General information

Job Title
Project Engineer - Body in White
Ref #
Monday, August 1, 2022
United Kingdom
Business area
Product Development
Body and Chassis - Body In White
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

Despite more than 30 years of history in making carbon fibre race and sports cars, at McLaren we believe in a future aggressive rate of innovation in lightweight materials design and technology. We are looking for an individual that shares our vision and will help us turn this vision into real, innovative, and outstanding sports cars.

Working with the Structural Engineering and Design Engineering teams to deliver world class lightweight structures. The role is responsible for Composite and Metallic Body-in-White components.

Principal Accountabilities

“Cradle to Grave” approach – working within a cross functional team from R&D stage, through prototyping, production launch and series production support to collectively deliver the whole vehicle specification targets with optimised design for manufacturing.

-  Responsible to optimise designs and component specifications that meet the following targets:

o    Cost (Piece, Tooling, D&D)

o    Quality and Performance (From full vehicle attributes down to component level requirements)

o    Manufacturability

-  Responsible for Problem Solving:

o    From problem avoidance at the early stages of new projects (Risk Assessments, FMEA, Lessons learnt)

o    To practical problem solving at prototype stage and in series production.

-  Responsible for accurate reporting:

o    Bill Of Materials management (part numbering, structuring, design change process)

o    Weight management through correct management of the BOM

o    Costs (including spend forecast, risks and opportunities)

o    Project status reporting

-  Responsible for cost engineering of carbon composites parts:

o    Rapid and accurate cost estimation to support conceptual decisions at the early stages of a project

o    More detailed estimation to assure design releases meet cost targets and to support robust purchasing decisions

o    Continuous improvement of cost estimation techniques and abilities through market intelligence, T&M studies and value analysis.

-  Responsible for technical standardization of best practices in carbon fibre composites design, engineering and technology.

-  Responsible for authoring component and systems technical specifications.

-  Support a cross-functional team including external suppliers network, quality, logistics, vehicle engineering and development, purchasing and manufacturing engineers

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

-  Engineering degree 2:1 or above

-  2 years’ experience of automotive programmes preferably in Body and low volume/high performance sports cars.

Knowledge on a wide range of systems and components such as crash structures, monocoques, subframes, and other vehicle structures.

-  Knowledge of Carbon Fibre composites manufacturing technologies:

o    Pre-preg and Autoclave

o    RTM (High/Low pressure, VARTM)

o    Press Moulding

o    Hand layup, press forming, braiding, filament winding

-  Knowledge of Composite materials destructive and non-destructive testing and FE Analysis

Knowledge of DFMEA and its application in automotive environment

-  Knowledge of GD&T

-  Literacy in CATIA V5 or V6, CDM or VPM and DMU tools

-  Experience in problem solving. Knowledge of PPS or 8D methodology would be advantageous

-  Demonstrable commercial acumen

-  Experience in project management. Knowledge of PM systems (e.g. PRINCE 2) would be advantageous

Personal Attributes

-  We are looking for an individual with outstanding passion for high performance sports cars and at the same time with an outstanding passion for carbon fibre composites design and engineering.

-  Ability to use own initiative when working under pressure

-  A team player able to work closely with internal and external network of engineers

-  Flexibility and Adaptability are key

-  Strong verbal and written communication skills

-  Ambitious and self-reliant.  Intrinsically self-motivated