General information

Job Title
Computer Aided Styling Manager
Ref #
Monday, September 6, 2021
United Kingdom
Business area
Product Development
Contract type
highly competitive

Description & Requirements


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.

Purpose of Role
Department: Design 
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. 

Purpose of the Role:                                                                                


Principal Accountabilities

People Management responsibilities with a strong technical background in CAS and a Project Management Bias.

  • Manage Exterior and Interior CAS Senior Lead Engineers and series Cas teams to manage the creation and release of production-feasible, aesthetically-optimised surfaces that maintain design intent and are to a high quality of surface execution.
  • Support Functional Cas Manager as required with Departmental process and strategy developments
  • Assist Functional CAS Manager in the Virtual/digital development within the CAS organisation.
  • Manage resource requirements associated to all series Cas requirements
  • Manage Budgets of all Series Cas deliverables
  • Develop Skills Matrixes for the series CAS team and perform development reviews.
  • Produce surfaces as and when required, creation of surfaces is not a primary deliverable of the role.
  • Ensure the team produce Surfaces according to McLaren digital surfacing guidelines, standards and release procedures.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
  • Support Design Delivery Meetings on relevant series programs
  • Manage Surface Execution and Quality meetings in accordance to series relevant projects.
  • Resolve any conflicts of inputs if escalated by Senior Surface Designer.
  • Set up and chair regular Agile system of task allocation
  • Receive detailed surface status from Senior Surfacing Designer
  • Support the allocation of the CAS surfacing tasks amongst Cas series teams
  • Reconcile Inputs where possible without the need to escalate
  • Escalate irreconcilable inputs to Functional CAS Manager
  • Provide any reference CAS information (e.g. points) to assist physical/Digital development
  • Initiate and run screen reviews for contentious, complex or ongoing surface issues
  • Coordinate approval of final surface for aesthetics and maintenance of design intent
  • Complete surface validation checks prior to release to Studio Engineer and approve release to ensure right first-time targets are met.


Other tasks

  • Produce and distribute surface KPIs daily to Digital Design Surfacing Manager
  • Create and maintain detailed surface release schedule and dashboard
  • Communicate surface release schedule to Functional CAS Manager Manager
  • Prepare project status overview, for weekly Digital Surface Design Commodity Meeting
  • Prepare resource status overview, for weekly Digital Surface Design Commodity Meeting
  • Attend weekly Digital Surface Design Commodity Meeting
  • Set agenda, manage attendance of team and Chair surface quality reviews
  • Attend project meetings on behalf of the surfacing team as requested
  • Attend concept engineering reviews on behalf of the surfacing team as requested.
  • Attend the design reviews on behalf of the surfacing team and minute actions for team
  • Escalate if resource on programme insufficient or task has stalled
  • Input to the High-Level Plan discussions at G-1 to G4
  • Advice on planning resources for the programme at G-1 to G4
  • Offer input during the creation and update of surfacing standards and methods
  • Understand the VR process and relationship between function group activity
  • Run informal surfacing workshops and knowledge sharing sessions to enhance team competencies
  • Delegate secondary tasks to team members, such as to prepare review files
  • Author MSL for aspects of surfacing procedures where possible.
Personal Attributes
  • Challenge Mind-set: “Keep a calm head, see the situation as a challenge not a threat.”
  • Act with Integrity: “Put the team first & represent those who have gone before and all those who will follow.”
  • High Performance Environment: “Find incremental ways to continually improve.”
  • No Egos: “Sweep the sheds and give each other the benefit of the doubt.”