HPC Systems Engineer

Job description

At McLaren Racing, we believe only by chasing performance in everything we do can we give ourselves the best chance of success. Performance on track and in the factory. Performance for our people, our business and our partners. It’s about more than winning. It’s about hitting the highest standards, and then raising the bar again.

Purpose of the Role:

We are looking for a High Performance Computing (HPC) Systems Engineer to join our HPC team and help maintain a high-end service that meet the very demanding requirements of the McLaren Racing’s computational engineering environment, and in particular Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).

This is an opportunity to work in a fast-paced, innovative high technology environment, focussing on pure performance and exploring a diverse range of new hardware and software technologies in supercomputing.

This role is primarily infrastructure based, although the team provide a wide range of services including software development, there could be opportunities to move in the future. If you are an IT Graduate looking for your first role in IT Infrastructure, Linux Enthusiast, or Linux Systems Administrator looking to broaden your skill set, or make a move into high performance computing this role might be of interest to you.

Every aerodynamic part that reaches the car starts its life in simulations, and Aerodynamic testing being a restricted activity, your work will have a direct impact on our race car performance.

Principal Accountabilities:

  • Responsible for the day-to-day operational support of the McLaren Racing HPC estate: manage and solve any hardware and software issues that may arise. (Systems Administration)
  • Assist in hardware and software upgrade programmes to implement new technologies.
  • Identify bottlenecks and assist in maximising performance of our HPC applications.
  • Provide Linux advice and support to Racing engineers and HPC users.
  • Keep abreast of latest HPC and industry developments and investigate the suitability of newly available technologies, including but not limited to: new CPU/GPU technologies, HMB, memory and high-speed interconnects, web-based software technologies and parallel high performance computing application tuning & optimization.

Job requirements

Knowledge areas, Skills and Experience:

  • Knowledge of Linux (Mandatory)
  • Knowledge of HPC hardware including clusters, storage and interconnects
  • HPC/Linux system and package management tools
  • Administration and use of HPC batch job schedulers.
  • Computer architecture, CPU, GPU, Memory and I/O subsystem knowledge
  • Strong python and/or shell scripting and debugging


  • Storage knowledge, HPC parallel file system and general file sharing protocols
  • Networking skills
  • Knowledge and experience of Virtualisation & Visualisation (VDI)
  • System and infrastructure monitoring tools
  • Developed and maintained automation using DevOps/CI tools and processes
  • Familiar with databases: both SQL and no-SQL
  • Documentation skills

Personal Attributes:

  • Degree in related subject such as Computer Science, or industry certification
  • Have excellent problem-solving skills and analytical approach, with attention to detail.
  • Self-starter, able to identify requirements independently, then make proposals for solutions.
  • A team player but with the initiative to make own decisions and work with minimal supervision.
  • Aptitude to learn from others, share knowledge with others, and promote continuous improvement of our processes.
  • High level of personal commitment, occasional availability on weekends and out of hours may be required.
  • Good communication skills.

What McLaren can offer?

We constantly strive to be better tomorrow than we are today. Our ambition is to be the most pioneering and exhilarating racing team in the world, and our collective task is to set the standards for high performance in sport. We show up every day with energy and enthusiasm, ready to play our part.

We encourage and support diversity, equity and inclusion. We will actively promote a culture that values difference and eliminates discrimination in our workplace.

McLaren Racing is based at the iconic McLaren Technology Centre (MTC) near Woking. Our state of the art, sustainable campus offers many facilities including a gym, restaurant and indoor and outdoor break-out areas, as well as direct access to park and common land. The MTC is connected to Woking mainline station via regular shuttle buses, from which London Waterloo is a 30 minute train ride.

We offer a comprehensive package of benefits including private healthcare, car schemes, life insurance and generous pension contributions.

McLaren F1 Team