Material Control & Planning Manager

McLaren Automotive Limited
Woking, UK
03 Sep 2019
09 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
When our founder Bruce McLaren passed away at the age of 32 he left behind a legacy that has shaped who we are today. We have an unrivalled heritage which has its roots in racing; but McLaren Automotive is now creating a story of its own and we want you to be a part of it.

As part of our Track25 business plan we will launch 18 new models or derivatives of our vehicles and look to expand our retailer network into new markets with an aim of having 100 retailers globally.

Track 25 and McLaren Automotive' s growing reputation is testament to our world class employees. To ensure McLaren Automotive continues to be at the forefront of the Automotive market, we are looking for a Material Control & Planning Manager to join our Logistics team.

Purpose of the Role:

This is an excellent opportunity to play a pivotal role in helping to shape the future of McLaren Logistics during a period of rapid and exciting business growth. Reporting directly to the Head of series Material Planning & supply you will form part of the Senior Logistics Leadership Team.

You will be share responsibility for the Material Planning & supply control function of the Logistics business for McLaren Automotive. This encompasses the entire supply chain from material planning, supplier engagement and schedule adherence management, Material Control, cost management, and reporting.

The ultimate aim is to provide the very best possible parts availability to support production at the most optimal cost, delivered in the most efficient and effective manner in order to support the achievement of customer satisfaction and commercial business objectives.

Principal accountabilities:

Parts Availability & Schedule Planning - Responsible for material planning and material control for a category of suppliers and products, ensuring the right parts are available at the right time to support production, new model introduction ramp up and series production run out.

Inventory strategy - Support the definition of the strategy and manage the end to end commercial costs and working capital in line with McLaren Automotive's business objectives.

Leadership - To lead and motivate both Planning & the Material Control team and supporting Material Controllers to ensure that suppliers remain highly invested and focussed on delivery of stable 22 units per day production and KPI target achievement.

Supplier performance and Inventory Risk Reporting - Deliver accurate and regular reports and forecasts in order to provide maximum transparency for all stakeholders and to drive appropriate performance.

Business Integration - Interaction with key stakeholders within the wider business so as to ensure that Logistics plans are fully integrated and supported.

Issue Management - Point of escalation and leading the resolution of commercial, timing & supply constraints and contract discussions, freight issues, parts backorders, supply chain and operational challenges, and general supplier performance issues. All instances to be reviewed and rectification measures to be applied to prevent re-occurrence

Systems Management - Ensure that entire supply chain systems offer the most efficient solution and are scalable for future business growth

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 market challenges, opportunities and to assess current performance vs. target. Drive requirement for business improvement plans where required

Continuous Improvement - Review performance on a frequent basis, 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 customer (Production Leadership team) to assess risks and develop containments, recovery plans and mitigate impact on production volume.

Knowledge, Skills, and Experience:
  • Educated to Degree level
  • Extensive material control, supplier engagement, parts supply experience ideally gained with an automotive manufacturer
  • Proven leader in production / operations
  • Proven ability to act under pressure with calmness, clarity of thought and decisive authority
  • Broad understanding of global logistics 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 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

We recognise that we can only achieve our vision with the dedication and collaboration of our world class employees. It is our aim to become the employer of choice within the global automotive industry.

At McLaren Automotive we are constantly looking to improve. To become the employer of choice we are always looking to develop our employee offerings. We currently offer a range of benefits to employees at all levels of the business including Private Healthcare, Contributory Pension Scheme, Life Assurance and Personal Lease Car Scheme. We also offer a range of discounts with our partner organisations.

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