General information

Job Title
Procurement Category Lead
Ref #
Thursday, December 16, 2021
United Kingdom
Business area
Legal & Commercial
Commercial Indirect
Position level
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

This is an exciting and unique opportunity to join McLaren’s procurement team to provide them with robust and knowledgeable commercial support. It is a rare opening to join an exclusive technology focused environment which is undergoing a transformation and rapid growth in response to its critically acclaimed global products and the competitive environment in which it operates.

This role must provide excellent commercial support and guidance to the Facilities Management team to allow them to perform in a demanding and perfection driven industry.

Role Dimensions:

  • Procurement management of the FM category (hard and soft FM) to represent the business’ best commercial interests.
  • Applying expert judgement to enable McLaren to collaboratively make well-balanced commercial decisions.
  • Support and challenge senior leadership to achieve optimal results for McLaren.
  • Act as liaison between McLaren and our suppliers, ensuring stakeholder requirements and concerns are fully understood and ensure these are fed back during the appropriate stages to the suppliers.
  • Work cross-functionally with stakeholder departments and businesses to drive quality, service and commercial rigour into every aspect of our business.
  • Management of self to ensure delivery of own objectives and enable other team members
Principal Accountabilities
    • Development of detailed, intelligent and pragmatic sourcing strategies that align the businesses objectives.
    • Continuous improvement of processes and administrative functions required to complete role, to ensure a streamlined and efficient way of working.
    • Delivery of commercial and cost saving targets
    • Full procurement life-cycle responsibility and autonomy for sourcing of high quality, value for money goods and services, utilising robust and objective sourcing processes that represent best-in-class practices.
    • Develop SRM processes with suppliers to build long term relationships and synergies based upon common goals and objectives with an overall aim of improving their effectiveness and capability in serving our account.
    • Accountability for cost management and savings across category.
    • Setting of clear objectives and monitor performance of your suppliers and other functions within the organisation
    • Ownership of self development and training requirements.
    Knowledge, Skills and Experience
      • Membership of CIPS (or equivalent) or open to studying for CIPS qualification.
      • Cross-category procurement experience, ideally including FM, Lease management, Construction and Utilities Purchasing.
      • Demonstrated ability to lead negotiations and support in the development of negotiation strategies for large and complex projects and contracts.
      • Strong leadership qualities and excellent influencing and interpersonal skills. Happy to challenge authority.
      • Excellent organisational skills, deadline adherence and exceptional attention to accuracy and detail.
      • Excellent written and presentational skills.
      • Educated to degree level or equivalent.
      • Ability to understand complex and abstract concepts (legal, technical and/or commercial) and being able to present the information in an informative and simplified manner; such that key decisions can be made quickly and objectively.
      • Able to demonstrate a methodical approach towards problem solving.
      • Proven supply chain management and procurement experience, dealing with both small and large value organisations.
      Personal Attributes
          • Ability to prioritise a demanding workload and manage stakeholders accordingly.
          • A high level of self-motivation to overcome obstacles.
          • Happy to work with changing priorities.
          • Capability to lead and influence within a dynamic organisation.
          • Strong numerical ability.
          • Able to act under pressure with calmness, clarity of thought and decisive authority.
          • Strong communicator / influencer.
          • A flexible approach to working hours and practices is necessary.