Senior Finance Manager

Location: Woking

Job Tit

Senior Finance Manager



No restraints. No limitations. We don’t simply push boundaries. We completely rethink them. McLaren Automotive exists to create breath-taking 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.


To ensure McLaren Automotive continues its desire to be “the sportscar company”, we are looking for a Senior Finance Manager to join the Finance team.


Purpose of the Role


The Senior Finance Manager role is responsible for leading the finance business partnering for a number of departments within the Sales & Marketing area. The purpose of the role is to drive these departments to increase profitability and optimise cash flow. You and your team will be responsible for managing and reporting performance against budget & forecast for all aspects of your department’s finances, as well as looking at how we continue to improve our processes and financial control.


Principal accountabilities:

  • Manage all aspects of your department’s financial statements and performance
  • Challenge stakeholders to drive accountability, as well as providing them with the tools necessary to track progress against their financial targets and most importantly, allow them to operate within the agreed budgets
  • Drive improvement in the tracking and reporting of S&M financial performance, including revenue and contribution analysis as well as smarter cost collection that supports the measurement of the effectiveness of marketing spend
  • Ensure that the financial impact of decision making is understood and carefully considered
  • Support your team to build strong working relationships and process with external parts of the industry such as McLaren retailers
  • Manage the Month-end processes and timetable for your team. This includes reviewing monthly P&L variance analysis, balance sheet postings and representing your departments in Finance reviews. Review presentation packs on the previous month and year to date performance, plus the full year reforecast and present this to senior management.
  • Manage the monthly rolling forecast process and quarterly planning cycles to the timetable set. Enhance the functional engagement into the forecast, budget and business planning cycles and ensure the targets are bought into by the respective budget owners.
  • Build an understanding of the financial performance and the commercial background, and be able to articulate this to both finance and non-finance colleagues
  • Lead a team of finance business partners and create a working environment that facilitates a high-performance culture
  • Manage cash inflows and outflows for your areas of responsibility and act as a consultant to the ‘Sales to cash’ process. Work to ensure a high-quality revenue base that has a robust plan for conversion to cash.


Knowledge, skills & experience:

  • A Qualified Accountant (ACCA, CIMA, ACA or equivalent) with a minimum of 5 years PQE
  • Extensive experience in commercial business partnering roles
  • Experience in managing and leading a team
  • Advanced Excel skills required to interrogate and manage large volumes of complex data
  • Experience of accounting systems, preference for SAP knowledge
  • Confident with offering constructive challenges to senior stakeholders
  • Ability to not only understand and be comfortable with the detail but also to summarise key aspects for management consumption
  • Demonstrate a continuous improvement approach to work by identifying areas for process improvements and implementing robust solutions
  • Automotive industry experience would be advantageous but not essential


Personal attributes:

  • Pro-active, passionate and ambitious individual
  • Confident in engaging with varied levels of stakeholders, both internal and external to McLaren
  • Quick learner
  • Team player
  • Ability to build strong relationships with operational (non-financial) colleagues
  • Persistence and drive to get the job done
  • Ability to work independently and under pressure to manage conflicting priorities and tight deadlines
  • Flexible approach to working and collaborating


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.