Senior Contract Project Manager

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Date: 06-Jan-2017

Location: Woking, GB

We take performance beyond what was thought possible, working with visionaries and leaders to move our world forwards faster.

McLaren Applied Technologies, part of the McLaren Technology Group, innovates using the skills, insights and experience gleaned from over 50 years of competition in the world’s most technologically demanding sport, to innovate in and also beyond motorsport. We seek to create meaningful, long-lasting performance gains that positively impact a variety of sectors and communities.

With a passion for performance excellence, we bring together a distinctive combination of technology, mindset and capabilities - including high performance design, analytics, simulation, sensing and control systems – to make innovation a reality for our partners.

Our people are dynamic with excellent technical and commercial skills.

We partner with world leading businesses across many sectors; what unites us is a desire to prevail in whatever we do. Together we strive to be the best or to go beyond what was considered to be the limit of performance.

Purpose of the Role:

Manage technically complex product and solution development with a high degree of customer and supplier engagement.The post holder will ensure that projects/programmes within McLaren Applied Technologies are delivered on time, to budget and to the required quality standard on behalf of the Project Board.

Role Dimensions:

The post holder will work across multidisciplinary teams to lead the delivery of both internal product development, and customer projects. There are no direct reports or function budgetary responsibility however the post holder will be responsible for the project budget of active projects within their portfolio.

The role requires a good understanding of programme management, project engineering best practice including hardware and software development principles. A good working knowledge of other business functions required to support the delivery of products and services will enable the role holder to correctly identify and manage the required tasks for a successful outcome.

The ability to guide a multi-disciplined engineering team through a milestone based product creation process to deliver safe and effective products is vital. Coaching and supporting chief engineers in the task breakdown and reflection into project plans with effort estimation is a core function of the role

A good commercial understanding to correctly position customer engagement, task facilitation and coaching skills are important within the role.

The post holder may be required to work unsociable hours to accommodate project demands. The post holder will primarily be based at Woking MTC but may be required to spend some time at other locations

Principal Accountabilities:

  • Manage and motivate project teams internal to McLaren and on behalf of commercial partners by the application of project engineering and delivery processes.
  • Provide leadership, giving both commercial and process guidance to teams to ensure successful delivery.
  • Support final stages of pre-sales activities to ensure that the project scope, goals, methodologies, deliverables and business case have been appropriately defined.
  • Ensure appropriate engineering frameworks and best practices are followed eg concurrent engineering, software Agile methodologies, v model for safety critical applications etc.
  • Lead the planning and start-up of projects, both internally (eg resource requirements, cash-flow considerations) and externally (eg customer stakeholders, suppliers).
  • Understand the technical deliverables to a sufficient level to engage in discussions covering customer requirements, prioritisation, issue identification and scope.
  • With support from discipline team leads, ensure that the technical requirements for the project are fully understood and managed.
  • Lead customer stakeholder management for the project/programme.
  • Manage project deliverables in line with the project plan and business case with full accountability for the project budget and margin.
  • Develop and maintain appropriate project and product release plans.
  • Active management of risks, issues and opportunities including management of change from a defined commercial/technical baseline.
  • Work with Resource owners to manage and resolve potential resource conflicts. Assist in planning future staff, skill and tool requirements.
  • Project governance & stakeholder management - present monthly reports defining progress, exceptions and solutions.
  • Contribute to the further enhancement of in-house project management methodology by ensuring best practice product development practices are incorporated

Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications and Experience:

  • Engineering degree qualification or equivalent combination of education and work experience in engineering, computer science or software development.
  • A combination of strong commercial and engineering acumen with relevant experience. 
  • 5+ years’ experience in programme/project management/team leadership in product development
  • Proven ability to deliver mixed discipline engineering solutions in a dynamic environment with significant experience of development planning in collaborative environments such as Atlassian and MS VSO as well as traditional stage gated processes.
  • Ability to thrive in an environment of constant change
  • Proven ability to work both across and vertically in medium size organisations.
  • A good knowledge and application of methods, tools and applications in a high-tech Engineering business.
  • Experience in a regulated development environment such as medical instrumentation a distinct advantage.
  • Excellent people management, interpersonal and communications skills.
  • A strong negotiator and influencer both internally and externally.
  • Balanced skills to see and understand the big picture while managing the important details as required.
  • Strong decision making and analytical/problem solving skills

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