Senior Clay Modeller (Contract)

Location: Woking, GB

Senior Clay Modeller/ Designer


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 Senior Clay Modeller to join our Design Studio.

Purpose of the role:

Translate 2D themes into breath-taking physical properties “that tell the visual story of their function”. Create concept & production ready surface solutions in order to drive the program forwards to deliver design intent.

Principal accountabilities:

  • Own a zone of the exterior or interior clay (scale or 1:1) to deliver the design vision/strategy.
  • Produce high impact physical content for senior presentations and weekly design reviews.
  • Work within the wider CMD, CAS, Clay & Engineering teams; to present feasible design solutions to Function Group representatives and Senior Management for sign-off.
  • Reconcile design intent, quality & manufacturing feasibility with aerodynamics, engineering and commercial requirements.
  • Input into resource and timing of the High Level Plan discussions at G0.
  • Communicate progress and critical issues to the Clay Manager.
  • Attend Design & CAS reviews on behalf of the Clay team as required and action minutes.
  • Ability to support studio technician with cutter paths.
  • Offer input into the creation and update of design standards & process.
  • Maintain a tidy work space.
  • Be a role model, live the values and communicate the design pillars to other departments.

Knowledge, skills & experience:

  • Education in a design, modelling or pattern making background preferred.
  • Good verbal & written presentation skills.
  • Strong physical modelling and surface design skills (hard modelling and clay).
  • Work NC (milling and cutter path experience).
  • PC literate. Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
  • Experience on full size and scale clay properties. Ideally to have led an exterior or interior G0-G4.
  • Good understanding of design process, ergonomics, aerodynamic principles & legal requirements.

Personal attributes:

  • Challenge Mind-set: “Keep a calm head, see the situation as a challenge not a threat.”
  • Act with Integrity: “Put the team first & represent those who have gone before and all those who will follow.”
  • High Performance Environment: “Find incremental ways to continually improve.”
  • No Egos: “Sweep the sheds and give each other the benefit of the doubt.”

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.


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