Chief Engineer - McLaren Special Operations

Location: Woking, GB

Closing date: Friday 30th August 2019


‘The MSO mission is to fulfil customer desire for exclusivity in their choice of McLaren,’ - Ansar Ali, MSO Managing Director.


McLaren Special Operations (MSO) is a division of McLaren Automotive, responsible for the design, development and delivery of personalised and bespoke vehicle commissions, performance details and options, as well as overseeing and ensuring McLaren legacy vehicles remain road worthy and up to date.  MSO products and services represent world class McLaren offerings and in doing so provides McLaren owners with virtually limitless possibilities to tailor a car exactly to their needs and tastes.


An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the MSO Engineering team as a Chief Engineer.


Purpose of the role:

As Chief Engineer for MSO, you will be responsible for the guidance of the efforts of MSO Design, Engineering, Attributes & Development towards a successful technical delivery of all MSO products.


You will have the unique opportunity to help MSO deliver the next generation of Bespoke Products and to increase the capabilities and capacity of what the team can deliver.


Principal accountabilities:

  • Be the ultimate technical authority for every aspect of the programme from concept, through to delivery
  • Hold responsibility and accountability for target setting and their successful delivery for all MSO products
  • Work with the wider MSO Team to support the complete vehicle component plan and high level plan
  • Work with Certification to define the MSO route to market that is suitable for the products and compatible within the field MSO operates
  • Define MSO specific durability cycle, and work with MSO development to efficiently, and effectively sign off all MSO products
  • Instil, promote and lead technical challenge in the team to enable differentiation in our products, including the use of alternative material and processes that might not be applicable for series programmes
  • Ensure compliance is embedded into the design throughout the programme
  • Lead the team to ensure digital design is delivered in line with all technical and design requirements
  • Manage changes and risk throughout the programme to ensure deliverables and targets are met
  • Provide technical guidance to the MSO engineering team and the wider team


Knowledge, skills & experience:

  • Experience in an automotive product development environment (ideally completed at least two full vehicle programmes)
  • CATIA V5, PC literate and at ease with MS Office products
  • Extensive experience within automotive product concept development and engineering collaboration
  • Component design knowledge supported by knowledge of GD & T.
  • A fundamental understanding of changes, and their impact on full vehicle programme delivery
  • Extensive knowledge of risk assessment methodologies and DFMEA, and able to provide leadership in this area


Personal attributes:

  • A technical leader whose depth of knowledge is shared through effective coaching
  • Prioritise and manage personal workload to ensure project requirements are achieved
  • Confident, engaging communicator able to influence and lead high level meetings
  • Natural mentor and coach who values personal relationships across the whole business
  • Well organised and delivery focused – with demonstrable track record of on-time delivery in a high-pressure environment


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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