Vehicle Development - Rigs and Aquisition Engineer

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Location: Woking, GB

At McLaren we believe that anything is possible. We know what it takes to win and we achieve this by working together and encouraging innovation in an extraordinary high performance environment.


Purpose of Role:

To work as part of the McLaren Automotive Development Team currently based at the McLaren Technology Centre.


Role Dimensions:

The Rigs Engineer will report to the Vehicle Development - Rigs and Acquisition Manager and become responsible for aspects of controlling the operation of the Development Rigs test activity on multiple parallel projects


Principal Accountabilities:

In this hands-on role, the Rigs Engineer will be accountable for specifying, preparing, conducting, monitoring, analysing and reporting of activities relating to test rigs including but not limited to:


  • Create and execute new tests on new technologies where no test standard currently exists
  • Future project programme definition of equipment research and definition for new technologies
  • Test planning and scheduling with strategic management of any outsourced activities/suppliers
  • Define or Influence the selection of the right partners. Developing the relationship, framework and ultimately the capability of the external partners including a clear performance management process
  • Ensure lessons learned are recorded, documented, and implemented into future programmes by means of the BCR system/testing standards library
  • Strategically create and define testing standards where necessary to standardise testing across McLaren products, taking industry benchmarks and best practice into account
  • Defining and recording KPIs for departmental delivery to higher management
  • Ensure all Rigs test equipment is in a calibrated state before use. Maintain calibration database.
  • Cross pollenate acquisition equipment into Rigs and Vehicles
  • Departmental purchasing
  • Responsible for defining appropriate IT hardware to operate and integrate with our rigs
  • Management of test data safety (backup, synchronisation, sharing etc.) and software updates and configuration
  • Assist in Lab maintenance and development
  • Supporting CAPEX definitions
  • Maximise personal performance and development
  • Use knowledge and experience gathered during testing to influence and improve the quality of design



Knowledge, skills and experience:

  • Educated to degree level in a relevant engineering discipline or equivalent.
  • Able to demonstrate experience of the use of servo hydraulic frames and actuators together with acquisition methods and technologies within the test and development arena.
  • Able to apply detailed technical knowledge to the understanding of new technologies, development of engineering designs and resolution of engineering problems.
  • IT literate and highly competent in the use of multiple packages and platforms
  • Sound commercial and financial awareness


Key skills are an advantage:

  • Software configuration and operation for multi-channel durability simulations would be beneficial.
  • MTS software knowledge an advantage.
  • Knowledge of Laboratory test equipment including pneumatic control systems.
  • Materials testing techniques.
  • Vehicle bus systems including CAN and Ethernet.
  • Structural monitoring technologies such as strain gauging and ultrasonic.


Personal Attributes:

  • Passion for delivering challenging projects to exact and compact timescales with a significant amount of innovation and customer focus
  • Passionate about engineering and design in high performance automotive environment
  • Flexible approach to working hours and travel requirements.
  • Meticulous attention to detail and strong customer focus. Main customers are the Development programmes, CVT and technician teams.
  • A confident, engaging communicator, both written and verbal. Ability to communicate at all levels of the business.
  • Adaptable and decisive with good initiative.
  • Able to remain calm under pressure, addressing issues in a timely manner and working to resolve them methodically.
  • Conscientious and committed to achieve.
  • Self-motivated and the ability to motivate others.



All employees must ensure compliance with the Company Health and Safety Policy, and all relevant other statutory Health and Safety legislation.


This job description may not detail some less major duties allocated to the post holder, nor cover duties of a similar nature, commensurate with the role, which may from time to time be reasonably required by the relevant manager.

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