Senior CAS Manager


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Purpose of Role

At McLaren Automotive our vision is not only to become the iconic sports car manufacturer but also to deliver breath-taking, iconic and innovative new technology to the automotive industry.

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

  • Manage by leading the full CAS team both internal and external resources.
  • To manage and lead the team of Alias and ICEM designers to create and release production-feasible aesthetically-optimised surfaces to the highest quality of execution, on time to support component production release schedules.
  • Accountable for the quality, content, compatibility, and timing of surface releases.
  • Support the Design Team to “create breath-taking products that tell the visual story of their function”.
  • To Manage the team within both the MAL MDP processes and Advanced modelling to deliver surface releases in accordance to gateway deliverables.
  • Accountable for the quality, content, compatibility, and timing of surface releases.
  • Build and maintain strong cross departmental partnerships.

Principal Accountabilities

Strong People Management responsibilities with a strong technical background in Alias, ICEM and Project Management.

1. Project Support

  • Submit resource plan for surfacing team at gateway G0
  • Input to high level planning and agree programme timing at gateway G0
  • Set roles of surfacing team at G0 (for example, which zones an individual works on)
  • Input into the SRF surface release schedule at G1.
  • Instigate and run the surface quality reviews from SR1.
  • Attend surface quality reviews from SR1.
  • Run a frequent surface timing meeting from SR1.
  • Structure the surface data files and create new surface numbers from SR2.
  • Attend the project timing meeting, project concept engineering reviews, project design reviews and project development meetings.
  • Present surfacing status at gateway reviews.
  • Agreed responsibilities of surfacing developments cross departmental.
  • Ensure seamless CAS data transition from “creation” to “delivery.”
  • Report into Head of Design Operations weekly updates to ensure clear delivery status and agreed targets are maintained.

2. Task Control

  • Chair Agile scrum meetings, setting the priority of Agile ‘Tasks’
  • Provide technical advice for individual surfacing concerns.
  • Help Alias / ICEM designers to collate all inputs.
  • Assist in resolving conflicts between task inputs, especially between Design and Engineering.
  • Raise Engineering Records for new surfaces and chase to status 50 (approved)

3. Team Management

  • Set targets and run appraisals.
  • Allocate roles and responsibilities to the team.
  • Plan, request and allocate headcount to programmes.
  • Raise recruitment requests and find Alias / ICEM perm and contract designers as required.
  • Identify training requirements and implement.
  • Own the programme budgets for surfacing resource and miscellaneous expenditure.
  • Ensure adequate level of hardware and software to allow the team to fulfil their role.
  • Be a strong role model, live the values and communicate the design pillars to other departments.
  • Ensure the team produce Surfaces according to McLaren digital surfacing guidelines, standards and release procedures.
  • Collaborate with Visualisation Manager in the Virtual/digital development within the CAS organisation.

4. Surfacing Methodology

  • Evolve the high-level surface timing plan including surface release schedule for all programmes.
  • Implement and oversee Agile methodology.
  • Write, release, and maintain MSLs for CAS methodology (MSL business process)
  • Write, release, and maintain MSLs for CAS standards (MSL standard)
  • Request changes in Gateway MDP deliverables as required.
  • Keep appraised of industry trends and ensure presence at key events if appropriate.
  • Align with Engineering and Physical modelling departments inputs and requests.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Excellent people management experience leading a large team.
  • Education to degree level minimum.
  • Relevant Automotive Design experience of 15+ years.
  • Product development process awareness 12+ years.
  • Degree qualified or industry experience in relevant environment.
  • Excellent program timing skills.
  • Proven experience of multiple exterior and interior programs.
  • High engineering knowledge
  • Deliver programs from G0-G4.
  • Microsoft Office.
  • Adobe preferred.

Personal Attributes

  • Clarity: Clear thought process; a highly organised mind; and the ability to communicate concisely.
  • Intelligence: Sharp and quick intelligence; the capability to deeply analyse bringing new insights; and the ability to think on their feet.
  • Impression: A self-assured presenter; with well-founded self-confidence; and with personal affability.
  • Nature: Instinctively curious; resilient to setbacks; and always behaving with integrity.
  • True leader and figurehead.
  • Team player and highly driven

Approach: Motivated by the challenge; personally, self-driven; and relentlessly positive.

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