General information

Job Title
Suspension Systems Engineer
Ref #
380
Date
Monday, September 13, 2021
Country
United Kingdom
Location
Woking
Business area
Product Development
Department
Body & Chassis - Chassis Systems
Position level
Qualified
Working time
Full Time
Contract type
Permanent
Working pattern
9am - 6pm Monday to Friday

Description & Requirements

Background

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
  • Technical and delivery responsibility for the suspension damper and actuator across vehicles in development and current production
Principal Accountabilities
  • With the Chassis Systems Manager, lead the design and development of damper actuator systems to ensure optimised vehicle performance and delivery of vehicle attributes.
  • Work together with Vehicle Dynamics team to identify the targets at vehicle level and deploy them into system requirements. 
  • Work together with NVH and concept teams to meet the requirement of quality and system optimisation
  • Work together with suspension system suppliers to identify technology and solution suitable to optimize vehicle dynamic performance
  • Leadership, planning, monitoring and control of suspension system development activities to guarantee project delivery in line with MDP (McLaren Development Process).  Directly supporting all Model Year update programmes
  • Establish and control system and component, design, release, development and validation plans in association with functional experts and in line with technical risk management processes.
  • Establish and control supply chain in association with function group buyers to ensure delivery of components and systems on schedule for all phases of prototype, pilot, pre-production and production build
  • Ensure manufacturability and compliance with quality standards of all components and systems within the defined BOM through interface with manufacturing site and suppliers.
  • Review and manage suspension systems engineering concerns raised in manufacturing and warranty
  • Manage and execute design activities where necessary to support production issues and re-engineering tasks
  • Ensure lessons learnt from field are correctly captured into documentation for future programmes
  • Manage projects to achieve annual cost down targets
  • Respond to requests for information or specification change with assessment of risk and cost.
  • Control DFM and FMEA as required.
  • Preparation and presentation of material to support external and internal project status reviews at various level of the business.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
  • Excellent damper and actuator design and development knowledge
  • Capability to predict suspension effect on vehicle dynamics through simulation tools (Matlab/Simulink)
  • Capability to assess and understand suspension effect on vehicle performance
  • Capability to postprocess measurement data and identify subjective/objective correlation
  • Deep knowledge of hydraulic, pneumatic and mechanical science
  • Experience with CATIA design environment
  • Experience in suspension system release management and problem solving
  • Experience of high and niche vehicle (low volume) programmes
  • Ability to deliver under pressure with an appetite for measured success
  • Experience of automotive design and development advantageous
Personal Attributes
  • Natural leadership skills
  • Must be both a team player and team builder.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ambitious and self reliant.  Intrinsically self motivated.
  • Delivery focused, with demonstrable track record of on-time delivery.
  • An understanding and awareness of appropriate escalation.