General information

Job Title
Senior Project Engineer - Metallic Structures
Ref #
Saturday, May 20, 2023
United Kingdom
Business area
Product Development
Body and Chassis - Body In White
Position level
G - Qualified Senior
Working time
Full Time
Contract type
Working pattern
9am - 6pm 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
As the Senior Project Engineer - Metallic Structures, you will lead the design and engineering of a specific set of metallic structures components across all McLaren Automotive vehicle lines and projects.

Please note this is a hybrid position, you will be on site as and when required.
Principal Accountabilities

  • Working on all aspects of Body Structures delivery on our future vehicle programmes. 
  • Working in a cross-functional team to deliver all systems in line with targets, KPI’s and milestones set by the MDP and Vehicle Line management leaders, on multiple vehicle programmes. 
  • 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.  
  • Responsibility to release designs that meet the following targets through coordination of internal and external design resources: Cost (Piece, Tooling, D&D), Performance (As specified through the full vehicle attributes and cascaded down to component level specification), Timing,  Feasibility (supporting in house manufacturing or assembly processes as well as supplied components).
  • Responsibility for Problem Solving:  From problem avoidance at the initial stages of new projects (Risk Assessments, FMEA, Lessons learnt) to practical problem solving at prototype stage and in series production. 
  • Responsibility for accurate reporting: Bill Of Materials management (part numbering, structuring, design change process), Weight management through correct management of the BOM, Costs (including spend forecast, risks and opportunities),  Project status reporting.
  • Responsibility for authoring component and systems technical specifications. 
  • Supporting a cross-functional team including external suppliers’ network, quality, logistics, vehicle engineering and development, purchasing and manufacturing engineers.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Experience in an OEM or tier one with a high level of Body Structures systems technical knowledge is essential, particularly in field of metallic structures.
  • Experience and technical knowledge of Crash Structure Design – energy absorption, force-displacement metrics, and testing processes is essential.
  • Experience of Aluminium materials and process knowledge – grades, properties, heat treatments is essential.
  • Knowledge of metallic structures manufacturing technologies is essential: Castings (sand, gravity die, high/low pressure die), Extrusions, Fabrications, Pressings.
  • Knowledge of structures joining technologies is essential: Bolted joints, Welding, Riveting, Bonding. 
  • Experience with cost estimation and engineering of metallic components is desirable.
  • Proven ability in delivery project management within an APQP or similar framework.
  • Relevant Experience in Lightweight Body Design and materials technology is essential.
  • CATIA V5 experience is desirable.
  • Knowledge of DFMEA and GD&T is desirable.
  • Knowledge of Body Engineering Simulation and Analysis tools and processes is desirable.
  • Educated to Degree level in Mechanical or Automotive Engineering is desirable.

Personal Attributes
    • Well organised and delivery focused – with demonstrable track record of on-time delivery in a high-pressure environment. 
    • Adopts a creative & thoughtful approach to concept design and solving engineering problems with good attention to detail and an engaging mind, open to new problems outside their normal comfort zone. 
    • An excellent communicator with the ability to work cross-functionally with internal and external stakeholders.