Senior Engineer, Electric Drive Test and Development

Location: Woking, GB

Senior Engineer – Electric Drive Test & Development


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 Senior Engineer – Test & Development to join our Electric Drive team.

Purpose of the role:

To specify, design, execute & deliver, from concept to series-development, all Electric Drive Control (EDC) verification and validation (V&V) ensuring the delivered EDC fulfils all the programme requirements.

EDC includes areas of software/control systems content in the Electric Drive Supervisory Unit (EDSU), and other Electric Drive Components such as the DC/DC converter, Chargers and any other ECUs within the Electric Drive System.

EDC V&V also include areas such as test via simulation technologies using MIL/HIL tools closely working with EDC team and Functional Safety (ISO 26262) V&V closely working with the Vehicle Controls Department.

Principal accountabilities:

  • Support Electric Drive testing for all vehicle projects–  on time and on budget. This will include reporting V&V results to Electric Drive project leads or project engineers to deliver to programme requirements.
  • Working with Supply Chain Management to ensure V&V of the EDC on schedule for all phases of prototype, pilot, pre-production and production build.
  • Working with the Controls Department to ensure V&V of ISO 26262 requirements and platform software deliveries for all phases of the vehicle programmes.
  • Working with the Control Integration Team to develop, verify and validate electric drive architectures, EDC integration test, functional test and other support functions such as generation of the component plant model for HIL system as appropriate.
  • Preparation and presentation of material to support external and internal project status reviews
  • Provide support on EDC technical risk management to ensure project delivery, optimised vehicle performance and delivery of electric drive system attributes.
  • Guarantee EDC ownership and delivery to the specific vehicle programme requirements including:
  • Electric Drive Simulation tools – development, maintenance and verification of models and libraries
  • Electric Drive Control Test Plan through DOORs which specifies control requirement testing for the EDSU, BMS, MCU and any other EDC components.
  • EDC FMEAs, and test specifications within MiL (Model in the Loop) and/or SiL (Software in the Loop) environments
  • EDC budgets & expenditure including setting tool chain budgets
  • EDC planning, timing & delivery including design, platform release, development and validation plans
  • Vehicle build & development support
  • Delivery of EDC for all projects in line with MDP (McLaren Development Process) and that Project Management KPIs are on track           

Knowledge, skills & experience:

  • Technical knowledge & experience of EDC design, test & production delivery
  • Technical knowledge of EDC embedded systems such as Battery Management Systems (BMS), Motor Control Unit (MCU), Electric Drive Supervisory Unit (EDSU), Grid Charging Control/Manage, DC/DC, communication protocols, software, control architectures, diagnostics, functional safety, etc.
  • Some understanding of HV battery safety, HV safety, charging standard,  world-wide legislation and regulation on electric drive components and systems.
  • Some understanding of Control Systems, ISO 26262 standards, and Simulation modelling and techniques
  • Experience of testing with MiL, SiL,  HiL (Hardware in the Loop) and Rig systems to prove integration quality.
  • Experience of executing EDC DVPs, FMEA
  • Prepare test plan / execute tests high or low voltage electrical distribution systems within the EDC.
  • Familiar with tools from software, to rig and/or in-vehicle testing, calibrating, diagnosing, logging and data analysing.

Personal attributes:

  • Good team skills, willingness to work cross-functionally with excellent communication skills.
  • An ability to deliver under pressure with an appetite for measured success.
  • A passion for high performance EDC engineering.
  • A positive, proactive attitude with a high level of self motivation to deliver excellence.
  • Ambitious and self reliant - intrinsically self motivated.
  • Well organised and delivery focused – with demonstrable track record of on-time delivery.
  • Capable of representing a world class automotive brand                                                                                                                                    

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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