Reporting to Chief Engineer
Department Engineering
Standard Working Hours Monday to Friday – 37.5 hours per week
Location Shoreham-by-Sea
Holiday Entitlement 20 days, rising to 25 days after 2 years’ service

Cox Powertrain is dedicated to the development and production of high performance diesel outboard engines. Through the company’s existence, it has taken an innovative approach towards the resolution of the challenges involved in bringing such a product to market. The company offers an exciting and fast-paced environment where innovative and unusual ideas are actively encouraged. The business is rapidly growing and as such is the ideal environment for a candidate looking for career progression and involvement in an industry-changing project from an early stage.

Cox is now looking to expand its capabilities in the field of electronic controls. The Principal Engineer (Controls) will be responsible for leading the company controls developments activities, both software and hardware across engine and vessel applications.

Responsibilities and Duties

The Principal Engineer (Controls) will have responsibilities including (but not limited to):

  • Development of the company’s ongoing product control approach and strategies.
  • Management of a team of engineers and technicians in the delivery of the controls function including recruitment, training, work planning, appraisals, one-to-ones, leave management, departmental budget control.
  • Provision of technical leadership to externally sourced hardware and software development activities including; preparation of initial RFQ’s, final supplier selection and management through the technical delivery process to project completion.
  • To act as the single point of internal expertise on matters relating to powertrain and marine vessel control (both software and hardware), continuing to maintain a comprehensive and up to date knowledge of relevant technologies.
  • Ongoing expansion of the company’s electrical and controls test capability including HiL and SiL rigs.

Skills and Experience

The ideal candidate will:

The successful applicant will be a completer-finisher with great attention to detail and effective documentation. They will be an excellent communicator with a good grasp of the English language. They will work as part of a larger development team so must be an effective team player with a clear focus on the ultimate project goal. They must have a strong work ethic and be able to drive themselves to the agreed outcome. They must also be capable of interacting effectively with suppliers drawn from an international supply chain, so an ability to speak more than one language will be of benefit.

Necessary knowledge and experience:

The successful candidate will be an experienced engineer of electronics control systems with a deep understanding of controls systems strategy and execution. Strong software skills are essential as is a robust understanding of digital electronics hardware design.

Competency with real time operating systems, “C”, LabView, Matlab/Simulink and VHDL is required, together with an understanding of software HIL testing and SIL validation. Experience with FPGA-based designs and ARM processors will be beneficial. A knowledge of the implementation and constraints of on- and off-vehicle networks is required. A working understanding of analogue electronics would be beneficial.

A basic understanding of the physics of mechanical and hydraulic control systems together with a demonstrated ability to evolve control strategies which result in stable, predictable system behaviour is essential. Prior experience in the design and implementation of on-vehicle wiring looms suitable for harsh environments will be beneficial, as will an understanding of sensor selection and calibration.

They will be expected to work alongside experienced engineers of parallel disciplines in the development of new products and test equipment, so a robust basis in physics and mathematics is essential. A prior capability with one of the industry-standard design tools (e.g. NX, Catia, Inventor) will be beneficial.

Working competency with the usual office tools (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) is mandatory. The successful candidate will have at least 5 year’s demonstrable experience across the above competencies in either the aerospace, motorsport or automotive industries. Applications from candidates from other industries who can demonstrate the necessary capabilities and experience will be considered.

The successful applicant will be able to evidence their relevant prior experience by means of peer interview and by passing initial capability tests. Where possible they should be prepared to bring examples of their own prior work to interview. The successful candidate will be able to evidence their own work, as opposed to that of a team of which they have been a part.

If you wish to apply for this role, please click on the apply button, or email, and include: Your current CV, covering letter including salary expectations and any notice period.

About Cox Powertrain

Cox Powertrain is a privately owned, well-funded, company. It has taken a clean sheet approach through its development programme to deliver diesel engine designs that combine innovation, with best engineering practice to develop patented technologies to unlock new levels of power density.

The company is an exciting place to work, where innovative and unusual ideas are actively encouraged. The business is rapidly growing, and as such – is the ideal environment for a candidate wishing to work in a business with opportunity for career progression, and to be involved in an industry-changing development from relatively early on.