New Model Material Control Manager

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.

 As part of our Track25 business plan we will launch 18 new models or derivatives of our vehicles and look to expand our retailer network into new markets with an aim of having 100 retailers globally.  

 Track 25 and McLaren Automotive’ s growing reputation is testament to our world class employees. To ensure McLaren Automotive continues to be at the forefront of the Automotive market, we are looking for a New Model Material Control Manager to join our Logistics team.


Purpose of the role:

This is an excellent opportunity to play a pivotal role in helping to shape the future of McLaren New Model Launch and Logistics during a period of rapid and exciting business growth. In this role, you will be a key member of the New Model and Logistics Leadership Teams.

Reporting directly to the Senior New Model Material Control Manager you will be responsible for recommending and implementing key strategies for Material Planning & Material Control functional areas for the:

New Model Launch Pre-Production Build phases.

The aim is to provide the very best possible parts availability to production at the optimal cost, delivered in the most efficient and effective manner, to achieve customer satisfaction and commercial business objectives.

MATERIAL PLANNING AND MATERIAL CONTROL: This encompasses supplier engagement and schedule adherence management, material control, budget setting, inventory forecasting and optimisation, engineering change management, inbound freight and cost management, and regular reporting to senior level audience. Material delivery validation and assurance of Supplier and supply chain readiness for New Model launches and volume ramp to achieve McLaren’s Track 25 business plan. Robust planning and execution of seamless transfer of Material Control operations from Pre-production Material Control team to Series Material Control team.


Principal accountabilities:

Parts Availability –Operational responsibility for overall parts material planning and material control, ensuring the right parts are available at the right time to support New Model Pre-Production Build phases, series production ramp up and build of Ultimate series vehicles.

Delivery – Material flow and handling to ensure that material is delivered lineside, on time, and in full, maintaining the quality.

3PL - Interaction with key stakeholders within the 3PL business to ensure that Logistics plans are fully integrated and supported.

Operational Management and Reporting – Ensure that the warehouse operations and Production lineside solution are underpinned by appropriate headcount, equipment, systems that offer the most efficient solution and are scalable for future business growth. Establish reports and KPIs to support daily operations and management of the respective functional areas.

Continuous Improvement – Review operational and systems performance on a frequent basis, identifying and proposing clear recommendations for improvements in operational efficiency and effectiveness.

Inventory Control - Ensure that inventory levels are realistic and cost effective - balancing pick availability with prudent cost control to achieve business cash flow objectives. Proactively mitigating the risk of obsolescence and unproductive stock levels

Inventory strategy –Propose and implement agreed strategy and manage the end to end commercial costs and working capital in line with McLaren Automotive’s business objectives.

Leadership – To lead and motivate the entire Material Planning & Control team, and all supporting suppliers, to ensure that they remain highly invested and focussed on delivery of stable production and KPI target achievement.

Supplier performance and Inventory Reporting - Deliver accurate and regular reports and forecasts to provide maximum transparency for all stakeholders and to drive appropriate performance.

Material Planning Strategy –Propose and implement agreed long range strategic plans and business model for Material Planning based on future business plans to ensure that the operation is well prepared and positioned for future challenges and rapid business growth

Business Integration - Interaction with key stakeholders within the wider business, ensuring that McLaren Ultimate Series vehicles and New Model Pre-Production Build plans are fully integrated and supported.

Issue Management - Point of escalation and leading the resolution of schedule, timing and supply constraints and contract discussions, freight issues, parts backorders, supply chain and operational challenges, and general supplier performance issues. All instances to be reviewed and rectification measures to be applied to prevent re-occurrence

Systems Management – Ensure that entire supply chain systems offer the most efficient solution and are scalable for future business growth

Supplier Management & Engagement – Ensure that suppliers are actively managed and monitored and fully understand Logistics requirements for the short, medium and long-term horizons. Regularly interact with current and potential Suppliers to understand market challenges, opportunities and to assess current performance vs. target. Drive requirement for business improvement plans where required

Continuous Improvement – Review performance on a frequent basis, identifying and proposing clear recommendations for improvements in operational efficiency and effectiveness.

Financial Management – Review complex numerical data, identify key trends and develop clearly structured long-term projections for future parts growth

Customer Interface – Lead engagement with suppliers and customer (Production Leadership team) to assess risks, develop containments, recovery plans and mitigate impact on production volume.


Knowledge, skills & experience:

  • Educated to Degree level
  • Extensive Logistics engineering and Operations experience ideally gained with an automotive manufacturer
  • Proven leader of teams and change management
  • Proven ability to act under pressure with calmness, clarity of thought and decisive authority
  • Broad understanding of global distribution challenges (legislation etc)
  • Proven ability to manage all aspects of complex supply chains from end to end
  • Experience in analysing and interpreting data
  • Proven communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Highly IT literate (Microsoft applications, SAP etc)


Personal attributes:

  • Thrives in a fast paced, challenging and dynamic environment
  • Ability to think strategically whilst ensuring day to day operation objectives are met
  • Proactive approach to leadership and influencing
  • Passion for coaching and motivating people
  • Exceptionally organized with high levels of self-motivation
  • A flexible approach to working hours and practice
  • Prepared to travel globally to suppliers as required
  • Ability to maintain the very highest levels of attention to detail even when under pressure
  • Approachable
  • Confident
  • Professional at all times
  • Able to multi-task
  • Dynamic, with the ability to respond to challenging situations in an innovative manner


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.