General information

Job Title
Ref #
Monday, January 9, 2023
United Kingdom
Business area
Chassis, body In White
Position level
H - Qualified
Working time
Full Time
Contract type
Working pattern
9am - 6pm Monday to Friday

Description & Requirements


When our founder Bruce McLaren passed away at the age of 32 he left behind a legacy that shaped who we are today. We have an unrivalled heritage which has its roots firmly set in Racing. McLaren Automotive is now creating a story of its own.  We want you to be a part of this exciting transformation period.

McLaren Automotive’ s growing reputation is testament to our dedicated employees.  A desire to ensure McLaren Automotive continues to be at the forefront of the Automotive Supercar sector.  We are now looking for the very best Buyers to join our Purchasing Team, based at our icon office complex in Woking, Surrey.  

We recognise that we can only achieve our vision through the commitment and collaboration of our world class employees. It is a rare opportunity to join this exclusive automotive environment.


No restraints. No limitations. We don’t simply push boundaries. We completely re-think these through innovation, which is core in all 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.
  • A strong, clear and confident communicator.
  • Ability to work to deadlines and demands.
  • Keen attention to accuracy and detail.
  • Proven commercial background / strong negotiator.
  • Previous manufacturing / automotive experience preferred but not essential.
  • Proven supply chain experience in dealing with both high and low value organisations.
  • Enthusiastic and self-motivated to work autonomously.
  • Experience in cost engineering, raw material and tooling buying would be advantageous.

Personal Attributes

We recognise that we can only achieve our vision with the dedication and collaboration of our world class employees.  At McLaren Automotive through our people, we are constantly looking to improve, as we do with our Supercar program development.  Aspiring to become the employer of choice in a fast paced and challenging environment.


We currently offer a range of benefits to employees at all levels of the business including Private Healthcare, Contributory Pension Scheme, Life Assurance and Personal Lease Car Scheme. We also offer a range of discounts with our partner organisations.

We would like to hear from you if you are a result driven, highly self-motivated, exceptional and enthusiastic performer with a passion for Purchasing.