Continuous Improvement Manager - PMO

Location: Woking, GB

When our founder Bruce McLaren passed away at the age of 32 he left behind a legacy that has shaped who we are today. We have an unrivalled heritage which has its roots in racing; but McLaren Automotive is now creating a story of its own and we want you to be a part of it.
For the next 7 years as part of McLaren’s Track 25 plan, we are looking to invest £1.2 billion into Research and Development, leading to the launch of 18 all-new cars or derivatives during this period.
Purpose of the role:

  • To design and implement engineering and project management systems, processes, and procedures that are robust, effective, well-communicated and trained to help the business achieve its long-term business plan and vision to be ‘The iconic sports car Company’
  • Act as a centre of excellence for continuous improvement from a system, data, process, and procedures perspective
  • To be a role model and demonstrate living the MAL values

Principal accountabilities:

  • Ownership and continual development of the roadmap for engineering and project management systems
  • Work with business stakeholders to understand their requirements and problem areas
  • Specify and develop the right solutions to meet these needs, always working closely with the customer and development teams
  • Test these robustly in accordance with McLaren procedures
  • Ensure that handover is performed with training and support as required
  • Line management of a team of CI analysts (currently 4 people), including appraisals, personal development and recruitment/growth as required
  • Effectively manage a backlog of tasks and ensure that these are prioritised with the right stakeholder communications
  • Regular stakeholder and executive reports
  • Manage third party suppliers per project requirements
  • Create strong working relationships with stakeholders across; IT, project management, and engineering
  • Keep abreast of the latest technological developments that might enhance business performance and promote these technologies within the relevant business areas
  • Create business cases, manage budgets, and commercial arrangements as required. 
  • Develop links with the other CI teams to maximise the benefits across this community

Knowledge, skills & experience:

  • Degree educated
  • Strong team leadership and change leadership skills
  • A clear understanding of the commercial drivers of the business and how systems, data management, process and procedures can play a key role in the success
  • Experience of partnering senior managers to produce long term strategies around systems, data management, processes, and procedures.
  • A good knowledge of systems, data management, processes and procedures approach with evidence of successful application and ROI
  • Exceptional technical skills in understanding systems (e.g. SAP)
  • Excellent organisational and prioritisation skills.
  • Excellent administrator with strong attention to detail.
  • Experience in providing consultancy to internal or external stakeholders
  • Has acted as a centre of excellence that is successfully interwoven into the wider team
  • Is able to matrix manage different people across the business
  • Has experience of working successfully in a ‘standalone’ role, self-motivated
  • Competent trainer

Personal attributes:

  • Genuine interest in sports car and McLaren brand
  • Team player who is excited about the value of their contribution to the wider team
  • A desire to challenge the status quo and propose change
  • Passionate and driven to bring the most effective and innovative systems, data management, processes, and procedure offerings that challenge convention to McLaren Automotive
  • Is at the forefront of thinking around industry trends, systems, data management, processes, and procedures
  • A willingness to find a balance between industry best practice and a pragmatic approach in order to find the McLaren Automotive way
  • Customer focused and driven
  • Highly credible, can act as an equal player and skilled influencer with key business stakeholders and ‘hold their own’ around the table
  • Confident and a proven ability to overcome setbacks and think in a solution focused way
  • Data and metrics driven and a passion for getting things right first time
  • A clear ability to articulate how the business area adds value to the bottom line via people systems, data management, processes, and procedures
  • Commercially focused

We recognise that we can only achieve our vision with the dedication and collaboration of our world class employees.  It is our aim to become the employer of choice within the global automotive industry.
At McLaren Automotive we are constantly looking to improve. To become the employer of choice we are always looking to develop our employee offerings. We currently offer a range of benefits to employees at all levels of the business including Private Healthcare, Contributory Pension Scheme, Life Assurance and Personal Lease Car Scheme. We also offer a range of discounts with our partner organisations.