Prototype Build Engineer

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Location: Woking, GB

Please note this is a Fixed Term Contract until December 2018. 

Purpose of the role:

The Prototype Build Engineer is responsible for the delivery of project mule build phases to agreed cost, quality and timing.

The candidate is required to liaise with all engineering departments and to contribute to pre-series vehicle functional build specifications. They will subsequently plan and execute aspects 

This role will require the candidate to coordinate a highly skilled team including prototype design, engineering, instrumentation, build technicians and logistics to ensure all pre-series builds are completed on time to a very high quality.of, and in some cases all of, the process from build specification through to vehicle audit and customer handover. Build phases include all Pre-VP Activity.


Principal accountabilities:

  • Work with the appropriate Senior Prototype Build Engineer and the Development and Project Coordination teams to define build phase start and finish timelines
  • Contribute to agreed vehicle specifications to achieve required test profile
  • Ensure budget allocation is not exceeded at outlay and managed throughout the build
  • Progress and status reports to be communicated back to the business
  • Work with business processes & resolve issues within engineering when they arise, driving continuous improvement
  • Appreciate the resource required for projects and flag up any forecasted concerns to the appropriate Senior Prototype Build Engineer and the Prototype Build Manager
  • Management of engineering change control ensuring deviations from functional requirement are agreed and documented
  • Oversee commissioning activities to confirm vehicle performance capabilities outlined with functional requirements are achieved
  • Management of build documentation for customer handover, including virtual car
  • Maintain close working relationships with the engineering groups (incl. attribute leads) to deliver programme goals as a key member of the engineering team
  • Maintain and endorse McLaren values and culture including housekeeping, appearance and behaviours
  • Report to the appropriate Senior Prototype Build Engineer


Knowledge, skills & experience:

  • Engineering degree (min II.I) or equivalent and a robust grasp of engineering theory
  • Previous experience of development programme delivery, ideally gained on low volume, high performance vehicle programmes
  • Strong Understanding of Prototype Vehicle requirements
  • Automotive testing experience preferable
  • Knowledge and experience of a broad range of vehicle and rig data acquisition, test and analysis techniques preferable
  • Excellent IT skills and at ease with MS Office products


Personal attributes:

  • Able to lead and motivate a cross functional team of engineers and technicians
  • Hard-working, proactive, ambitious and self-motivated to deliver engineering excellence
  • Able to apply technical experience to the development of engineering designs, plus the analysis and resolution of technical issues
  • Excellent organisational skills to manage multiple complex activities
  • Assured communication skills at all levels
  • Flexible approach to working hours
  • Calm under pressure

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