed product development roadmap and providing maintenance, support and Field Application Engineering services to customers. The Engineering Manager has the freedom to negotiate roadmaps and delivery commitments and organise how the Engineering team develops and delivers new products.

The Engineering Manager is accountable for hiring, managing, leading, supporting and developing the engineers within the team. The primary relationships that the Engineering Manager has (in addition to team members) are with the Product Manager, commercial staff including account managers, production leads, plus direct contact with some of our customers and motorsport bodies to understand how well our products are performing.

The Engineering Manager reports to our Engineering Director and is a member of the Applied Engineering Leadership Team.

Principal Accountabilities

  • Leading, supporting, and developing a team of engineers, from mechanical, electronics and embedded software disciplines.
  • Delivering new product development projects for ECUs and associated electronics. You will be accountable for making and meeting delivery commitments and empowered to organise the team and projects to deliver effectively.
  • Providing customer support, including defect fixes, improvements, maintenance releases
  • Providing a Field Application Engineering service for customers, that includes the track support that can be part of our contracted deliverables.
  • Ensuring your team effectively transfer new products into production by partnering with production staff.
  • Working with customers to get insight into product performance and understanding how products could be improved.
  • Supporting the Product Manager for your products and enabling the engineering team to influence the product roadmap.
  • Supporting commercial team members, including advising and supporting bid work.
  • Planning and executing strategies to improve product development performance.

Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications and Experience

  • We’re looking for the rare combination of relevant engineering experience, the ability to engage and lead a high-performing team, and capability to own and improve our designs and help shape how new product development gets done. Someone who will create successful relationships within the company and do a great job of representing our brand to our customers.
  • Batchelors degree in one of the team disciplines, or equivalent practical experience.
  • Experience leading an Engineering team that has delivered similar innovative products is preferred.
  • Experience solving the project challenges that arise in developing novel control solutions.



Values and Behaviours


You will be a key representative of McLaren Technology Group’s Values and Behaviours, the framework of which can be found here.


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 all duties allocated to the post holder, nor cover duties of a similar nature which are commensurate with the role, which may from time to time be reasonably required by the relevant manager.


McLaren Applied are committed to Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (DEI) and promote DEI in all we do