Vehicle Development Engineer

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.
We now have an opportunity for a talented Vehicle Development Engineer to join our team to plan and execute test items on McLaren Automotive Future Projects.
Role Dimensions: 
Engineering team member within development program activities with ability to manage test facilities and vehicle specification. Regular travel and out of hours activity required in support of development attributes sign-off
Principal Accountabilities:

  • To take full responsibility for specifying, preparing, monitoring, analysing and reporting of activities related to the build, test, development and validation of vehicle development and attribute systems
  • To work closely with the Development and Prototype build teams to ensure that vehicles are built to the required standard, and when appropriate that the cars can be evaluated by the Executive Team.
  • To prepare short-term plans and budgets for Development activities
  • To represent the Vehicle Development group at technical meetings as required
  • To follow the McLaren Development Process (MDP) ensuring that all activity is correctly documented and appropriate standards and processes are followed.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience: 

  • Mechanical, Electrical/Electronic or Automotive Engineering Degree 2:1 or above
  • Can apply detailed technical knowledge to the understanding of new technologies, development of engineering designs and resolution of engineering problems
  • Design / implementation experience of vehicle embedded systems, notably:
  • Communication protocols (CAN, LIN etc.)
  • Diagnostics implementation and validation
  • Software architecture, ideally including use of the VECTOR tool chain.
  • Vehicle data logging, calibration and data analysis using INCA, Vector CANAPE or similar.
  • Vehicle powertrain and/or power-electrical simulations, particularly driveline, emissions and performance-analysis simulations (ideally in Matlab / Simulink)
  • Must be proficient with all common Microsoft Office applications including Project

Experience of any or all of the following is an advantage:

  • Significant experience in an automotive test and development environment preferred
  • Low volume, high performance vehicle program
  • Delivery of whole vehicle development program, from concepts through to series production
  • Experience of executing DVPs, FMEA
  • A broad range of industry proving grounds and technical partners
  • Hybrid/Electric Drive engineering

Personal Attributes:

  • Able to work well alongside a team of prototype technicians, providing leadership and guidance where needed
  • Must demonstrate a high-level initiative and flexibility, and determination to see a task through to completion
  • Good team skills, willingness to work cross-functionally with excellent communication skills.
  • Good systems design and development knowledge
  • An ability to deliver under pressure with an appetite for measured success.
  • A passion for high performance
  • A positive, proactive attitude with a high level of self-motivation to deliver excellence.
  • Ambitious and self-reliant - intrinsically self-motivated.
  • Should be well-organised and methodical, with excellent attention to detail
  • Demonstrable record of accomplishment for on-time delivery.
  • Calm under pressure
  • Must be prepared to adopt a flexible approach to working hours to ensure development activities are carried out as and when required
  • 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.


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