Mechanical Engineer

Location: Woking, GB


Our Mechanical Engineering team has an open and inquisitive mindset, eager to explore and solve tough engineering challenges. We deliver data-led solutions and have the capability to provide input across all of McLaren Applied’s hardware engineering programmes.

Our multi-skilled team applies world-leading engineering tools, techniques and processes to the creation of novel concepts, detailed design and verification through to production delivery.

Value comes from a number of our key strengths, including: mechanical analysis simulation and optimisation; advanced 3D modelling; application of high-performance materials; prototyping and performance validation testing; and design for production.

As a small, highly effective and agile team, we work closely with other Engineering functions, Chief Engineers, Product Management and Operations teams. We pride ourselves on our collaboration across the company and wider business and our strong working relationships with external customers.  

Purpose of the Role

Deliver innovative breakthroughs in performance through the application of advanced technology, design and data-led mechanical engineering.

Principle Accountabilities

  • Design and engineer high-performance products and components using a data-led approach.
  • Confidently analyse and overcome mechanical engineering design problems with feasible and innovative solutions.
  • Operate within a multi-disciplinary team, in a range of different industries outside of familiar areas of expertise.
  • Support project planning, budget estimates and pre-sales bid activities, taking an active role in customer technical discussions.
  • Plan, manage and account for your time. Anticipate any issues which might affect delivery progress and proactively address these, escalating for support if required.
  • Communicate with clarity with key stakeholders at all levels of our business, customer organisations and supply partners.
    • Share and articulate complex mechanical designs and concepts with peers and non-engineering colleagues, such that others can easily understand, build and evolve your ideas collaboratively.
    • Write project proposals, technical requirements and specifications, and other documentation to a high standard.
    • Produce and confidently deliver impactful engineering presentations to internal and external audiences.
  • Drive your career development proactively as part of a structured appraisal and feedback process. Identify and undertake learning and development opportunities and actively manage a continuous professional development plan.
  • Provide input into team strategy discussions, taking a shared responsibility for the team’s growth, capability development, and external image. Help to continually improve our team’s processes and enhancements to our toolsets.

Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications and Experience

  • BEng or MEng Mechanical Engineering degree, or similarly related degree, or equivalent relevant industry experience.
  • Engineering involvement across a product’s design lifecycle including: project scoping and gathering requirements with customers; prototyping and testing designs ready for manufacture; liaising with manufacturing partners and the supply chain, acting as design authority and post-sales support.
  • Excellent mechanical engineering foundation, with the ability to solve problems from first principles and hand calculations.
  • An understanding of electronics principles and components is desirable, including motorsport domain knowledge to develop technologies for engine and chassis applications.
  • Demonstrable experience of applying a data-led engineering approach to iterate designs, with an appreciation of computational analysis methods such as FEA.
  • Experience of designing for electronics thermal management, vibration and EMC is desirable.
  • Proficient with parametric 3D CAD modelling tools for both solid and surface modelling, ideally using Siemens SolidEdge or Siemens NX.
  • Familiar with applying drawing standards to create and check detailed part and assembly drawings. Experience of creating parts and managing bill of materials in MRP systems and/or Enterprise PLM systems such as Siemens Teamcenter would be an advantage.
  • Competent at collecting and interpreting complex physical test data to quickly inform engineering decisions and design directions.
  • Knowledge of commonly used metallic, plastic and composite engineering materials. Experience of making material selections balancing competing factors such as cost, manufacturing constraints, design intent and aesthetics.
  • Knowledge and experience of applying DfM and DfA principles, with a good understanding of manufacturing technologies and processes such as CNC milling, turning, casting, sheet metal, moulding and additive manufacture rapid prototyping.
  • Appreciation of company brand value and consistently working to high design standards.

Values and Behaviours

  • Ownership and responsibility for delivery. Self-starter, accustomed to working independently with minimal guidance.
  • Openness of communication, sharing issues and concerns and unafraid to propose novel solutions.
  • Bravery in the development of new ideas, leading the way for others to follow. Comfortable with multi-tasking and adapting to changing project requirements.
  • Ingenuity to solve difficult engineering problems, valuing attention to detail and balancing viability, desirability, and feasibility.
  • Humility when achieving great delivery outcomes, acting as a mentor and role model for colleagues within the business and wider group.

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.