Job Title
Manufacturing Engineer
Ref #
Date posted
Friday, October 20, 2023
United Kingdom
Business area
Series Support
Position level
H - Qualified
Working time
Full Time
Contract type
Working pattern
9am - 6pm Monday to Friday

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 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
  • Display a positive attitude and practice strong work ethics that reflects the mission, philosophy and goals of McLaren.
  • Maintain process sequence, documentation, and product traceability methodology for the plant.
  • Own all aspects of PFMEA activities.
  • Lead series engineering change implementation through design reviews for new content.
  • Design and deliver entire or partial production lines and processes
  • Define and implement line re-rate projects (Capacity increase / transformation)
  • Support with the definition of the process flow, build sequence, logistics strategies, equipment, and tooling specifications for specific (Paint / Body Assembly / General Assembly / Trim & Final) Process Areas
  • Develop strategies and business cases that justifies the benefit for automation based on quality, cost, ergo, and / or throughput requirements
  • Partner with Operations teams to ensure a successful ramp and long-term production at our facilities
  • Develop equipment qualification requirements including correlation, process capability (CP/CPk) and Gage Repeatability & Reproducibility (GR&R)
  • Management of equipment suppliers / partners during specification, design, buyoff, installation, commissioning and ramp up.
  • Drive the continuous evolution of McLaren processes & equipment standards.
  • Provide regular, metric-based project updates to the Leadership team.
  • Lead project activities from concept layout development, equipment design, specifications, RFQ, schedule, installation, commissioning, start-up, training & buyoff.
  • Develop Request for Quotation (RFQ) that defines the design, engineering, and timeline requirements.
  • Define Equipment design requirements like UPD, Uptime, availability, MTTR, MTBF, ergo, and Safety.
  • Plan / coordinate installation of new Tooling, Equipment and Automation systems for new models in conjunction with process and product requirements.
  • Alongside Supplier & Internal stakeholders ensure detailed documentation & drawings for new equipment, instruction manuals, spare parts lists, operating procedures, maintenance procedures and other important documents are received, written to standards, and updated to reflect any changes.
  • Collaborate with various teams including design, quality, controls, process, production to deliver optimum manufacturing solution.
  • Ensure achievement of safety, quality, cost, timing & performance targets.
  • Drive other projects as needed by management or as business needs change.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
  • A degree in mechanical / automotive engineering or similar (2:1 or above) is advantageous or equivalent experience in a similar role.

Ideally you will have experience with:

  • Manufacturing support within a mid to low volume assembly environment
  • Hours per Car generation and monitoring
  • Vehicle assembly process instructions and visuals
  • Trim and Final processes
  • End of Line vehicle processing / finishing
  • Demonstrated ability to optimize existing processes for rate, yield, availability
  • Detailed knowledge of manufacturing and processing principles (cycle time analysis, quality control, equipment efficiency, equipment selection, return on investment, error proofing, ergonomics, material logistics)
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively solve difficult technical problems
  • Ability to work independently with only general guidance.
  • Capable of working as a member of a team across several cross functional disciplines, including with external stakeholders.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience working in both 2D & 3D CAD environments
  • Experience in compliance with Health & Safety (e.g. DSEAR & COSHH) regulations
  • Knowledge of GD&T principles in developing detailed RFQ
  • Experience and understanding of Construction Design & Management (CDM) regulations and compliance
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