General information

Job Title
Senior Procurement Specialist
Ref #
Friday, May 12, 2023
United Kingdom
Business area
Purchasing Business Office & Special Operations
Position level
F - Principal / 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

Reporting to the Head of Purchasing Low Volume & Operations, this is an exciting and unique opportunity to join McLaren Automotive’s Procurement team. This is a rare opening to join an exclusive automotive environment which is undergoing a transformation and rapid growth in response to its critically acclaimed global products and best-in-class performance.

  • Develop a culture of continuous improvement throughout the business with an understanding of industry practices (e.g., Six Sigma and PPS).
  • Work cross-functionally with all departments to drive quality principles and commercial acumen reflected in Procurement’s standard operating procedures.
  • Develop detailed and intelligent processes that align with the organisation’s commercial and technology roadmaps as well as those of our key development partners.
  • 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.
  • Support development of tools and KPI’s to monitor and communicate Procurement’s and Supplier performance and relevant reporting.
  • Provide insights and guidance in complex cross-functional projects.
  • Establish relationships and long-term development plans with internal and external customers based upon common goals and objectives.
  • Ensure internal and external customers (including suppliers) requirements and concerns regarding processes and performance are fully understood and ensure these are fed back during the appropriate stages to the appropriate stakeholders.

Principal Accountabilities

  • Develop and improve Procurement processes and documentation accordingly.
  • Engage with the Procurement community and other stakeholders to identify processes and systems improvements.
  • Provide training and training materials for new / developing team members.
  • Act as a super user for all Procurement systems in IT projects.
  • Support Procurements systems end user community.
  • Monitor Procurement’s performance and compliance through meaningful KPI’s.
  • Ensure compliance to agreed processes through awareness and training.
  • Accountable for internal and external compliance audits.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Promote best practice procurement techniques.
  • Proven supply chain management and procurement experience, dealing with both small and large value organisations.
  • Proven experience of process mapping and process improvement using Six Sigma & Lean methodologies or similar. Project management qualifications are an advantage.
  • Excellent procurement systems knowledge, preferably as a Super User or with previous participation in systems blueprint and implementation. SAP knowledge is a must, Wax Digital an advantage.
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office including Visio.
  • Ability to extract and use accurate data to build meaningful KPI and monitor performance
  • Ability to convert complex processes into easy-to-understand steps.
  • Demonstrate a methodical approach towards problem solving.
  • Experience in developing training documentation and programmes.
  • Determination to drive forward the business to ‘Best in Class’ performance standards.
  • Results driven with the ability to deliver against aggressive targets to achieve the overall business objectives.
  • Excellent influencing and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent organisational skills, deadline adherence and exceptional attention to accuracy and detail.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Excellent motivational, coaching and leadership skills.
  • Able to act under pressure with calmness, clarity of thought and decisive authority.

Personal Attributes
  • Strong communicator / influencer.
  • Capability to lead and influence within a dynamic organisation across different functions.
  • Results driven.
  • Enthusiastic and with a high level of self-motivation to overcome obstacles.
  • Keen attention to accuracy and detail.
  • Excellent written and presentation skills.