Job Title
Advanced Principal Designer
Ref #
Date posted
Friday, November 10, 2023
United Kingdom
Business area
Position level
F - Principal / Senior
Working time
Full Time
Contract type
Contractor to Permanent
Working pattern
9am - 6pm Monday to Friday

No restraints. No limitations. We don’t simply push boundaries. We completely rethink them. McLaren Automotive exists to create breath-taking performance road cars.

With innovation at the core of all we do, every challenge starts with the same question. How can we do it better? This restless spirit runs right through McLaren Automotive. And the search for perfection is evident in everything we do.

Purpose of Role

  •  “Design the future of performance”.
  • Create ‘clean sheet’ high impact designs for Advanced concept programs compatible with concurrent and future engineering exercises to the McLaren Design Process (MDP)
  • Lead the exterior and/or interior Advanced programs.
Principal Accountabilities

  •  Lead an advanced design project team to deliver the design vision/strategy.
  • Run & set the agenda of weekly Design Review(s) and deliver minuted feedback/actions.
  • Input into workloads, manpower and timing of projects with management team.
  • Create high impact content for internal and senior presentations (2D & 3D). Challenge the norm.
  • Research, collate and create vision through multi media to highlight future trends.
  • Work cross functionally with sales and marketing and innovative groups to bring future designs to life.
  • Collaborate with Advanced Engineering teams to help realise McLaren future design portfolio and realise growth expansion and vision..
  • Brief external suppliers and lead collaborative projects.
  • Present & sell design concepts to senior management.
  • Communicate progress and critical issues to the Design Manager & Head of Advanced Design.
  • Attend program and engineering reviews on behalf of Design.
  • Ability to create own 3D designs using SubD or alternative solutions that easily transfer into visualisation data.
  • Understand and explore technical packages.
  • Stay current with latest trends in automotive exterior and interior design as well as consumer electronics, product, fashion, architectural, and related design fields.
  •  Allocate secondary tasks to team members, such as preparing review content.
  • Input into Design Strategy.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Education to Degree level minimum. Minimum 10 years experience.
  • Good verbal & written presentation skills.
  • Excellent 2D sketching skills, digital and analogue.
  • Good program timing skills.
  • PC literate : Word, Excel, PowerPoint. Strong Photoshop and SubD skills. Alias is a plus.
  • Extensive experience on full size and scale clay properties.
  • Has led multiple exterior and / or interior advanced programs.
Personal Attributes

  • Challenge Mind-set: “Keep a calm head, see the situation as a challenge not a threat.”
  • Act with Integrity: “Put the team first & represent those who have gone before and all those who will follow.”
  • High Performance Environment: “Find incremental ways to continually improve.”
  • No Egos: “Sweep the sheds and give each other the benefit of the doubt.”
  • Be a role model, live the values and communicate the design pillars to other departments.