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McLaren Automotive – Principal engineer, brakes

Woking, UK

McLaren Automotive is embarking on a very exciting year in 2017, as part of its track 22 business plan, highlights of which include an investment of £1 billion into R&D until the year 2022, leading to the launch of 15 all-new cars or derivatives.

With vast ambition for improving vehicle performance, the Chassis & Vehicle Technology team is looking to recruit a Principal Engineer specializing in braking systems. This is an important role for McLaren Automotive as it will have a direct influence on the customer experience, so you will be responsible for shaping and delivering a brand-defining attribute.

This is an exciting opportunity, having responsibility for managing and supporting a small team of engineers and full lifecycle ownership of the braking system, including calipers, disk pads and actuation systems, etc, from virtual analysis, to signoff and production delivery. You will be hands on in this role, involved with modeling, simulation and testing data processing and analysis, across all vehicle programs.

As the Principal Engineer, you will own the roadmap for the braking system and be responsible for the control of costs and delivery, as well as track performance, feel and thermal attributes.

The team faces further challenges as they are still developing. They are a newly formed team as the business took the decision to merge what was previously the attribute team and engineering team. This was to increase effectiveness and to align a stronger balance between attribute and delivery. As a result of this there is plenty of opportunity to create processes and methodologies and how we go about testing and modeling.

In addition, there will be obstacles along the way as McLaren develops new cars and changes with integration of new technology (hybrid vehicles) and the development of vehicle dynamics and driveability attributes.

If you were to join McLaren Automotive, you can expect to work in a collaborative and supportive environment alongside talented engineers who are some of the best in their field. To succeed you should be motivated by the opportunity to contribute and improve the end product, whilst thriving on self-development and challenging conventional thinking.

Knowledge, skills and requirements:
• Educated to undergraduate level in suitable Mechanical Engineering discipline
• Must have a strong understanding of first principles in order to approach problems and create solutions
• Ideally an extensive background, either from a testing or project engineering bias for chassis components - brakes, steering, suspension. You may also have a background in attribute development and testing
• Experience of project delivery, from concept to production
• Good understanding of automotive processes – DVP and DFMEA would be ideal
• Experience of subjective and objective evaluation methods beneficial
• Good knowledge of Matlab/Simulink would be an advantage
• Previous team leadership experience would also be an advantage

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