Senior Body Assembly Manufacturing Engineer (New Model)

Location: Woking, GB


No restraints. No limitations. We don’t simply push boundaries. We completely rethink them. McLaren Automotive exists to create breath-taking performance road cars.

With innovation at the core of all we do, every challenge starts with the same question. How can we do it better? This restless spirit runs right through McLaren Automotive. And the search for perfection is evident in everything we do.

To ensure McLaren Automotive continues its desire to be “the sportscar company”, we are looking for a Senior Body Assembly Manufacturing Engineer (New Model) to join our Manufacturing Engineering team.


Purpose of the role:

  • You will be responsible for leading the development of the manufacturing processes that change the way we build our cars, via the introduction of new model launches that are part of our Track 25 plan.
  • You will lead the development and execution of all Manufacturing Engineering practices driving improvement in Project Management, Safety, Quality, Cost Management, People Development, and Product Delivery.
  • You will have the opportunity to work with expert teams across the business as well as within your own functional area to deliver all program aspects from inception into Series production.
  • You will assist the Manufacturing Engineering Manager in scoping, specifying, and delivering best operational practices in alignment with brand expectations; and lead the Future Model team with the development of departmental budgets as contributor to overall program business cases.
  • Achieving all project gateway milestones is key to the successful delivery of all new products so you will be the department lead in the delivery of all program objectives to ensure this happens.
  • You will support the generation and development of timing plans that support full program delivery activities.
  • You will also provide Future Model support to the Pilot Build team during all prototype build phases on new vehicle programs, including supporting our Virtual Build Engineer and Manpower Planning teams in all virtual build events.


What else will you get involved in?

  • Design Reviews
  • Line Balancing
  • Assembly sequencing, Process & Documentation and Product Traceability methodology
  • Hours Per Car generation / reporting
  • Facility layout planning
  • Development of BIW tooling


Personal attributes:

  • As one of our Senior Engineers you will naturally have an understanding and appreciation for niche vehicle production and brand requirements and will lead by example, working within your own functional area as well as cross functionally inside and outside of Manufacturing Engineering department.
  • We work in a fast paced environment so the ability to act under pressure with calmness, clarity of thought and decisive authority is crucial.
  • You will have the determination to drive forward the business to ‘Best in Class’ performance standards in line with brand expectations and be a lateral thinker able to think outside of the box to make structured and objective decisions
  • You will need to travel to off-site development facilities, within the UK and throughout Europe, therefore a flexible approach to travel is required.
  • Other traits of a successful McLaren employee will include excellent communication skills both written and verbal and excellent attention to detail
  • You will also lead your team’s career development and training objectives using our departmental skills matrix and company’s learning and development training opportunities, and ensure that skill gaps within the department are recognised and addressed.


Knowledge, skills & experience:

A degree in mechanical / automotive engineering or similar (2:1 or above) or equivalent experience in a similar role.

Ideally you will have experience with:

  • specification and procurement of major assembly equipment
  • planning and execution of new vehicle programs
  • complex vehicle systems
  • vehicle assembly processes
  • trim and final processes
  • end of line vehicle processing / finishing
  • specification and procurement of assembly equipment
  • motivational, coaching and leadership skills
  • identifying resolutions for product related issues, ensuring all quality targets are achieved
  • implementation of safe working practices


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.