General information

Job Title
Assistant Project Engineer - Body-in-White
Ref #
Saturday, September 4, 2021
United Kingdom
Business area
Product Development
Body and Chassis - Body In White
Position level
Technician / Administrator
Working time
Full Time
Contract type
Working pattern
8:30am - 5:30pm Monday to Friday

Description & Requirements


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

We now have an opportunity for a talented Assistant Project Engineer, specialising in Body Structures, Carbon Fibre Composites and Aluminium Alloys, to join our team based in McLaren Technology Centre in Woking.


Despite more than 30 years of history in making carbon fibre race and sports cars, at McLaren we believe in a future aggressive rate of innovation in lightweight materials design and technology. We are looking for an individual that shares our vision and will help us turn this vision into real, innovative and outstanding sports cars.

Principal Accountabilities

·         Reporting to the Senior Project Engineer, working on all aspects of Body Structures delivery on our future vehicle programmes.

·         Working on a wide range of systems and components such as crash structures, monocoques, subframes, and other vehicle structures.

·         “Cradle to Grave” approach – working within a cross functional team from R&D stage, through concept, design release, production launch and series production support to collectively deliver the whole vehicle specification targets and contribute to the overall business KPIs.

·         Working to release designs that meet the following targets through coordination of internal and external design resources:

o    Cost (Piece, Tooling, D&D)

o    Performance (As specified through the full vehicle attributes and cascaded down to component level specification)

o    Timing

o    Feasibility (supporting in house manufacturing or assembly processes as well as supplied components)

·         Assist with Problem Solving:

o    From problem avoidance at the early stages of new projects (Risk Assessments, FMEA, Lessons learnt) to practical problem solving at prototype stage and in series production.

·         Develop accurate reporting:

o    Bill Of Materials management (part numbering, structuring, design change process)

o    Weight management through correct management of the BOM

o    Costs (including spend forecast, risks and opportunities)

o    Project status reporting

·         Assist in cost engineering of structural parts:

o    Rapid and accurate cost estimation to support conceptual decisions at the early stages of a project

o    Detailed estimation to assure design releases meet cost targets and to support robust purchasing decisions

o    Continuous improvement of cost estimation techniques and abilities through market intelligence, T&M studies and value analysis.

·         Help to deliver FE analysis at component level in support of design releases through management of in-house and external specialist resources.

·         Adhere to technical standardisation of best practices in structural component design, engineering and technology.

·         Assist in authoring component and systems technical specifications.

·         Support a cross-functional team including external suppliers network, quality, logistics, vehicle engineering and development, purchasing and manufacturing engineers

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

·         Engineering degree 2:1 or above

·         Experience of automotive/motorsport structures technologies preferably low volume/high performance sports/race cars.

·         Basic knowledge of Carbon Fibre composites manufacturing technologies:

o    Pre-preg and Autoclave

o    RTM (High/Low pressure, VARTM)

o    Press Moulding

o    Hand layup, press forming, braiding, filament winding

o    AFP, ATL

·         Basic knowledge of Aluminium manufacturing technologies:

o    Casting

o    Extruding

o    Welding

o    Surface Finishing

·         Basic Knowledge of materials destructive and non-destructive testing and FE Analysis

·         Basic Knowledge of DFMEA and its application in automotive environment

·         Basic Knowledge of GD&T

·         Literacy in CATIA V5 or V6, CDM or VPM and DMU tools

·         Experience in problem solving

·         Demonstrable commercial acumen

·         Experience in project management.

Personal Attributes

·         We are looking for an individual with outstanding passion for high performance sports cars and at the same time with an outstanding passion for design and engineering.

·         Ability to use own initiative when working under pressure

·         A team player able to work closely with internal and external network of engineers

·         Flexibility and Adaptability are key

·         Strong verbal and written communication skills

·         Ambitious and self reliant.  Intrinsically self motivated