Engineering Manager - Engine Lead

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Location: Woking, GB

At McLaren Automotive our vision is not only to become the iconic sports car manufacturer but also to deliver breath-taking, iconic and innovative new technology to the automotive industry.


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


Job Title: Engineering Manager - Engine


Department: Powertrain


Reporting to: Engine design manager                                                                                               


Purpose of the Role:

Reporting to the Head of Powertrain, to lead the team of Engine engineers and technical experts, responsible for research, engineering, integration, ownership & delivery of Engine components and sub-systems on all McLaren vehicle programmes. 

As part of a small, highly dynamic team, influencing concepts and delivering the application of existing & new technology on exciting new products.


Principal Accountabilities:

  • Technical responsibility and detailed component and sub-system knowledge for all high-performance Engine components and sub-systems.
  • Responsible for engineering resource task allocation/prioritisation, recruitment, appraisal and performance management.
  • Lead the Engine team and manage internal technical simulation, design and analysis teams, and external engineering organisations and suppliers, to deliver to defined technical specifications in line with the Powertrain & Vehicle programme timing.
  • Lead the Engine team in the management and delivery of component and sub-system BOM, specifications, FMEAs and DVP and also cost, timing and quality targets.
  • Lead the technical assessment, integration and application of appropriate Powertrain technology.
  • Support vehicle programme attribute owners with respect to development and reporting.
  • Ensure the components interface seamlessly to the wider car.
  • Establish and control design release in line with ETRS requirements
  • Guarantee delivery of Engine components and system for all projects in line with MDP (McLaren Development Process) and that Project Management KPIs are on track.
  • Lead the Engine team in the execution and evaluation of results of component testing and to support powertrain & vehicle development activities and vehicle manufacturing, launch & planning.
  • Preparation and presentation of material to support external and internal project status reviews.


Knowledge, skills and experience:

  • A high level of technical knowledge & experience of high performance engine component & system design, test & production.
  • 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 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 Powertrain 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.
  • 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




All employees must ensure compliance with the Company Health and Safety Policy, and all relevant other statutory Health and Safety legislation.


This job description may not detail some less major duties allocated to the post holder, nor cover duties of a similar nature commensurate with the role, which may from time to time be reasonably required by the relevant manager.


If you are passionate about pushing the boundaries of processes and technologies and have an entrepreneurial mind-set, join us at the heart of an exciting journey apply now to be part of cutting edge pioneering projects.

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