Product Change Manager - Change Control

Location: Woking, GB

No restraints. No limitations. We don’t simply push boundaries. We completely rethink them. McLaren Automotive exists to create breathtaking performance road cars.

With innovation at the core of all we do, every challenge starts with the same question. How can we do it better? This restless spirit runs right through McLaren Automotive. And the search for perfection is evident in everything we do.

We have a fantastic opportunity to join our Quality team as Product Change Manager overseeing our Change Control team.

Purpose of the role:

As Product Change Manager, you will play a pivotal role in shaping the future Product Change Management (PCM) process so it is seen as a key business process driving engineering changes in to all McLaren products.

As the Business Process Owner (BPO) you will be liaising and working closely with other change control managers and leads in all stakeholder departments to ensure consistent following of the process, effective communication, risk analysis and mitigation leading to effective implementation of change in to the vehicle with no or minimal impact to series production.

Principal accountabilities:

  • Manage, develop and drive a high performing team of effective change control engineers and coordinators
  • Develop and maintain necessary skills within the product change management team
  • Manage the PCM headcount and operational budgets (define, forecast, assess, monitor)
  • Embed an effective method of assessing the change control processes to maintain effectiveness and ensure continuous improvement
  • Provide effective communication with all stakeholder departments in the change control process for planning and coordinating activities required to ensure smooth implementation of change 
  • Develop effective process and business KPI’s that demonstrate status, drive action from all stakeholders in the process and ensures transparency and objectivity
  • Ensure engineering changes are implemented to the product in a consistent way and in line with the PCM processes and QMS
  • Through you / your team, ensure product data analysis has been conducted and the timely resolution of any inconsistencies
  • Ensure product change management data integrity and accuracy in SAP system
  • Support the internal auditing function as an internal auditor

Knowledge, skills & experience:

  • Automotive industry experience is essential
  • Proficient in Continuous Improvement approaches
  • Understanding of the Total Quality Management methodology and principles
  • Previous change management experience is essential
  • Ability to manage aspects of complex operations/processes and people
  • Confidence to act under pressure with calmness, clarity of thought and decisive authority
  • Highly competent in analysing and interpreting product related data
  • Business systems analytics experience is beneficial
  • Qualified to degree level

Personal attributes:

  • Approachable, confident and thrives in a fast paced, challenging and dynamic environment
  • Ability to think strategically whilst ensuring daily objectives are met
  • Peoples manager with passion for coaching, training and motivating
  • Professional, organised and proactive with a high level of self-motivation
  • Able to multitask and have flexible approach to working hours and practice
  • Able to maintain high level of attention to detail at all times
  • Delivery focussed - with demonstrable track record of on-time delivery
  • Process driven for continuous improvement
  • Good team player and communicator

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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