Project Engineer - Trackside - Motorsport

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Kidlington, Oxfordshire / UK | Electric Vehicles, 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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Organisation
Fortescue Zero
Reference
VAC-4351
Location
Kidlington, Oxfordshire / UK
Salary / Benefits
Competitive
Contract Type

Project Engineer - Trackside

Kidlington
Full-time
Perm
40 hours per week
 

THE POWER OF NOW

Fortescue Zero’s mission is to be the world leader in zero emission power systems. We are developing and manufacturing the technologies needed to decarbonise our planet. We are expanding across the geographies of UK, US and Australia and becoming a global company. As part of Fortescue, our vision is to be the number one integrated green technology, energy, and metals company.

 

An opportunity has arisen for a Project Engineer - Trackside to join the Motorsport department in a rapidly expanding and exciting work environment. 


About the role

The motorsport project engineer will facilitate the safe operation of our electric motorsport products in the field.

 

What you will do

  • In this customer-facing role, the engineer will be responsible for the safe and reliable operation of Fortescue Zero motorsport products. This will entail detailed pre-event preparation from the initial testing stage onwards and will develop into regular, international event support of both test and race. 
  • Understand and analyse electrical schematics and wiring diagrams to diagnose and troubleshoot issues.
  • Liaison between the factory and the test or race event maintaining communication across departments to ensure the readiness of Fortescue Zero products like hardware, software, and spares.
  • Collaborate with other members of the Fortescue Zero team to identify opportunities for process improvements and product development.
  • Ability to analyse data generated from testing and racing events to identify faults and use problem-solving skills to identify and address issues related to hardware, software, and communication systems in a time-critical and stressful environment.
  • Assist in the design and development of new motorsport products(hardware/software), providing feedback and insights based on customer feedback and experience. 
  • Develop and maintain technical documentation, including product manuals and training materials, to ensure consistent and accurate communication with customers.
  • Author post-session and event reports for both internal and external distribution.

 

About you

  • Degree (or equivalent) with significant industrial experience.
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to solve complex problems in a fast-paced environment.
  • Detailed knowledge of Battery Management Systems (BMS), High Voltage (HV) Batteries, and electrical systems of Electric Vehicles (EVs) is highly advantageous. 
  • Proficient in the use of MathWorks, ATLAS, System Monitor, Wintax, WinDrab, and other CAN tools. 
  • Experience in previous track support or customer support roles desirable.
  • Willing to travel extensively and work flexible hours during testing and racing events.

 

What is in it for you?

Our typical hybrid roles at Fortescue Zero require 3 days in the office and 2 from home, making the ability to commute to the stated office location for the required days essential.

  • Fortescue Zero bonus scheme
  • Aviva Pension
  • Group Life Assurance
  • Group Income Protection
  • Electric Car Scheme
  • Health Cash Plan
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • 26 days holiday plus public holidays and the opportunity to purchase an additional 5 days per year
  • Childcare Benefits
  • Free on-site 24/7 gym access at HQ and discounted national memberships

 

Application Deadline:

The closing date for application is 2nd August 2024.

 

Not near-zero

Not net-zero. 

We are Fortescue Zero.

 

Additional Information

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. You are welcome to apply no matter your age, disability, gender, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.

 

Please note, if you are applying for a role which involves having access to personal data, you will be subject to a background check. Where checks are unsatisfactory or incomplete and/or a failure to reveal information relating to convictions that you are required to identify as part of the background checks, could lead to withdrawal of an offer of employment.