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Tyre Performance Engineer

Woking, England, United KingdomF1 - Technical

Job description

Purpose of the Role:

  • To be the primary point of contact at the track for all matters relating to tyres including operations and performance.
  • To prepare and present pre-event, in-event and post-event reports for Race Engineering, Vehicle Performance and the wider Team.
  • To model tyre performance, correlating simulations to track and test data.
  • To analyse and understand the impact of tyre performance on overall vehicle performance.
  • To use tyre understanding to identify setup opportunities and to drive car development to optimise tyre performance.
  • To clearly and concisely communicate tyre insights to Race Engineering, Vehicle Performance and the wider Technical Function.
  • To continuously develop methods and processes to increase analysis efficiency and capability.

Job requirements

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  • Master’s degree, PhD or equivalent in Engineering, Physics or Applied Mathematics (or similar).
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience of tyre performance, modelling or analysis, preferably in an F1 setting.
  • Demonstrable knowledge, experience and interest in tyre performance.
  • First class written and verbal communication skills, delivering complex information in a style appropriate to the audience.
  • Experienced in using MATLAB for modelling and analysis.
  • Strong data-driven analysis skills, with the ability to identify and extract key data.
  • Experience correlating models against incomplete or challenging datasets.
  • Broad understanding of race car setup trade-offs between tyres, suspension & aerodynamics (preferred).
  • Experienced user of:
  • MATLAB (required)
  • ATLAS or similar analysis tools (required)
  • Vehicle Dynamics simulation tools (preferred)
  • Version control (preferred)
  • Python (preferred)

Personal Attributes:

  • Able to integrate into the team, developing relationships & collaborating effectively with others.
  • Strong organisational and problem-solving skills.
  • Self-motivated and able to work with minimal direction to drive forward tyre performance.
  • Uses initiative and is decisive.
  • Excellent communication skills, able to tailor delivery style appropriate to the audience.
  • Strong influencing skills.
  • Works calmly and effectively under pressure.
  • High attention to detail with an unbiased, objective approach.
  • Able to follow vehicle development directions and understand their impact on tyre performance.
  • Flexible in approach, able to handle rapid & profound changes of scope, direction and process.
  • Willingness to engage with, learn from and share knowledge with others.
  • Innovative, moving us fearlessly forward by proposing new methods and ideas.

What McLaren can 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 offer a comprehensive package of benefits including private healthcare, car schemes, life insurance and generous pension contributions.