Principal Engineer - Interior

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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 Engineer within our Interior function group. You will be responsible for delivering bespoke products and limited edition vehicles into the future.

Purpose of the role:

As Principal Engineer, you will be responsible for working on all aspects of MSO project delivery on our current and future vehicle programmes. The principal engineer is a technical leader and expert in his/her area of responsibility acting as point of contact for all enquiries into the function group

The scope of the role covers all projects from concept stage to series production. Helping to develop, lead & grow a multifaceted team to collectively deliver MSO projects to specification targets from discrete component changes up to complete bespoke commissions.

Principal accountabilities:

  • Define future component and system technical strategies and associated technologies roadmaps. Where necessary, identify research topics, associated budgets, resource, partners and funding streams
  • Lead Interior engineering within a cross party team of Designers, Engineers including support roles to present feasible project schemes
  • Reconcile manufacturing and assembly feasibility with attribute and styling while meeting system specifications
  • Achieve required standards on Design and Engineering integrity to exceed quality, performance and commercial goals
  • Achieve the piece, D+D and investment cost targets on all systems for which you are responsible
  • Author tech specs, DFMEA and DVP as required in line with McLaren and VCA standards
  • Represent the Interior function  in design reviews and during test and development activities

Knowledge, skills & experience:

  • Experienced in an OEM or tier one with a high level of Interior systems technical knowledge.
  • Understanding of mechanical design requirements for typical automotive applications e.g. fastening systems, sealing solutions, manufacturing techniques.
  • Full understanding of DFMEA and risk assessment techniques in automotive environment
  • Ability to sign off full detailed design drawings in accordance with BS 8888, including geometrical tolerancing
  • CATIA V5, PC literate and at ease with MS Office products.

Personal attributes:

  • Must be a team player and able to work closely with project and lead engineers as well as with internal and external stakeholders
  • An excellent communicator with the ability to lead and motivate teams and work cross functionally
  • Well organised and delivery focused – with demonstrable track record of on-time delivery in a high pressure environment
  • A confident, engaging communicator able to influence and lead high level meetings
  • Capable of representing a world class automotive brand with a personal passion to be seen in a world class delivery team          

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.

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