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Senior Manager, Accelerator Projects - 12 Month FTC

  • Woking, England, United Kingdom

Job description

At McLaren Racing, we believe only by chasing performance in everything we do can we give ourselves the best chance of success. Performance on track and in the factory. Performance for our people, our business and our partners. It’s about more than winning. It’s about hitting the highest standards, and then raising the bar again.

Purpose of the Role: 

The primary purpose of this role is to manage and deliver Accelerator Projects for McLaren Racing. This will be achieved by working across all areas of the McLaren business, with our Commercial Partners, their key stakeholders and with our primary suppliers of external technical resource to ensure we deliver the Accelerator projects on time, to quality and within budget to achieve maximum Return on Investment.

The primary goal of Accelerator is to generate revenue for the McLaren Racing platforms and in doing so, the Manager, Accelerator projects will need to lead project delivery by managing the key stakeholders in the Commercial Partner organisation and engaging all supporting entities to achieve the project objectives.

Why is this role important? The Manager, Accelerator projects is a new role which will align the vision and strategy developed by the Accelerator Steering Group with our Racing derived expertise and competences to overcome the unmet challenges of our Commercial Partners. By delivering exceptional value within the Commercial Partner organisations and improvements in their business metrics, we aim to drive greater engagement with the Commercial Partners and foster enduring ‘stickiness’ with the McLaren brand. This includes identifying, developing and winning Commercial Partner on-sell opportunities.

Internally within McLaren, the Manager, Accelerator projects will need to identify strategic risks and opportunities to facilitate effective decision making across a portfolio of projects. This includes clear project selection and prioritization, as well as managing the interdependencies between and among projects and serving as a point of contact for project performance data. Project management and governance, providing knowledge, expertise, and support to individual projects at a tactical level to ensure successful delivery as intended.

The Manager, Accelerator Projects will play a vital role in leading internally managed Accelerator projects, supporting across all Race Platforms, functions and Commercial Partners by delivering succinct status reports, and communicating progress to key stakeholders at regular intervals. The candidate will bring with them extensive experience of successfully delivering complex projects in an agile manner, management and developing high performing and motivated teams, implementing best practices and setting out of strong governance frameworks across a variety of cross functional projects.

Role Dimensions: 

This role will sit within the McLaren Racing Partnerships team with line reporting to the Associate Director, Accelerator. The role will be expected to lead teams of experts from the McLaren Advanced Projects (MAP) team, the McLaren People and Talent team, and external technical resource suppliers, such as Purple Sector. It is envisaged that these teams maybe formed from one or multiple resource pots, so called ‘Hybrid team’ that will be dependent on the technical requirements of the project. The role will also have close interaction with the functional directors, finance & people partnering teams to ensure that projects and initiatives are resourced appropriately to enable success.

This role will act as a test bed for internally resourcing Accelerator projects and will be required to continually assess and improve the mechanism which utilises hybrid teams.

Principal Accountabilities:

  • Manage key Accelerator projects across Technical and People workstreams to ensure Commercial Partner satisfaction.
  • Interface with the McLaren Advanced Projects (MAP) organisation to test and develop a hybrid / insourced Accelerator project delivery model. Where external resource is used, interface with external suppliers to maximise the value-add form their expertise.
  • Build on and grow positive relationships across the business to enable clear decision making and leads and delivers successful projects.
  • Implementing project standardisation & structured documentation, including scoping documents, business cases, timelines and risk logs to provide consistency and clarity throughout the business.
  • Develop and implement reporting templates and embed their use to deliver key structured updates to Key Commercial Partner and Accelerator stakeholders and leadership teams.
  • Conducting and supporting with Lessons learned exercises, documenting, and then implementing key action points from these reviews.

