Williams Advanced Engineering provides world class technical innovation, engineering, testing, manufacturing and operational consultancy services to the automotive, motorsport, aerospace, defence, health and energy sectors.

Williams Advanced Engineering helps businesses meet the sustainability challenges of the 21st century.

Williams Advanced Engineering has grown from an embryonic business in 2010 to a company employing 350 people engaged in many innovative and transformative technical areas for a growing list of clients.

Principal Engineer – Controls


Williams Advanced Engineering exists to accelerate the advantage and impact of our clients. We do it through innovative engineering and technology that solves complex problems and brings a step-change in weight, speed and efficiency. Join us to help fulfil our mission to accelerate an efficient, electric and sustainable future.

An opportunity has arisen for a Principal Engineer – Controls to join our Controls Team at an exciting time in its expansion. You’ll be providing software design support from specification through to testing. Problem solving is at the heart of what we do and you’ll possess the technical know-how to aid project engineering teams across a myriad of sectors, helping global clients achieve their sustainability ambitions.

Job role:

  • Deriving software requirements from ECU feature requirements.
  • Translation of requirements into a software design.
  • Implementation of the design by configuring Autosar modules to meet requirements or implement them directly in C.
  • Integrating handwritten C code into an Autosar framework.
  • Working closely with other members of the team as well as the hardware team to make sure the SW developed meet the feature requirements at ECU level.
  • Support ISO26262 process with traceability from requirement to implementation.
  • Develop Unit level and integration level testing with LDRA toolchain.
  • Support ECU testing on HIL rig.
  • Individual and team workload planning to strict deadlines and milestones.
  • Support the development of junior team members.


You’ll have:

  • An engineering qualification (e.g. HNC, Degree) in a relevant discipline and or equivalent industry experience as (e.g. Aerospace, Rail and Automation).
  • Experience leading small software teams or technical specialists within a software team.
  • Knowledge of one or more software development lifecycles.
  • Experience of mainstream automotive ECU software development for production following ISO26262 process.
  • Proficiency with ETAS or Vector Autosar authoring tools.
  • Proficient in bare metal embedded SW development in C on Arm CPU architecture preferably using Xilinx or TI processors.
  • Experience/understanding of test, measurement and debug techniques.
  • Proficiency with debugging tools like Lauterbach Trace32.
  • Experience with LDRA toolchain.
  • CANape / CANoe / CANalyzer experience would be beneficial.
  • Understanding of Matlab/Simulink code generation process is beneficial.


We’ll provide:

  • Training to add to your existing skills and accelerate your career
  • A supportive and empowering work environment


Application deadline:

Closing date for applications is 27th May 2022 at noon.



We have 2 offices in Oxfordshire, UK; Kidlington, OX5 1GN and Grove, OX12 0DQ. This role could be based at either site for convenience, though occasional visits to both sites will be required. We also offer hybrid working arrangements.


Disclaimers and DEI:

You do not need to match every listed expectation to apply for this position. At WAE we are committed to building a team that encompasses a variety of backgrounds, experiences and skills.  WAE is an equal opportunity employer who values diversity and inclusion. If you have a disability, we are happy to discuss reasonable job adjustments.



26 Days Holiday

Increases with service and also options to buy and sell

4 x Car Schemes

Mercedes, Jaguar Land Rover, BMW and Nissan car schemes available

Bonus Scheme

We offer a performance based bonus scheme

Salary Sacrifice & Childcare Benefits

Vouchers & Teds Premier Childcare

Health and Fitness

Free on-site gym with Health and Fitness classes and Osteo treatment

Private Medical and Health Insurance Cash Plan

Save money on health and medical benefits


Life Assurance, Long term disability insurance

Staff Events

Please Note: Due to the Volume of applications we receive on a daily basis we cannot guarantee your application will be acknowledged or considered unless you have applied directly via our website wae.com/careers.