General information

Job Title
Government Affairs Manager
Ref #
Friday, October 8, 2021
United Kingdom
Business area
Legal & Commercial
Position level
Senior Management
Working time
Full Time
Contract type
Working pattern
9am - 6pm Monday to Friday

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

This role supports and manages MAL’s engagement with governments and related agencies, globally. This essential activity enables McLaren to contribute to the development of future policies impacting products, skills, supply chain, infrastructure developments, barriers to trade and business competitiveness. The Government Affairs Manager role ensures that McLaren can contribute to the development of government policies, funding and regulations, and proposes the overall direction and strategic initiatives to support McLaren’s position with governments. This is key to timely capture new regulatory initiatives and legislative changes together with the public and private investments that they drive, which often result in commercial opportunities.

Principal Accountabilities
  • Coordinate internal team of experts to monitor policy making, legislative and regulative activities of central and local governments, and recommend solutions to the management.
  • Quantify the impacts of key regulatory issues and changes related to development, manufacture, sale, and post approval surveillance of McLaren Automotive’s products.
  • Prepare, manage and communicate McLaren Automotive’s position regarding new policies.
  • Implement engagement strategies in order to maximise the effectiveness of the company’s input into the policymaking process.
  • Coordinate the implementation of new internal procedures, documentation, guidelines and standards, necessary to meet future requirements.
  • Identify, propose and pursue opportunities related to public funds and process improvements resulting from government initiatives, and define project costs in support of grant applications.
  • Liaise with funding organizations to define scope of the funds, prepare bids and address all related inquiries and issues.
  • Manage effective involvement of trade associations, dealers and other appropriate third-parties in the dialogue with government representatives.
  • Coordinate and support interactions between the company and relevant authorities, support meetings between senior management and government officials, business negotiations, and government seminars and events. Prepare related documents and reports materials as needed.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
  • Programme management and planning.
  • Economic analysis for estimating the financial impacts of policies on all parties involved, including MAL, regulators and industry partners.
  • Lobbying through the development of position papers, and compelling international benchmarks.
  • Stakeholder engagement including industry-group participation to establish partnerships across industry and government.
  • Bid management and consortia building for collaborative projects.
  • Understanding of political decision-making process.
  • Understanding of business model of low volume automotive companies.
Personal Attributes
  • Ability to manage complex communication issues and to establish fruitful working relationships to partners internally and externally
  • Organized, able to work to on multiple projects, with tight deadlines.
  • High energy level; positive attitude; works well under stress; strong communicator.
  • Balance of strategic thinking, analytical skill and ability to execute.
  • Hands-on, action-oriented, and able to implement effectively.
  • Able to work autonomously.
  • Can provide opinions and solutions in face of adversity; decisive and able to provide clear guidance to the organization in the absence of conclusive data, or of clear guidance from the regulators. Able to make these decisions without excessive use of consultants.