Software Developer - Production Engineering Support

Production - NPI · Woking, Surrey
Department Production - NPI
Employment Type Permanent
Minimum Experience Mid-level



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 assets.


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

Purpose of the Role

You will be responsible for supporting the manufacturing and production teams by resolving challenges experienced in the manufacture and servicing of our product lines (primarily related to our in-house test equipment), such as sensors, alternators, electronic control systems, powertrain invertors and interface units designed for the motorsport market. You will work as part of a multidisciplinary team and form close working relationships with other Engineering functions, Product Management and Production Teams.

Principal Accountabilities

  • Address Improvement Logs raised by the production team relating to design or documentation changes.
  • Be responsible for correcting Non-Conformances related to test procedures, equipment and documentation.
  • Servicing requests for new or replacement production tooling/jigs/rigs, improving quality.
  • Provide assistance to the Production and Quality teams in 8D investigations.
  • Support, investigate, repair and maintain the production test equipment including our automated systems.
  • Use a data-led approach to improve the McLaren Applied production test environments and collaborate with Product Managers and Production Managers to prioritise.
  • Prepare specifications, test reports and improve production test instructions.
  • Confidently analyse and overcome software problems with feasible and innovative solutions.
  • Operate within a multi-disciplinary team, primarily focussed in the motorsport industry.
  • Support activity planning, budget estimates and take an active role in customer technical discussions where required.
  • Plan, manage and account for your time. Anticipate any issues which might affect delivery progress and proactively address these, escalating for support if required.
  • Communicate with clarity to key stakeholders at all levels of our business, customer organisations and supply partners.
  • Share and articulate complex technical solutions with peers and non-engineering colleagues, such that others can easily understand, build and evolve your ideas collaboratively.
  • Write technical requirements, specifications, processes and other documentation to a high standard.
  • Produce and confidently deliver impactful presentations to internal and external audiences.
  • Drive your career development proactively as part of a structured appraisal and feedback process. Identify and undertake learning and development opportunities and actively manage a continuous professional development plan.
  • Provide input into team strategy discussions, taking a shared responsibility for the team’s growth, capability development and external image. Help to continually improve our team’s processes and enhancements to our toolsets.

Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications and Experience


  • A degree in Engineering, Computer Sciences or a relevant discipline or equivalent experience.
  • Experience in developing a range of software solutions for production end-of-line test, particularly relating to I/O interrogation and functional prove out.
  • Proven experience of designing Microsoft Windows hosted software applications.
  • Competent programmer using the following languages Python, C #, Java and HTML5.
  • Experience in C#, Java and Kotlin is desirable.
  • A good understanding of standard communication protocols (e.g. CAN, SPI, I2C, Ethernet, Flexray).
  • Engineering appreciation of all stages of a product’s design lifecycle, from initial project scoping with external customers through to prototyping designs ready for manufacture.
  • An understanding of electronics principles and components is desirable, including any motorsport domain knowledge.
  • Competent at collecting and interpreting complex physical test data to quickly inform engineering decisions and design directions.
  • Appreciation of company brand value and consistently working to high technical standards.


Values and Behaviours


  • Ownership and responsibility for delivery. Self-starter, accustomed to working independently with minimal guidance.
  • Openness of communication, sharing issues and concerns and unafraid to propose novel solutions.
  • Bravery in the development of new ideas, leading the way for others to follow. Comfortable with multi-tasking and adapting to changing project requirements.
  • Ingenuity to solve difficult engineering problems, valuing attention to detail and balancing viability, desirability and feasibility.
  • Humility when achieving great delivery outcomes, acting as a mentor and role model for colleagues within the business and wider group.



Our values








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





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  • Location
    Woking, Surrey
  • Department
    Production - NPI
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience