Principal Designer

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Location: Woking, GB

Purpose of the role:
 

“Design breath-taking products that tell the visual story of their function”. 

Create ‘clean sheet’ concept & production ready design solutions compatible with concurrent engineering exercises to the McLaren Design Process (MDP) & program timing. Lead the exterior or interior delivering to the Design Strategy & business’ requirements.
 

Principal accountabilities:
 

Lead an exterior or interior design project team to deliver the design vision/strategy.
Run & set the agenda of weekly Design Review(s) and deliver minuted feedback/actions.
Input into workloads, manpower and timing of projects with management team G0-G4.
Plan, prepare & produce high impact content for senior presentations.
Conduct performance reviews for senior designers & designers.
Brief external suppliers and lead collaborative projects.
Present & sell design concepts to senior management.
Work within the wider CMD, CAS, Clay & Engineering teams; to present feasible design solutions to Function Group representatives and Senior Management for sign-off.
Reconcile design intent, quality & manufacturing feasibility with aerodynamics, engineering and commercial requirements.
Communicate progress and critical issues to the Des Manager & Chief Designer.
Attend program and engineering reviews on behalf of Design.
Attend surface reviews on behalf of Design.
Allocate secondary tasks to team members, such as preparing review content.
Offer input into the creation and update of design standards & process.
Input into Design Strategy.
Be a role model, live the values and communicate the design pillars to other departments.


Knowledge, skills & experience:
 

Education to Degree level minimum
Good verbal & written presentation skills
Excellent 2D sketching & 3D skills/knowledge. (Photoshop, Clay, Alias is a plus)
Good program timing skills
PC literate. Word, Excel, PowerPoint
Extensive experience on full size and scale clay properties
Has led multiple exterior or interior G0-G4
Very good understanding of ergonomics, aerodynamic principles & legal requirements


Personal attributes:
 

Challenge Mind-set: “Keep a calm head, see the situation as a challenge not a threat.”
Act with Integrity: “Put the team first & represent those who have gone before and all those who will follow.”
High Performance Environment: “Find incremental ways to continually improve.”
No Egos: “Sweep the sheds and give each other the benefit of the doubt.”

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