General information

Job Title
Principal Model Maker
Ref #
Tuesday, June 21, 2022
United Kingdom
Business area
Product Development
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

Translate 2D themes into breath-taking physical properties “that tell the visual story of their function”.
Create concept & production ready surface solutions compatible with concurrent engineering exercises to the McLaren Design Process (MDP) & program timing.
Drive the program forwards delivering design intent whilst fulfilling the business’ requirements.

Principal Accountabilities
  • Lead the exterior or interior clay team to deliver the design vision/strategy
  • Plan workloads as required. Manpower and timing of projects with Design Operations Manager
  • Produce high impact physical content for senior presentations and weekly design reviews
  • Work within the wider CMD, CAS, Clay & Engineering teams; to present feasible design solutions to Function Group representatives and Senior Management for sign-off
  • Reconcile design intent, quality & manufacturing feasibility with aerodynamics, engineering and commercial requirements
  • Communicate progress and critical issues to the Clay Manager
  • Ability to support with cutter path creation
  • Offer input into the creation and update of design standards & process
  • Maintain a tidy work space
  • Allocate secondary tasks to team members, such as preparing review content.
  • May be required to conduct performance reviews
Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Education in a design, modelling or pattern making background preferred  
  • Good verbal & written presentation skills
  • Strong physical modelling and surface design skills (hard modelling and clay)
  • Good knowledge of Work NC (milling, cutter paths)
  • PC literate. Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Experience on full size and scale clay properties. Led an exterior or interior G0-G4
  • Good understanding of ergonomics, aerodynamic principles & legal requirements
Personal Attributes

  • Challenge Mind-set: “Keep a calm head, see the situation as a challenge not a threat.”
  • Act with Integrity: “Put the team first & represent those who have gone before and all those who will follow.”
  • High Performance Environment: “Find incremental ways to continually improve.”
  • No Egos: “Sweep the sheds and give each other the benefit of the doubt.”