PCB Design Engineer

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Location: Woking, GB

McLaren Applied Technologies

McLaren Applied Technologies 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 health, public transport, automotive and motorsport.

Our team

The Printed Circuit Design team collaborates with all Applied Technologies’ Business Units and the wider McLaren Group to create cutting edge, commercially viable products, services and digital assets. We create and develop for our world-class partner companies and our own go-to-market solutions.

The role

You will deliver printed circuit board layout design solutions for a variety of motorsports electronic control units. You will be part of the Printed Circuit Design group and be responsible for the design and delivery of printed circuit layout solutions for our flagship high performance electronics. Design work will primarily be on our prestigious Motorsports and Automotive programmes. PCB design support will also be required across our other business units, including health, public transport, and strategic partnership market areas. With tight timescales and challenging design constraints, this role requires an efficient and proactive design approach operating with minimal supervision.

Role dimensions:

  • Create new CAD library parts within the business system
  • Create and take ownership of PCB layout data using our CAD tools
  • Generate PCB manufacturing and assembly data
  • Create fabrication panel drawings, assembly drawings and supporting documentation
  • Communicate with suppliers and be a point of contact for any manufacturing issues raised
  • Work closely with multi-disciplinary engineering groups across the business
  • Work to tight project deadlines
  • Multi-task and adapt to changing project requirements
  • Provide continuing support to production and test departments

Standard working hours, 40-hour week, Monday to Friday, but flexibility to work additional hours if required.

Skills and expertise


  • HNC in Electronic Engineering, or substantial, related technical experience
  • Ability to create new schematic and physical CAD library parts using information from component manufacturers’ data sheets
  • Solid industry experience of PCB layout design using Cadence Allegro tools to design single-sided, double-sided and multi-layer, mixed technology, complex PCBs
  • Appreciation of signal-integrity, transmission line geometries, thermal, vibration and EMC issues and how the PCB layout can affect them
  • Ability to work from schematic diagrams provided by hardware design team
  • Responsibility of the whole design process from completion of schematics through to production of bare boards
  • Experience of working to high design standards with an appreciation of brand value
  • Generating sound PCB design concepts, translating into production ready solutions and presenting results to a high standard


  • Experience of designing flexible and flex-rigid PCBs
  • Knowledge of HDI techniques
  • Experience of importing mechanical constraints provided by mechanical team via IDF and DXF information
  • Experience of generating ODB++ data and the use of Mentor Graphics Valor tools to perform DFM and DFA analysis
  • Knowledge of the PCB fabrication process
  • Familiarity of IPC standards relating to PCB design, manufacture and generation of component land patterns

Personal attributes

  • We are looking for someone with excellent attention to detail
  • Self-starter, able to work autonomously under pressure and meet tight deadlines
  • Able to manage concurrent work streams to meet deadlines and support team goals
  • Proactively seek learning opportunities with support from line manager
  • Have the drive and commitment to see activities through to completion
  • Collaborative approach with others, thinking creatively and sharing openly to produce workable ideas and novel solutions
  • Seek ideas and inputs of colleagues to make best use of team expertise and improve team performance

The work environment

You will be based at the world-renowned McLaren Technology Centre. Our campus includes a subsidised restaurant, a café, a gym with a pool, break-out spaces, bicycle storage facilities and more.

Our environment is designed to encourage collaborative working across all teams. You will be within one hundred meters of a specialist within their field, whether it’s in design, modelling and simulation, software development, data analytics, electronics hardware, finance and marketing.

McLaren’s Product Innovation Framework

Take the unique opportunity to bring your own ideas to life, whether it’s a software package or a tangible product. If the application for your idea is successful, it will be backed by a significant pledge from the business to fund time and materials costs. Our ambition is that we continue to foster the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship within Applied Technologies.
Recruitment Process

  • If your application is successful, you’ll be invited for a telephone interview with one of our experienced technical recruiters.
  • If our recruiter believes you’re suitable for the role, you will be invited to meet key members of the team at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking to talk though your CV and work experiences.                                        

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