SQA Manager

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Location: Woking, GB

At McLaren Automotive our vision is not only to become the iconic sports car manufacturer but also to deliver breath-taking, iconic and innovative new technology to the automotive industry.


We recognise that we can only achieve our vision with the dedication and collaboration of our world class employees.  It is our mission to become the employer of choice within the global automotive industry.


SQA Manager



This role requires the candidate to work closely with the Suppliers allocated to the Commodity Group, to ensure the suppliers Management team are fully supporting McLaren Quality and Capacity requirements.

  • Provide leadership to a team of SQA engineers and assigned Suppliers to deliver the McLaren Supplier quality, capacity and timing requirements.
  • Provide leadership in the cross functional Supplier APQP process, collaborating with Product Development, Manufacturing and Purchasing to drive key open issues to closure.
  • Establish and maintain control of the supply base part Quality and part availability in   support of the McLaren business objectives.
  • Develop strategic Supply base improvement initiatives, that under pin the McLaren continuous improvement ethos.  


Specific Responsibilities of the role:

  • Work with Cross Functional Leadership partners to drive collaborative behaviours to achieve optimum outcome for McLaren Profitability.
  • Maintain training and development plans for the SQA Site Engineers (to include succession planning) and self- development plan.
  • Plan and deploy SQA Site Engineer resources to cover the allocated suppliers in the Commodity group.
  • Ensure new supplier site Sourcing is well researched to build and maintain a competent supply base.  
  • Support Supplier selection & development processes to achieve a self-sufficient supply base (TS16949). Ensure Non TS16949 suppliers deliver their certification qualification to the approved sourcing plan.
  • Ensure all new tooled parts have APQP reporting established at the earliest opportunity (No later than at Sourcing Confirmation).
  • Lead Robust Manufacturing Feasibility strategy deployment and reviews.
  • Maintain Plan of parts that require PPAP approvals and ensure the SQA Site Engineers make progress to plan follow ups to maintain the launch / delivery commitments.
  • Drive Supplier / Part Risk Assessments and develop risk mitigation actions. 
  • Identify Critical suppliers / parts that require full cross functional team engagement with the supplier.
  • Provide supplier progress reporting to SQA Program team for: APQP open issues, Non PPAP part pedigree prior to each build phase and PPAP delivery forecast / actual confirmation.
  • Assign resources to provide Critical New part PPAP approvals on time.
  • Track and manage PPAP part approval to agreed delivery plan.
  • Manage Non PPAP part Concession process to ensure “Plan for every part” is established to support the builds.
  • Deliver Quality & Capacity Verification Quality of Event on time delivery.
  • Drive Major open issue resolution at Key suppliers, to ensure Supplier Senior Management team are fully engaged in the resolution process.
  • Drive Supplier Quality QCR issue resolution (8D) process to closure, to prevent reoccurrence.
  • Support current production with immediate response to Supplier Quality related build roadblocks.
  • Provide “Stand in cover” for SQA Manager Peers or Head of SQA as required.
  • Lead process improvement initiatives.


Education & Skills required:

  • Technical Engineering qualified to Degree standard.
  • Previous experience in Engineering and Manufacturing.
  • Have a working understanding of: APQP, PPAP,FMEA,SPC, MSA.
  • Structured Problem Solving (8D)
  • Robustness – Taguchi Methods
  • Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, Visio etc.



 If you are passionate about pushing the boundaries of processes and technologies and have an entrepreneurial mind-set, join us at the heart of an exciting journey apply now to be part of cutting edge pioneering projects.




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