General information

Job Title
Senior Buyer
Ref #
Friday, October 14, 2022
United Kingdom
Business area
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

The McLaren Automotive Purchasing Department is an exciting yet demanding, fast paced and commercially driven environment. Due to impressive growth both within the team and at McLaren, we are currently recruiting for a Senior Buyer role in Propulsion. This role will help shape our future and will ensure we meet and smash our production plans.

You will be working as part of a high performing and agile team, with direct report into the Purchasing Manager.  Cross functional engagement with our Engineering, Quality, Production and Legal Teams is vital for successful delivery and performance.

As our Senior Buyer, you’ll play an important role of being a mentor to your fellow Purchasing colleagues which will set you up on your road to progression to Purchasing Manager.

If you’re looking for a diverse, interesting but challenging role with strong clear progression then this is the role for you!

Principal Accountabilities
  • Management of multimillion pound portfolios.
  • Co-ordination and full autonomy for supplier nomination and long-term strategies within a chosen function group.
  • Manage Supplier contracts and commercial negotiations.
  • Effective resolution of all critical supply issues and status reporting to the project team.
  • Minimisation and mitigation of costs, project risks, negative relationships with suppliers and threats to the organisation’s ability to design, develop and manufacture products on time, to cost and at the required quality standards.
  • Driving cost-down activities with suppliers and VA/VE activities. Utilising known and robust commercial tools (e.g. cost estimating processes, benchmarking activities etc.)
  • Management reporting.
  • Configuration and development of business operating systems to ensure effective working methods.
  • Budgetary control of all associated cost centres.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
  • Proven experience within a direct purchasing role
  • Ability to lead negotiations and support teams in the development of negotiations strategies for large and complex projects
  • Demonstrable commercial success within an Automotive and / or manufacturing environment is desired, but willing to consider all industries with the right competencies gained.
  • Excellent organisational skills, deadline adherence and exceptional attention to accuracy and detail.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Able to act under pressure with calmness, clarity of thought and decisive authority.
  • Results driven and the ability to deliver against targets to achieve the overall business objectives
  • Ability to play a lead role in contract implementation and management
  • MCIPS qualified is desired but not essential
Personal Attributes
  • Natural leadership skills
  • Excellent influencing and interpersonal skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Delivery focused, with demonstrable track record of on-time delivery
  • An understanding and awareness of appropriate escalation
  • The ability to motivate and focus team members and suppliers to meet all program deliverables