Senior Systems Engineer, Electric Drive Control

Location: Woking, GB

Senior Engineer – Electric Drive Control


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 to join our Electric Drive Control team.

Purpose of the role:

To specify, design, engineer & deliver, from concept to series-development, all Electric Drive Control (EDC) ensuring they fulfil 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 also includes critical areas such as design via simulation using CAE tools closely working with Powertrain CAE team and Functional Safety (ISO 26262) closely working with the Vehicle Controls Department.

Principal accountabilities:

  • Guarantee EDC delivery to all vehicle projects– to specification, on time and on budget. This will include leading EDC project leads or project engineers to deliver to programme requirements.
  • Influencing future EDC strategy and supporting Head of Electric Drive Technology in technology roadmaps and attributes.
  • Establish links with external organisations such as universities, research organisations, etc. on collaborative research projects that will help McLaren deliver innovation in EDC technologies where appropriate. This would include research projects with universities or other like minded organisations collaborating with the Engineering Manager of EDC and Head of Electric Drive Technology to exploit such opportunities.
  • Working with Supply Chain Management to ensure delivery of the EDC on schedule for all phases of prototype, pilot, pre-production and production build.
  • Working with the Controls Department to ensure delivery of ISO 26262 requirements and platform software deliveries for all phases of the vehicle programmes.
  • Working with the Powertrain CAE group to develop, verify and validate electric drive systems architectures, component duty cycles and other support functions such as generation of the component reference duty cycle (RDC) 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:

Knowledge, skills & experience:

  • A high level of technical knowledge & experience of EDC design, test & production delivery
  • Design / implementation 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.
  • Detailed understanding of HV battery safety, HV safety, charging standard,  world-wide legislation and regulation on electric drive components and systems.
  • Detailed understanding of Control Systems, ISO 26262 standards, and Simulation modelling and techniques
  • In-depth experience of testing with MiL, SiL,  HiL (Hardware in the Loop) and Rig systems to prove integration quality.
  • Experience of executing EDC DVPs, FMEA
  • Design / implementation experience of vehicle embedded systems, notably:
  • System requirements capture (using tools such as DOORs, etc.)
  • Software design to MISRA guidelines (C or equivalent)
  • Communication protocols (CAN, LIN etc.)
  • Software architecture, ideally including use of the VECTOR tool chain.
  • Vehicle data logging, calibration and data analysis using INCA, Vector CANAPE or similar.

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.