General information

Job Title
Ref #
Friday, March 3, 2023
United Kingdom
Business area
Position level
H - Qualified
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

This is an excellent opportunity to play a pivotal role in helping to shape the future of Supply Chain & Logistics at McLaren Composites Technology Centre (MCTC) during a period of rapid and exciting business growth. The successful candidate will be working as part of a high performing and agile team, with direct report into the Purchasing team. Cross functional engagement with our Purchasing, 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 Composites Technology Centre
  • 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.
  • Responsible for the renewal, development and implementation of new contracts and renegotiating the commercial needs of the business
  • Deliver challenging annual cost down targets through commercial and VA/VE methods.
  • Issuing and managing tenders and RFQ’s
  • Agreeing pre-purchase requirements including service requirements, lead-times, payment terms with stakeholder
  • Ensuring indirect supply base is aligned to business core values and requirements
  • Reviewing supplier’s capability and ensuring it underpins our growth agenda
  • 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.
  • Responsible for upkeep of SAP Scheduling agreements & associated tasks
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
  • Degree preferred but not essential.
  • Working knowledge of ERP/MRP systems, desirable SAP
  • 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
  • An individual who is resilient, energetic and enthusiastic, who responds constructively to new ideas and input in a changing business environment.
  • Strong communicator with the capability to challenge, engage and influence all stakeholders within a dynamic and cross functional environment.
  • Proactive and tenacious nature, taking initiative and using failure as an opportunity to learn.
  • Driven by accuracy with meticulous attention to detail.
  • Self-motivated to deliver excellence and perform beyond targets to exceed customer expectations.