General information

Job Title
Prototype Build Engineer
Ref #
Monday, May 22, 2023
United Kingdom
Business area
Vehicle Development
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

This engineering role is responsible for the delivery of a project’s early prototype build phase to agreed cost, quality, and timing.

The role is required to liaise with the design engineering and wider vehicle development teams to support the definition and publication of vehicle functional requirements. They will subsequently plan and execute the end-to-end prototype build process. This encompasses procurement to vehicle audit and customer handover. Build phases include all Pre-VP activity.

Principal Accountabilities

  • Manage the builds in-line with the defined high-level plan.
  • Deliver agreed vehicle specifications to support required DVP activities.
  • Monitor, track and report on spending throughout the builds.
  • Progress and status reports to be communicated to the Principal/Senior Build Engineer.
  • Work with business processes & resolve issues within engineering when they arise, driving continuous improvement.
  • Management of engineering change control ensuring deviations from functional requirement are agreed and documented.
  • Liaise with the procurement team to ensure timely delivery of parts.
  • Responsible for reporting build issues and ensuring timely resolution.
  • Management of build documentation for customer handover, including vehicle data uploads to the online system.
  • Lead the commissioning, dynamic sign-off and handover of involved builds in-line with the McLaren Mule Build Process.
  • Maintain and endorse McLaren values and culture including housekeeping, appearance and behaviours.
  • Actively contribute to a safe working environment, engaging with relevant SSoW and H&S policies.
  • Support the engineering team to achieve the team goals
Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Ideally some experience of development programme delivery, preferably gained on low volume, high performance vehicle programmes.
  • Experience in operating CAD based systems for virtual build analysis, preferably CATIA.
  • Knowledge and experience of a broad range of vehicle and rig data acquisition, test and analysis techniques.
  • Knowledge and experience of vehicle fundamentals
  • Excellent IT skills and proficient with MS Office products.
  • Practical work experience within the automotive industry is preferred


Business Knowledge

  • Experience in an automotive test and development environment preferred
  • Low volume, high performance vehicle programs
  • Hybrid/Electric Drive engineering
  • Understanding of build management tools and approach


Essential Functional / Technical Skills

  • Mechanical, Electrical/Electronic or Automotive Engineering Degree 2:1 or above with a robust grasp of engineering theory.
Personal Attributes

  • Able to lead and motivate a team of prototype technicians
  • Able to build good working relationships with a multitude of different roles
  • Hard-working, proactive, ambitious, and self-motivated to deliver engineering excellence
  • Able to apply technical knowledge to the development of engineering designs, plus the analysis and resolution of technical issues
  • Excellent organisational skills to manage multiple complex activities
  • Assured communication skills at all levels
  • Must be prepared to adopt a flexible approach to working hours
  • Calm under pressure
  • Capable of representing a world class automotive brand