Technical Team Leader - Launch

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Location: Woking, GB

When our founder Bruce McLaren passed away at the age of 32 he left behind a legacy that has shaped who we are today. We have an unrivalled heritage which has its roots in racing; but McLaren Automotive is now creating a story of its own and we want you to be a part of it.

For the next 5 years as part of McLaren’s Track 22 plan, we are continuing with our £1 billion into Research and Development, leading to the launch of 15 all-new cars or derivatives during this period.

Purpose of the role:

McLaren Automotive has recently introduced a New Model Launch team which is responsible for the pre-production build of all new models in readiness for launch onto the main production lines. The Launch Technical Team Leader will report to and assist the Launch Technical Group Leader as per the below specification

Principal accountabilities:

• Provide first hand support in the development and launch into production future McLaren Automotive vehicle platforms and variants           

• Understand & demonstrate a broad knowledge of the build process to provide training & assist when issues arise                                       

• Provide cover for absence within your team and have a flexible approach to working hours as the business demands                                 

• Provide rapid response support to build by raising concerns to the Engineering team and follow them through to build containment                          

• Assist in the continuous improvement of production & business processes, i.e. quality, safety, cost, productivity                                           

• Train & mentor Team Members to achieve high quality in working practices and processes                                                          

• Assist the Group Leaders to produce maintenance schedules, monitor up time of machinery and ensure daily checks are conducted                    

• Maintain Team Member versatility charts and ensure cross training & skills development                                                                           

• Provide support during early prototype build phases including virtual builds                       

• Ensure safe working practices are adhered to and that all Team Members are using the correct protective clothing                                       

• Track all near misses and accidents to solve any unsafe procedures                               

• Ensure correct usage of tooling and equipment                                                                                     

• When required aid the Group Leaders in conducting performance reviews                       

• Maintain and endorse McLaren values and culture                                                                             

• Lead by example, influence all Team Members and ensure they are fully motivated

Knowledge, skills & experience:

• Must be able to demonstrate a broad job knowledge of automotive processes and specific skills for the area in question

• Have an understanding of niche vehicle brand (Ideally experience working on McLaren Products)

• A foundation degree in engineering would be preferred however a technical background in an engineering discipline would be considered

• Understanding and experience in a manufacturing/process driven environment is essential

• Quality focused with a keen eye for detail

• Excellent motivational attributes

• Good level of knowledge for Microsoft Office packages

 It is preferred that the candidate will have value added experience with:                    

• Prototype build activity

• Vehicle production launch

• Build concern reporting

• Working to demanding time schedules

• Process and product maturation

• Working in small teams

• Taking receipt of guidance and instruction from multiple leadership direction.

• An understanding of lean tools especially 5 S & 4M

• Training in COSHH awareness

• The candidate should be versed in problem solving tools such as the 5why's and Ishikawa

Personal attributes:

• The candidate will have determination to drive forward the business to ‘Best in Class’ performance standards in line with brand expectations    

• Be prepared to coach and develop peer skill sets                                                                                   

• An ability to act under pressure with calmness and clarity of thought                          

• Demonstrate a methodical approach towards problem solving                                          

•Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal            


You will be expected to work unsociable hours in support of meeting program targets and maintain a flexible approach to working hours as you may be required to work shifts or support other areas of production


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.

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