Fancy working for McLaren?

Ask any sizeable firm what their most pressing issue is and they will likely say 'recruitment'. Car companies are certainly no different, it is one of the reasons why they a) employ a significant number of graduates and apprentices, and b) look to base themselves in established areas of expertise (which partly explains why the Geely design studio that will lead work on Lotus's two forthcoming SUVs is destined for the Midlands, not Norfolk).

Obviously things get even trickier when you're trying to stand-up an entire new production facility all in one go, just as McLaren is doing with its Composites Technology Centre in Sheffield. The manufacturer expects MCTC to be fully up and running next year, which will require a doubling of its current workforce.

Good news then for anyone with experience in boat-building, the textiles trade or sporting goods industries, because McLaren is keen to attract people used to working with fabric. Which is precisely what carbon fibre begins life as before it is cut and placed into the moulds that turn it into impressively strong components like the tub of a 720S.

"As we're working with advanced, lightweight materials in new ways that have never been used before on this scale for car production, McLaren is looking for a range of skills you wouldn't normally associate with the automotive industry," said McLaren's CEO, Mike Flewitt.

"We're also looking to hire apprentices and degree apprentices. The advanced technologies and processes they will be working on could one day be used in other industries to produce lighter, and therefore more efficient, vehicles which will not only help McLaren to continue to innovate, but the UK to become a global leader in composite materials expertise."

The announcement of its recruitment drive comes a year to the day since the Sheffield-based facility was officially opened, and it expects the new roles to be phased in early next year. It's not all about carbon fibre either - a quick look at McLaren's career site confirms that it is also looking to recruit staff in Energy Storage Systems, particularly those with experience of prototype builds as it starts the journey toward a proposed EV hypercar. We can think of less exciting places to work...

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  • Roma101 14 Nov 2019

    Well, hopefully the candidates will be treated better than I was. I applied for a job in Woking earlier this year and other than the immediate automated acknowledgement, never heard anything from them. It was impossible to actually speak to anyone in the HR/recruitment team so I couldn't chase it up.

  • sc0tt 14 Nov 2019

    Was this the first job you ever applied for?

    Pretty standard across the board.

  • The test driver 14 Nov 2019

    This the same Mclaren that has quite the reputation for staff turn over?

  • Reciprocating mass 14 Nov 2019

    I worked at Woking the parking gestapo and the management couldn’t make there minds up if I was allowed to park onsite, went on for 3 months arguing with the gate staff my line manager,
    In the end I couldn’t wait to get out of the place
    All those story’s of eat your dinner off the floor etc
    Is basically bks that all came to an end when Ron was ousted it’s just like a normal factory now over crowded crap organisation and constant lack of parts
    Never again awful place

  • Leylandeye 14 Nov 2019

    My friends son was offered a role at Woking but decided that the people who interviewed him were so intolerable that he really had better things to do with his life.

    They really didn't do a good job of selling the role to him.

    Employers need to realise that quality staff can pick and choose who they work for.

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