General information

Job Title
Project Engineer - Series Body & Chassis
Ref #
Wednesday, December 15, 2021
United Kingdom
Business area
Product Development
Body & Chassis - System Application
Position level
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

The Series Body & Chassis Function Group are at the heart of production at McLaren Automotive. You’ll be responsible for identifying build/ productions issues at launch, containment activities, root cause analysis and solving complex engineering problems.

The broad scope of the role will see you work across all automotive programmes, giving you the opportunity to work on a number of new releases over the coming months and years, and you’ll be responsible for all body systems, interior and exterior. 

This is an exciting opportunity which will suit somebody able to problem solve, get to the root cause of engineering issues, and present confidently to various stakeholders. You should also be able to handle the prioritisation and de-escalation of high priority issues that arise during production.


Principal Accountabilities

·     Responsibility for the delivery of engineering across vehicle systems:

o    Update and manage Technical Specification, FMEA, DVP, Vehicle / System level test spec updates, including creation of new technology content as required

o    Supporting delivery of products to meet Budgets & Expenditure, Timing & Delivery  

o    Testing & development support including functional builds

o    Attending key project meetings

o    Supplier liaison & management

o    Contribute to Technology roadmaps

  • Responsible for generation of Total Value Management (TVM) ideas.
  • Owning change content from idea, through to implementation
  • BoM definition and management to include leading cost & weight reduction initiatives to deliver targets.
  • Planning, monitoring and execution of project activities to guarantee project delivery in line with targets & deliverables.
  • Establish and control system design, release, development and validation plans in association with functional experts and in line with technical risk management processes.
  • Ensure manufacturability and compliance with quality standards of all components and systems within the defined BOM (DFA & DFM).
  • 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
  • Experienced in the delivery of components & system engineering tasks from concept through to production.
  • Experience gained in Automotive OEM or tier one supplier is beneficial but not necessary
  • Experience of component & system design and development within an APQP or similar framework including FMEA, component planning and PPAP.
  • Chassis and / or Body experience advantageous
  • Knowledge of CAD (ideally CATIA), however you don’t need to be a CAD expert!                                                                         
Personal Attributes
  • A passion for high performance engineering.
  • Adopts a creative & thoughtful approach to concept design and solving engineering problems with good attention to detail.
  • Excellent feasibility assessment skills including design for manufacture and DFMEA input
  • A positive, proactive attitude with a high level of self-motivation to deliver excellence.
  • Well organised and independent – able to work constructively with minimal supervision.
  • 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.
  • Ability to communicate clearly with design and development groups
  • Good team skills, willingness to work cross-functionally.                                                                
  • Well organised and delivery focused – with demonstrable track record of on-time delivery.
  • Capable of representing a world class automotive brand                                                                
  • Able to deliver under pressure
  • Good stakeholder management skills.