General information

Job Title
Design Engineer - MSO
Ref #
Friday, September 1, 2023
United Kingdom
Business area
McLaren Special Operations
Position level
H - Qualified
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

A design engineer will be responsible for the evolution of parts and systems for MSO Heritage/bespoke vehicle products. You will work with a cross functional team delivering right first-time products.  Multi skilled in design engineering to suit the various areas to work on.


The design engineer is outward facing and therefore must be capable of carrying and upholding the MSO brand internally and externally. You’ll provide CAD, research with cross functional inputs that go towards the successful development and engineering of an MSO product.

Principal Accountabilities
  • Designing components to meet cost targets while achieving challenging performance attributes and the lowest feasible weight.
  • Designing components to remanufacture them in a new regulation.
  • Coordinating design work to deliver timely design releases.
  • Coordinating design activities carried out in-house and at suppliers.
  • Supporting problem solving activities.
  • Developing and specifying GD&T on CAD models or drawings taking into account all inputs from parts suppliers, assembly processes and Dimension Management studies.
  • Understanding system & component requirements (NVH, ergonomic, durability, visibility & others performance related)
  • Creating presentation material for Design Reviews.
  • Build support (prototype and production).
  • With particular respect to the team, contributing to the continuous improvement and further development of CAD modelling and product definition techniques. 
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
  • Educated to Degree level in Mechanical / Automotive Engineeringor similar is essential.
  • Sound understanding of mechanical design fundamentals.
  • Proficiency with CATIA V5 is essential:
    • 3D (Part, GSD,  DSE, QSR….)
    • 2D (GD&T (Good understanding of the standards))
    • Experience of reconstruction surfaces or experience on equivalent would be essential.
  • Good material knowledge and manufacturing process (carbon composites, glass composites, plastics, steel, aluminium alloys…) is essential.
  • Good understanding of bolted and bonded mechanical joints design.
  • PC literate and at ease with MS Office products.
  • Understanding of Technical Specifications, DFMEA, Engineering statements of work, engineering release, concerns resolution and DVP
  • Specific knowledge of Legislative and automotive design constraints for exterior/interior systems appreciated. 
  • Experienced in OEM or tier one component & System design preferred. 
  • Background in low volume, high performance sports or racing cars preferred.
Personal Attributes


  • Adaptable and flexible communication styles to effectively transfer key information.
  • An ability to motivate others, teams, and work cross-functionally effectively.
  • Empathy, a willingness to listen and see others’ points of view.
  • A confident, engaging communicator, good verbal, and written communication skills.
  • A positive, Proactive attitude, well organised, diligent, and reliable and self-motivated.


  • Freely share knowledge and findings with others.
  • Drive solutions and encourage development in others.
  • A great team worker who is driven to support the team to success.
  • Must be a team player and be able to work closely with project and lead engineers as well as with suppliers.
  • Flexibility and adaptability are key to become a team member.


  • Able to organise work in order to meet deadlines and support team goals
  • Ability to remain focused and deliver in fast paced and dynamic environment 


  • Identify issues and take a proactive approach to dealing with them.
  • Think creatively to produce workable ideas and novel solutions.
  • Have the drive and commitment to see activities to completion.
  • Logical approach to problem solving and work in a methodical manner with an eye for detail
  • A willingness to engage in debate and discussion.
  • An engaging mind, open to new problems outside their normal comfort zone.


  • Manage own development and performance.
  • Strive to improve and keep knowledge and skills up to date
  • Passion for our work – Go beyond the call of duty.