General information

Job Title
Body Manufacturing Engineer - Series
Ref #
Friday, September 9, 2022
United Kingdom
Business area
Manufacturing Engineering
Position level
H - Qualified
Working time
Full Time
Contract type
Working pattern
7:30am - 4:30pm 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

A successful Body Assembly Manufacturing Engineer will use his/her process improvement experience to quantitatively assess current production/business system performance and execute change to reduce cost and optimize capacity.

This role demands excellent communication and interpersonal skills as well as a holistic understanding of manufacturing operations.

Manufacturing engineers will be responsible for continuously improving and developing the manufacturing processes that our production team members use to build our cars.

This position will be responsible for accepting new model build processes from our Future Manufacturing Engineering teams and developing them within Series production. This includes continuous process improvement, quality lead investigations and industrial engineering tools and techniques.

Principal Accountabilities

The update and control of the following deliverables for existing series models:

  • Process sequencing, documentation, and product traceability methodologies
  • Update process documentation and PFMEA’s and Quality Control Plans
  • Implement and control Lean Manufacturing and error proofing strategies, validate load paths, tool access and ergonomics – series models
  • Hours per Car generation & reporting
    • Ownership and maintenance of the Hours Per Car (HPC) data for existing models, ensuring plant efficiency and output targets can be achieved.
    • Working with other operational teams to identify and resolve production bottlenecks
    • Utilize analytic problem-solving skills, including knowledge of 8D, Six Sigma, 4M’s, PDCA
    • Implement and expand concepts such as Lean Manufacturing, 5S, Kaizen, etc., to reduce manufacturing cost and increase process quality and throughput – continuous improvement.
  • Support Future Man Eng. Team in the development & delivery of Body in White tooling solutions
  • Line balancing and manpower allocation
  • Familiarity with automated manufacturing equipment
  • Provide leadership to cross-functional teams and manufacturing engineers regarding manufacturing process and capability
  • Facility layout & utilisation
    • Collaborating with Future Man Eng teams in leading the design of new / amendments to existing layouts and material flow to ensure new models align with the overall plan and vision for the facility


Knowledge, Skills and Experience
  • A degree in mechanical / automotive engineering or similar (2:1 or above) or equivalent experience in a similar role
  • Ideally you will have experience with:
    • specification and procurement of major assembly equipment
    • planning and execution of vehicle programs
    • complex vehicle systems
    • vehicle assembly processes
    • body assembly processes
    • identifying resolutions for product related issues, ensuring all quality targets are achieved
    • implementation of safe working practices
    • proficiency with CATIA, 3D experience is desired, but not required
Personal Attributes
  • Display a positive attitude and practice strong work ethics that reflects the mission, philosophy and goals of McLaren.
  • As one of our engineers you will naturally have an understanding and appreciation for low volume, high value performance vehicle production and brand requirements.
  • We work in a fast-paced environment so the ability to act under pressure with calmness, clarity of thought and decisive authority is crucial. Change is a natural part of our business and candidates must be agile to plans and procedures changing.
  • You will need to travel to off-site development facilities, within the UK and throughout Europe, therefore a flexible approach to travel is required
  • You will have the determination to drive forward the business to ‘Best in Class’ performance standards in line with brand expectations and be a lateral thinker able to think outside of the box to make structured and objective decisions
  • Other traits of a successful McLaren employee will include excellent communication skills both written and verbal, to all levels of the business. Excellent attention to detail and strong data analysis skills including the use of all Microsoft Office applications, specifically with Microsoft Excel