General information

Job Title
Industrial Engineer
Ref #
Friday, April 28, 2023
United Kingdom
Business area
Series Support
Position level
H - Qualified
Working time
Full Time
Contract type
Working pattern
9am - 6pm 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 Industrial 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.  Industrial Engineers will be responsible for direct/indirect labour and activities affecting line speed, cycle checks and workstation assignments, change control and line balancing.  A qualified candidate will utilise lean concepts to identify/eliminate waste and perform time/motion studies.  This position will assist the IE Manager and IE Senior with technical services to maintain efficient levels of lean manufacturing and manning.

Principal Accountabilities
  • Display a positive attitude and practice strong work ethics that reflects the mission, philosophy and goals of McLaren. 
  • Collaborate with engineering teams in leading the design of layout, modelling/simulation, and material flow integration to ensure data aligns with the overall plan and vision for the factory. 
  • Headcount monitoring and liaison with production management. 
  • Ownership of the Hours Per Car (HPC) data for series production ensuring plant efficiency and output targets can be achieved. 
  • Develop and deploy a framework of continuous improvement utilizing lean principles by performing value-stream analysis simulations. Reduce scrap, rework, and cycle times. 
  • Work with engineering and operation teams to identify production bottlenecks.
  • Collaborate with various engineering teams to determine overall equipment effectiveness and associated improvement strategies. 
  • Gain buy in from a diverse group of stakeholders utilising data. 
  • Drive other projects as needed by management or as business needs change.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
  • BS/BEng or MS/MEng Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering and/or equivalent experience. 
  • Evidence of exceptional ability. 
  • Extensive experience with leading continuous improvement and operational excellence projects in a mid to low volume manufacturing environment. 
  • Experience as part of a project team prioritising multiple continuous improvement projects. 
  • Demonstrate detailed analysis experience necessary to make data driven decisions. 
  • Demonstrated strengths in either material flow integration, factory layout design, or factory modelling and simulation. 
  • Exemplary verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Knowledge and proficiency with AutoCAD, Catia, MATLAB, Flexsim, Simul8 or related, Excel, Word, PowerPoint. 
Personal Attributes
  • 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 susceptible to plans and procedures changing frequently.
  • 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