General information

Job Title
Purchasing Program Manager
Ref #
Friday, May 27, 2022
United Kingdom
Business area
Purchasing Management
Position level
Working time
Full Time
Contract type
Working pattern
9am - 6pm Monday to Friday

Description & Requirements


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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 a member of the Program Purchasing team, your main task is to be the Purchasing and SQA spokesperson in assigned product development projects. Working in a cross-functional setting, you will contribute to overall project delivery and company profitability by proactively work closely with New Model Launch and Product Development, to ensure alignment on key issues at stakeholder Gateway readiness reviews.

The scope and size of the projects will predominately be the development of a vehicle derivative. Purchasing is working in a truly cross functional environment with cross-border solutions, process applications and product commonality with opportunities to influence future development.

Principal Accountabilities

  • Manage the supplier activity with the purchasing team from pre-nomination through to end of production.
  • Jointly lead activities with Finance, Engineering and Program to ensure that robust cost targets for both bill of materials and investment are established and maintained throughout.
  • Define and manage the Purchasing and SQA activity plan ensuring that the deliverables are achieved at each of the program gateways.
  • Formulate and manage the department KPIs for the program to ensure that the required activities are completed to the required standard in the defined timescales.
  • Represent the department in cross function reviews such as Project Meetings / ETRS / Change Management / Build review / Commercial meetings.
  • Engaging with project team and other business areas and be a key decision-maker and able to exert influence.
  • Work cross functionally with the total project team to ensure that the required input and output activities meet the key stakeholder expectations.
  • Provide strong and robust leadership; working within purchasing as well as the wider business.
  • Identify and highlight any incremental resource requirement needed in enough time to enable senior Management review / approvals.
  • Champion Program Management process discipline, to ensure supplier manufacturing feasibility is not compromised by Design changes and programs do not proceed through Gateways with open Red supplier related issues.
  • Ensure all new tooled parts have APQP reporting established at the earliest opportunity (No later than at Sourcing Confirmation).
  • Lead and Drive Critical Supplier / Part Risk Assessments with the participation of cross functional partners and develop risk mitigation actions.
  • Provide supplier progress reporting for: Unsourced parts, APQP open issues, Non PPAP part pedigree prior to each build phase and PPAP delivery forecast / actual performance growth charts.
  • Manage Non PPAP part Concession process to ensure “Plan for every part” is established to support the builds.·       

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • University degree in Engineering or Business/Economics, MSc/MBA or equal
  • Previous experience in Manufacturing Engineering, Production, Quality, Major Project Management 
  • Previous experience in Automotive is advantage
  • Strong management/leadership qualities and excellent influencing and interpersonal skills
  • Worked within an automotive purchasing environment in a direct buying role or as a program manager.
  • Excellent organisational skills, deadline adherence and exceptional attention to accuracy and detail and ability to analyse and summarise large data sets.
  • Ability to create / lead and energise a team to deliver superior results, continuous process improvement.
  • The determination to drive forward the business to ‘Best in Class’ performance standards.
  • Results driven and the ability to deliver against aggressive targets to achieve the overall business objectives.
  • Structured Problem Solving (8D)

Personal Attributes

  • Strong communicator with the capability to lead and influence within a dynamic and cross functional environment
  • Result driven, enthusiastic and with a high level of self-motivation
  • Keen attention to accuracy and detail
  • Excellent written and presentational skills