Principal Control Systems Engineer


We are seeking a highly skilled and experienced Principal Control Systems Engineer to join our growing Control Systems team. As a Principal Control Systems Engineer, you will play a key role in developing advanced technology for our autonomy-focused control systems that we install across a range of vehicle platforms. You will lead the design, development, and implementation of control algorithms, ensuring the safe and efficient operation of our autonomous systems. This position requires a deep understanding of control theory, experience in autonomous vehicle technologies, and the ability to solve complex engineering challenges in a dynamic and fast-paced environment.


  • Lead the design and development of advanced control systems for autonomous vehicles, including perception, planning, and control algorithms.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including software engineers, perception engineers, and hardware engineers, to integrate control systems into the overall autonomous vehicle architecture.
  • Conduct in-depth analysis and modelling of control systems, using simulation tools and real-world testing to validate system performance and optimise algorithms.
  • Provide technical leadership and mentorship to a team of engineers, guiding them in the development and implementation of control system solutions for autonomous vehicles.
  • Collaborate with system architects and project managers to define project requirements, milestones, and deliverables, ensuring the successful execution of control system projects.
  • Stay abreast of the latest advancements in control systems and autonomous vehicle technologies, and apply this knowledge to enhance existing systems and propose innovative solutions.
  • Conduct feasibility studies and develop specifications for control system projects, considering factors such as safety, reliability, real-time performance, and scalability.
  • Troubleshoot and resolve complex technical issues related to control systems in autonomous vehicles, providing support during system integration, testing, and deployment.
  • Collaborate with external partners and suppliers to evaluate and select components and subsystems that meet the specific requirements of autonomous vehicle control systems.
  • Participate in design reviews, providing technical input to enhance system performance, maintainability, and scalability, with a strong focus on safety and regulatory compliance.

Qualifications & experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Control Systems Engineering, Robotics, or a related field. A master’s or Ph.D. degree is preferred.
  • Extensive experience (5+ years) in the design, development, and implementation of control systems for autonomous vehicles, with a strong understanding of perception, planning, and control algorithms.
  • Proficiency in programming languages such as C/C++, Python, or MATLAB for control system development and simulation.
  • Solid understanding of autonomous vehicle technologies, including perception sensors (lidar, radar, cameras), localization, mapping, and motion planning algorithms.
  • Experience with real-time operating systems (RTOS) and software frameworks used in autonomous vehicles, such as ROS (Robot Operating System).
  • Demonstrated experience in leading and managing control system projects in the autonomous vehicle domain, including coordinating cross-functional teams and delivering projects on schedule.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to debug complex control system issues in autonomous vehicles.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to effectively communicate technical concepts to both technical and non-technical stakeholders.
  • Proven ability to work in agile, fast-paced environments and adapt to changing project requirements and priorities.
  • Familiarity with relevant industry standards and regulations for autonomous vehicles, such as ISO 26262, SAE J3016, IEC61508, ISO13849 and NHTSA regulations.
  • Experience with digital networking protocols ideally CAN or Ethernet based systems.
  • Experience setting up and running Hardware-in-Loop (HiL) testing.
  • Experience with Data Acquisition software and hardware and control system Calibration tools.
  • Robotic or motion control systems software algorithm development.
  • Hydraulic or pneumatic systems design.
  • Electrical wiring harness design and / or manufacture.
  • Electronic design including basic PCB layouts.

Job Type: Full-time, Permanent.
Competitive Salary subject to skills and experience.

Apply today and be part of our groundbreaking efforts to transform the future of transportation and logistics.

To apply, email your CV to
Job reference: 0705-principal-control-sys-eng

Strictly no agencies.


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  • Health & Dental Insurance
  • 30 days holiday per annum plus public holidays
  • Flexible working
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