General information

Job Title
Procurement Category Lead - Production and MRO
Ref #
Tuesday, October 5, 2021
United Kingdom
Business area
Legal & Commercial
Commercial Indirect
Contract type

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

Reporting to the Commercial Category Manager (Capital, Production & Infrastructure, Logistics & Aftersales) this is an exciting and unique opportunity to join McLaren Automotive’s Commercial and Legal team. It is a rare opening to join an exclusive automotive environment which is undergoing a transformation in response to its critically acclaimed global products and best-in-class performance.

This role must provide excellent commercial support and guidance to the Infrastructure, Production and Engineering Teams to allow them to perform in a demanding- and perfection-driven industry.

Principal Accountabilities
Principal accountabilities: Management and leadership of Production & MRO sub-category areas. Representing the business’ best commercial interests. Support and challenge the Commercial Category Manager to achieve optimal results for McLaren Automotive. Act as the 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. Applying expert judgement to enable McLaren Automotive to collaboratively make well balanced commercial decisions and to be the award winning ‘go-to’ team for expert procurement. Work cross-functionally with stakeholder departments to drive quality service and commercial rigour into every aspect of our business. 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. Continuous improvement of processes and administrative functions required to complete role to ensure a streamlined and efficient way of working. Accountability & delivery of commercial and cost saving targets. Identification mitigation and monitoring of business risks Maintain 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. 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
Cross category procurement experience ideally including Capex / Infrastructure procurement and/or experience working in a manufacturing or production environment. 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 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 organisations. Ability to manage and build strong relationships with stakeholders who span all levels of authority within the business. This will include directors heads and managers within McLaren Automotive & also externally with our Supplier base.
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. Takes ownership of projects and ability to work autonomously. Strong communicator / influencer. We recognise that we can only achieve our vision with the dedication and collaboration of our world class employees. It is our aim to become the employer of choice within the global automotive industry.