General information

Job Title
MSO Certification Engineer
Ref #
Friday, March 11, 2022
United Kingdom
Business area
McLaren Special Operations
Position level
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

As McLaren Special Operations (MSO) Certification Engineer, reporting directly to the MSO Vehicle Engineering Manager, you are required to complete the necessary activities and documentation to achieve vehicle certification; for all required international markets of MSO vehicle projects and aftermarket systems/components. You will be required to have a good understanding of complex and cross-functional systems, and the regulatory requirements that they are subject to.

You will need to work with many different internal departments, as well as driving external agencies and government bodies to ensure only compliant products are put in the marketplace. You will work alongside the core business certification team to support the development of new concepts and Bespoke customer requests to achieve the certification of MSO products within budget and timing constraints; understanding of conformity of production is required to support the quality team and to obtain any specific accreditation as required.

Principal Accountabilities
  • Undertake type approval and certification activities of MSO vehicle projects, for all required markets internationally
  • Create and maintain the timing plan of certification activities on assigned projects
  • Plan and monitor certification spending on assigned projects to ensure they are delivered to budget
  • Support the MSO team through the development of all projects, and work together to deliver certification globally of all MSO products
  • Undertake aftermarket certification activities for select global markets
  • Support project delivery as a key member of the engineering team, by maintaining close working relationships with project management, design engineers, attribute teams and development engineers
  • Work closely with the Principal Integration Engineer for testing, to ensure that all certification test requirements are realised
  • Travel around the UK and abroad for vehicle and component testing when necessary
  • Monitor emerging regulatory requirements affecting current and future models
  • Provide interpretations of legislation, and support development of innovative solutions in the design of new products and bespoke customer requests
  • Plan, monitor and expedite tests, prepare documentation and follow up certification reports
  • Support the Quality department and regional teams with launch and series development activities
  • Report and update MSO project gateways inline with the McLaren Development Process
  • Support the MSO team with legislative guidance for Bespoke projects and customer requests
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
  • Engineering degree (II.I or higher) 
  • Substantial experience of certification activities in key markets such as EU, USA, and China
  • Experience of the automotive aftermarket industry desirable
  • Understanding of conformity of production
Personal Attributes
  • Able to work collaboratively in a team of skilled engineers
  • Able to prioritise key tasks and highlight areas for focus
  • Ability to prepare and manage plans and budgets
  • Hard-working, proactive, ambitious and self-motivated to deliver engineering excellence
  • Analytical and capable of critical thinking 
  • Excellent organizational skills to manage multiple complex activities
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience working within low volume automotive companies
  • Flexible approach to working hours
  • Calm under pressure
  • High attention to detail
  • Determination to drive projects to their conclusion