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Aero Project Engineer

United Kingdom, England, WokingF1 - Technical

Job description

Purpose of the Role:

Responsible for planning and management of internal and external manufacturing resource, and controlling and supporting the supply chain and purchasing process to deliver Aero projects to the wind tunnel. Also responsible for similar processes and procedures relating to Research and Development projects. In addition, will be integral to the development of new tools and processes within the Model Shop.


Role Dimensions :

  • Reports to Head of Aero Operations.
  • Involves close cooperation with Model Design, Model Shop, Racing Technology, Planning and Purchasing, external subcontractors and the Manufacturing functions
  • This role is factory based but may involve occasional travel.
  • This role is predominantly carried out during standard working hours but will sometimes include additional hours and weekends.


Principal Accountabilities:

  • Liaising with the Model Design, Model Shop, Manufacturing functions and Subcon supply chain regarding wind tunnel project planning:
  • Taking ownership of the Production Meeting MSP document and using to run the daily Production Meeting.
  • Planning and delivering wind tunnel programs in line with aero priorities as outlined by Head of, Aero Operations.
  • Delivering projects in a cost effective yet timely manner.
  • Making effective make/buy decisions to deliver cost effective programmes
  • Management and development of Subcontract supply chain.
  • Responsible for various admin tasks in Model Shop:
  • Managing the rota in Production Meeting MSP document.
  • Various admin tasks in Javelin to ensure stock locations are accurate.
  • Chasing of parts from Production and Quality departments into Model Shop.
  • Various other admin tasks as required.
  • Model Manufacturing:
  • Ensuring manufacturing deadlines are respected. Where potential delays are foreseen, working with Aero Ops and Programme Manager to bring projects back on target.
  • Work with Model Design to facilitate Design for Manufacture improvements across delivery system.
  • Liaison with Project management and Purchasing departments:
  • Ensure that Aero are taking advantage of all process and production tool improvements made in Race Car manufacturing.
  • Collaborate to ensure priorities in all shared work centres suit both Aero and Race Car requirements.
  • Development of tools used in all aspects of planning and Modelshop functions,
  • Work with Modelshop Manager and Modelshop Supervisor to develop the next set of tools and processes to plan Modelshop rota, and to manage stock transfers.
  • Work with Aero Ops and Programme manager to develop the next set of tools for planning and delivering of Aero projects.
  • You will build relationships with colleagues across Aero and Production to ensure a joined-up and effective development approach.
  • Be part of a team and culture where we constantly strive to improve our processes, efficiency, quality and efficiency. Actively encouraging (and taking on board) feedback from all parties, and emphasizing the value of time spent “improving” rather than just “cranking the handle” are key.

Job requirements

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  • Degree qualified in related discipline or equivalent experience.
  • An understanding of the commercial side of low volume small batch manufacture.
  • Previous experience in a similar position within a high-precision manufacturing environment (ideally manufacturing knowledge of complex machined components and rapid prototyping manufacturing processes).
  • Experience of continuous improvement techniques would be a distinct advantage.
  • Proficient user of Microsoft Project and Excel


Personal Attributes:

  • Methodical approach and target driven, while able to think outside of the box.
  • A proactive 'Can do' attitude with a drive for process development.
  • Highly self-motivated, able to work autonomously under pressure to tight deadlines.
  • Highly self-motivated and able to work autonomously under pressure and to tight deadlines.
  • A good communicator with people at all levels of the organization.
  • Good attention to detail.


What can McLaren offer?

We strive to provide a fun, innovative, collaborative and open culture where everyone’s input is welcome, and everyone feels part of our achievements. We work hard to create a culture of continuous improvement and support this with a proactive approach to management and personal development.


McLaren Racing is based at the iconic McLaren Technology Centre on the edge of Woking. Our large campus includes a gym, swimming pool, restaurant and indoor and outdoor break-out areas, as well as direct access to park land. MTC is connected to Woking mainline station via regular shuttle buses, from which London Waterloo is a 32min train ride.


We encourage hybrid working patterns to give you options to balance your home life and hobbies with your work and offer a comprehensive package of benefits including private healthcare, car schemes, life insurance and generous pension contributions.


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