Principal Concept Engineer

Location: Woking, GB

McLaren Special Operations (MSO) is a division of McLaren Automotive, responsible for the design, development and delivery of personalised and bespoke vehicle commissions, performance details and options, as well as overseeing and ensuring McLaren heritage vehicles remain road worthy and the pride of their owner’s collection. MSO products and services represent world class McLaren offerings.

Our teams within MSO all strive to make us the true leader in Bespoke Automotive content. Each project is a chance to learn, improve and deliver truly world class products.  

We are looking for hands on individual from automotive product background ready for the next step in their career, to join our Special Operations division as a Principal Concept Engineer delivering bespoke products and limited edition vehicles into the future

Purpose of the role:

The Principal Concept Design Engineer will be responsible for the evolution of parts and systems for MSO bespoke vehicle products. From concept, package into surfacing you will work with a cross functional team delivering right first time designs. Multi skilled in design principals related to high craftsmanship full body programs.

The quality of the initial concept will define the program’s success. All hardpoints and vehicle layout are the responsibility of the concept designers. The Principal Concept Engineer will need to showcase an understanding of current automotive manufacturing principles and vehicle packaging constraints will put you firmly on the front foot for this varied and hugely satisfying role.

Principal accountabilities:

  • Working within a multi-skilled team you will be responsible for delivering full component and system concept design / packaging solutions to required technical performance, weight, cost (BoM and Investment), quality and timing targets
  • Support cross functional teams of vehicle attribute owners, designers, engineers (internal/external) and other business functions
  • Represent the vehicle engineering team at cross functional design reviews
  • Seeking out the ingredients required to build robust program foundations
  • Support and/or define best working practise within engineering group
  • During some program phases your expertise could be deployed into other disciplines in the engineering team

Knowledge, skills & experience:

  • Technical knowledge and experience of high and medium volume production technologies for body systems both interior and Exterior
  • Excellent feasibility assessment of design proposals, including design for manufacture and DFMEA’s
  • Vehicle packaging with legislation constraint knowledge highly desirable
  • Confident and proficient in the art of working to pull together Styling & Surfacing to deliver robust and manufacturable designs
  • Confidence in ability to analyse and overcome technical challenges with workable and innovative engineering solutions.
  • Highly proficient in the definition and application GD & T
  • Proficient in solid modelling and surfacing using a 3D CAD system – CATIA V5 preferred

Personal attributes:

  • Adaptable and flexible communication styles to effectively transfer key information
  • Drive solutions and encourage development in others
  • Identify issues and take a proactive approach to dealing with them
  • Think creatively to produce workable ideas and novel solutions
  • Drive and commitment to see activities to completion
  • Manage own development and performance
  • Strive to improve and keep knowledge and skills up to date
  • Passion for our work – Go beyond the call of duty

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.

Find similar jobs: