Exterior Lighting Project Engineer – McLaren Automotive Ltd

Job description

We now have a fantastic opportunity for a talented Project Engineer, specialising in Exterior Lighting, to join our Body Exteriors team based in Woking, Surrey.

Principal Accountabilities:

Provide Technical Project Management to the Body Exterior Lighting Team in collaboration with Lead Designers and the Technical Management Team.

Reporting to the Function Group Manager, manage all aspects of Exterior Lighting delivery on our future vehicle programmes.

Lead a cross functional team to collectively deliver the whole vehicle specification targets:

  • Management of exterior lighting system level delivery at each project milestone, including concept study and definition, packaging and styling feasibility;
  • Collaboration with the Lead Designers to identify and specify design activity required, interpret requirements of the Lead Designers, estimate time to complete and construct a work plan that supports the release schedule;
  • Component and system design and detailing responsibility, from prototype to production;
  • Check the content of designs for release against the specification, the data integrity of CAD geometry and resolution of digital build concerns prior to sign-off;
  • Project Management in accordance with the McLaren Development Process;
  • Management of key suppliers and the supplier relationship for accountable components;
  • Co-ordination of cross functional teams to ensure component and system level delivery;
  • Identification of opportunities to reduce complexity, cost and weight;
  • Communication of progress and critical issues to the Management Team and the Chief Designer;
  • Support the Function Group Manager as required;
    • Technical Specifications – Define and document the technical scope for the exterior lighting system, ensuring it meets all legal requirements and project specification targets.  Include details of DVP testing and an accompanying RASIC;
    • DFMEA – Interpret DFMEA requirements for significant and critical characteristics and ensure the design satisfies these to meet all targets;
    • ESOW – Support the Supply Chain with a review of supplier capabilities to generate a robust engineering statement of work, which complements the supplier resource and skill base to effectively communicate design activity throughout the duration of the project and support all requirements of both McLaren and the supplier;
    • Engineering Release – Define and meet all engineering release dates to support program timing. Manage the design team and supplier(s) to meet previously defined release dates.  At engineering release all specifications will have been checked and met, weight and cost targets achieved, supplier DFM fully concurred, materials and finish defined, all fixings identified and positioned, critical characteristics will be in place on relevant drawings; all DFMEA actions will be resolved and all outstanding BCR’s (Build Concern Reports) embodied and documented at the point of release;
    • ECR & ECN – As BCR’s are issued and distributed to design, the Project Engineer is responsible for and measured against the raising of the ECR (Engineering Change Request) and management of the ECN (Engineering Change Note) through the release phase. Liaison is required with SQA (Supplier Quality Assurance), Dimensional Management and any interested parties prior to engineering release to ensure RFT (Right First Time) releasing;
    • BOM – Provide leadership to the Lead Designer for the definition, modification (via ECR) and management of the BOM (Bill of Material);
    • BCR – Manage the Build Concern Reports utilising proven skills in root cause analysis and interacting with cross functional teams to establish effective ownership. Work alongside the Lead Designer to ensure the BCR’s are updated and reflect the design actions taken to resolve;
    • Cost – Lead the Project Team in the setting of target costs across the BOM, defining the target costs for investment, piece and D&D utilising experience and the suppliers knowledge.  Deliver to the agreed targets with an appetite to exceed them at every opportunity.  Manage the cost risk and opportunity glidepath;
    • Weight – Interpret program weight targets, set component weight targets, design and deliver to these targets with a constant awareness of opportunities to exceed defined targets. Manage the weight ‘risk & opportunity’ glidepath;
    • Materials – Specify and control the materials of each lighting component to meet vehicle spec book targets, technical specifications and all legal and component DVP requirements;
    • DFM – Design for Manufacture is a fundamental requirement of this role. The owner must have a demonstrable track record of leading a lighting design team in harmony with suppliers. This must include both build to print and managing supplier D&D.
    • DVP – Define and manage DVP to completion to verify the design meets the criterion outlined in the Technical Specifications, DFMEA outputs, vehicle development testing (STM – Spec book Targets Matrix) and sign-off;
    • 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.

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Strong technical project management with proven evidence of decision making and accountability is essential.  It is core to the success of our business that these primary roles have the required level of leadership and motivation to succeed;
  • Previous experience of OEM or tier one exterior lighting system management utilising all of the key attributes, with a demonstrable record of delivery of the accountabilities;
  • Proven leadership of design and cross-functional teams;
  • Good 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 2:1 or above;
  • Background in low volume, high performance sports or racing cars preferred;
  • Documentation of Technical Specifications, DFMEA, DVP, Timing Plans, Minutes and Actions of Meetings;
  • 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 design reviews and deliver concise explanations of design changes to change management teams;
  • Good organisational skills and ability to project manage design tasks both internally and with the supplier(s);
  • An understanding and awareness of appropriate escalation;
  • The ability to lead, motivate and focus team members and suppliers to meet all program deliverables;
  • An ability to deliver under pressure with an appetite for measured success;
  • Must have a flexible approach to working hours, travel requirements and adaptability to changing and multiple priorities;
  • Working knowledge of current legal standards and directives;
  • Understanding of the design, weight, cost and quality constraints of a variety of Exterior Lighting materials and manufacturing processes;
  • Advanced problem solving abilities;
  • Able to liaise with suppliers on all technical issues;
  • Ability to work as a team player to enhance the project team environment, ensure support to colleagues, and maximize efficiency.

McLaren Automotive is entering a new era as it seeks to expand and build on its expertise. To succeed is about more than technology, it is about people. There is now an exceptional opportunity for talented individuals to join McLaren Automotive, share in our vision.

Please note that we can only accept applications from candidates who are eligible to live and work in the EU.  

For this role we offer a competitive package including private healthcare, access to an executive car scheme, company pension scheme and the chance to work in a truly unique environment.

If you think that you have what it takes then please send your C.V, to:  rob.legg@mclaren.com quoting reference 2994



22 Dec