Senior Design Engineer - Body-In-White

Location: Woking, GB

Senior Designer Engineer - Body Sructures

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 creating a story of its own and we want you to be a part of it.


As part of McLaren’s Horizon2030 plan, we aim to become a powerful, world renowned symbol of innovation and modern luxury by delivering breath-taking, innovative products and service which challenge convention and transform driving experiences.


 Horizon2030 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, an exciting opportunity has arisen for a driven individual to join our Body In White engineering team as a Senior Design Engineer.


Purpose of the role:

  • Reporting to the Principal Engineer, working on all aspects of Body Structures system delivery on our future vehicle programmes.
  • Working on a wide range of systems and components such as Tub, Upper Structures and Front/Rear Crash Structures. Also utilising lightweight materials and processes such as Carbon Fibre (pre-preg, RTM, SMC) and Aluminium (Extrusions, Castings).
  • “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:

  • Supporting new platform packaging, early concept & styling feasibility studies and detailed design.
  • Represent the department in design reviews and during test and development activities if required.
  • Liaison with the rest of the design and engineering community, suppliers, manufacturing engineering and R&D team.
  • Design components to meet cost targets while achieving challenging performance attributes and the lowest feasible weight.
  • Coordinate design work to deliver timely design releases.
  • Coordination of design activities carried out in-house and at suppliers.
  • Build support (prototype and production)
  • Supporting problem solving activities.
  • Develop and specify GD&T data set on CAD models or drawing taking into account all inputs from parts suppliers, assembly processes and DM studies.
  • With particular respect to Body Structures technology, contribute to the continuous improvement and further development of CAD modelling and product definition techniques.


Knowledge, skills & experience:

  • Strong passion for automotive design and development
  • Sound understanding of mechanical design fundamentals
  • Good material knowledge, with emphasis on high performance and lightweight materials (carbon composites, glass composites, aluminium alloys, titanium).
  • Good understanding of bolted and bonded mechanical joints design
  • Good understanding of GD&T standards
  • Experience of high and niche vehicle (low volume) programmes
  • Knowledge of CATIA V5 is essential
  • Understanding of FE analysis technique to drive structural design and its optimization is essential.
  • Experience of CATIA V5 CPD or experience on equivalent composites design toolboxes would be beneficial.
  • Experience of best drawing and modelling practises or methodologies would be beneficial.
  • PC literate and at ease with MS Office products
  • Ability to conduct DFMEA would be beneficial
  • Knowledge of the following carbon fibre composites manufacturing technologies would be an advantage:
    • Pre-preg and Autoclave
    • RTM (High/Low pressure, VARTM)
    • SMC mouldings


Personal attributes:

  • The ideal candidate is an individual with a strong passion for body design in automotive who is willing to be challenged with the design of the most innovative automotive materials and concept designs.
  • Must be a team player and be able to work closely with project and lead engineers as well as with suppliers
  • Flexibility and adaptability are key to become a leading member of our team.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Proactive, well organized, diligent and reliable.


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.