General information

Job Title
Senior Finance Manager - FP&A
Ref #
Friday, September 16, 2022
United Kingdom
Business area
Position level
D - 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 is a key finance leadership role, this is a highly visible role, working as part of the CFO’s core team, taking responsibility for the delivery of all financial planning (short, mid and long-term), business analytics and scenario assessments all presented with commercial insight.

Reporting to the Head of Finance, FP&A and Transformation, the Senior Finance Manager FP&A will have a complete understanding of all our financial plans, ownership of the process and the financial models. Additionally, the Senior Finance Manager FP&A will need the ability to be creative to find solutions, working with a continuous improvement mindset to not only ensure planning deliverables are met but also influence business decisions.  This role requires effective cross-functional collaboration and strong financial leadership. 

Principal Accountabilities

  • Responsible for delivery of detailed, accurate financial planning; long term business plan, annual budget, monthly reforecasting and scenario planning
  • Continually improving and developing the models and analytics used; support potential planning system implementation
  • Tactical cash flow management; working in close collaboration with Commercial and Production planning
  • Part of the CFO’s core team supporting analysis and financial delivery
  • Complete ad-hoc projects as required
  • Create an environment of financial integration across the whole finance team
  • Delivery of all financial plans; all financial statements
  • Technical understanding of P&L, balance Sheet and cashflow
  • Support scenario planning taking a pragmatic approach when appropriate
  • Responsible for understanding the short-term cash position and offering tactical decisions to manage the cashflow
  • Develop and maintain business analytics to support strategic decision making.
  • Support the development of tools to help improve the financial planning process and a potential implementation of a planning system
  • Have a supportive, pragmatic and proactive approach where guidance is provided to colleagues within the operational business units at all levels in the delivery of their objectives.
  • Continuously identify risks to the business units and generate opportunities, which can then be translated by the business units into key strategic initiatives. Assist the business units to successfully implement any risk mitigation or opportunity realisation.
  • Be a champion of robust business processes and controls to maximise EBITDA, EBIT, Cash and all associated reporting. Identify areas for process improvements and implementing robust solutions.
  • Proactively identify, record and communicate any financial risks and opportunities to key stakeholders and the CFO.
  • Challenge assumptions in the current year budget and look for continuous performance improvement 
Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Be someone who has experience working in a similar role, driving financial performance and delivery.
  • Have strong senior stakeholder management experience.
  • Be able to communicate financial information to people at all levels within an organisation.
  • Can translate financial information into meaningful data and intelligence that the business can use to enhance their performance.
  • Have previous experience in the Automotive, Manufacturing or Engineering sector.
  • A problem solver.
  • Can demonstrate a holistic approach and attitude towards getting a business to deliver.
  • Have a ‘sleeves-up and resolve problems’ approach whilst driving towards the targets of the business units.
  • Understand what it means to operate in an emerging organisation that is striving to move to a place of stability/maturity.
  • Sound financial/commercial knowledge and acumen.
  • Ability to manage conflicting priorities effectively.
Personal Attributes

  • Be strong enough to work with Executive Directors and other key stakeholders to drive towards delivery of the business targets.
  • Excellent communication and business partnering skills with the ability to communicate at all levels
  • Modelling and advanced excel experience.
  • Change management
  • Identify risks and escalate/manage as necessary
  • Able to articulate financial data and analytical information
  • Simplify complexity
  • Work to deadlines, prioritising where necessary