Structural Engineer

Location: Sheffield, GB

When our founder Bruce McLaren passed away at the age of 32 he left behind a legacy that has shaped who we are today. We have an unrivalled heritage which has its roots in racing; but McLaren Automotive is now creating a story of its own and we want you to be a part of it.
As part of our Track25 business plan we will launch 18 new models or derivatives of our vehicles and look to expand our retailer network into new markets with an aim of having 100 retailers globally.
Track 25 and McLaren Automotive’ s growing reputation is testament to our world class employees. To ensure McLaren Automotive continues to be at the forefront of the Automotive market, we are looking for a Structural Engineer to join our Body in White team.
Purpose of the role:
We have an opportunity for a talented Structural Engineer, specialising in Carbon Fibre Composites and Aluminium Alloys, to join our team based 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 Principal Structural Engineer, working on a wide range of systems and components such as Closures, Crash Structures, Monocoques, Subframes, and other vehicle assemblies.
  • Working within a cross functional team from R&D stage, through concept and design release, the role will support multiple programmes across McLaren Track 25 models.
  • Testing: Responsible to identify, develop and validate methodologies for the testing of composite and metallic materials for static and dynamic properties.
  • Responsible to deploy the methodology across all internal and external resources involved in the engineering process. This is to be achieved through authoring test specifications, training of resources, auditing and general work collaboration.
  • Responsible to deliver the testing of composite and metallic materials through management of external specialist resources and testing houses.
  • Responsible to generate and maintain material databases.
  • Simulations: Responsible to generate material cards to support linear and non-linear simulations. 
  • Responsible for the simulation of tests at component/system level as required, in order to deliver the Design Validation Plan
  • Support technical standardization of best practices in testing of composite and metallic structural components.
  • Support the implementation of facilities for in house destructive and non-destructive testing when required.
  • Support the delivery of designs release on time 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 technical and quality specification)
    • Manufacturing Feasibility (supporting in house manufacturing and assembly processes as well as supplied components)
    • McLaren Automotive Design Standards
  • Support the definition of test methods, through authoring test procedure specifications and through the execution of component/system level tests when required.
  • Support the project team in the definition of the Design Validation Plan.
  • Support a cross-functional team including external suppliers network, quality, logistics, vehicle engineering and development, purchasing and manufacturing engineers.

Knowledge, skills & experience:

  • Proven experience in testing and simulation of composite and metallic structures for Automotive applications.
  • Proven experience in testing and simulation of structural bonded joints
  • Knowledge of Hyperworks, LS-DYNA, Abaqus Explicit.
  • Engineering degree 2:1 or above
  • Knowledge of following Carbon Fibre composites manufacturing technologies would be advantageous: Pre-preg and Autoclave, RTM (High/Low pressure, VARTM), Press Moulding, Hand layup, press forming, braiding, filament winding, AFP, ATL. 
  • Knowledge of composite destructive and non-destructive testing.
  • Knowledge of DFMEA and its application in automotive environment.
  • Literacy in CATIA V5 or V6, CDM or VPM and DMU tools.
  • Experience in problem solving is preferable.
  • Experience in project management 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 carbon fibre composites design and 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


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.

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