General information

Job Title
Procurement Category Buyer
Ref #
Tuesday, March 8, 2022
United Kingdom
Business area
Legal & Commercial
Commercial Indirect
Position level
G - Qualified Senior
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

As the Engineering Services Category Lead you will be responsible for the overall commercial management of your elements of the Engineering Services spend. You will be responsible for the sourcing strategy and the execution of strategic and complex Engineering Services sourcing projects through the full procurement lifecycle.

Principal Accountabilities


  • Identify commercial opportunities and sourcing strategies within the Engineering Services expenditure category.
  • Support the Category Manager in the delivery of agreed strategic objectives in line with the Product Development strategy and relevant Business Plans.
  • To provide expertise in the Engineering Services sourcing category, including market knowledge and sourcing best practice.
  • Help define and deliver the Engineering Services category plans and identify appropriate sourcing strategies which generate benefits and achieve financial savings whilst mitigating risk for McLaren.
  • Ensure Engineering Services contracts including annual renewals are managed appropriately.
  • Implement appropriate contractual safeguards, SLAs and other operational measures to ensure vendors are incentivised to deliver a robust service.


Stakeholder Management

  • Act as liaison between McLaren and our vendors, ensuring all requirements and concerns are fully understood and ensure these are fed back during the appropriate stages to the vendors.
  • Confidently and competently negotiate with vendors at a high level ensuring best value and quality of service is maintained.
  • Work collaboratively with all internal stakeholders (Engineering, Finance, Legal and Service Owners) throughout sourcing projects to ensure continued alignment of objectives.
  • Work with Heads and Directors across the business to ensure the business’ objectives are met.



  • Ensure consistent procurement processes are undertaken to select vendors that will provide optimum value and delivery for McLaren. This will include as appropriate, assessment of vendor risk, objective management of evaluation processes, negotiation and contract execution.
  • Setup and execute strategic and/or complex sourcing projects through the full procurement lifecycle, including (senior) stakeholder management.
  • To apply knowledge of contractual terms and conditions ensuring commercially attractive terms are agreed and contract spend remains in budget while mitigating risk in such terms.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • Have a good understanding of contracts and contracting models, including Agile methodology and IR35.
  • Strong commercial awareness with an ability to assess risk in the appropriate context.
  • Strong numerical ability 


  • Well-developed negotiation skills in the Engineering Services category underpinned by detailed contract knowledge.
  • Adept at handling multiple projects and contracts concurrently.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead negotiations and support in the development of negotiation strategies for large and complex projects and contracts in Engineering Services.
  • The ability to combine professional project management and procurement skills on large scale technology projects.
  • Experience in drafting, reviewing and controlling contractual documentation, ideally waterfall and AGILE development projects.
  • Excellent level of communication skills to support cross-departmental and stakeholder liaison. 



  • Deep procurement knowledge in Engineering Services is desirable, covering Design, Engineering, Software Systems, Propulsion, Vehicle Development and Testing as well as knowledge of IR35 and flexible workforce
  • Demonstrable experience in setting up category plans and/or sourcing strategies in an  environment which focusses on both short-term savings and risk mitigation as well as long term commercial opportunities.
  • Demonstrated, previous experience delivering cost savings and spend rationalisation.


Personal Attributes

  • Able to demonstrate a high level of independence and initiative
  • Strong influencing and interpersonal skills, up to and including director level
  • Effective at leading and embedding contract management principles.
  • Able to act under pressure with calmness, clarity of thought and decisive authority.
  • A strong, confident, accomplished negotiator.
  • Happy to work independently, be part of a team.
  • Self-motivated and result focused with a detailed and methodical approach.
  • Think strategically and identify opportunities for improvement.
  • Ability to prioritise a demanding workload and manage stakeholders while maintaining control of outcomes.