Job Title
Senior Manufacturing Engineer - New Model
Ref #
Date posted
Friday, November 3, 2023
United Kingdom
Business area
Manufacturing Engineering
Position level
G - Qualified Senior
Working time
Full Time
Contract type
Working pattern
8:30am - 5:30pm Monday to Friday

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

Our Manufacturing Engineering team are growing to support our business plan. New Models mean more opportunity to develop and create processes and standardisation around how we perfect each and every model we build.

As one of our Senior Manufacturing Engineers you will lead the development and execution of all Manufacturing Engineering practices driving improvement in Project Management, Safety, Quality, Cost Management, People Development, and Product Delivery.

You will have the opportunity to work with expert teams across the business as well as within your own functional area to deliver all program aspects from inception into Series production.

You will assist the Manufacturing Engineering Manager in scoping, specifying, and delivering best operational practices in alignment with brand expectations; and lead the Future Model team with the development of departmental budgets as contributor to overall program business cases.

Principal Accountabilities

Achieving all project gateway milestones is key to the successful delivery of all new products so you will be the department lead in the delivery of all program objectives to ensure this happens.

This includes the development and execution of the following deliverables for each new model introduction:

Vehicle assembly concept
  • Starting it the virtual environment and transitioning to physical validation & delivery
Program timing
  • Generation and development of timing plans that support full program delivery activities, including tooling & equipment
Process sequencing, documentation, and product traceability methodologies
  • To be developed in line with existing Series products & future strategies brand evolution
  • To support and drive the implementation of best practices to improve RFT delivery
Hours per Car generation & reporting
  • Ownership and maintenance of the Hours Per Car (HPC) data for new model introductions, ensuring plant efficiency and output targets can be achieved.
  • Working with engineering and operation teams to identify and resolve production bottlenecks
Line balancing
  • Including running time & motion studies across the plant
Facility layout & utilisation
  • Collaborating with Engineering & Operations teams in leading the design of new / amendments to existing layouts and material flow to ensure new models align with the overall plan and vision for the facility

Support and influence the following cross functional business activities to achieve the Project deliverables such as:

  • Concept / Design Reviews
  • Engineering release delivery
Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • A degree in mechanical / automotive engineering or similar or equivalent experience in a similar role

Ideally you will have experience with:

  • Leading the planning and execution of new vehicle programs
  • complex vehicle systems
  • vehicle assembly processes
  • trim and final processes
  • end of line vehicle processing / finishing
  • specification and procurement of assembly equipment
  • identifying resolutions for product related issues, ensuring all quality targets are achieved
  • implementation of safe working practices
Personal Attributes
  • The ability to lead and encourage by displaying a positive attitude and practice strong work ethics that reflects the mission, philosophy, and goals of McLaren.
  • As one of our Senior team you will naturally have an understanding and appreciation for low volume, high value performance vehicle production and brand requirements.
  • We work in a fast-paced environment so the ability to act under pressure with calmness, clarity of thought and decisive authority is crucial. Change is a natural part of our business and candidates must be agile to plans and procedures changing.
  • You will need to travel to off-site development facilities, within the UK and throughout Europe, therefore a flexible approach to travel is required
  • You will have the determination to drive forward the business to ‘Best in Class’ performance standards in line with brand expectations and be a lateral thinker able to think outside of the box to make structured and objective decisions
  • You will lead your team’s career development and training objectives using our departmental skills matrix and company’s learning and development training opportunities, and ensure that skill gaps within the department are recognised and addressed.
  • Other traits of a successful McLaren employee will include excellent communication skills both written and verbal, to all levels of the business. Excellent attention to detail and strong data analysis skills including the use of all Microsoft Office applications, specifically with Microsoft Excel