General information

Job Title
Senior Engineer CAE Body - Composites
Ref #
Monday, September 20, 2021
United Kingdom
Business area
Product Development
Body & Chassis Design Verification Analysis
Contract type

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 definition, development, and validation of Body Structures Analysis of McLaren vehicles with focus on Composite Structures
  • Leading FEA analysis supporting vehicle projects. The role covers maintaining, analysing, and reporting on components and sub-system models.
  • Overseeing all internal and external Body simulation work. Interaction with lead Simulation Engineers managing Vehicle Dynamics, NVH, Structural Fatigue and Passive Safety will be required.
  • Reporting directly to the Principal Engineer CAE Body & NVH and liaise with various Function Groups, Chief Engineers, Chief Designers and with McLaren Composite Technology Centre.
  • Responsible for defining and managing the simulation and data analysis plan as well as having technical responsibility for delivering the Body Structures analysis across all programmes.
Principal Accountabilities
  • The engineer will be responsible for maintaining, analysing, correlating and reporting on the BiW models. Models will be used to study performance against targets relating to stress analysis as well as the development of body performance attributes. Studies will relate to design of new vehicle architecture and the development of current platforms.
  • The engineer will lead the BiW CAE analysis and work with project engineers to assess risk on new projects and develop plans to manage this risk thought virtual and physical test activities.
  • Supervise external CAE partners to ensure that all CAE analysis conforms to company procedures, industry best practice and global regulations.
  • Responsible for Body Structures analysis model build and the development of simulation methodology.
  • Understanding FE model performance, analysis of test data and basic engineering principles, will allow the engineer to develop robust models to assist the design and development activities of the vehicle program.
  • Determine the most efficient engineering techniques and deliver maximum value to program, through an optimised modelling approach. Alongside supporting vehicle programs, the engineer should draw on team experience of best practice to help develop methods and improve group capabilities.
  • Experience of metallic and composite materials is required as the vehicle structure uses both. Knowledge of various vehicle systems is essential.
  • Experience of correlating and developing composite material cards for improved predictability
  • Experience of working with and translating composite process development simulation to product development (CPD-CAE)
  • Experience and proficiency of use of FEA software tools linear/nonlinear, implicit/explicit such as LS-Dyna and Abaqus (must), Optistruct (beneficial)
  • Develop relationships with academia, software and hardware suppliers and key consultancies.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in automotive product development or project leadership function
  • Experienced in an OEM or Tier1 with a high level of Body Structures analysis technical knowledge
  • Experience of high volume and niche vehicle (low volume) programmes
  • The Engineer should have extensive experience developing, correlating and analysing of full vehicle and system level models for use in studying durability and passive safety attributes.
  • Good knowledge of Composite Structures processes with focus on PrePreg and RTM technologies
  • Advanced knowledge of Hyperworks, Abaqus and LS-Dyna is required, Optistruct is beneficial
  • Experience in testing measurements and data postprocessing would be beneficial
  • Good knowledge of validation, verification and testing process
  • Good knowledge of component development durability and quality principles such as abuse, dentability and oil canning
  • Good knowledge of stress analysis of composite, metal and mixed material structures
  • Experience in CAE simulation of composite structures
  • Good knowledge of Stress experimental methodology
  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to operate within a team environment.
  • Strong communication of simulation results via comprehensive and intelligible simulation reports.
  • Good analytical, written and oral presentation skills
  • Mechanical or Automotive Engineering Degree 2:1 or above


  • Mechanical or Automotive Engineering Degree
  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering advantageous
  • High competency in written and oral English language
Personal Attributes
  • Delivery focussed - with demonstrable track record of on-time delivery
  • Advanced problem solving abilities
  • Good organizational skills
  • Good team player and communicator able to communicate at all levels
  • Self-motivated to deliver excellence
  • Flexible attitude to working hours
  • Capable of representing a world class automotive brand