Lead Engineer Super Series- Body Exterior

Location: Woking, GB

When our founder Bruce McLaren passed away at the age of 32 he left behind a legacy that has shaped who we are today. We have an unrivalled heritage which has its roots in racing; but McLaren Automotive is now creating a story of its own and we want you to be a part of it.
As part of our Track25 business plan we will launch 18 new models or derivatives of our vehicles and look to expand our retailer network into new markets with an aim of having 100 retailers globally.
Track 25 and McLaren Automotive’ s growing reputation is testament to our world class employees. To ensure McLaren Automotive continues to be at the forefront of the Automotive market, we are looking for a Project Engineer to join our Body Exteriors team
Purpose of the role:
As the Lead Engineer within 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.
As a Senior member of the Body Exterior Engineering team, you will be responsible for concept support, component and system design, part delivery, supporting vehicle development through to launch. You will work as part of a close knit, cross functional team to deliver components to specification, on time and to budget. As such, you will be confronted with technical questions daily, managing the output of personnel not necessarily under your control, ensuring that all stakeholders of your delivery area work towards a shared target, are kept up-to-date with Body Exterior’s status, and are aligned to the priorities at all times.
You will also be responsible for attending meetings/reviews and reacting to any issues relevant to Body Exterior to best serve your internal customer groups such as Styling, SQA, Purchasing and Project Management teams. There will be exposure to most, if not all, areas of the business and at various levels through to Executive Director level.
This is a role that will push you to develop your engineering capability with a major influence on the product with direct input into the design and delivery of all exterior componentry. The expectation is that you will push the boundaries of design, manufacture processes and materials to create a truly cutting-edge product.
Principal accountabilities:

  • Responsible for reporting into the Engineering Manager on behalf of the entire Body Exterior Systems for a single vehicle line. 
  • Represent Body Exterior Function Group and support the Vehicle Line Principal in delivering programme objectives and gateway milestones
  • Act as the face of Body Exterior Systems to multiple engineering groups, ensuring best practise is adopted, whilst maintaining McLaren Automotive’s DNA is present throughout all designs.  
  • Act as the conjugate of the Principal subject matter experts into a Program and vice versa.
  • Respond to daily technical questions, attend meetings/reviews and react to any issues relevant to Body Exterior to best serve your customer groups such as SQA, Purchasing and Project Management teams.
  • Support a cross-functional team to support a simultaneous engineering to releasing with a right first time (RFT) philosophy. Including external suppliers, quality, logistics, concept, vehicle development, purchasing and manufacturing engineers
  • Develop your capability of resolving problems, performing root cause analysis and identifying countermeasures and solutions. 
  • Adopt a “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
  • Responsible for the on-time release and delivery from concept to production and help with leading the team to deliver in accordance to McLaren Automotive’s development framework.
  • Mentor junior members of the team, passing on technical detail and acting as a proxy for the Principal Engineering when required.

Knowledge, skills & experience:

  • Design and development experience on various automotive products. 
  • A good understanding of Automotive manufacture processes, feasibility and technology.
  • A vast understanding of the complete product lifecycle (concept-delivery) 
  • CAD operation knowledge - for opening model and cut sections and add other models for review, ideally Catia v5. 
  • Knowledge of automotive processes such as DFMEA and DVP.
  • Logical approach to problem solving and work in a methodical manner.
  • Educated to Degree level in suitable Engineering discipline.

Personal attributes:

  • A great team worker who is driven to support their team to success.
  • Strong presentation skills – ability to communicate to all levels of the business.
  • Confidence to challenge the status quo.

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.