Job requirements

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

Understanding and experience

  • Degree qualified or equivalent – Technical degree (Engineering/ Manufacturing) advantageous but not essential.
  • Experience of events management, B2B Partner Management and knowledge of Learning & Development approaches beneficial.
  • Previous experience of successfully delivering complex projects from inception to completion, on time, to budget and against project KPI’s.
  • Problem Solver – ability to work with ambiguity, learn and adapt previous approaches and problem solve for the partner using appropriate techniques.

Project Management Skills

  • Ability to apply / work within an agile methodology.
  • Project management (Set-up, KO, efficient running / managing resources, closing.
  • IT literate; Microsoft office, PM tools.
  • Experience prioritising projects in line with resource profiles, business demand and impact of outcomes.
  • Highly skilled in producing various reports to a high standard for a variety of audiences – including RAG status, monthly progress, Quarterly reviews etc.
  • Previous experience of implementing standard practices, templates and frameworks in areas where project experience is less apparent.
  • Risk management, mitigation, escalation and reporting experience essential.
  • Change Management (internal or through a partner project).
  • Strong understanding of commercial and financial basics including Capital Investment, Operational costs, cashflow etc. desirable.
  • Ability to review and interpret operational and financial data and derive decisions and conclusions.

Core Communication skills

  • Confident communicator with the ability to translate and present complex information succinctly to suit the audience.
  • Structured communication including developing and delivering effective presentations (storyboarding).
  • Executive communication/management.
  • Identifying and engaging key stakeholders.
  • Planning and facilitating effective meetings.
  • Effective teamworking at a functional and project level.
  • Employing effective interviewing techniques both face to face and over phone / videoconference.
  • Planning and facilitating effective workshops.

Business Development

  • Developing and managing Intellectual Capital and products for McLaren.

Relationship Management

  • Stakeholder engagement e.g. working collaboratively across a large internal and external stakeholder group.
  • Understanding Partner needs i.e. using tools such as Customer experience mapping.
  • Ability to build strong relationships with a variety of stakeholders across all levels of the business.
  • Applying and effectively using influencing skills.
  • Influencing strategies, commitment to action and tracking progress.
  • Utilising CRM.
  • Partner focus / interaction & development including organisational behaviour and knowledge.
  • Supplier management.
  • Successful negotiation / conflict resolution.

Leadership skills

  • Experience management of a PMO or project team, in particular setting up / supporting teams with an agile methodology.
  • Providing / receiving feedback & coaching.
  • Effective Technical resource / consultant mentoring.
  • Leading & developing high performance teams.
  • Strategic Networking (Collaboration).

Personal Attributes:

  • A desire to ‘make a difference’, someone who can align to our purpose and values.
  • A willingness to take responsibility and ownership for work and that of the team.
  • Keen problem solver, who enjoys tackling complex challenges and finding solutions.
  • Highly organized individual who can work effectively under intense pressure, to critical deadlines.
  • Independent thinker and worker, with the ability to plan long term and prioritize workloads.
  • Emotionally intelligent with the ability to adapt communication style to suit audience and influence when needed.
  • Flexible individual who can react to a changing environment and maintain course.
  • Bravery to challenge the status quo.
  • Committed and a focused self-starter.

What can McLaren offer?

We constantly strive to be better tomorrow than we are today. Our ambition is to be the most pioneering and exhilarating racing team in the world, and our collective task is to set the standards for high performance in sport. We show up every day with energy and enthusiasm, ready to play our part.

We encourage and support diversity, equity and inclusion. We will actively promote a culture that values difference and eliminates discrimination in our workplace.

McLaren Racing is based at the iconic McLaren Technology Centre (MTC) near Woking. Our state of the art, sustainable campus offers many facilities including a gym, swimming pool, restaurant and indoor and outdoor break-out areas, as well as direct access to park and common land. The MTC is connected to Woking mainline station via regular shuttle buses, from which London Waterloo is a 30 minute train ride.

Hybrid working patterns give you options to balance your home life and outside interests with your work. We offer a comprehensive package of benefits including private healthcare, car schemes, life insurance and generous pension contributions.