Motorsport Production Manager

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Location: Woking, GB

The McLaren name is synonymous with motorsport.  The story across five decades of racing at the pinnacle of global motorsport is of restless technical development with characters of passion and true grit, all with a single-minded determination to succeed.  The trophy cabinet at McLaren Technology Centre (MTC) tells a thousand stories of world champions, great drivers, constructor titles and of all those individuals who have stood on the sport’s global stage to make their invaluable contribution in making that difference: that extra thousandth of second off a lap time.

McLaren has been equally pioneering in its no-compromise approach to roadcars which has seen the launch of the multi-award-winning three tier model range – Sports Series, Super Series and Ultimate Series – with Formula 1™-derived technology at the heart of each and every model. Back on track, McLaren has completed the circle of development. With the launch of the original 12C, followed by the 650S and, most recently, the 570S, McLaren has established itself on the international GT scene with GT3 and GT4 models competing – and winning – at the highest level.  

With a backdrop of continued growth and success, McLaren Automotive is now consolidating its motorsport strategy with specific aims; enriching the customer’s experience on and off track, broadening the McLaren brand appeal to a wider global audience and delivering motorsport experiences that are best in class.  

Purpose of the role:

The role of the Production Group Manager is to co-ordinate the day to day activities of a multi functional and technically knowledgeable team.  The role is also responsible for the control of holiday and absence management, Health & Safety, cost & quality control as well as productivity improvement, via your responsible Team Leaders and production team member resource.

Principal accountabilities:

  • Prepare for production by checking resource, equipment, tools, parts availability, consumables on a daily basis.
  • Strive development and training for all team members both internal and external to ensure the team continues to grow
  • Assist in the continuous improvement of production & business processes, i.e. quality, safety, cost, productivity.
  • Take part in problem solving activities – assist in analysis & resolution of problems, define & determine appropriate actions.
  • When required conduct performance reviews for areas of your team who require improvement, considering training, regular reviews etc.
  • Achieving the daily/annual volume throughput.
  • Ensuring each build phase is managed effectively for data collation and process development.
  • Work toward robust time study outputs to ensure series build can be achieved effectively.
  • Support virtual builds and involve technician’s where appropriate.
  • Ensuring build maturation and specification captures quality requirements from Quality Engineering and Product Quality.

Knowledge, skills & experience:

  • No formal qualifications are necessary, however a foundation in engineering, would be preferred
  • An understanding of niche manufacturing requirements in a fast changing environment is very beneficial
  • Understanding and experience in a manufacturing/process driven environment
  • A keen attention to budgetary control and cost target achievement is required.
  • Be able to demonstrate broad job knowledge of automotive processes and specific skills for the launch activities
  • A clear demonstration of a strong grasp of quality principles

Personal attributes:

  • Demonstrates a willingness to achieve targets & deadlines whatever it takes.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of staff
  • Capable of developing a one team culture across the build team
  • Perform in an environment of continuous improvement with experience of developing people and processes
  • Desire to have autonomy and personal ownership of Programmes and their respective leadership   
  • Delivery focused, with a demonstrable record of accomplishment of on-time delivery
  • Strong communication skills through all mediums, with the ability to organise and chair process reviews and deliver concise explanations of changes

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.


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