Principal Software & Controls Engineer - Automotive Powertrain


Computer Futures

Listed on

10th May




£60,000 - £75,000



Start Date




Role: Principal Software & Controls Engineer

Hybrid model: 3 days on site in Buckinghamshire & 2 days remote

Salary: Up to £75,000 + Bonus + Benefits

Location: Buckinghamshire

We are currently recruiting for one of our customers in Buckinghamshire who specialise in motor design, inverter hardware and software design for the automotive industry.

Our client are looking for Principal Software & Controls Engineer to work on cutting edge motor control technology and be the lead technical authority on motor control systems across the business.

As a Principal Software & Controls Engineer, you will be a key contributor to all aspects of the project life cycle including requirement specification, software design, implementation, test and integration.

Our client is looking for someone to question and challenge the norm and really push the limits of quality and advancement across their suite of products.

Desired experience / skills

  • Minimum of 5 years experience in relevant field (automotive, aerospace)
  • Track record of developing and implementing model based control strategies
  • Strong experience working with complex electro-mechanical systems
  • Experience working on passenger car and motorsport inverter system applications
  • Exposure to all aspects of V-cycle system design and development
  • Experience of motor control algorithms, Field Oriented Control, Space Vector Modulation and inverter sensorless algorithms (other areas of powertrain and vehicle control unit software development will considered)
  • Developing control algorithms for real-time embedded systems; preferably in automotive applications
  • MATLAB & Simulink experience
  • Software unit and integration testing
  • Knowledge of automotive HV systems
  • AUTOSAR standard & AUTOSAR compliant SW development
  • Experience of real time OS and knowledge of protocols such as J1587, J1939, ISO14229, i.e. serial communication, diagnosis and software download.


  • Develop control software for electric machine inverter systems and hybrid vehicle applications
  • Develop, test, validate and verify high level control algorithms in MATLAB & Simulink and pure C-code (eg: Motor control algorithms, FOC, driveability functions, sensor processing, diagnostics, etc.)
  • Follow best practice software development guidelines e.g. ASPICE, MAAB, MISRA-C
  • Support and mentor more junior team members in order to facilitate their professional development
  • Act as a Technical Reference / SME for Inverter Control Topics.
  • Develop safety relevant software according to Automotive and Aerospace standards e.g. ISO26262 & DO-178.
  • Integrate high level algorithms with low level embedded software applications
  • Software based validation of control algorithms through SiL, MiL,
  • System based validation of control algorithms and complete SW using DSpace HiL test processes and Dyno based testing.
  • Support plant model development and test-harness creation for software validation
  • Interfacing and supporting other teams & customers with Controls & Software topics
  • Customer support for complex simulations including Travel to customer test facilities when necessary
  • Participating / contributing to design reviews of software projects and product design
  • Managing / coordinating engineering changes and maintain detailed design records
  • Issue tracking & resolution using industry standard tools (e.g. JIRA)
  • Support hardware commissioning, motor dyno testing and data analysis tasks for fault finding
  • Perform tool development and process automation using industry tools e.g. DSpace Automation Desk
  • Perform software integration, merges and releases via GIT repository management

To find out more about Computer Futures please visit

Computer Futures, a trading division of SThree Partnership LLP is acting as an Employment Agency in relation to this vacancy | Registered office | 1st Floor, 75 King William Street, London, EC4N 7BE, United Kingdom | Partnership Number | OC387148 England and Wales

Contact Name: Jak Jenkins

Reference: TJ/10305/CF-34292581_1715357144

Job ID: 3322787

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