Design Engineer (Body Exterior Systems)

Location: Woking

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.

To ensure McLaren Automotive continues its desire to be “the sportscar company”, we are looking for a Design Engineer - Body Exterior Systems to join our team.


Job Title: Design Engineer (Body Exterior Systems)

Department: Body Exterior, Body Engineering

Reporting to:  Principal Engineer – Closures


Purpose of the role:
As a Design Engineer in the Body Exterior team, you will work with cutting edge products having opportunity to create, deliver and introduce your own ideas without limitations of benchmarks.

  • Reporting to the Principal Engineer for Closures in Body Exterior you will be able to push and develop your engineering capability, influencing and technically leading future exterior, closures systems and trim design across multiple vehicle development projects.
  • With a direct impact on vehicle performance, styling and perceived quality in the market, you will be expected to create and deliver innovative designs and ideas exceeding the current benchmark.
  • Lead detailed design studies and influence body exterior design for exterior systems and trim with particular emphasis on design feasibility, detailed design and development aspects at component, sub-system and system level from ‘cradle’ to ‘grave’
  • Be responsible for attending and supporting meetings/reviews and reacting to any issues relevant to Body Exterior to best serve your customer groups such as Styling, Concept and Project Management teams.
  • Liaise and work cross-functionally with rest of the design and engineering community, suppliers, manufacturing engineering and R&D team.

This is a role that will push you to develop your engineering capability whilst being confronted with technical questions daily with the exposure to other areas of the business, particularly at the Concept, Design and Development Phase. The reward to this challenge is the opportunity to have a major influence on the final product with direct input into the design of body exterior systems.


Principal accountabilities:

Clearly demonstrate ability to ensure simultaneous engineering approach to develop right first time designs including: -

  • Body packaging, concept studies and detailed design, including sizing calculations and use of CAD / CAE to create viable sections.
  • Kinematic model creation for Closures systems.
  • Lead and support of design activities carried out in-house and at suppliers if required.
  • Build support (prototype and production)​
  • Ensure components and assemblies adhere to applicable industry and business standards​
  • Supporting problem solving activities during virtual and physical builds.​
  • Carry out tolerance studies to support design development.
  • Assess all engineering prototypes to determine any associated issues or risks, mitigating when, and where, found.​
  • Research whether the design is feasible, functional and cost-effective​.
  • Support the estimate cost limits and budgets for new designs.
  • Represent the department in design reviews and during test and development activities if required​
  • Design components to the lowest feasible weight​
  • Ensure components and assemblies adhere to applicable internal, industry, business and where applicable legislative standards and requirements.
  • Co-ordinate own design work to deliver timely design releases and meeting all design for manufacture input from supplier(s).​
  • Develop and specify GD&T data set on CAD models or drawings, taking into account all inputs from parts suppliers, assembly processes and dimensional management studies​.
  • Creating presentation material for Design Reviews ​
  • Producing detailed manufacturing drawings ​
  • Maintain and manage engineering records and designs


Knowledge, skills & experience:

  • Catia v5 experience mandatory.
  • Design and development experience on automotive products
  • Experience of releasing automotive parts
  • Good understanding of latest Automotive manufacturing and assembly processes, feasibility and technology
  • Robust understanding of the complete product lifecycle (concept-delivery)
  • Strong interpersonal skills – ability to communicate to all levels of the business including external partners
  • Good understanding and application of GD&T
  • Knowledge of development tools, such as DFMEA and DVP.
  • Educated to Degree level in suitable Engineering discipline.


Personal attributes:

  • A passion for high performance / supercar engineering.
  • Positive, proactive attitude with a high level of self-motivation.
  • Ability to remain focused and deliver in fast paced and dynamic environment
  • Good prioritisation and time management skills
  • Logical approach to problem solving and work in a methodical manner with an eye for detail
  • A great team worker who is driven to support their team to success.
  • A confident, engaging communicator able to lead and influence meetings.
  • An ability to motivate others, teams and work cross-functionally effectively.
  • A creative & thoughtful approach to concept design and solving engineering problems with good attention to detail.
  • Confidence to challenge the status quo.
  • An engaging mindset, open to new challenges and working where necessary outside their comfort zone to push innovation and challenge the norm


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.