General information

Job Title
Assistant Buyer
Ref #
Wednesday, May 18, 2022
United Kingdom
Business area
Position level
Working time
Full Time
Contract type
Working pattern
9am - 6pm 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 engine components into McLarens engine supplier.
  • Accountability for cost and budget management for multi-million pound production-spend portfolios.
  • New supplier identification and introduction into McLaren.
  • Develop and deliver commodity strategies and nominations in line with business requirements gaining aligned with the organisation’s key stakeholders.
  • Understanding of technology and quality roadmaps within this commodity 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 purchasing experience in dealing with complex supply chains, data driven negotiations and presenting at a high level
  • Experience in cost engineering, raw material and tooling buying would be advantageous.
  • Leadership of cross functional teams both internal and including suppliers
Personal Attributes
  • A strong, clear and confident communicator.
  • Ability to work to deadlines and demands.
  • Keen attention to accuracy and detail and understanding of complex spreadsheets.
  • Proven commercial background / strong negotiator.
  • Enthusiastic and self-motivated to work autonomously and as part of a team.
  • Challenging mindset