General information

Job Title
MSO Project Engineer - Body Exterior
Ref #
Friday, March 11, 2022
United Kingdom
Business area
McLaren Special Operations
Position level
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

As our Project Engineer will be responsible for the evolution of parts and systems for MSO bespoke vehicle products. You will work with a cross functional team delivering right first time products.  Multi skilled in project engineering principals that are focused around driving for perfection on time.

The Project Engineer is outward facing and therefore must be capable of carrying and upholding the MSO brand internally and externally. You’ll provide the planning, priority and cross functional inputs that go towards the successful development, engineering and launch of an MSO product.

Principal Accountabilities
  • Management of component and system level delivery at each project milestone, from styling feasibility through series production.
  • Project Management in accordance with the McLaren Development Process.
  • Management of key suppliers and the supplier relationship for your systems.
  • Identification of opportunities to reduce complexity, cost and weight.
  • Manage and deliver bill of materials costs, investment and weight for responsible component and system set.
  • Manage and deliver, Technical Specifications, DFMEA, Engineering statements of work, engineering release, concerns resolution and DVP.
  • Manage risk and opportunities for your systems; financial, attribute and delivery.
  • Supplier Delivery – Manage each supplier with a cross functional team of Design, SQA, Quality Engineering, Logistics, Purchasing, Dimensional Management, Manufacturing and Service personnel to ensure complete PPAP is delivered for every component to support program timing.
  • Definition and delivery of a component road map of innovation for future projects.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
  • Strong technical project management with proven evidence of decision making;
  • Previous experience of OEM or tier one component and system management with a demonstrable record of delivery of the accountabilities.
  • Proven leadership of design and cross-functional teams.
  • Excellent commercial awareness to maintain a focus on cost, profit, quality and risk.
  • A strong track record of delivering designs to timing, weight and cost targets.
  • Supplier management, comfortable with understanding and implementing DFM requirements within the project scope.
  • Background in low volume, high performance sports or racing cars preferred.
  • Mechanical or Automotive Engineering Degree 2:1 or above.
  • CATIA V5 2D/3D skills desirable.
Personal Attributes


  • Articulate ideas to internal customers and team members of all levels
  • Ability to tactfully challenge without alienating.
  • Adaptable and flexible communication styles to effectively transfer key information.


  • Freely share knowledge and findings with others.
  • Drive solutions and encourage development in others.

Planning & Organising

  • Able to organise work in order to meet deadlines and support team goals

Problem Solving

  • Identify issues and take a proactive approach to dealing with them.
  • Think creatively to produce workable ideas and novel solutions.
  • Have the drive and commitment to see activities to completion.

Continual Improvement

  • Manage own development and performance.
  • Strive to improve and keep knowledge and skills up to date
  • Passion for our work – Go beyond the call of duty.