Principal Engineer - Body Electronics

Location: Woking, GB

Principal Engineer – Body Electronics


McLaren Automotive’s mission is to build the iconic sports car. McLaren is a technology company, and the application of technology, with our attention to detail is what differentiates us from our competitors. The Electrical & Controls department is a fast paced and rewarding environment where ideas can be turned into product quickly. 

As a member of the Electronic Systems & Controls team, you will be part of a core systems design & development team focused on systems for future McLaren sports cars. You lead a team of 5 engineers responsible for a number of systems from identifying future technology and defining a technology roadmap. You will drive the conversion of your roadmaps, developing technology through the engineering lifecycle, into production.



Below are some of the systems & attributes you and your team would be responsible for:

  • Body Control
  • Security Control
  • Alarm
  • Door Control
  • Keys, Passive Entry, Passive Start
  • Occupant Restraint Control
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring
  • Low Voltage Battery & Charger
  • Park Assistance
  • Powered Closures
  • LV Battery
  • EMC
  • Load balance

As a Principal Engineer, you will be responsible for: system specification, DFMEA, BoM management, validation planning, test specification, and on vehicle verification & validation. For your systems, you will be responsible for delivering all required elements of the McLaren Development Process (MDP) to agreed gateway timings & cost. You will have multi system, multi vehicle responsibility and will help shape the vehicle electrical architecture.

You will be a leader for your team, you will perform performance reviews and champion your team’s development.


Qualifications & Skills

Degree qualified in Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Computer Science or a related technical discipline or equivalent experience.

At least 7 years’ experience of systems design & development, systems engineering & the engineering V-lifecycle within an OEM or tier 1.

Experience in people management. An empathetic management style, while being a technical leader.

Experience with Vector automotive products (or equivalent) e.g. CANoe, CANape, CANalyser, AUTOSAR would be advantageous. 

A valid UK driving licence.


What are we looking for in you?

  • A passion for technology and engineering. A technology leader willing to push the boundaries.
  • A creative & thoughtful approach to concept design and solving engineering problems with good attention to detail.
  • A positive, proactive attitude with a high level of self-motivation to deliver excellence.
  • An engaging mind, open to new problems outside your normal comfort zone.
  • A willingness to engage in debate and discussion.
  • Good team skills, excellent communication skills.                
  • Well organised and delivery focused
  • Capable of representing a world class automotive brand                                     
  • Able to remain focused under pressure