Senior Project Engineer - Powertrain Systems

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Location: Woking, GB

Senior Project Engineer – Powertrain Systems


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 Project Engineer  to join our Powertrain Systems team.

Purpose of the role:

Leading the technical definition & project / system engineering activities on all vehicle projects, from concept to series-development, ensuring all systems and components fulfil all the programme requirements (performance, attributes, cost & timing).

Principal accountabilities:

Powertrain technical ownership of:

  • Air intake systems
  • Exhaust system
  • Heat insulation systems

Responsibility for the delivery of owned systems to specific vehicle programmes including:

  • Create and manage Technical Specification, FMEA, DVP, Vehicle / System level test specs
  • Supporting delivery of products to meet Budgets & Expenditure, Timing & Delivery  
  • Planning & allocation             
  • BOM management & tracking            
  • Vehicle build & development support            
  • Attending key vehicle project meetings.
  • Supplier liaison & management
  • Contribute to Technology roadmaps
  • BOM definition and management to include leading cost & weight reduction initiatives to deliver targets.
  • Planning, monitoring and execution of project activities to guarantee project delivery in line with MDP and gateway deliverables.
  • With the principal engineer and project chief engineers, support the design and development of the Systems to ensure optimised vehicle performance and delivery of key vehicle attributes.
  • Establish and control system design, release (ETRS), development and validation plans in association with functional experts and in line with technical risk management processes.
  • Establish and give direction on supply chain in association with function group buyers, SQA and logistics to ensure supplier nomination and delivery of components and systems on schedule for all phases of prototype, pilot, pre-production and production build.
  • Ensure manufacturability and compliance with quality standards of all components and systems within the defined BOM.
  • Review and manage the opening and closure of engineering concerns.
  • Respond to requests for information or specification change with assessment of risk and cost.
  • Co-ordinate DFM and FMEA activities to support project delivery.
  • Preparation and presentation of material to support external and internal project status reviews.
  • Management of suppliers to ensure delivery to required quality & cost in line with project timelines.

Knowledge, skills & experience:

  • Automotive design, development & delivery experience
  • A background in relevant powertrain attributes advantageous
  • A high level of technical knowledge & experience of Powertrain component & system specification, design, test & production.
  • Excellent feasibility assessment skills including design for manufacture and DFMEA input
  • Experience in component release management and problem solving.
  • Experienced in OEM or tier one component delivery
  • Demonstrate experience of  component & system design within an APQP or similar framework including FMEA, component planning and PPAP
  • Proven track record of Powertrain component & system engineering (experience with the detailed systems above preferred).

Personal attributes:

  • Ability to communicate clearly with design and development groups
  • Well organised, delivery focused – with demonstrable record of on-time delivery
  • Good team skills, willingness to work cross-functionally. 
  • An ability to deliver under pressure with an appetite for success.
  • A passion for high performance Powertrain engineering.

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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