Principal Engineer - HVAC, Cooling, and Fuel Systems

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 Principal Engineer to join our Powertrain team.

Purpose of the role:

As a Principal Engineer, you will be responsible for managing a team of Project & Design Engineers assuming technical ownership of HVAC (distribution, condensers, pipes, and compressors), cooling (pumps, fans, tanks, exchangers), and fuel systems (tanks, pumps, gauges).

Principal accountabilities:

  • Responsibility for ensuring the delivery of owned systems to specific vehicle programmes including:
  • Technical Specification, FMEA, DVP, Vehicle / System level test specification
  • Budgets & Expenditure including setting system budgets
  • Cross project Timing & Delivery       
  • Resource Planning & management
  • BOM definition management & tracking      
  • Vehicle build & development support           
  • Attending key vehicle project meetings.
  • Supplier liaison & management
  • Timely management & closure of engineering concerns        
  • Proactive leadership of cost & weight reduction initiatives to deliver targets.
  • Develop and manage future technology roadmaps.
  • Manage and influence cross functional teams including concept designers, buyers and manufacturing engineers to achieve engineering targets.
  • Proactive engagement with Attribute teams to deliver optimised system performance.
  • Strategic definition & engagement of system D&D partnerships.
  • Preparation and presentation of material to support external and internal project status reviews.
  • Management & development of key suppliers to ensure delivery of market leading systems to required quality & cost in line with project timelines.

Knowledge, skills & experience:


  • Experience in HVAC, Cooling, and/or Fuel System  system technical definition, design & release.
  • Detailed knowledge of materials & manufacturing processes required
  • CATIA V5 2D/3D knowledge with strong GD&T application experience.                           
  • PC literate and at ease with MS Office products.                                                                               
  • Experienced in OEM or tier one component delivery
  • Component & system design within an APQP or similar framework including FMEA, component planning and PPAP

Personal attributes:

  • Adopts a creative & thoughtful approach to concept design and solving engineering problems with good attention to detail.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and influence key internal and external customers and suppliers.
  • An ability to deliver under pressure with an appetite for success.
  • 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.
  • Empathy, a willingness to listen and see others’ points of view.
  • Good team leadership skills, willingness to work cross-functionally.

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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