Project Engineer

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 - Body Panels.
Purpose of the role:
As a Project Engineer, reporting to the Principal Engineer, working on all aspects of the Body Panels systems and closures delivery on our future vehicle programmes. You will work on a wide range of Body in White systems and components, using materials such as Hot and Cold Formed Aluminium, Carbon Fibre pre-preg, SMC. With 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.
Principal accountabilities:

Responsible to release designs that meet the following targets through coordination of internal and external design resources:

  • Cost (Piece, Tooling, D&D)
  • Performance (As specified through the full vehicle attributes and cascaded down to Component level specification)
  • Timing
  • Feasibility (supporting in house manufacturing or assembly processes as well as supplied components)

Responsible for Problem Solving:

  • From problem avoidance at the early stages of new projects (Risk Assessments, FMEA, Lessons learnt).
  • To practical problem solving at prototype stage and in series production.

Responsible for accurate reporting: 

  • Bill of Materials management (part numbering, structuring, design change process).
  • Weight management through correct management of the BOM.
  • Costs (including spend forecast, risks and opportunities).
  • Project status reporting.

Responsible for cost engineering of carbon composites parts:

  • Rapid and accurate cost estimation to support conceptual decisions at the early stages of a project.
  • More detailed estimation to assure design releases meet cost targets and to support robust purchasing decisions.
  • Continuous improvement of cost estimation techniques and abilities through market intelligence, T&M studies and value analysis.
  • Responsible to deliver FE analysis at component level in support of design releases through management of in-house and external specialist resources.
  • Responsible for technical standardization of best practices in carbon fibre composites design, engineering and technology.
  • Responsible for authoring component and systems technical specifications.
  • Support a cross-functional team including external suppliers network, quality, logistics, vehicle engineering and development, purchasing and manufacturing engineers.

Knowledge, skills & experience:

  • Engineering degree 2:1 or above.
  • Proven experience of automotive programmes preferably in Body and low volume/high performance sports cars.
  • Knowledge of aluminium and composites manufacturing technologies.
  • Pre-preg and Autoclave.
  • RTM (High/Low pressure, VARTM).
  • Aluminium stampings (cold form and hot form).
  • Aluminium extrusions and castings.
  • SMC mouldings.
  • Knowledge of DFMEA and its application in automotive environment.
  • Knowledge of GD&T.
  • Literacy in CATIA V5 or V6, CDM or VPM and DMU tools.
  • Experience in problem solving.
  • Demonstrable commercial acumen.
  • Experience in project management. Knowledge of PM systems (e.g. PRINCE 2) would be advantageous.

Personal attributes:

  • We are looking for an individual with outstanding passion for high performance sports cars and at the same time with an outstanding passion for carbon fibre composites design and engineering. 
  • Ability to use own initiative when working under pressure
  • A team player able to work closely with internal and external network of engineers 
  • Flexibility and Adaptability are key
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ambitious and self-reliant.  Intrinsically self-motivated

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.