General information

Job Title
Senior Virtual Build Engineer - New Model
Ref #
Thursday, May 18, 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

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

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.

This role is crucial to the success of our Manufacturing operations, as you will be responsible for carrying out Virtual Build events and Manufacturing feasibility DMU analysis for all new projects, including all potential variants. You will own the Virtual Build process and ensure its continued development.

In this role, you will have plenty of variety – everyone in the team will have a wide exposure to the business, including interfacing with concept design and engineering teams across multiple projects, you will witness and influence projects from beginning to end.

Principal Accountabilities
  • Own and continually improve the Virtual Build process & execution
  • Carry out fitment studies for vehicle components
  • Validate tooling access to fasteners based on build level
  • Influence design package to solve Virtual Build items
  • Support the validation of bespoke jigs and fixtures
  • Perform virtual ergonomic checks – e.g. reachability of a line operator
  • Create and manage Virtual Build timing plans, to ensure MDP deliverables are met
  • Review vehicle specific BOMs (E-BOM and M-BOM) prior to Virtual Build events
  • Liaise with the Manufacturing Engineering teams to allocate build stations for each vehicle component
  • Chair and deliver Virtual Build events with support of all key business stakeholders
  • Collate and issue Virtual Status reports with findings from each Virtual Build event
  • Obtain feedback and manage resolution for all open Virtual Build items
  • Lead design reviews as business requirements arise
  • Build digital vehicle assemblies for internal use & supplier engagement
  • Lead PLM system upgrade / improvement activities on behalf of the Man Eng team

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
  • 3D CAD systems essential (knowledge of CATIA V5 or V6 & VPM / 3DX is desirable)

Ideally you will have experience with:

  • Project management
  • Microsoft Office suite, including Excel and PowerPoint
  • Vehicle assembly process
  • Identifying resolutions for product related issues, ensuring all quality targets are achieved
  • Implementation of safe working practices


Personal Attributes
  • Display a positive attitude and practice strong work ethics that reflects the mission, philosophy and goals of McLaren.
  • As one of our engineers 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
  • 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