Senior Cost Engineer

Location: Woking, GB

Senior Cost Engineer



This is a chance for you to join us and build upon your skills and experience enhancing and growing within your area of expertise and career with an iconic brand.  You will be joining us at an exciting time, where you will be an integral part of our Horizon2030 business plan.


You will be part of our business plan to launch new models or derivatives of our vehicles, expanding our retailer network into new markets with an aim of having 100 retailers globally. To ensure McLaren Automotive continues to be at the forefront, we invest heavily into our employee’s development and this could be an exciting step within your career in a fast-paced growing team where there are possibilities of progression.


Purpose of the role:


As our Cost Engineer you will participate in the design release, supplier sourcing strategy and negotiations in a wide range of commodities, industries, and be immersed in the engineering solutions leading the automotive community to new standards of quality. You will Influence the vehicle’s foundation by providing best manufacturing practises and feedback to the development team to ensure design to cost philosophy is inherit early in the vehicle’s DNA.


You will help to develop the function to grow in alignment with the growth and rapidly changing McLaren business by introducing tools, templates and expertise that ensure optimal cost benchmarks are an effective tool in the negotiation with sourcing suppliers.


You will be part of the sourcing and negotiation team, participating in front-line technical negotiations & internal reporting, being responsible for a set of commodities and accountable for the deliverables for a set of suppliers.


Principal accountabilities:


  • Support the business delivering detailed cost targets for sourcing strategy on future programs, as well as supporting on-going negotiations on current production vehicles, identifying key cost drivers and prioritising key discussion point with suppliers.
  • Mandatory knowledge of creating cost estimates from base, without the aid of proprietary calculation software, having a scientific and demonstrable approach to the costing methodology assumptions.
  • Support ad-hoc requests for cost breakdown verification and high-level costing for engineering changes.
  • Lead categorising suppliers in the business by creating a map of supplier capabilities and capacities to ensure sourcing is done on Best-In-Class industry actors.
  • Ensure productivity targets are defined with incumbent suppliers and negotiate along with the commodity team to guarantee its delivery.
  • Lead lean manufacturing and productivity optimisation studies; resulting in actions to guarantee incumbent suppliers adhere to best manufacturing practises and process flow.
  • Maintain and improve upon internal databases for materials, labour & facilities; tracking economic changes over time, ensuring up to date market data with verifiable sources.
  • Develop and improve upon internally created tools and calculation templates to ensure consistency on the delivered estimates and guarantee continuity of costing practises.
  • Create and present training material on manufacturing processes and commodities for new cost engineers, buyers and any other stakeholders involved.


Knowledge, skills & experience:


  • Ability to work in highly competitive and driven environment.
  • Have a structured approach and organised mindset to problem resolution.
  • Comprehension of engineering designs and supplier quotations, being able to deduce misalignment on manufacturing processes and inconsistencies with market data.
  • Proficiency using CAD system’s visualisation software, identifying component materials, GD&T dimensional tolerances and be able to infer manufacturing process flow.
  • Tailor costing assumptions based on low-volume scenarios, highly specialised manufacturing and limited industry participants.
  • Ability create side-by-side quotation comparisons and waterfalls, identifying key cost drivers, explaining cost gaps and prioritising areas of focus during supplier negotiations.
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, with emphasis on datasets and calculation templates (Excel) & creating clear and visual reports to guide business stakeholders with punctual results (PowerPoint).
  • Preferred knowledge on lean manufacturing, Kaizen and movement studies.




We recognise that we can only achieve our vision with the dedication and collaboration of our world class employees.  It is our aim to become the employer of choice within the global automotive industry.


At McLaren Automotive we are constantly looking to improve. To become the employer of choice we are always looking to develop our employee offerings. We currently offer a range of benefits to employees at all levels of the business including Private Healthcare, Contributory Pension Scheme, Life Assurance and Personal Lease Car Scheme. We also offer a range of discounts with our partner organisations.