General information

Job Title
Assistant Buyer
Ref #
Tuesday, June 28, 2022
United Kingdom
Business area
Position level
I - Qualifying / Team Leader
Working time
Full Time
Contract type
Working pattern
8:30am - 5:30pm 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

The McLaren Automotive Purchasing Department is an exciting yet demanding, fast paced and commercially driven environment. Due to impressive growth both within the team and at McLaren, we are currently recruiting for several Assistant Buyer roles across different commodities including Electrical, Interior, Powertrain and Engine. These roles will help shape our future and will ensure we meet and smash our ambitious production plans.


You will be working as part of a high performing and agile team, with direct report into the Purchasing Manager.  Cross functional engagement with our Engineering, Quality, Production and Legal Teams is vital for successful delivery and performance.

An Assistant Buyer role is perfect if you’re looking to get into a Buyer career, a recent Graduate or have a couple of years experience as a Purchasing Assistant.  You will have the opportunity to learn lots with a clear progression plan.

Principal Accountabilities
  • Life-cycle responsibility delivering high quality, value for money components into McLaren.
  • Negotiate, execute and monitor contractual agreements with suppliers with support from Purchasing colleagues
  • Work cross-functionally with all departments to drive core quality, cost principles and process.
  • Develop strong, long-term relationships with Suppliers.
  • Managed supplier performance on cost, quality and on time delivery.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
  • A strong, clear and confident communicator.
  • Ability to work to deadlines and demands.
  • Keen attention to accuracy and detail.
  • Enthusiastic and self-motivated to work autonomously.
  • Demonstrable interpersonal skills.
        Personal Attributes
        • A team player capable of working cross-functionally.
        • A self-starter and able to problem solve providing solutions and recommendations.
        • A desire to learn and develop with the opportunities provided.
        • Capable of representing a world class automotive brand.