Engineering Manager - Body Panels and Closures

Location: Woking, GB

Engineering Manager – Body Panels and Closures

Department: Body Engineering

Reporting to: Head of Body-In-White Engineering / Senior Manager - Body-In-White

 

 

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 an Engineering Manager – Body Panels and Closures to join our team.

 

Purpose of the Role:

  • Lead the team responsible for the design and engineering of Body Panels and Closures systems across all McLaren Automotive vehicle lines.
  • Work within a matrix organization with direct report line to the Senior Manager - Body-In-White whilst delivering towards project-based goals set by Vehicle Line management leaders on multiple parallel projects.

 

Principal Accountabilities:

Lead your team to deliver all Body Panels and Closures systems in line with targets, KPI’s and milestones set by the McLaren Development Process and Vehicle Line management leaders, on multiple vehicle programmes with emphasis on:

  • Design and Engineering integrity to exceed quality, performance and commercial goals.
  • Investment Budget - including internal and outsourced labour, tooling costs and supplier or internal D&D investment.
  • Timing – at every step of the design and development process.
  • Innovation – Define future component and system technical strategies and associated technologies roadmaps. Where necessary, identify research topics, associated budgets, resource, partners and funding streams.
  • Problem Solving:
    • Make sure the 24-hour time upper limit standard is not exceeded every time an Body Panels and Closures engineering concern manifests itself.
    • Engineering problems must be solved in line with the McLaren practical problem-solving system including a robust understanding and dissemination of lesson learnt that are aimed at avoiding problem repetition and continuously improving our cars and the Company as a whole
  • People and Performance:
    • Lead and develop your team to meet and exceed the goals set by the business.
    • Maximize your performance and development as an individual as well as that of all individuals within your team.
    • Drive delivery of project via strategic outsourced resource partners
    • Define or Influence the selection of the appropriate design and development partners
    • Develop the relationship, framework and ultimately the capability of your external partners including a clear performance management process.
    • Team work
  • Promote, implement and support a Simultaneous approach to Body Styling, Design and Engineering where early engagement from all stakeholders is maximised in order to avoid late changes and delays in the overall process. This includes internal stakeholders like Quality, Manufacturing Engineering, other Vehicle Engineering teams, Service/After sales, marketing, etc. and external stakeholders like suppliers, outsourced resource partners, etc.
  • As the main centre for subject of matter expertise, make sure your team works closely with support functions like supply chain team to monitor current supplier performance and develop future supply strategies.

 

Knowledge, skills and experience:

  • A high level of technical knowledge & experience of lightweight Body Panels and Closures component & system design, test & production
  • Expertise in management of gap and flush attribute to deliver high perceived quality for the body
  • Expertise in robust and efficient problem solving.
  • Strong knowledge of Body Panels and Closures manufacturing processes and supply chain
  • CATIA V5 2D/3D skills preferred with strong GD&T application experience
  • PC literate and at ease with MS Office products
  • Experienced in OEM or tier one component, system or commodity delivery
  • Component & system design within an APQP or similar framework including FMEA, component planning and PPAP

 

Qualifications and Training

  • Engineering Degree 2:1 or above

 

Personal Attributes:

  • A passion for high performance Body engineering.
  • Adopts a creative & thoughtful approach to concept design and solving engineering problems with good attention to detail.
  • Excellent feasibility assessment skills including design for manufacture and DFMEA input
  • A positive, proactive attitude with a high level of self-motivation to deliver excellence.
  • Well organised and independent; able to work constructively with minimal supervision.
  • Delivery focused – with demonstrable track record of on-time delivery in a high-pressure environment.
  • An engaging mind, open to new problems outside their normal comfort zone.
  • A willingness to engage in debate and discussion.
  • Empathy, a willingness to listen and see others’ points of view.
  • Ability to communicate clearly with design and development groups and to lead a small, focused team
  • Ambitious, and self-reliant; intrinsically self-motivated.
  • Good team skills, willingness to work cross-functionally
  • Well organised and delivery focused, with demonstrable track record of on-time delivery.
  • Capable of representing a world class automotive brand
  • Able to remain focused under pressure