Senior Material Planner

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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.


Job Title:       Senior Supply Planner                              Department: Logistics 


Reporting to: Supply Planning Manager                     


Purpose of the Role:

Reporting to the Supply Planning Manager, this role is responsible for the creation and maintenance of achievable delivery schedules that support the requirements of our series and development programs whilst ensuring inventory levels remain within budgeted targets.


The Senior Supply Planner is responsible for ensuring that the Supply planners have appropriate information regarding requirements and priorities to ensure the suppliers deliver on time and in full.

The business is increasing the number of programmes and annual volumes meaning the complexity of our logistics activities are also significantly increasing. This role is pivotal in ensuring our schedules and supply information is stable and accurate. 


Role Dimensions:

  • To be the point of contact for supplier schedules, material engineering changes and booking in queries. Proactively set up meeting with purchasing and material control to present plans, engineering changes and capacity constraints.
  • To use MRP to balance demand and supply, creating a delivery plan that satisfies the combined requirements of production, development, and any other sources, keeping inventory within approved limits. Reduce obsolescence and inventory holding to company targets.
  • To work closely with the Material Controllers to ensure the suppliers have committed to the schedules, and where necessary work together to create and implement achievable recovery plans.
  • To be responsible for pro-actively identifying, escalating, and addressing risks to production requirements (capacity constraints/shutdowns etc.), supplier lead times, schedule stability, planned inventory levels and warehousing capacities.
  • To support Engineering in the effective implementation of new parts, ensuring MRP demand is accurate and coordinating the appropriate run out and ramp up of stock to ensure minimum financial impact due to part obsolescence.
  • To conduct scenario modelling to assess the impact of changes to demand and supply and to work with stakeholders to agree and implement a plan which will obtain optimal results.
  • Own and manage MRP parameter data to deliver the correct inventory levels and stability to McLaren’s Operations.
  • To manage schedule adherence data (schedule gaps and on-time issuing of schedule) against KPI target measuring all factors which affect materials and production planning.
  • If appropriate, to plan and provide logistical support for new model projects / option introductions.
  • To back fill for the Supply planning Manager when required.


Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  • Confident in dealing with stakeholders, holding and leading meetings, ensuring the requirements of the department and wider business are met.
  • Preferable understanding of Automotive OEM supply chains and supplier manufacturing processes.
  • Experience of working with MRP and SAP is very beneficial.
  • Strong Excel and data interpretation skills.
  • Comprehensive grasp of planning principles and objectives.
  • Proven ability to make sound and logical decisions.
  • Structured and organised approach to the management of work


Personal Attributes:

  • Driven by accuracy with attention to detail.
  • Analytical and investigative.
  • Team player.
  • Delivery focused - with demonstrable track record of on-time delivery
  • Proactive approach
  • Ability to manage and prioritise tasks and time efficiently
  • Able to build good relationships at all levels, internally and externally
  • Resilient, able to work under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • Ambitious and self-reliant.  Intrinsically self-motivated.
  • Unquestionable personal and professional integrity


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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