Lead Test and Development Engineer

Lead Test and Development Engineer

Brackley, UK

At the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team, a group of passionate and determined people work to design, develop, manufacture and race the cars driven by seven-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton and Grand Prix winner George Russell.

Whether working in our Operations, Technical, Race or Business Support functions, we are all in and aspire to build the greatest team in the history of our sport.

Every individual plays their part. No stone is left unturned in the chase for every tenth of a second. The history of our sport is long and rich, and we are continuing our journey with renewed effort year on year. Record books remember the names of a few, but history is written by the many.

We are looking for an engineering leader to join our Test and Development team at a time when we are committing significant investment into our in-house test capabilities. Taking responsibility for the engineering of tests and experiments within our test laboratory, this is a role where you will provide a significant contribution to on-track car performance and reliability and help drive our long-term Research and Development goals.

Key Accountabilities (Duties):

Reporting to the Head of Test and Development, your duties will include:

  • Lead test activities where there are multiple departments making requests across reliability and performance areas (for example, our Seven Post or Twelve Axis activities). Responsible for the successful execution of these events within programme constraints, akin to the Chief Engineer at the track.

  • Identification of primary and secondary test objectives with the Design, Performance and Race Engineers, and ensuring the engineering delivery of these efficiently and effectively.

  • In-depth data analysis and the development of software tools in support of suspension, powertrain and safety structures testing.

  • Maintain collaborative inter-departmental relationships within the Engineering Group, as well as across stakeholders in the Operations, Finance and Trackside areas of the business.

  • Work closely with the Data Quality Group to ensure that we deliver the highest practicable quality of data – as necessary to drive Right-First-Time decision making processes.

  • Direct line management of Test Engineers – supporting their continued professional and personal development in line with the Engineering Group framework.

  • Responsible for regulatory (with respect to the FIA Technical, Sporting, and Financial Regulations) compliance of test engineering aspects for activities taking place within the Test and Development Lab.

  • Proactive engineering investigation of feedbacks raised across the Test and Development Lab, including the implementation of suitable containments and countermeasures. This includes diagnosis of issues around our test capability infrastructure, and proactively working to improve our facility

  • Creating and maintaining test profiles and ensuring their continual validation against track data and learning.

  • Support the enablement of our test facilities for commercial use.

Candidate Profile:


  • Engineering or physics degree, or equivalent qualification(s).

  • Demonstrable experience of working in a high-performance engineering environment.

  • Experience in delivering experimental results in support of a fast-paced programme.

  • Ability to collaborate and negotiate to deliver results across different departments.

  • A proven ability to take the initiative.

  • Curious, committed to continuous learning, and ability to adapt quickly to change.


  • Experience in coding to automate processes, manage data and visualise information.

  • Analysis of live and logged data to draw conclusion of component and system health.

  • Trackside motorsport experience.

  • Previous line management responsibility.

  • Ability to empathetically deal with sensitive people matters.

  • Ability to creatively present data in formats that make it accessible and understandable to a wide range of stakeholders and business areas.

  • Demonstrable experience of delivering in a competition environment (such as sport) where the deadline is immovable.

Specific Advantageous Experiences:

  • Previous trackside F1 experience.

  • Use of Instron software and hardware for performing proof and fatigue experiments.

  • Use of ATLAS 10 for analysing live and logged data.

  • Coding in any of Python, MATLAB, VBA, DAX.

  • Knowledge of single seater suspension system configurations and performance trades.

  • Knowledge of single seater safety homologation requirements.

  • Hydraulic and/or pneumatic system design, maintenance and operation.

  • Understanding of Formula 1 Financial Regulations.

  • Experience with using Dassault 3DX for extracting information from CAD.

  • Dashboard development in business insight tools such as PowerBI or Tibco Spotfire.


Our riverside campus is powered by 100% renewably sourced energy and features an on-site gym and exercise studio, subsidised restaurant and on-site parking with EV chargers available.

We offer a competitive and attractive package of benefits including a generous bonus scheme, Mercedes car lease scheme, private medical cover, life assurance and 25 days holiday. We pride ourselves on our family-friendly environment and employee well-being programmes.  

Why us:

At the heart of our performance are our people. Every member of our team has a voice and plays their part in contributing to our successes on and off the racetrack. We take pride in creating an innovative, collaborative and high-performance culture where all of our team members are respected, empowered and valued.

Through our Accelerate 25 programme, we are continuously working to make our team even more diverse and inclusive. Whatever your background, we believe that you will find working with us rewarding and enriching.

Your application:

We will ask you to complete a questionnaire as well as submitting a cover letter and CV. Please note if you would like to include a cover letter, please upload it with your CV as one PDF document.

Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team