General information

Job Title
Project Engineer - Cooling Systems
Ref #
Friday, September 9, 2022
United Kingdom
Business area
Product Development
Propulsion Systems
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

Responsible for the technical definition & project / system engineering activities on specific vehicle projects, from concept to series-development, ensuring all systems and components fulfil all the programme requirements (performance, attributes, cost & timing).

Principal Accountabilities

  • Technical knowledge and experience within the following primary systems:
o    High Temp and Low Temp Cooling Circuits (Water Glycol):
-   Heat Exchanges and Fans
-   Pipes and Hoses
-   Expansion Tanks
-   Pumps, Mountings and other Ancilieries

o    Hybrid System Cooling (inc Dielectric)

  • Responsibility for the delivery of owned systems to specific vehicle programmes including:
o    Create and manage Technical Specifications, DFMEA, DVP, vehicle / system level validation.
o    Supporting delivery of products to meet Budgets & Expenditure, Timing & Delivery            
o    Planning (timing plans) & allocation          
o    BOM management & tracking     
o    Vehicle build & development support        
o    Attending key vehicle project meetings
o    Supplier liaison & management 

  • BOM definition and management to include leading cost & weight reduction initiatives to deliver targets
  • Planning, monitoring and execution of project activities to ensure project delivery in line with MDP and gateway deliverables
  • With the Cooling System Principal and project Chief Engineers, support the design and development of the Systems to ensure optimised vehicle performance contributing to the delivery of key vehicle attributes
  • Establish and control system design, release (ETRS), development and validation plans in association with functional experts and in line with technical risk management processes.
  • Support supply chain activities in association with function group buyers, SQA and logistics to ensure supplier nomination and delivery of components and systems on schedule for all phases of prototype, pilot, pre-production and production build
  • Ensure manufacturability and compliance with quality standards of all components and systems within the defined BOM
  • Review and manage the opening and closure of engineering concerns
  • Respond to requests for information or specification change with assessment of risk and cost
  • Co-ordinate DFM and DFMEA activities to support project delivery
  • Preparation and presentation of material to support external and internal project status reviews
  • Management of suppliers to ensure delivery to required quality & cost in line with project timelines
Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Technical knowledge & experience of Cooling components & system specifications, design, test & production.
  • Additional knowledge & experience in manufacturing processes and/or 3D CAD design being a benefit.
  • Experience in other Powertrain related components and systems a plus.
  • PC literate and at ease with MS Office products                                                                                              
  • Experienced in OEM or tier one component gateways and delivery
  • Demonstrate experience of  components & system design within an APQP or similar framework including FMEA, component planning and PPAP


Qualifications and Training:

Good-quality Mechanical or Automotive Engineering Degree 2:1 or above, or equivalent qualification.

Personal Attributes
Core Technical Skills
  • 3 years’ automotive design, development & delivery experience
  • Proven track record of component & system engineering (experience with the detailed systems above preferred)
  • A background in relevant powertrain attributes advantageous
  • Adopts a creative & thoughtful approach to engineering problem solving, (e.g. 8D or PPS) with good attention to detail
  • Excellent feasibility assessment skills including design for manufacture and DFMEA input
  • Experience in component release management and problem solving
  • Ability to communicate clearly with design and development groups
  • Well organised, delivery focused – with demonstrable record of on-time delivery
  • Good team skills, willingness to work cross-functionally

Personal Attitude
  • An ability to deliver under pressure with an appetite for success
  • A passion for high performance Powertrain engineering
  • A positive, proactive attitude, self-reliant with a high level of self-motivation
  • An engaging mind, open to new problems outside their normal comfort zone
  • A willingness to engage in debate and discussion
  • Empathy, a willingness to listen and see others’ points of view

We recognise that we can only achieve our vision with the dedication and collaboration of our world class employees.  It is our aim to become the employer of choice within the global automotive industry.