Principal Engineer - Sealing systems

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Location: Woking, GB

Principal Engineer - Sealing systems


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.

Working with cutting edge products, you will be able to concept and deliver your own designs and introduce your own ideas without limitations of benchmarks. 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 of vehicle sealing systems. The role encompasses the leadership and management of a high performing team as well as the technical delivery of sealing systems across multiple vehicle lines.


You will be responsible for driving the future sealing strategy of McLaren, the materials we use, the supply chain most suitable for us, the personnel we hire and the technical detail surrounding our seal and finisher delivery. You will be responsible for meeting the attributes associated with your commodity and driving best practise into your team and individuals that interact with your parts.

You will maintain the team’s performance against McLaren’s development Program for multiple vehicles at any one time.

The body exteriors team really embrace innovation and believe in function before form.

As a Principal Engineer, you will provide leadership to cross-functional teams where necessary and will be the face of Sealing and closures across all Programs. You will be confronted with technical questions daily. You will also be responsible for attending meetings/reviews and reacting to any issues relevant to your commodity to best serve your customer groups such as SQA, Purchasing and Project Management teams.


This role offers great exposure to other areas of the business and at various levels through to  Executive Director position.

It’s safe to say you will be busy in the role; driving best practise into the Concept team as they create future platforms, releasing the drawings from which the parts are tooled, managing released parts into the business on time, to cost and to the desired quality required each build phase. You will also be a strong man-manger and will develop your team into a high performers, training, appraising and supporting to ensure success.


Skills and Experience:


  • Extensive Sealing concept and design experience
  • Good understanding of Closures and the attributes associated to them
  • A good understanding of the complete product lifecycle (concept-delivery)
  • 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
  • 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


The expectation is that you will push the boundaries of manufacturing processes and materials to create a truly cutting edge product. If you are ready for this challenge apply now and be part of our exciting journey.


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