General information

Job Title
IT Buyer
Ref #
Friday, December 17, 2021
United Kingdom
Business area
Group Procurement
Group Procurement
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 IT Buyer is responsible for supporting the Category Managers and Associate Category Specialist in assisting with the Services Procurement function and wider business to ensure a smooth order flow process.

This position sits within our Services Procurement Function, for which you will report to one if the Services Procurement Category Managers. The team consists of several complementary team members including a Head of Services Procurement, Services Procurement Category Manager’s including Facilities and IT, a Category Specialist and an Associate Category Analyst. The IT Buyer will work closely with the Services Procurement Category Managers, Project Mangers, Finance, Business stakeholders, Legal and the product and process owner within the wider McLaren Group.

Principal Accountabilities
  • Support the Services Procurement Category Managers and the Head of Services Procurement in the delivery of agreed strategic objectives in line with the Services Procurement strategy and relevant Business Plans.
  • Work closely with the Finance team to ensure invoices can be paid on time and any issues are resolved.
  • Raise and adjust orders on behalf of the business and Services Procurement team in line with the Procurement policy and procedures.
  • Ensure consistent Purchase Order processes are always undertaken and adhered to.
  • Assist in Identifying the commercial opportunities where appropriate across the various McLaren companies in the Services Procurement expenditure category.
  • Analyse the Services Procurement Purchase Order spend on a regular basis to identify cost saving opportunities and efficiencies.
  • The annual Services Procurement spend is circa £46M
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
  • Raise and adjust purchase requisitions / orders in McLaren’s purchasing systems.
  • Obtain quotes from vendors and answer purchasing queries from internal and external sources.
  • Co-ordination of one-off tasks requiring compilation and analysis of data, including liaison across functions.
  • Communication with the internal customers to ensure they are kept appraised of the status of their requests.
  • Assist in the management of assigned vendors and build relationships.
  • Support in the plan and execution of renewals, in collaboration with the Services Procurement Category Manager where required, ensuring renewals are approved and completed in good time prior to due dates.
  • Communication with the internal customers to ensure they are kept appraised of the status of their requests.
  • Assist in the tracking of renewal costs.
  • Make suggestions for process improvements where appropriate.
  • Provide reports of key activities and financials.
  • Provide guidance on Purchase Order issues and internal governance.
  • Work with the entire Procurement team to leverage and, where necessary, enhance the supply base.
  • Assist in the Vendor Onboarding process ensuring adherence to Procurement Policies and Procedures.
Personal Attributes
  • Strong analytical skills, particularly with strong attention to detail, especially with analysis, calculations and numbers.
  • Ability to work to specific deadlines and budgets.
  • Experience in working in a high-performance, fast-pace organization where individual performance is not only measured at the individual but also at the team level.
  • Ability to analyse spend and identify cost saving opportunities.
  • Self-motivated and result focused with a detailed and methodical approach.
  • Strong influencing and interpersonal skills.
  • High level of communication to support cross-departmental and stakeholder liaison.
  • Think strategically and identify opportunities for improvement.
  • Ability to prioritise a demanding workload and manage stakeholders.
  • Able to act under pressure with calmness, clarity of thought and decisive authority.