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Senior Controls Engineer

Senior Controls Engineer

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Hernshead Recruitment

About this position:

This client provide engineering solutions in electric powertrains and have a background in high-performance engineering. With business streams in battery systems, electric/hybrid drivetrains and control systems they are able to offer services from concept through to low volume production within the Automotive, Motorsport, Marine and Military sectors. As a member of the Controls & Simulation team, the Senior Controls Engineer would be contributing to the successful development of Platform Master Control (PMC) software for customer prototype and demonstrator vehicle systems. A primary focus will be on on high-performance systems, the software developed will be for a range of battery or hybrid vehicle applications (automotive, motorsport, marine, aerospace, and off-highway), implementing and building on the current tools, coding according to our internal guidelines and tested within our internal safety standards at a prototype vehicle level.

  • This role will suit a candidate that will work well in a team, able to communicate with other departments, and take initiative to think “outside of the box” to resolve some of the unique challenges we face on our prototype development systems.


  • Development of Platform Master Control (PMC) software in MathWorks’ MATLAB/Simulink environment.
  • Vehicle system integration to configure vehicle components to work together on prototype platforms.
  • Communication with the Systems team on testing requirements to feed component validation.
  • Communication with the Electrical & Electronics team on PMC hardware pinout allocation, component selection & device suitability.
  • Communication with workshop/build team on vehicle commissioning issues.
  • Responsible for vehicle control system during commissioning & testing.
  • Able to be flexible on work location and prepared to travel within the UK and internationally on short assignments.
  • Documenting & reporting vehicle system architecture and software developments to the Head of Controls & Simulation
  • Consider the health and safety, environmental and energy impact of all activities.
  • Support the Company’s compliance with the Data Protection Act 2018, following policy and best practice.


  • Knowledge of electric & hybrid powertrain system architectures
  • Experience of using model-based development languages such as MATLAB & Simulink
  • Awareness of embedded software for microcontrollers in C
  • Knowledge of electric powertrain system components sufficiently to produce software drivers, such as inverter torque control, DCDC control, battery control, LV power distribution / body control, AC & DC charger control, thermal management, brake-by-wire, steer-by-wire.
  • Experience with testing & commissioning electric & hybrid powertrain systems on vehicles.
  • Ability to generate vehicle system commissioning & validation sign-off plans.
  • Fill out Risk Assessments for activities, complete and follow any Safe Systems of Work within accordance of our internal Safety Management System.
  • Able to effectively communicate issues & problems faced throughout the development process, from early system specification, right through to vehicle commissioning & testing.
  • Degree qualified in a relevant engineering discipline
  • Experience of working on High Voltage systems, particularly in powertrains at 400/800V.
  • Familiar with workshop equipment, vehicle operation safety, and dyno test facilities
  • Familiar with prototype ECUs in MathWorks environment such as Pi Innovo’s OpenECU, dSpace, New Eagles’ Raptor, etc.
  • Familiar with measurement, calibration & diagnostic CAN software tools such as Vector’s software suite (CANalyser, CANape, CANoe).
  • Exposure to other coding languages (C, C++, C#, Python)
  • Familiar with good software practices, coding standards, version control/management, issue tracking, and testing
  • Basic knowledge of electronics & embedded microcontrollers (Texas Instruments, Microchip, NXP)
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£55000 Per YEAR
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