Lead Programme Engineer - Motorsport

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Kidlington, Oxfordshire / UK | Project Engineer

In 2010 Williams Grand Prix Engineering – the company behind the Williams F1 team – began diversifying its operations. The division that was established became WAE. Initially WAE provided innovative technology across a range of sectors, but demand for its services quickly increased and its focus sharpened. Soon the company established itself as a leader in electrification and energy storage. In 2022 WAE was acquired by Fortescue Metals Group (FMG), and in 2024 became Fortescue Zero.

Our roots are firmly fixed in motorsport, and so is our future. Our dedicated motorsport team currently provide the electrical systems for almost all the electric race series. We’re also the sole battery suppliers to the LMDh series. We apply the technical expertise we gain from this fast-moving world across all relevant electrification programmes.

Since 2013, we’ve helped our clients to achieve 98 Poles, 249 Podiums, 96 Wins, 9 Driver Championships & 8 Manufacturer Championships to date.

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Fortescue Zero
Kidlington, Oxfordshire / UK
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Fortescue Zero exists to accelerate the advantage and impact of our clients. We do it through innovative engineering and technology that solves complex problems and brings a step-change in weight, speed, and efficiency. Join us to help fulfil our mission to accelerate an efficient, electric, and sustainable future.

An opportunity has arisen for a Lead Programme Engineer to join the Motorsport department in a rapidly expanding and exciting work environment. The purpose of the role is to support all aspects of product design verification and production after design release. To support the factory-based engineering function for motorsport products in the field.


Job role:

  • Liaise with the MSPT design function on project requirements capture & qualification for new projects. 
  • Liaise with the MSPT design function to develop the design verification plan and subsequently work alongside the MECH group to design and execute the testing required. 
  • Consider all aspects of in-field operation of the MSPT products and feed-forward into design as appropriate. 
  • Liaise with the MSPT track support function to determine the suitability of all controls & software solutions in development. 
  • Support the programme management function with the product build plan and liaise with workshop functions to ensure a consistent approach to manufacture & quality. 
  • Once MSPT product has been delivered/deployed you will support the fault/issue management and resolution processes. 


MSPT Team: 

As a member of the MSPT group you will: 

  • Be available to travel to race events as required 
  • Participate in such business process development as required 
  • Participate in such business development, commercial and contractual tasks as required 
  • Cooperate, as required, with other WAE departments to support any other projects or initiatives within WAE 
  • Implement the company’s Health & Safety policy


You’ll have:

  • The candidate must have a relevant engineering degree (or equivalent)
  • The candidate should have significant experience in high level motorsport (F1, WEC, Formula E etc), with a minimum 2 years in small team leadership or project coordination roles, or demonstrate experience of other significant technical/resource/commercial responsibility.


We’ll provide:

  • Training to add to your existing skills and accelerate your career
  • A supportive and empowering work environment


Application deadline:

The closing date for applications is 5th July 2024.



Kidlington, Oxfordshire


Disclaimers and DEI:

You do not need to match every listed expectation to apply for this position. At Fortescue Zero we are committed to building a team that encompasses a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and skills. Fortescue Zero is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and inclusion. If you have a disability, we are happy to discuss reasonable job adjustments.