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Senior Specialist, Software Engineer, Motorsports

United Kingdom, England, WokingIndyCar

Job description

McLaren Racing has a long and storied history competing in Formula 1 and a wide variety of racing series. We are a team of racers who take pride in continuous improvement and delivering performance across our cars and technology tools.

The Motorsports division is expanding a diverse and inclusive group to deliver the highest quality tools and support to our varied racing teams. We believe that careers in tech and engineering should be for everyone. No matter who you are, where you’re from, or what your background is.

The role

As a Senior Specialist, Software Engineer on this team, you will be contributing to a variety of bespoke software solutions that may be specific to one series, or generally applicable to several, in areas including simulation, data analysis, strategy, competitor analysis, race engineering and


You will be involved in all stages of the development cycle, from requirements analysis through to development and deployment. Some projects will be yours to own, with the guidance of your manager and mentoring from more experienced members of the team.

We support the software and tools we produce, so some out of hours work and travel will be part of the role.

Your team

As part of the Software and Data Applications team, you will collaborate with fellow software engineers as well as team members from a wide variety of disciplines, in order to ensure that the tools we build meet their requirements.

You will be exposed to a variety of racing series, including IndyCar, Extreme E, and testing with previous-generation F1 cars.

Your day-to-day

You’ll spend your time:

  • Involved with all stages of the development and support of bespoke software solutions that we use to analyse our data, continually improve our performance, and deliver results on track.
  • You will make strategic decisions which balance the need for short term gains against longer term objectives.
  • You will work with a wide variety of programming languages and technologies across multiple projects.
  • You will take the lead on projects, collaborating with colleagues to deliver them on time and to the required quality.
  • Collaborating closely with fellow software engineers and team members from a variety of disciplines and in different time zones.
  • You will overcome novel technical challenges that you encounter with innovative solutions.

Job requirements

Your experience

We’re looking for an engineer with the following experiences:

  • BSc in Computer Science or similar, or equivalent industry experience.
  • Extensive commercial experience applying software engineering through agile/lean methodologies.
  • Strong theoretical understanding and practical application of fundamental concepts, such as object-oriented programming, design patterns/principles, relational databases, and test-driven development.
  • A proven full stack software development background with an understanding of how to engineer quality software.
  • High adaptability to the most appropriate programming languages and tools for a specific problem, underpinned by significant commercial experience in common programming languages (such as C#, Python).
  • Production experience with web technologies and frameworks.
  • Experience with elements of the following technology stack, or their equivalents:
    • C#, TypeScript, MATLAB
    • React
    • Azure, AWS or GCP
    • Git (pull requests, feature branches, code reviews)
    • SQL Server, MongoDB
    • Visual Studio, Visual Studio Code
    • Linux, Kubernetes

Apply now

If you are interested in this role, then we strongly encourage you to apply even if you don’t think you meet all of the criteria outlined above

What can McLaren offer?

We strive to provide a fun, innovative, collaborative and open culture where everyone’s input is welcome, and everyone feels part of our achievements. We work hard to create a culture of continuous improvement and support this with a proactive approach to management and personal development.

McLaren Racing is based at the iconic McLaren Technology Centre on the edge of Woking. Our large campus includes a gym, swimming pool, restaurant and indoor and outdoor break-out areas, as well as direct access to park land. MTC is connected to Woking mainline station via regular shuttle buses, from which London Waterloo is a 32min train ride.

We encourage hybrid working patterns to give you options to balance your home life and hobbies with your work, and offer a comprehensive package of benefits including private healthcare, car schemes, life insurance and generous pension contributions.