General information

Job Title
Senior Project Engineer - Body In White
Ref #
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
United Kingdom
Business area
Product Development
Body and Chassis - Body In White
Position level
Qualified Senior
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

We now have an opportunity for a talented Senior Project Engineer, specialising in Body Panels, Carbon Fibre Composites and Aluminium Alloys, to join our team based in McLaren Technology Centre in Woking.

Despite more than 30 years of history in making carbon fibre race and sports cars, at McLaren we believe in a future aggressive rate of innovation in carbon fibre composites design and technology. We are looking for an individual that shares our vision on carbon fibre and will help us turning this vision into real, innovative and outstanding sports cars.

Principal Accountabilities

§   Reporting to the Engineering Manager, working on all aspects of Body Panels and Closures delivery on our future vehicle programmes.

§   Working on a wide range of systems and components such as Carbon Fibre, Composite and Metallic panels and closures.

§   Strong understanding of perceived quality to exceed our customers expectations

§   Experience with setting gap and flush requirements for high performance, low volume production cars.

§   “Cradle to Grave” approach – working within a cross functional team from R&D stage, through concept, design release, production launch and series production support to collectively deliver the whole vehicle specification targets and contribute to the overall business KPIs.

§   Responsible to release designs that meet the following targets through coordination of internal and external design resources:

o    Cost (Piece, Tooling, D&D)

o    Performance (As specified through the full vehicle attributes and cascaded down to component level specification)

o    Timing

o    Feasibility (supporting in house manufacturing or assembly processes as well as supplied components)

§   Responsible for Problem Solving:

o    From problem avoidance at the early stages of new projects (Risk Assessments, FMEA, Lessons learnt) to practical problem solving at prototype stage and in series production.

§   Responsible for accurate reporting:

o    Bill Of Materials management (part numbering, structuring, design change process)

o    Weight management through correct management of the BOM

o    Costs (including spend forecast, risks and opportunities)

o    Project status reporting

§   Responsible for authoring component and systems technical specifications.

Support a cross-functional team including external suppliers network, quality, logistics, vehicle engineering and development, purchasing and manufacturing engineer

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

§   Engineering degree 2:1 or above

§   Several years experience of automotive programmes preferably in Body and low volume/high performance sports cars.

§   Knowledge of Carbon Fibre composites manufacturing technologies

§   Knowledge of DFMEA and its application in automotive environment

§   Knowledge of GD&T

§   Literacy in CATIA V5 or V6, CDM or VPM and DMU tools

§   Experience in problem solving

§   Demonstrable commercial acumen

§   Experience in project management. Knowledge of PM systems (e.g. PRINCE 2) would be advantageous

Personal Attributes

§   We are looking for an individual with outstanding passion for high performance sports cars and at the same time with an outstanding passion for low volume vehicle engineering.

§   Ability to use own initiative when working under pressure

§   A team player able to work closely with internal and external network of engineers

§   Flexibility and Adaptability are key

§   Strong verbal and written communication skills

§   Ambitious and self reliant.  Intrinsically self motivated