General information

Job Title
Principal Design Engineer - Body In White
Ref #
Friday, May 13, 2022
United Kingdom
Business area
Product Development
Body and Chassis - Body In White
Position level
Principal / Senior
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

Lead the design activities for a specific set of Body Structures components across all McLaren Automotive vehicle lines and projects.  Ensure the systems and components you are responsible for are delivered robustly via McLaren Development Process [MDP] together with all applicable attributes; Passive Safety, Weight, NVH and Quality of Design.  All areas to be delivered on time and budget. The scope of the role covers all projects from R&D stage to series production and vehicles in the field. 

The Principal Design Engineer is a true technical leader and expert in his/her area of responsibility and will work within a matrix organization with direct report line to the Platform Design Lead whilst delivering towards project based goals set by Vehicle Line management leaders on multiple parallel projects.

Principal Accountabilities

  • Ownership of the design of individual Body-In-White systems / components on our future vehicle programmes. Leading the design of a wide range of systems and components such as Tub, Windscreen Surround and Upper Structure, Frames and Crash Structures, utilising materials and processes such as Carbon Fibre (pre-preg, RTM, SMC), Aluminium (Extrusions, Castings).  
  • “Cradle to Grave” approach – working within a cross functional team from R&D stage, through concept, design release, production launch and series production support to collectively deliver the whole vehicle specification targets and contribute to the overall business KPIs.   
  • New platform packaging, concept studies and detailed design.  
  • Liaison with the rest of the design and engineering community, suppliers, manufacturing engineering and R&D team.   
  • Coordinate design work to deliver timely design releases meeting all design for manufacture input from suppliers.  
  • Develop and specify GD&T data set on CAD models or drawing taking into account all inputs from parts suppliers, assembly processes and dimensional management studies.  
  • Supervision and development of other members of the Body-In-White design team.  
  • With particular respect to Body-In-White technology, contribute to the continuous improvement and further development of CAD modelling and product definition techniques.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
  • Strong passion for automotive design and development   
  • Sound understanding of mechanical design fundamentals 
  • Knowledge of high performance and lightweight structural materials including the following metallic and carbon fibre composites manufacturing technologies essential: 
  • Pre-preg and Autoclave 
  • RTM (High/Low pressure, VARTM) 
  • SMC mouldings 
  • aluminium alloys, high strength steel, titanium  
  • Good understanding of bolted and bonded mechanical joints design  
  • Good understanding of GD&T standards  
  • Experience of high and niche vehicle (low volume) programmes  
  • Knowledge of CATIA V5 and experience on equivalent composites design toolboxes is essential.  
  • Understanding of FE analysis techniques to drive structural design and its optimization is essential.  
  • Experience of best drawing and modelling practises or methodologies would be beneficial.  
  • Experience of VPM or similar would be beneficial.  
  • PC literate and at ease with MS Office products
Personal Attributes
  • The ideal candidate is an individual with a strong passion for body design in automotive who is willing to be challenged with the design of the most innovative automotive materials and concept designs.  
  • 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 leading member of our team.  
  • Good verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Proactive, well organized, diligent and reliable.