General information

Job Title
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Monday, October 4, 2021
United Kingdom
Business area
Position level
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.

The successful candidate 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.



Principal Accountabilities

    Life-cycle responsibility delivering high quality, value for money components into McLaren.

    Accountability for cost and budget management for multi-million pound direct-spend portfolios.

    New supplier identification and introduction into McLaren.

    Deliver commodity strategy and nomination approvals in line with business requirements aligned with the organisation’s key stakeholders.

    Reference and awareness of technology and quality roadmaps within scope.

    Negotiate, execute and monitor contractual agreements with suppliers.

    Deliver challenging annual cost down targets through commercial and VA/VE methods.

    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

    Degree preferred but not essential.

    Previous manufacturing / automotive experience preferred but not essential.

    Proven supply chain experience in dealing with both high and low value organisations.

    Experience in cost engineering, raw material and tooling buying would be advantageous.

Personal Attributes

    A strong, clear and confident communicator.

    Ability to work to deadlines and demands.

    Keen attention to accuracy and detail.

    Proven commercial background / strong negotiator.

    Enthusiastic and self-motivated to work autonomously.