Senior Hybrid Systems Engineer

Location: Woking, GB

Job Title:                             Senior Hybrid Systems Engineer

Function:                            Inverter and Control Platforms

Reporting to:                      Engineering Manager

Date of preparation:          May 2021



The world around us is experiencing significant change, the greatest in generations. 

At McLaren Applied, we’re accelerating the response to that change. Our vision is that our people and technologies will pioneer a better future.  Our mission is to achieve breakthroughs in performance.

We’re at the cutting edge of innovation in industries including automotive transportation and motorsport. We create solutions that drive efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

We want to help to reduce the carbon footprint and become more sustainable.  Our focus is on electrification and telemetry, control and analytics.

To deliver efficient lightweight electric powertrain and vehicle development; motorsport solutions that make series more sustainable and efficient; reliable connectivity solutions for transportation and insightful analytics and monitoring of transport fleets.

By applying our expertise, we deliver real benefits and pioneer a better future.

Purpose of the Role 

Oversees and takes accountability for the end-to-end Systems Engineering lifecycle across complex powertrain projects; from eliciting user/product needs, requirements capture/management, through to test & verification planning for motorsport and automotive applications. 

Adhering to Systems Engineering best practice in Applied and working closely with the Hybrid Systems Engineering Team Lead to continuously improve the practice and processes. Proactively leading knowledge dissemination by, for example, being a technology evangelist, mentoring, teaching, etc.  

Principal Accountabilities 

  • Develops and delivers integrated complex systems. Conducts solution architecting and ensures deliverables are on target to meet long-term business goals. 
  • Potentially working concurrently on several projects across the company. 
  • Provide customer technical support at track, testing and customer sites. 
  • Finds and utilises the right technologies, manages significant risk. Takes responsibility for technical/architectural decisions and processes. 
  • Directs time ensuring optimal use of skills and experience in providing most value to the business. 
  • Represents own function within assigned team. 
  • Assesses new products, clients and markets, alongside Chief Engineers/Product Managers. 
  • Leads disruptive change to a positive outcome, using sound engineering principles; thinks outside of the box. 
  • Adheres to safe working practices. 
  • There is likely to be occasional travel and some out of hours working depending on project commitments. Track support roles will require significant travel. 

Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications and Experience 


  • First class degree or upper 2nd Engineering degree or other highly quantitative field (or equivalent experience). 
  • A proven background in high pressured, time critical customer facing Systems Engineering roles. 
  • Demonstrable experience in the development and use of automotive or motorsport powertrain systems. 
  • Familiar with development and integration of one of the following High Voltage components: electric machines, power electronics, converters. 
  • Delivering complex multidisciplinary systems with hardware, embedded software, application software and mechanical components. 
  • A strong background in requirements capture and management processes.  
  • A strong background in system design capture and conduct of failure analyses such as FMEA/FTA. 
  • Systems modelling and simulation. 
  • A strong background in testing & validation of automotive/motorsport systems. 
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and excellent technical knowledge. Able to quickly build rapport with peers and stakeholders. Able to tactfully challenge without alienating. 
  • Strong analytical and numerical skills and attention to detail. 
  • Strong understanding of quality management such as standards, regulations and applicable policies and procedures such as information, change and configuration management. 


  • Chartership with relevant professional body (IET, IMechE etc) highly desirable. 
  • Experience with requirements management and simulation tools. 
  • Automotive Functional Safety experience, particularly experience implementing system level ISO 26262 or ASPICE compliant processes including use of semi-formal design and capture using languages such as UML/SysML and tools such as Enterprise Architect. 


Values and Behaviours

You will be a key representative of McLaren Technology Group’s Values and Behaviours, the framework of which can be found here.

All employees must ensure compliance with the Company Health and Safety Policy, and all relevant other statutory Health and Safety legislation.

This job description may not detail all duties allocated to the post holder, nor cover duties of a similar nature which are commensurate with the role, which may from time to time be reasonably required by the relevant manager.

McLaren Applied are committed to Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (DEI) and promote DEI in all we do.