Buyer (12m Fixed Term Contract)

Location: Woking, GB

Job Title:                             Buyer – 12 Month Fixed Term Contract 

Function:                             Production and Supply Chain  

Reporting to:                       Purchasing Manager – Ops


Date of preparation:            April 2021           




The world around us is experiencing significant change, the greatest in generations. 

At McLaren Applied, we’re accelerating the response to that change. Our vision is that our people and technologies will pioneer a better future.  Our mission is to achieve breakthroughs in performance.

We’re at the cutting edge of innovation in industries including automotive transportation and motorsport. We create solutions that drive efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

We want to help to reduce the carbon footprint and become more sustainable.  Our focus is on electrification and telemetry, control and analytics.

To deliver efficient lightweight electric powertrain and vehicle development; motorsport solutions that make series more sustainable and efficient; reliable connectivity solutions for transportation and insightful analytics and monitoring of transport fleets.

By applying our expertise, we deliver real benefits and pioneer a better future.

Purpose of the Role

  • Responsible for the procurement of all raw components associated with the manufacture of our mechanical products (machine components).
  • Analysing our MRP data prior to placing of purchase orders for raw components.
  • Negotiating all terms and conditions in line with our business practices to achieve best price and quality.
  • Ensuring that purchase orders are placed to match the build requirements of our production schedule.
  • Maintenance of part numbers, Bills of Materials and associated information (prices, lead times etc) within our Sage MRP system.
  • Providing engineers with details of alternative components should lead time of components not fulfil production requirements or parts become obsolete.


  • Previous mechanical component (Machine shop) level procurement experience is required
  • Understanding of mechanical components market to ensure correct sourcing
  • Proven track record of negotiating prices, deliveries and contracts
  • Previous experience of managing supplier of mainly component level parts but also experience with service providers
  • Understanding of an MRP run procurement system

Personal Attributes:

Analytical Thinking:

  • The ability to think clearly, logically and objectively
  • To analyse work-related problems in an effective way


  • Recognising key relationships and making conscious effort to build rapport to enable smooth running of the activity
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate at all levels with both internal stakeholders & external supplier contacts
  • Demonstrating tact and diplomacy in all professional relationships

     Commercial Judgement:

  • The ability to carry out the role in a commercial and financially-driven way
  • Ability to assess total cost of parts and not just the raw component cost
  • To minimise costs and stock holding by negotiation and monitoring

Planning and organising:

  • Ability to set achievable goals and deadlines
  • Ability to effectively manage the workload & prioritise accordingly
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Capacity to multi-task over several on-going projects, and able to define priorities

Confidence to recognise and deal with arising problems


Values and Behaviours

You will be a key representative of McLaren Technology Group’s Values and Behaviours, the framework of which can be found here.


All employees must ensure compliance with the Company Health and Safety Policy, and all relevant other statutory Health and Safety legislation.


This job description may not detail all duties allocated to the post holder, nor cover duties of a similar nature which are commensurate with the role, which may from time to time be reasonably required by the relevant manager.


We believe in diversity and equal opportunities. Our people are our core strength and as such we create an environment that is all encompassing and inclusive. 

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