Skip to content

Race Strategist - Electric Racing

  • Bicester, England, United Kingdom
Electric Racing

Job description

At NEOM McLaren Electric Racing, our ambition is to win races and championships. We love the challenge of competing against the best, pushing the limits of performance and technology, while inspiring our people to pursue innovation and unlock their potential in the ever-growing world of motorsport.

McLaren Racing’s entry in Extreme E and Formula E aims to accelerate McLaren Racing’s sustainability journey and reach a new, more diverse global audience and workforce. Based on the unique Bicester Heritage site, the Extreme E and Formula E teams combined are known as NEOM McLaren Electric Racing.

Purpose of the Role:
The Strategy and Sporting team’s primary objective is to deliver the maximum points on track and to ensure the team is both compliant with and takes full advantage of the sporting (and associated) regulations as well as contributing to the continual, marginal improvement of the team’s performance.

The areas of responsibility for the team include qualifying and race strategies, sporting matters, pitstop analysis and competitor intelligence.

The purpose of this role is to contribute to the above areas as required with a focus on central strategy decision-making and execution.

Role Dimensions:
Working during race weekends is required (100%) and unsocial and extended hours may be involved.

Travel to race and test events is required on an ad-hoc basis. There is the possibility that the position may develop into full time race attendance in the future.

Principal Accountabilities:

Central Strategy

Responsible for contributing to maximising the strategy and sporting elements for the team to deliver the maximum number of points on track.

The responsibilities include:

  • Leading the analysis, meetings and reporting with respect to qualifying and race strategies (both over race weekends and outside).
  • Leading the development of strategy tools (either programming and developing internally or working with the software team to guide development).
  • Leading the analysis of and tracking competitor performance live during sessions.
  • Leading the analysis of and tracking attack loss and pit loss estimates live during sessions.

Strategy Analysis & Operations

Responsible for contributing to strategy analysis and operational improvements, as required.

The responsibilities include:

  • Leading ad-hoc analyses or operational investigations/reviews on strategy and sporting matters.
  • Suggesting topics/areas of improvement and investigation.
  • Representing the Strategy & Sporting team when collaborating with other departments.
  • Contribution to general improvements in processes, analysis and operations.

Competitor Analysis

Responsible for leading analysis related to competitor performance.

The responsibilities include:

  • Regular reporting on the competitor performance measures.
  • Developing analysis techniques to be more useful and accurate.

Other Responsibilities

Although not part of the core role, there are other responsibilities that are part of the role, these may include:

  • Contribution to pitstop analysis and improvement.
  • Contribution to the improvement of the Race Support Room

Job requirements

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  • Experience in race strategy, sporting matters, pitstop analysis and/or competitor intelligence in a top tier motorsport championship (F1, FE, WEC etc) is essential.
  • A degree in engineering, mathematics or the sciences, or alternatively some demonstration of depth of technical knowledge.
  • Experience in coding/software engineering is highly desirable.

Personal Attributes:

  • Ability to take decisions quickly, often under high pressure, with strict time constraints and incomplete information and to be able to work calmly and diligently under such conditions.
  • Desire to help develop the members of the team, improving their skills, experience and expertise.
  • Desire for continuous improvement in our performance, including analysis, operations and execution.
  • Good at prioritisation of resource across a number of different areas with many, disparate stakeholders.
  • An intelligent, data-driven approach to solving new and challenging problems, with strong problem-solving skills and the ability to conduct new types of analysis in an unbiased manner.
  • Good communication and presentation skills to work effectively as part of a close-knit team, with shared responsibilities, working under challenging conditions.

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.

NEOM McLaren Electric Racing is based at the Bicester Heritage site on the edge of Bicester. There are multiple lunch options all within a walkable distance as well as on-site kitchen facilities, indoor and outdoor break-out areas. The site is 1 mile from Bicester North Train Station with regular trains from London and Birmingham.

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.