Lead Engineer - Body Interior

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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.


Lead Engineer

Body Interior


At McLaren, we believe that anything is possible. We know what it takes to win and we achieve this by working together and encouraging innovation in an extraordinary high performance environment.


We now have an opportunity for a talented Lead Engineer, specialising in Body Interior Systems 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 together with high quality and luxury leather trimming. We are looking for an individual that shares our vision on Craftmanship, carbon and interior and will help us turning this vision into real, innovative and outstanding sports cars.


Principal accountabilities for position

Reporting to the Engineering Manager, working on all aspects of Body Interior delivery on one of our future vehicle programmes.

 “Cradle to Grave” approach – working within a cross functional team from R&D stage, through concept, design release, production launch and series production support to collectively deliver the whole vehicle specification targets and contribute to the overall business KPIs.


Principal responsibilities for position

  • Responsible for managing the release of designs that meet the following targets through coordination of internal and external design and engineering resources:
  • Cost (Piece, Tooling, D&D)
  • Performance (As specified through the full vehicle attributes and cascaded down to Component level specification)
  • Timing
  • Feasibility (supporting in house manufacturing or assembly processes as well as supplied components)
  • Responsible for Problem Solving:
  • From problem avoidance at the early stages of new projects (Risk Assessments, FMEA, Lessons learnt)
  • To practical problem solving at prototype stage and in series production.
  • Responsible for accurate reporting:
  • Bill Of Materials management (part numbering, structuring, design change process)
  • Weight management through correct management of the BOM
  • Costs (including spend forecast, risks and opportunities)
  • Project status reporting
  • Responsible for cost engineering:
  • Rapid and accurate cost estimation to support conceptual decisions at the early stages of a project
  • More detailed estimation to assure design releases meet cost targets and to support robust purchasing decisions
  • Continuous improvement of cost estimation techniques and abilities through market intelligence, T&M studies and value analysis.
  • Responsible to deliver FE analysis at component level in support of design releases through management of in-house and external specialist resources.
  • Responsible for authoring DFMEAS, component and systems technical specifications.
  • Support a cross-functional team including external suppliers network, quality, logistics, vehicle engineering and development, purchasing and manufacturing engineers


Knowledge, skills and experience for position

  • Engineering degree 2:1 or above
  • Experience of automotive programmes preferably in Interior and low volume/high performance sports cars.
  • Knowledge of Interior specific regulation and development boundaries
  • Knowledge of DFMEA and its application in automotive environment
  • Knowledge of GD&T
  • Literacy in CATIA V5 or V6, CDM or VPM and DMU tools
  • Experience in problem solving
  • Demonstrable commercial acumen
  • Experience in project management. Knowledge of PM systems (e.g. PRINCE 2) would be advantageous


Personal attributes / behavioural skills for position

  • We are looking for an individual with outstanding passion for high performance sports cars and with the ability of thinking out-of-the box.
  • Articulate ideas to internal customers and team members of all levels
  • Ability to tactfully challenge without alienating
  • 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 mission to become the employer of choice within the global automotive industry.




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