Head of Control Systems

Haas F1 Team debuted in the FIA Formula One World Championship in 2016, becoming the first American-led Formula One team since 1986. Founded by industrialist Gene Haas, Haas F1 Team is based in the United States on the same Kannapolis, North Carolina, campus as his championship-winning NASCAR team, Stewart-Haas Racing. Haas is the founder of Haas Automation, the largest CNC machine tool builder in North America, and he is chairman of Haas F1 Team. 
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Haas F1 Team
Banbury / UK
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When you join a team that never sits still, that’s hungry to make F1 history with every weld, every code, and every email we write, you will find yourself completely immersed in your role. To meet the challenges of competing in the highest class of international motor racing, you’ll help us innovate new ways of getting our team to the top.


Haas F1 is unique on and off the grid, and our most important resource, our soul, is our people, that’s just one reason why you can have so much of an impact here. Every member of our team is a full contributor to our results on the track, no matter which department or country you work in.  At Haas F1 you’ll be involved in many different areas of the team, an assortment of projects and plenty of hands-on experience while collaborating with some of the best minds in the world. Yes, you’ll learn from us, but we expect to learn from you too!


Join our team and make your passion your profession!


General Summary:

This position reports to the Director of Engineering; is located in Banbury, UK.  Leading the configuration and development of on car control systems at race and test events. Responsible for ensuring control systems are configured correctly and optimized within the FIA set guidelines. Work with race engineers and drivers on improvements and tuning of the systems and tools to the drivers and teams’ requirements.


General Responsibilities:

  • Manage department personnel from recruitment, onboarding, employee engagement through to separation.
  • Mentor, train and guide personnel as required. Develop staff using effective performance reviews and development plans.
  • Promote teamwork and effective communications to develop working relationships between all personnel and departments.
  • Responsible for establishing standard operating procedures and budgets to maintain a practical yet functional department.
  • Assumes any responsibilities and duties delegated by the Director of Engineering or their designee.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage and oversee the trackside control engineers’ activities and responsibilities in order to ensure that the cars are operated safely and legally as well as ensuring to achieve the highest level of performance.
  • Provide a strategy and planning for on-going control systems tools development. Identify areas of improvements and prioritise as required. Make recommendations on the development strategy and propose a plan of execution.
  • Manage Control Systems Group budget. Make appropriate recommendations for recruitment strategy.
  • Define and develop all the control systems related trackside procedures, such as software release and FIA declaration.
  • Ensure necessarily FIA declarations are made in a timely manner and satisfy all the legality requirements.
  • Ensure the control systems are set-up and working within the FIA guidelines, whilst developing and managing the embedded code for on-car systems.
  • Work closely with electrical and systems engineers. Provide necessarily assistance to manage sensors and electrical systems on the car.
  • Work closely with Ferrari electrical engineers in order to ensure all the necessarily information are communicated properly in a timely manner.
  • Manage all aspects of starts including driver procedures and clutch torque controller tuning.
  • Assist trackside control engineers from Race support room in Banbury during race weekends as required.
  • Attend race / test events as required to cover for the absence of trackside control engineers or otherwise.
  • Attend faults meetings, responsible to manage and solve all the faults assigned to control systems.
  • Provide necessarily support and solutions for the team’s simulator activities. Attend occasional development meetings either in Banbury or in Italy.
  • Follow all safety regulations in all venues.


Education and Work Experience:

  • Degree or equivalent in control systems engineering.
  • Previous experience of working with control systems in Formula One is essential.
  • Previous experience developing embedded code for the SECU is highly desirable.
  • Previous leadership experience preferred.


Specialized Knowledge and Skills:

  • Strong communication skills, written and verbal.
  • Strong technical background in racing car control systems.
  • Work to a consistently high standard in stressful and time sensitive situations.
  • Quick decision-making skills whilst working through problems in a scientific and analytical way. Work well in a team environment with personnel at all levels.


Equipment and Applications:

Atlas, System Monitor, Visual Basic, C#, Simulink.


Work Environment Physical Demands:

An ability to work and prioritise within a high pressure, time sensitive environment while retaining a methodical approach is essential. The role may require some domestic & international travel and a willingness to work long and flexible hours including weekends.


This position may require lifting to 50 pounds, repeated bending, squatting and manual dexterity. Fast-paced work environment requiring heavy mental demands. Work environment includes machinery, race cars, 7-post and other rigs, grinding debris, and hazardous fluids. All employees must ensure compliance with the Company Health and Safety Policy, and all relevant other statutory Health and Safety legislation.


This job description may not detail some fewer major duties, nor cover duties of a similar nature, which may from time to time be reasonably required by the relevant manager.


Haas F1 team’s benefits help further the well-being of our employees and their families in meaningful ways. No matter where you work at Haas F1, you can take advantage of our health and wellness resources, get support with your fitness goals by working with our fitness instructors, physios and attending Yoga classes all held in our onsite gym. We offer everyone at Haas F1 the chance to share in the team’s success, being the only team on the grid that offers a race results bonus as well as an end of year constructor’s championship bonus.


You’ll discover many more benefits of working at Haas F1, such as our family days where we invite you and your family to spend quality time with our team, the drivers and the cars.


At Haas F1, Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion are fundamental of who we are. Our commitment to these ethics is steadfast and this promise travels with us wherever we are in the world.  They are central to our mission and to our impact on the F1 Circuit. We know that having varied perspectives helps generate better ideas to solve the complex problems of a changing and increasingly diverse world.



Due to the nature of the organisation, all employees of Haas F1 Team are required to be security cleared to National Security Vetting standards. If successful in your application, we would support you with the NSV process. As a guideline only, you would normally need to have been a UK resident for the last 5 consecutive years.  Further confirmation can be found on the Civil Aviation Authority National Security Vetting (NSV) website https://www.caa.co.uk/Commercial-industry/Security/Vetting/National-security-vetting/ 

If you have not been a UK resident for the last 5 consecutive years, please be prepared to request an Overseas Criminal Records Check for these countries as you will be asked to provide this for referencing and security checks if you are successful.