Job Title
Senior Colour & Materials Designer
Ref #
Date posted
Friday, November 10, 2023
United Kingdom
Business area
Position level
G - Qualified Senior
Working time
Full Time
Contract type
Working pattern
9am - 6pm Monday to Friday

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
  • “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 lead 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
Principal Accountabilities
  • Research and implement all Colours, Materials and Finishes for all programs
  • Create C&M programme vision themes and Materials Variant List for all programs
  • Liaise with McLaren designers, function groups, marketing and purchasing & VC teams to approve individual Design Intent Reports, ensuring they are production feasible
  • Create and deliver the C&M Design research report and Design Intent Report for all programs
  • Create & deliver C&M programme vision themes and Materials Variant List for all programs
  • Submit C&M plan for long lead-time parts for all programs
  • Complete inputs to Marketing Features List
  • Define & Confirm Trim Level Strategy
  • Deliver Target samples and support Design Quality in delivery of Master Samples for all colours & materials
  • Raise PO’s for material requisitions
Knowledge, Skills and 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 Microsoft Office.
  • Proficient Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator would be preferred
  • 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.