Senior Controls Engineer - Advance Engineering

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 McLaren’s Track 25 plan, we are looking to invest £1.2 billion into Research and Development, leading to the launch of 18 all-new cars or derivatives by the end of 2025.
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join a highly successful Advanced Engineering team as a Senior Controls Engineer, responsible for delivering embedded control algorithms, diagnostics and calibration on Advanced Engineering Electric mule vehicles.
The Advance Engineering team exists to develop disruptive technology solutions ahead of our vehicle programs, particularly where our existing supply base can’t meet our requirements – ‘advance’ in terms of both timing and as a leap forward.
In this role, you will be responsible for: 

  • Delivering embedded control algorithms, diagnostics and calibration on Advanced Engineering Electric mule vehicles;
  • Delivering feasibility and Proof-of-Concept studies through modelling and simulation;
  • Developing, maintaining and enforcing the application of code quality standards and methodologies;
  • Developing innovative solutions from initial idea through to functional prototype as quickly as possible;
  • Travel to proving grounds in all seasons (winter/summer testing), as required.

In addition, Senior Engineers are expected to operate with a large degree of autonomy, responsible for delivering work packages in collaboration with internal MAL teams and external organisations.
As part of the team, you’ll be expected to help your team mates with their projects with technical support or simply brainstorming ideas, and to expand and broaden your areas of technical competence, especially in areas we identify as being particularly relevant to our technology roadmap.
Qualifications / Experience

  • Model-based controls software coding (Matlab / Simulink / dSpace), calibration and testing;
  • Track record in delivering prototypes in a very small team OR as the recognised expert for a significant area working in a larger team;
  • Knowledge and keen interest in control theory, state estimation and modelling and simulation of dynamic systems;
  • Familiarity with Model Based Systems Engineering and the Verification & Validation process; 
  • Strong first principles understanding across multiple engineering fields;
  • Very high results in an Engineering Degree.


  • Model-based control development within the Automotive industry;
  • Experience in one or more of the following::
  • EV Powertrain supervisory control
  • Driveability control
  • Torque Management (AWD/Torque Vectoring/Traction Control) Systems
  • Familiarity with the Functional Safety / ISO26262 framework.

Personal Attributes:

  • Team player, good communicator and ability to form strong working relationships internal to the team, in the broader business and externally;
  • Conscientious approach with attention to quality, reliability and safety, prepared to kill an idea when necessary;
  • Ability to deep-dive into technical details, without losing track of the big picture;
  • Able to work in a small team in the early concept phase, where there can be frequent requirements change, uncertainty and ambiguity;
  • Professionalism and humility is a must. Committed to the development of strong positive company culture within the Advanced Engineering team, including the incorporation of McLaren’s values.

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.