Senior Manager - Material Planning and Supply Management
McLaren Group
Woking, GB
5d ago

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.

In this role you will be a key member of the Senior Logistics Leadership Team.

Reporting directly to the Head of Series and New Model you will be responsible for recommending and implementing the strategies for Material Planning, Material Control and Inbound Freight functional areas of the Logistics business for McLaren Automotive.

This encompasses the entire supply chain from material planning, supplier engagement and schedule adherence management, material control, Logistics budget setting, future vehicle model planning, inventory forecasting and optimisation, Inbound freight operational performance, cost management, and reporting.

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

Key Dimensions :

Parts Availability Operational responsibility for overall parts material planning and material control, ensuring the right parts are available at the right time to support production, new model introduction ramp up and series production run out.

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’s business objectives.

Leadership To lead and motivate the entire Material Planning and Supply management team and all supporting suppliers in order to ensure that they remain highly invested and focussed on delivery of stable 20 units per day production and KPI target achievement.

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

Material Planning Strategy Propose and implement agreed long range strategic plans and business model for Material Planning based on future business plans to 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 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 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 financial 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
  • 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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