Senior Body Development and Validation Engineer

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 Development and Validation Engineer to join our highly successful Design Execution, Feasibility and Safety team. You'll be co-ordinating a team of test engineers and will be accountable for the definition, planning, execution and reporting of McLaren vehicle body system sign-off validation, ensuring robust design execution.

Reporting to the Head of Design Execution, the Senior Engineer supports and influences the development of current and future technologies with responsibility for the advancement of test and benchmark data, standards, procedures and strategies.

Principal Accountabilities


  • Train and co-ordinate a team of test engineers to:
    • Generate and maintain test plans in line with vehicle programme gateway deliverables.
    • Populate and maintain the programme design validation plans (DVP’s).
    • Execute McLaren managed material, component, system and vehicle level testing.
    • Define, track and support supplier testing.
    • Generate regular, data driven test, timing and commercial reports.
    • Perform root cause analysis (RCA) and validate solutions in accordance with McLaren practical problem solving (PPS) methodology.
  • Define, execute and update test procedures, standards and strategies for the validation of body materials, components and systems.
  • Plan and execute competitor benchmarking activity in correlation with series variant development.
  • Catalogue test and benchmark data to aid system development and target setting.
  • Manage and report against programme DVP budgets on behalf of the Body Engineering Group.
  • Identify and execute opportunities to improve validation processes and strategies from quality, timing and commercial perspectives.
  • Support innovation in current and future technology development with:
    • Data based insight and target setting.
    • Design failure mode engineering analysis (DFMEA) support.
    • Validation definition, costing, planning and execution.
  • Support Vehicle Development, Attribute, and CAE testing relevant to the Body Engineering Group to ensure representative, correlated, quality testing.
  • Support Colour and Material Development (CMD) activity to ensure material suitability to Body Engineering applications.
  • Co-ordinate with the Engineering, Quality, Commercial and Logistics teams to ensure the timely, cost effective, robust sign-off of production solutions.
  • Co-ordinate with the Passive Safety and Legislation Teams to deliver component safety and certification requirements in line with vehicle test plans and programme gateway deliverables.
  • Support the DFMEA process to aid risk assessment, identify failure detection methods and generate validation plans.
  • Support the creation and maintenance of product technical specifications from a validation perspective.


Personal Attributes


  • Self-motivated to deliver excellence.
  • Delivery focussed with demonstrable track record of on-time delivery.
  • Detail orientated with a good sense of initiative and intuition.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • A willingness to take ownership of problems and a determination to see things to completion.
  • Excellent, assertive communicator with the ability to influence development.
  • Able to supervise, motivate, train and develop individuals.
  • Capable of representing a world class automotive brand.
  • Able to interpret and present information in a concise manner.
  • Able to work well under pressure.
  • Flexible with the ability to prioritise and multitask effectively.
  • Willing to undertake extra responsibility and develop within McLaren.
  • Able to plan, organise and integrate activities across a team for multiple projects.
  • Forward thinker, able to envision and execute long term strategies.
  • Ability to identify and implement new and improved procedures.
  • Willing to travel to test houses and suppliers as required.


Knowledge, Skills and Experience 


  • Mechanical or Automotive Engineering degree 2:1 or above.
  • Specialist knowledge of automotive body development strategies and validation procedures.
  • Thorough understanding of automotive body materials and technologies.
  • Proven experience in root cause and failure mode analysis.
  • Commercial awareness with a demonstratable record of delivering projects to budget.
  • Experience of component delivery within an APQP or six sigma or similar framework (including FMEA, system development, validation and PPAP).
  • Proven leadership within an engineering team.
  • Understanding of automotive legislation.
  • Experience of low volume vehicle production.
  • Catia V5 working knowledge.
  • Comprehension of PPS, APQP or Six Sigma.


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.