Materials Engineer

For many fans of Formula One, the sport exists between lights and chequered flag on a Sunday afternoon. It begins and ends with the exploits of the drivers on the track. But this is merely the tip of the spear. The reality of modern F1 is that of a complex and intertwined operation, every part of which needs to perform near its limit if success is to be achieved. From the pit crew searching for the ultimate repeatable pit stop, to the inspiration of the designers, the application of engineers and the herculean efforts of an army of fabricators and machinists. Much of our success is thanks to the diversity of thought and spectrum of skill sets held within the team, our ability to recognise unique contributions from individual team members is just a part of why we love what we do.

Job Description

Red Bull Powertrains is a Formula One power unit manufacturing company and the newest addition to the Red Bull Technology Campus in Milton Keynes. Formed in 2021, Red Bull Powertrains is continuously expanding the team of experienced and talented engineers from different backgrounds, all working towards developing a championship winning Power Unit that will comply with 2026 regulations.

Working from our Milton Keynes factory you will be integrated within the Material and Battery Engineering Group of Red Bull Powertrains. Your will support the ICE, ERS and ESS areas of the Powertrain working closely with other areas of the business including Design, Quality, Purchasing and Performance.

With the opportunity to be involved in multiple areas of the Power Unit, a broad experience across different fields of Materials Engineering such as Metallic, Polymeric, Elastomeric and Composite materials is advantageous as well as knowledge of material processing such as manufacturing methods, heat treatment and surface treatment of materials and components.

Key Competencies for the Materials Engineer role:

  • A Materials Science or Materials Engineering degree or equivalent qualification.

  • In depth knowledge of F1 hybrid power unit materials is advantageous but involvement in high-performance R&D projects and experience of short lead time projects is a pre-requisite.

  • Excellent understanding of the failure mechanisms of different materials.

  • Evidenced experience of complex decision making and strategic thinking when faced with imperfect data and challenging timelines.

  • Technical report writing including ability to draw conclusions and make decisions.

  • Experience of heat treatments and surface treatments with the ability to write appropriate control specifications and audit suppliers.

  • Knowledge of conventional material manufacturing methods as well as new technologies such as Additive Manufacturing.

  • Practical hands-on approach with ability to self-manage workload and priorities when necessary.

  • Ability to generate innovative materials solutions that deliver benefits to the Power Unit.

  • Willingness to adapt to the challenge of a fast paced, technically challenging environment.

Key accountabilities for the Materials Engineer role:

  • Ability to prepare metallurgical samples for examination.

  • Knowledge of the operation of standard metallurgical equipment.

  • Experience of material property testing and interpretation of the results.

At Red Bull Powertrains, we offer more than just a competitive salary. Other benefits include our bonus scheme, private health care cover, life assurance scheme, workplace nursery scheme, company contributed pension scheme, on site gym & fitness classes, free daily food allowance, and a cycle to work scheme; but above all, the job satisfaction doesn’t get any better than the feeling of making a real contribution to our championship winning grand prix cars.

Fri, 12 Jan 2024

Red Bull Powertrains