General information

Job Title
Senior Process Engineer
Ref #
Tuesday, December 14, 2021
United Kingdom
Business area
Paint Indirect
Position level
Principal / Senior
Working time
Full Time
Contract type
Working pattern
7:30am - 4:30pm 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

You will be responsible for supporting and developing a team of engineers, continuously improving, & developing the manufacturing processes that our production team members use to Paint our cars. You will be responsible for accepting new model build processes from our Future Manufacturing Engineering teams and developing them within Series production. This includes continuous process improvement, quality lead investigations and industrial engineering tools and techniques.

Principal Accountabilities

  •  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.
  • Lead the manufacturing team in identifying and capturing the vehicle characteristics and translating these to define the parameters of the manufacturing processes.
  • Generate new processes and procedures to enable end users to manufacture in accordance to design intent in a safe and controlled manner.
  • Assist the Manufacturing Engineering Manager in scoping, specifying, and delivering best operational practices in alignment with brand expectations; and lead the team with the development of departmental budgets as contributor to overall program business cases.
  • Lead virtual manufacturing and process simulations to validate design and process concepts.
  • Support and lead the generation and development of timing plans that support full program delivery activities.
  • Liaising with the Health and Safety department to ensure all processes and materials are suitable for the manufacturing environment.  
  • Lead the investigation to resolve Manufacturing Engineering related issues experienced in production, providing timely containments to ensure that product quality is not compromised and ensuring that operators are familiar with the process changes.
  • Collaborate with engineering teams in leading the design of layout, modelling/simulation, and material flow integration to ensure data aligns with the overall plan and vision for the factory.
  • Identify, quantify, compare, and execute production process improvements to drive safety and ergonomics, quality (first pass yield), availability (uptime), performance (cycle time variability), capital utilisation, and demand attainment.
  • Headcount monitoring and liaison with production management.
  • Ownership of the Hours Per Car (HPC) data for series production ensuring plant efficiency and output targets can be achieved.
  • Create and implement tools to audit efficiency, and identify cost reduction opportunities.
  • Manage and communicate improvement opportunities and implementation plans to all relevant levels and functions in the factory.


Knowledge, Skills and Experience
  • A degree in mechanical / automotive engineering or similar (2:1 or above) or equivalent experience in a similar role.
  • Complex vehicle systems
  • Vehicle assembly processes
  • Trim and final processes
  • End of line vehicle processing / finishing
  • Specification and procurement of assembly equipment
  • Motivational, coaching and leadership skills
  • Identifying resolutions for product related issues, ensuring all quality targets are achieved
  • Implementation of safe working practices
Personal Attributes
  • As one of our Senior Engineers you will naturally have an understanding and appreciation for niche vehicle production and brand requirements and will lead by example, working within your own functional area as well as cross functionally inside and outside of Manufacturing Engineering department.
  • We work in a fast paced environment so the ability to act under pressure with calmness, clarity of thought and decisive authority is crucial.
  • 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
  • Other traits of a successful McLaren employee will include excellent communication skills both written and verbal and excellent attention to detail
  • 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.