General information

Job Title
Senior Buyer - MSO & Motorsport
Ref #
Wednesday, August 30, 2023
United Kingdom
Business area
Purchasing Business Office & Special Operations
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

McLaren Automotive is a commercially driven environment, with particular emphasis on supplier development and effective negotiation. You will be working with a highly skilled and motivated team within Procurement focusing on Low Volume & Operations within MSO (McLaren Special Operations) and Motorsport.  The role will be developing best practice procurement techniques and supply chains that support our vehicle development and manufacturing requirements.

Principal Accountabilities

  • Reporting to the Purchasing Manager for Low Volume.
  • Life-cycle responsibility delivering high quality, value for money components into McLaren.
  • Accountability for cost and budget management for direct-spend portfolios.
  • New supplier identification and introduction into McLaren.
  • Deliver commodity strategy and nomination approvals in line with business requirements aligned with the organisation’s key stakeholders.
  • Reference and awareness of technology and quality roadmaps within scope.
  • Negotiate, execute and monitor contractual agreements with suppliers.
  • Deliver cost down targets through commercial and VA/VE methods.
  • Work cross-functionally with all departments to drive core quality, cost principles and process.
  • Develop strong, long-term relationships with Suppliers.
  • Managed supplier performance on cost, quality and on time delivery.
  • Drive to identify and develop continuous improvement opportunities.
  • Deputise for the Manager where needed
  • Support the Manager, when required, with all communications and task for strategic internal / external stakeholders.
  • Support the Manager to lead, coach and energise a first-class Purchase Team through shared knowledge and approach.
  • Demonstrate exceptional organisational skills whilst adhering to accuracy and detail in reporting.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Degree / MCIPS preferred but not essential.
  • A strong, clear and confident communicator.
  • Worked within a low volume, bespoke environment previously.
  • Ability to work to deadlines and demands.
  • Keen attention to accuracy and detail.
  • Proven commercial background / strong negotiator.
  • Previous manufacturing / automotive experience is essential.
  • Proven supply chain experience in dealing with both high and low value organisations.
  • Enthusiastic and self-motivated to work autonomously.
  • Experience in cost engineering, raw material and tooling buying would be advantageous.
  • Ambitious and desire to progress within the organisation.
  • Ability to lead and influence.
  • Promote best practice procurement techniques.
Personal Attributes

  • Results driven
  • Highly self-motivated
  • Exceptional and enthusiastic performer with a passion for Procurement.