Workforce Planning Manager

Location: Woking, GB

At McLaren Automotive our vision is not only to become the iconic sports car manufacturer but also to deliver breathtaking, 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.


Purpose of the Role:

  • Develop and successfully implement a strategy around workforce planning for all departments with the COO teams
  • Ensure the correct resource processes are in place and or adhered to
  • Work collaboratively with all stakeholders to plan and monitor utilisation of resource
  • To role model and demonstrate the Company values


Principal Accountabilities:

  • Evaluation of current and future programmes and projects
  • Development and implementation of a strategy to effectively manage internal and external resource between programmes and projects
  • Develop, share and implement resource utilisation methods that assist the business to plan for additional or different resource levels to achieve against business plan
  • Provide recommendations and solutions as resource issues arise
  • Is accountable for working closely with the HR/Recruitment team to outline future shortfalls in resources and planning activity to ensure no adverse impacts are experienced
  • Analysis of existing internal resource (permanent, fixed term, supplier and agency contractor) to identify over or under resource utilisation
  • Working closely with managers to understand requirements and concerns linked to specific projects and programmes
  • Contribute to discussions around skills gap analysis, providing comprehensive reports to HR and Finance for resource planning for short, medium and long terms demands
  • Identifying trends and providing workable solutions to the business on resource allocation, utilisation and future headcount planning
  • Working with finance to embed a rate card approach that is used to forecast and manage budgets
  • Designing and implementing templates and tools to monitor and log resource planning with the view to implement systems as the role grows
  • Create, monitor and track mechanisms to assess utilisation and allocation of resource (timesheets etc)
  • Able to partner with multiple stakeholders at all levels of seniority within the business
  • Line management responsibilities
  • Budget management
  • Manage third party relationships


Key competencies and experience

  • A clear understanding of the commercial drivers of the business and how the role can drive the success of the organisation through workforce planning
  • Extensive experience of stakeholder engagement and management at all levels
  • Proven experience of resource planning ideally in a manufacturing/engineering environment
  • Experience of forecasting and budget planning 
  • A collaborative approach with the ability to drive change
  • Takes ownership and provides solutions
  • Ability to manage and overcome conflict 
  • An experienced people manager and leader
  • Has previously worked in organisations that have lacked infrastructure and has been able to operate in the ‘grey’ to create and provide direction
  • Has managed budgets and has been involved in commercial discussions and negotiations
  • A good knowledge of workforce planning approaches with evidence of successful application and ROI
  • Experience of partnering senior leaders and the HR and Finance teams to produce long term strategies around workforce planning
  • Technical knowledge of employment legislation (international legislation is desirable).
  • Excellent organisational and prioritisation skills and high attention to detail
  • Can matrix manage different people across the business
  • A trusted consultant to the business


Personal Attributes:

  • Open, honest and inspiring leader
  • A desire to try things a new way and challenge the status quo
  • Thinks outside of the box in terms of solutions
  • Enjoys working at a pace and under pressures at the forefront of thinking around workforce planning
  • A willingness to find a balance between industry best practice and a pragmatic approach to find the most appropriate way
  • Customer focused and driven – an enabler to the business
  • Can act as an equal player with key business stakeholders and ‘hold their own’ around the table. 
  • A trusted partner who challenges mediocrity and assumptions
  • A skilled influencer who can demonstrate high levels of credibility coupled with the ability to build relationships at all levels quickly
  • Confident and a proven ability to overcome setbacks and think in a solution focused way
  • Data and metrics driven and a passion for getting things right first time
  • A clear ability to articulate how their role adds value to the bottom line
  • Commercially focused.
  • Strong team player
  • Resilient



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, Personal Lease Car Schemes, subsidised restaurant and onsite Gym. We also offer a range of discounts with our partner organisations.  

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