Passive Safety Principal Engineer

Location: Woking, GB

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 our Track25 business plan we will launch 18 new models or derivatives of our vehicles and look to expand our retailer network into new markets with an aim of having 100 retailers globally.
Track 25 and McLaren Automotive’ s growing reputation is testament to our world class employees. To ensure McLaren Automotive continues to be at the forefront of the Automotive market, we are looking for a Passive Safety Principal Engineer to join our Body Engineering team. 

Purpose of the role:

The Passive Safety Principal engineer must find and validate passive safety design solutions on certain future McLaren road vehicles, for all world regions. The Passive Safety Principal Engineer provides engineering guidance, targets, and solutions to the design of componentry and systems which result in a vehicle that is capable of achieving legal and internal standards for occupant, pedestrian and structural requirements in crash events. The Principal is an expert in certain passive safety fields.

At this exciting moment in McLaren's history, the number of new programmes are growing rapidly on the back of ongoing success in the marketplace. McLaren vehicles are consistently lighter than their competitors, and employ cutting-edge materials technology. In this context, the Passive Safety department must employ exceptional technical understanding to create innovative solutions and approaches to keep McLaren road cars at the forefront of Passive Safety performance. This role reports to the Head of Passive Safety. The individual will receive task level guidance from the Head of Passive Safety Manager, but beyond this the role is autonomous. This individual will be accountable for setting and achieving passive safety targets on one or two given programmes, and will be expected to be a point of reference in specific areas of Passive Safety expertise.

Principal accountabilities:

  • Create Passive Safety design guides and component technical specifications (MTS) for certain areas of expertise.
  • Coach and grow the technical expertise of Qualified and Senior Passive Safety engineers in the team.
  • Author specification content for each programme (Spec Book) for Passive Safety.
  • Keep appraised of the latest legal constraints and technical solutions, to make sure that the Passive Safety team remains at the forefront of optimal safety solutions.
  • Prepare and present the status of the Passive Safety attribute for programme gateways.
  • Work with Engineering Teams, the CAE group and other attribute team leaders to establish root causes and solutions to engineering issues (QCRs) relevant to the Passive Safety attribute.
  • Help define the vehicle and system-level test plan (DVP) for Passive Safety for each programme.
  • Find engineering solutions following concept reviews and component design reviews.
  • Assist in co-ordinating the Passive Safety restraints CAE activities for each programme.
  • Attend certain key Passive Safety tests to sign-off the vehicle or systems being tested.
  • Perform post-analysis of Passive Safety test data for adherence to target, and advise on any departure from expected performance.
  • Raise engineering issue documentation (QCRs) if concerns are found during the course of this activity.
  • Support running changes (Series department) and personalisation projects (MSO department) with advice on Passive Safety implications, when requested by these departments.

Knowledge, skills & experience:

  • An engineering graduate with a Batchelors Degree (or equivalent) of minimum 2.1 classification. Furthermore, a Master’s Degree (or equivalent) with specialisation in structural, materials, simulation or crash research would be an advantage, but is not a requirement.
  • Proven experience of representing Passive Safety on at least two automotive vehicle programmes, from start to end.
  • Proven expertise in any of the Passive Safety technical fields.
  • Demonstrable experience of Passive Safety engineering is required;
  • Experience of working in Passive Safety testing or component design.
  • Proficiency in multiple languages would be welcome.

Personal attributes:

  • Clarity: Clear thought process; a highly organised mind; and the ability to communicate concisely.
  • Intelligence: Sharp and quick intelligence; the capability to deeply analyse bringing new insights; and the ability to think on their feet.
  • Impression: self-confident and affable.
  • Nature: Instinctively curious; resilient to set-backs; and always behaving with integrity.
  • Approach: Motivated by the challenge; technically brave; personally, self-driven; and relentlessly positive.

We recognise that we can only achieve our vision with the dedication and collaboration of our world class employees.  It is our aim to become the employer of choice within the global automotive industry.

At McLaren Automotive we are constantly looking to improve. To become the employer of choice we are always looking to develop our employee offerings. We currently offer a range of benefits to employees at all levels of the business including Private Healthcare, Contributory Pension Scheme, Life Assurance and Personal Lease Car Scheme. We also offer a range of discounts with our partner organisations.

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