To drive, implement, and deliver methodology, process, and workflow advancements in our Structural Analysis capabilities, enabling our team to utilise the tools more effectively and maximise the structural performance of our car.

Role Dimensions:

Central role in the Structural Design Team, and you’ll also be working closely with HPC, Software Development, and CFD teams to drive FEA tools development.

This role is predominantly factory based but may involve occasional travel when working in collaboration with third parties.

Key Relationships:

  • Structures Engineers and other members of the Structural Design and HPC teams.

  • Any third party eventually involved in the projects, including interns and MSc./PhD students

Principal Accountabilities:

  • Establishing what process improvements are required in the team, by understanding current shortcomings by means of effective teamworking/ liaising with other members of the group.

  • Deliver on the above improvements in methods/ processes, by researching, developing and testing new methodologies before rolling out to the rest of the team.

  • Champion various tools used in Structural Design team in their workflow. Develop in-depth understanding of these tools and develop techniques to address their limitations or improve them.

  • Develop a high level of understanding of the other factors influencing FEA methodology and performance: HPC hardware, software, numerical or empirical methods, correlation etc

  • Mapping and automating workflows and processes; scripting of bespoke tools and plug-ins where suitable

  • Be able to contribute and help maintain a large codebase.

  • Investigate and benchmark new and alternative tools/ technologies and cost reduction opportunities, liaising with software vendors.

  • Collaborate with data scientists to improve insights into track and lab test data


Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  • In-depth knowledge of Finite Element Analysis (FEA) modelling and expertise in one or more of the following: FEA solver development, FEA process automation or FEA applications

  • Strong mathematical background

  • Proven track record of scripting/programming in object-oriented programming languages (e.g. VBA, Matlab or Python).

  • Experience in using simulations tools/packages in industrial applications is required.

  • Knowledge and experience with Abaqus and Altair Hyperworks/ Optistruct is preferred

Personal Attributes:

  • Team player but with the initiative to make own decisions and work with minimal supervision.

  • Positive, enthusiastic and self-motivated

  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills

  • Inquisitive and forward-thinking, always looking for novel and creative solutions to problems

  • Adaptable and capable of working in a dynamic environment

  • Able to work autonomously under pressure to meet tight deadlines

  • Be able to guide others within the team and lead by example

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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