General information

Job Title
Project Engineer - Closures Systems
Ref #
Tuesday, February 28, 2023
United Kingdom
Business area
Product Development
Body & Chassis - Exteriors
Position level
H - Qualified
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 a Project Engineer within the Body Exterior Closures team you will be able to push and develop your engineering capability, influencing future system design. With a direct impact on vehicle performance and perceived quality in the market, you will be expected to create and deliver innovative designs and ideas exceeding the current benchmark. This is a role that will push you to develop your engineering capability with a major influence on the overall product with direct input into the design of exterior closures systems and components such as latches, struts, handles, fuel, PHEV, and service covers, and hardware.

You will be confronted with technical challenges and will be responsible for attending meetings/reviews and addressing issues relevant to your commodity to best serve your customer groups such as Styling, SQA, Purchasing and Project Management teams as well as the end user, or customer. This role offers great exposure to other areas of the business and at various levels through and up to Executive Director level.

In parallel you will also be involved in the generation and continuous development of technology roadmaps and standards for Body Exterior systems on future vehicle projects, ensuring McLaren are the benchmark.

Principal Accountabilities
  • You will be responsible for component design from concept through to part delivery, pushing the boundaries of manufacture processes and materials, where necessary, to create a truly cutting-edge product.
  • Reporting directly to the Principal Engineer and supporting the cross functional project team ensuring design and engineering integrity to exceed performance, quality and commercial targets.
  • Providing technical feedback to the project cross functional teams, as well as being recognised as a subject matter expert within the body exterior function group.
  • Utilising a clear, rigorous simultaneous engineering approach to develop right first time design, whilst meeting the gateway engineering deliverables as defined in the McLaren Development Process.
  • Influence and actively participate in the selection of business partners, including suppliers
  • Robust, logical problem solving skills; including root cause analysis, generation of countermeasure proposals and selection using robust evaluation techniques.
  • Ensure 24 hour containment for all body exterior build concerns, with development and delivery of permanent countermeasure if required.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
  • Design and development experience on automotive products, ideally closures including sealing, window lift and door opening systems.
  • Working knowledge of engineering materials used in closures systems
  • Good understanding of latest Automotive manufacture processes, feasibility and technology
  • Robust understanding of the complete product lifecycle (concept -> delivery)
  • Strong interpersonal skills – ability to communicate to all levels of the business including external partners
  • CAD knowledge for assembly and part interrogation. Design experience advantageous.
  • Good understanding of GD&T and tolerance analysis
  • Knowledge of development tools, such as DFMEA and DVP.
  • Knowledge and proven use of Problem Solving Techniques
  • Educated to Degree level in suitable Engineering discipline.
Personal Attributes
  • Self-motivated, well organised and delivery focused
  • Conscientious approach to design, part performance and quality
  • A good team worker who is driven to support their team to success, leading where necessary 
  • Confidence to challenge the status quo.
  • Proactive and logical approach to problem solving, working in a methodical manner.
  • Ability to deliver in fast paced and dynamic environment and where necessary work extra hours.
  • An engaging mind, open to new problems and challenges outside of normal comfort zone