General information

Job Title
Senior Material Planning & Control Manager
Ref #
Friday, October 28, 2022
United Kingdom
Business area
Series, Material Control
Position level
D - Senior Management
Working time
Full Time
Contract type
Working pattern
7:30am - 4:30pm 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

  • Reporting directly to the Head of Series and New Model Material you will be responsible for developing and implementing key strategies for Material Planning and Material Control for McLaren Automotive.
  • This is an excellent opportunity to play a pivotal role in helping to shape the future of McLaren Logistics.
  • As a Senior Manager you will be directly responsible for coaching, developing and motivating a team to ensure our ambitious targets and milestones are achieved. You will ensure everyone is operating at their optimum level, taking a proactive approach to their on-going development whilst ensuring meticulous attention to detail in a fast moving, high-pressure business area.
  • Acting as the single point of escalation between Supply Chain and Purchasing, you will also actively engage directly with suppliers to minimise any risks to our production plan. You will also be responsible for advising a wide range of stakeholders on supplier performance – OTIF.
  • To be successful in this role extensive supply chain management experience within manufacturing is key (preferably automotive but not essential). Previous experience of successfully managing a team is a requirement along with exceptional interpersonal skills and an ability to clearly manage and prioritise multiple tasks. A good understanding of SAP scheduling would be beneficial
  • Your aim in this role is to provide the very best possible parts availability to production at the optimal cost, delivered in the most efficient and effective manner to achieve customer satisfaction and commercial business objectives.
  • Right Part, Right Place, Right Time - Every time 
Principal Accountabilities

  • Parts Availability – Responsibility for overall parts raw material planning and material control, ensuring the right parts are available at the right time to support Series Production, production ramp up and build of Ultimate series vehicles.
  • Delivery – Supplier management to ensure that material is delivered lineside, on time, and in full, maintaining the quality.
  • 3PL - Interaction with key stakeholders within the 3PL business to ensure that Logistics plans are fully integrated and supported.
  • Inventory Control - Ensure that inventory levels are realistic and cost effective - balancing pick availability with prudent cost control to achieve business cash flow objectives. Proactively mitigating the risk of obsolescence and unproductive stock levels.
  • Inventory Strategy – Propose and implement agreed strategy and manage the end to end commercial costs and working capital in line with McLaren Automotive business objectives.
  • Leadership – Lead and motivate the Series Material Planning and Control team to ensure that they remain highly invested and focussed on delivery of stable production and KPI target achievement with the wellbeing of the team being a key focus.
  • Supplier performance and Inventory Reporting - Deliver accurate and regular reports and forecasts to provide maximum transparency for all stakeholders and to drive appropriate performance and action.
  • Material Planning Strategy – Propose and implement agreed long range strategic plans and business model for Material Planning based on future business plans. Ensure that the operation is well prepared and positioned for future challenges and rapid business growth.
  • Business Integration - Interaction with key stakeholders within the wider business, ensuring that McLaren Series vehicles plans are fully integrated and supported.
  • Delivery Management - Point of escalation and lead in the resolution of schedule, timing, supply constraints, contract discussions, freight issues, parts backorders, supply chain, operational challenges, and general supplier performance. All instances to be reviewed and rectification measures to be applied to prevent re-occurrence.
  • Supplier Management & Engagement – Ensure that suppliers are actively managed and monitored and fully understand Logistics requirements for the short, medium and long-term horizons. Regularly interact with current and potential Suppliers to understand challenges, opportunities and to assess current performance vs. target. Drive requirement for business improvement plans where required.
  • Continuous Improvement – Review operational and systems performance daily, identifying and proposing clear recommendations for improvements in operational efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Financial Management – Review complex numerical data, identify key trends and develop clearly structured long-term projections for future parts growth.
  • Customer Interface – Lead engagement with suppliers and internal customers (Production Leadership team) to assess risks, develop containments, recovery plans and mitigate impact on production volume.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Educated to Degree level.
  • Extensive Supply Chain experience (ideally gained with an automotive manufacturer).
  • Proven leader of teams and change-management.
  • Proven ability to act under pressure with calmness, clarity of thought and decisive authority.
  • Broad understanding of global distribution challenges (legislation etc).
  • Proven ability to manage all aspects of complex supply chains from end to end.
  • Experience in analysing and interpreting data.
  • Proven communication skills (written and verbal).
  • Strong negotiation skills.
  • Highly IT literate (Microsoft applications, SAP etc).
Personal Attributes

  • Thrives in a fast paced, challenging and dynamic environment.
  • Ability to think strategically whilst ensuring day to day operation objectives are met.
  • Proactive approach to leadership and influencing.
  • Passion for coaching and motivating people.
  • Exceptionally organized with high levels of self-motivation.
  • A flexible approach to working hours and practice.
  • Prepared to travel globally to suppliers as required.
  • Ability to maintain the very highest levels of attention to detail even when under pressure.
  • Approachable.
  • Confident.
  • Professional at all times.
  • Able to multi-task.
  • Dynamic, with the ability to respond to challenging situations in an innovative manner.