Project Engineer - Series QCR


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Purpose of Role

As a Project Engineer within the Series team, you will be able to push and develop your engineering capability, influencing future system design. With a direct impact on vehicle performance and perceived quality in the market, you will be expected to create and deliver innovative designs and ideas exceeding the current benchmark. This is a role that will push you to develop your engineering capability with a major influence on the overall product with direct input into numerous aspects around the design of the car. These systems span across multiple manufacturing technologies and materials including injection moulded plastics, carbon fibre and metallic pressings.

You will be faced with technical challenges and will be responsible for attending meetings/reviews and addressing issues relevant to your commodity to best serve your internal stakeholder groups such as Styling, SQD, Purchasing and Project Management teams as well as the end user, or customer. This role offers great exposure to other areas of the business and at various levels through and up to Executive Director level.

In parallel you will also be involved in the generation and continuous development of technology roadmaps and standards for future vehicle projects, ensuring McLaren are the benchmark.

Principal Accountabilities

  • With a bias towards warranty, you will take complete ownership and management of QCRs that directly affect cars within Series production as well as customer cars in service
  • Reporting to the Principal & Senior Engineer’s in your first line and supporting the cross functional project team ensuring design and engineering integrity to exceed performance, quality and commercial targets
  • Ensure robust and effective containments for all build concerns, including root cause analysis, possible lineside support and the delivery of permanent countermeasures as required
  • Supporting external resource to ensure deliverables are met in line with McLaren’s standards
  • Providing technical feedback to the project teams within the function groups
  • Creating and updating Design Guides, FMEA’s, DVP’s, Vehicle / System level test spec’s
  • Utilising a clear, rigorous simultaneous engineering approach to develop right first time design, in line with the McLaren Development Process
  • Supplier liaison & management to ensure delivery to the required quality & cost in line with project timelines
  • Ensure manufacturability and compliance with quality standards of all components and systems within the defined BOM (DFA & DFM)
  • Attend key project meetings advocating a cross-functional approach
  • Input into the Technology Roadmaps

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Engineering experience preferred but not essential
  • Experience within a Production or OEM environment – automotive exposure is advantageous
  • Understanding of the product life cycle and working within an APQP or similar framework including FMEA, component planning and PPAP
  • Knowledge within component, and system design, development, manufacturing and testing
  • Understanding of system technical documentations, e.g. Design Guides, DFMEA’s & DVP’s
  • Working knowledge of the engineering materials used on our vehicles and their manufacturing processes: plastics, composites, glazing, aluminium and alloys
  • Robust, logical problem-solving skills and techniques; including root cause analysis, generation of countermeasure proposals and selection using robust evaluation techniques – knowledge of 8D Six Sigma advantageous
  • Commercial awareness, understanding of 'Business Case', profit etc
  • Strong interpersonal skills – ability to communicate to all levels of the business including external partners
  • CAD knowledge for assembly and part interrogation – design experience in CATIA advantageous
  • Understanding of GD&T and tolerance analysis
  • PC literate and at ease with MS Office products

Personal Attributes

  • A passion for high performance engineering
  • A logical and creative approach to problem solving, working in a methodical manner
  • Good feasibility assessment skills including DFM, DFA and DFMEA input
  • A positive, proactive attitude with a high level of self-motivation to deliver excellence
  • Willing to engage in debate and discussions, open to new problems and challenges outside their normal comfort zone
  • Well organised and delivery focused – able to work constructively with minimal supervision
  • Demonstrable track record of on-time delivery
  • Able to deliver under pressure
  • A good team worker who is driven to support their team to success, leading where necessary
  • Empathy, a willingness to listen and see others’ points of view
  • Ability to communicate clearly with design and development groups
  • Must have flexible approach to working hours, travel requirements and priorities
  • Willingness to travel to suppliers and test facilities as required
  • Capable of representing a world class automotive brand
  • Good stakeholder management skills
  • Confidence to challenge the status quo
Unternehmen / Organisation: 
McLaren Automotive