Senior Colour & Materials Designer

Location: Woking, GB


Job Title:                              Senior Colour & Materials Designer                          Department:      Design

Reporting to:                     Design Operations Manager                        Date of Preparation:      12/10/2016

At McLaren Automotive our vision is to become the iconic sports car company. 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.

Purpose of the Role:      

  •  “Design breath-taking products that tell the visual story of their function”.
  • To create and deliver engaging and innovative design proposals for Exterior and Interior Colour and Material concepts
  • Research market sector, Lifestyles, Design and Social Trends for current and future programmes
  • Work closely with suppliers, developing materials to McLaren production specifications
  • Liaise with McLaren designers, function groups, marketing and purchasing teams to ensure proposals are to required standard
  • To represent the Studio/Colour and Materials team at technical/senior meetings as required
  • Must demonstrate a high level of self motivation, initiative, flexibility and determination to see a task through to completion working within tight deadlines
  • Manage the day to day workload of the Colour and Materials team


    Principal Accountabilities:

  • Research and implement new Materials and Finishes for all programs,
  • Conduct performance reviews for Colour and Materials, Visualisation Team and Studio Technician
  • Create C&M programme vision themes and Materials Variant List for all programs
  • Create and deliver the C&M Design research report and Design Intent Report report for all programs
  • Submit C&M plan for long leadtime parts for all programs
  • Complete inputs to Marketing Features List
  • Create Confirm Trim Level Strategy
  • Deliver Target samples and support Design Quality in delivery of Master Samples for all colours & materials


Required Knowledge Skills & Experience:

  • A University Degree in Art and Design or equivalent, with extensive experience as a Colour and Material Designer
  • Solid OEM experience working in a design department of an Automotive company
  • Highly creative with excellent colour vision, colour harmony and an intuitive understanding of perceived value and craftsmanship
  • Significant knowledge of automotive/industrial colours and materials 
  • Presentation skills to explain and express design intention
  • High Level of competence in using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Microsoft Office
  • Strong project planning/management skills would be beneficial


    Personal Attributes:

  • Must possess a genuine passion for pushing the boundaries in Colour and Materials Design
  • Highly motivated Team player with excellent communication and strong presentation skills
  • Should be well organised and methodical, with excellent attention to detail
  • Working exceptionally well under pressure.


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