Senior Controls and Software Engineer

Location: Xtrac UKClosing Date: 31 October 2024

Senior Controls & SW Engineer

Job Title:              Senior Controls & Software Engineer

Reporting to:      Head of Control Systems and Electronics

Date Posted:       4th March 2023

Xtrac is the world’s leading design and manufacture of specialist transmissions. Our customers include the top motorsports racing series including Formula One, Le Mans, IndyCar and NASCAR and we also supply transmissions for the most exclusive high-performance cars in the world. We are at the forefront of a once-in-a-generation opportunity as the automotive industry transitions from internal combustion to electric and hybrid and our experienced and dedicated teams are using the latest cutting-edge technology to achieve this transition.


  1. To enact the requirements of the Head of Control Systems and Electronics.
  2. Work closely with the mechanical design teams to support the design and integration of Control assemblies and systems within the transmission to optimise overall performance, measured against the system requirements.
  3. Analyse data logs to determine system performance, support issue resolution or identify development paths.
  4. Support in-house and off-site dyno and vehicle tests, when requested.
  5. To take ownership of and deliver project requirements.
  6. To learn from your compatriots and develop your own ability.



  1. To conduct yourself as a professional engineer befitting of the organisation.
  2. To take responsibility for controls-based systems projects and to undertake such projects to the requirements of the Head of Control Systems and Electronics.
  3. To deliver controls development activities on time to the specification, making consideration for project cost.
  4. To technically supervise and co-ordinate engineers to undertake controls development projects.
  5. To derive methods and tools to undertake activities to company standards and procedures.
  6. To assist the Head of Control Systems and Electronics in the timescale and resource planning of projects.
  7. To ensure continual improvement in the analysis of Xtrac product.
  8. To approve work tasks and reports where appropriate.
  9. To mentor staff, new starters and students as required.
  10. To ensure that all Controls development activities are concluded in an appropriate manner.
  11. To work within the Integrated Business Process (IBP) framework to manage and prioritise work as required.
  12. To follow and develop Xtrac standards, operating procedures and work instructions.
  13. To offer continuous improvement in activities related to the job role.
  14. To attend training and conference events as required
  15. To observe Health and Safety rules at all times.
  16. To carry out reasonable duties as requested by Management.



Education, Qualifications and Training


  • Minimum of BEng or BSc (or similar), Degree or higher in mechanical, mechatronic, electrical, or electronic engineering



  • Incorporated or chartered engineer, or actively striving to become incorporated or chartered.


  • A good understanding of transmission systems such as AMT, DCT, planetary auto, CVT, single speed reducers.
  • A technical focus towards developing and optimising full system solutions.
  • Have a knowledge of networking, communication, and calibration protocols CAN, CCP/XCP, UDS, LIN, FlexRay, Ethernet).
  • A working knowledge of, or application of:






Autosar (optional)



  • Experience of both internal combustion engine and electric machine power sources.
  • Experience of electronic design, and a knowledge of microprocessors, wiring and sensor selection for use in automotive applications.
  • An understanding of software requirements and rig and vehicle calibration activities.




  • At least 5 years’ experience as Mechanical, Electrical, or Controls Engineering in an automotive or motorsport environment.
  • Creation of requirements and specifications for powertrain control systems.
  • Supporting the maintenance of DVP&R and other project documentation.
  • Design of mechanical assemblies including concept schemes, detail design and assembly drawings with supporting verification documents.
  • Proactive involvement in project review processes such as HARA, DFMEA, peer reviews, calibration reviews.




  • Ability to work closely with design teams, across multiple projects, to optimise the overall design and component integration to maximise the system performance. This could include initial concept work, as well as creating performance criteria and basic models to assist in component sizing.
  • A practical approach to development and problem solving.
  • Assist and guide component part selection, such as sensors, connectors and motors, working with suppliers and manufacturers during the design and production phases.
  • Ability to review logged test data from rigs and vehicles and interpret system performance and behaviour to a wider audience. This may include discussions, presentations, and reports across the Engineering department.
  • An awareness of verification and validation techniques using SIL, PIL, HIL, Test rigs and vehicle testing, and the ability to support testing including travel.
  • Excellent IT skills and a knowledge of Word and Excel.
  • Must be a strong communicator across a multi skilled organisation and especially in communicating technical ideas to staff members and to customers.
  • Must be organised, have a structured approach to problem solving.
  • Application of logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
  • Must have leadership skills and take responsibility for decisions taken.
  • Must demonstrate a disciplined methodical approach to work which is appropriate for the framework set by an ISO 9001:2008 organisation.


Special Requirements of the role


  • To work to a high and consistent standard especially when under pressure.
  • Be hands on, approachable and have a desire to resolve problems.
  • Able to build and develop team members.

DEI Statement 

Xtrac believe that diversity is not only a fundamental value but also a key driver of innovation, growth and success. We are committed to fostering an inclusive workplace where all employees feel valued, respected and empowered to contribute their unique perspectives and talents.

We celebrate diversity in all its forms, including to but not limited to race, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion disability and veteran status. We recognise that diverse teams are more creative, collaborative and effective in solving complex problems and driving positive change.

Xtrac are dedicated to creating a culture of belonging where everyone can thrive and reach their full potential. We actively promote diversity and inclusion through recruitment, training and development, and advancement opportunities for all employees. By embracing diversity and fostering inclusivity, we not only strengthen our organisation but also enrich the experience of our employees and the communities we serve.

Join us at Xtrac and be part of a diverse and inclusive team that values and celebrates the unique contributions of every individual. Together we will drive innovation, excellence and success.

Company benefits include

Competitive Salary
Pension Contribution
Life Assurance
Private Health Care
Eye Care Assistance
Cycle to Work Scheme
Company Events
On-site Parking
Reward & Recognition Incentives
Flexible Working for Some Roles
Salary Sacrifice Electric Car Scheme
Free Safety Workwear

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