Senior Body Exterior Project Engineer - McLaren Special Operations

Location: Woking, GB

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

McLaren Special Operations (MSO) is a division of McLaren Automotive, responsible for the design, development and delivery of personalised and bespoke vehicle commissions, performance details and options, as well as overseeing and ensuring McLaren legacy vehicles remain road worthy and up to date.  MSO products and services represent world class McLaren offerings and in doing so provides McLaren owners with virtually limitless possibilities to tailor a car exactly to their needs and tastes.

Our customers demand a world class product, to ensure we exceed our customers’ expectations, we are looking for a Senior Project Engineer to join our Vehicle Engineering team and take ownership on a range of MSO products.   

Purpose of the role:

As Senior Project Engineer for Exterior, you will be responsible for managing all aspects of the delivery of components and systems under your remit for multiple MSO Programmes.

You will also be responsible for building strong cross functional relationship within the engineering team but also across  Operations, Sales & Marketing and main business Engineering departments.

Principal accountabilities:

  • Manage all aspects of your parts for delivery to MSO programs
  • Own technical project management & engineering of Exterior modules within a specialised & dedicated team
  • Management of component and system level delivery at each project milestones
  • Project Management in accordance with the MSO Development Process
  • Management of key suppliers and the supplier relationship for accountable components
  • Identification of opportunities to increase the MSO portfolio of products
  • Manage and deliver bill of materials costs, investment and weight for responsible component and system set
  • Manage and deliver, Technical Specifications, DFMEA, Engineering statements of work, engineering release, concerns resolution and DVP
  • Supplier Delivery – Manage each supplier with a cross functional team of Design, SQA, Quality Engineering, Logistics, Purchasing, Dimensional Management, Manufacturing and Service personnel to ensure complete PPAP is delivered for every component to support program timing
  • Lead & Mentor other members of the team, play a key role is growth and up skilling of the department

Knowledge, skills & experience:

  • Strong technical project management with proven evidence of decision making.
  • Previous experience of OEM or tier one component and system management with a demonstrable record of delivery of the accountabilities.
  • Proven leadership of design and cross-functional non-reporting teams.
  • Excellent commercial awareness to maintain a focus on cost, profit, quality and risk.
  • A strong track record of delivering designs to timing, weight and cost targets.
  • Supplier management, comfortable with understanding and implementing DFM requirements within the project scope.
  • Mechanical or Automotive Engineering Degree or equivalent.
  • Background in low volume, high performance sports or racing cars preferred.
  • CATIA V5 2D/3D skills desirable but not essential.

Personal attributes:

  • Delivery focused, with a demonstrable track record of on-time delivery;
  • Self motivated to deliver excellence and perform beyond targets.
  • Strong communication skills through all mediums, with the ability to organise and chair meetings that will be clear action focussed events.
  • Good organisational skills and ability to project manage design tasks both internally and with the supplier(s).
  • Freely share knowledge and findings with others.
  • Drive solutions and encourage development in the team.

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.