Senior Launch Engineer

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Location: Woking, GB

Senior Launch Engineer

The Job:

You will be responsible for:

  • Coordinating Launch Build Efforts to include EOL Quality, Main Line Production, SVO Production, Launch CAT Teams, Quality Engineering Group, Engineering Function Groups, and Launch Build Team.  Supplier support where necessary during development and launch phases
  • Review, input and proactive feedback via lessons learnt forums for Future Products through initial concept to virtual builds, to verification builds, and to stages of vehicle launch
  • Working with Manufacturing Engineer’s to ensure process Compliance, validity, and capability
  • Strategist for:
    • Pre – Production Build Compliance
    • Build Quality Compliance
    • KPI Development
    • 4M’s
    • Vehicle Launch Standards
  • Providing Countermeasures to ensure targets and KPI’s are met
  • RCA activity Support, and Problem Resolution Support
  • Reporting and Verification of Launch Team Hours Per Car
  • Coordination of Vehicle Production Launches to Include:
    • GA Operator Training
    • 4M Stage Compliance
    • Final Quality Approval
    • EOL Re-Work Activities

The Role:

As our Senior Launch Engineer you will provide first hand support in the development and execution of all Launch Activities, and Special Vehicle Operation Builds. You will have the opportunity to work with expert teams across the business as well as within your own functional groups to deliver all program aspects from inception to series production and beyond. 

You will be involved in scoping, specifying, and delivering best operational practices in alignment with brand expectations; and support the engineering function groups, manufacturing engineering teams, main line production and Quality teams, with the development of departmental KPI’s as contributor to overall program gateways, and build targets.

Achieving all project gateway milestones is key to the successful delivery of all new products so you will support in the delivery of all program objectives to ensure this happens.

As a Senior Launch Engineer you will also support the Technical Manufacturing Launch Engineer, and Launch Team in the generation of timing plans that support full program delivery activities for our Track 22 Plan and beyond.


What else will you get involved in?

  • Design Reviews
  • Virtual Builds
  • Vehicle Build Phase Planning
  • Special Vehicle Operation Build Activities
  • Product Quality planning
  • Facility layout planning
  • Testing and Development Support
  • Lead Launch Start of Shift, and End of Shift Meetings
  • Supplier technical support

Who are we looking for?

As one of our Senior launch engineers you will naturally have an understanding and appreciation for niche vehicle production and brand requirements.

We work in a fast passed 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

Other traits of a successful McLaren employee will include excellent communication skills both written and verbal and excellent attention to detail.


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:

  • Planning and Execution of new vehicle programs
  • Project Launch Management
  • Complex Vehicle Systems
  • Vehicle Body Assembly Processes
  • Vehicle General Assembly Processes
  • Trim and Final Processes
  • Shakedown and EOL Vehicle Processes




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