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Lead Software Engineer

The Mercedes AMG-PETRONAS Formula One Team
Hybrid / Brackley
Competitive and attractive package of benefits
Closing date
16 Feb 2023

Job Details

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 rising star George Russell.

To be a part of our team, it does not matter whether you already have an interest in motorsport or not: we are looking for people who are passionate about reaching their full potential and are excited about constantly learning. We are highly focused on equal opportunities and pride ourselves on our strong, inclusive values and culture.

We're seeking a highly skilled and experienced Lead Software Engineer to join our growing agile software development group. You will lead a team of software engineers to deliver on key projects for our F1 team as well as our Applied Science customers.  Applied Science is the commercial engineering division of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team and our mission is to leverage the best of aerospace and motorsport technologies to deliver performance for our customers across the domains of land, sea and air.

This role will include both people management and hands on technical involvement as we transform and modernise our software systems and working practices to drive the growth and capability of our business.

Partnering with key areas of the business and our customers, you will balance their needs with team capacity ensuring an excellent software experience. You will lead the design and development of the next generation of software systems that provide the backbone for all our simulation and performance activities.

Key projects include developing our real time simulators, our HPC infrastructure and our data capture and analysis systems.  Your work will push our development both on and off track, and you’ll get the opportunity to work with a wide range of key stakeholders, delivering high value projects with a real-world impact.   

We’re looking for someone who has proven experience in leading a software team, delivering solutions to complex problems and who can work with key stakeholders, maintaining a strong customer focus. This is an incredible opportunity to join our team, where you can make a tangible impact on our car development, race performance and customer projects.

The role:

As our Lead Software Engineer your responsibilities will include:

  • Lead and coach the software development team, building a supportive environment and developing capabilities to ensure the smooth delivery of major technical projects.

  • Be the key point of contact for new software requirements and internal stakeholder management.

  • Enhance existing systems, ensuring sustainable solutions, whilst building the functionality of the future.

  • Streamline our software engineering projects and processes with the team, ensuring seamless customer experiences and advocating best practices.

  • Provide architectural advice and guidance.  

  • Support some of our live race events, ensuring the team can access the right information at the right time to enhance our strategic decision making.

  • With support from the business, lead the software development team on all people matters with a focus on performance, development, engagement and wellbeing.

What we are looking for:

  • Degree in Computer Science (or similar), or relevant experience.

  • Experience leading high performing self-organising teams, delivering solutions to complex problems 

  • Excellent communication skills and experience working with a strong customer focus 

  • Good understanding of Microservices, APIs and Agile development methodologies

  • Significant experience of at least one programming language and the ability to work across the full software stack

  • Extensive knowledge of the full Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC)  

  • Experience developing on Windows and Linux operating systems

  • Strong grasp of container technology including container orchestration with tools such as Docker, Kubernetes and Rancher

  • Experience with DevOps tools and concepts

  • Excellent communication skills and experience managing key stakeholder relationships 

  • Able to create and nurture a culture of problem solvers eager to tackle new challenges    

What do we offer:

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. We welcome applications from all and are committed to attracting, recruiting and retaining the most talented individuals.

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 policies and offer flexible working options.  


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 rising star George Russell.

The Team has set a new benchmark for Formula One success during the sport’s current Hybrid era, winning consecutive Drivers’ and Constructors’ World Championships in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020, and the Constructors’ Championship in 2021.

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