Senior Buyer - Automotive

Location: Woking, GB

Senior Buyer                                          

Permanent                                                                           Woking (with hybrid working)                                              

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.

With this in mind, our Purchasing team are now looking for a driven, high achieving Senior Buyer to be based in Woking.


Purpose of the role:


Leading one of the highest profile and highest spend commodity decks in McLaren Purchasing, the Senior Buyer role will be leading a complex and rewarding portfolio. If you are confident in reporting to the highest levels of an organisation both internally and externally, with a collaborative mindset and a great eye for detail then we want to hear from you.

 Reporting to the Purchasing Manager, this is an exciting and unique opportunity to join McLaren Automotive’s Purchasing team. We have an exciting 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.



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.)

  • Lead pre-launch supplier management activities to ensure readiness for series production.

  • Development of supplier evaluation methods and driving performance improvement initiatives.

  • Driving all areas of the business to submit timely, comprehensive parts requirements in line with supplier lead-times.

  • Execution of management reporting.

  • Configuration and development of business operating systems to ensure effective working methods.

  • Budgetary control of all associated cost centres.

  • Represent your function group at programme gateways and cost workshops.

  • Mentor buyers within the team sharing best practice and encouraging development in others.

  • Supporting and foster a cross-functional approach to achieve your objectives.

  • Engage with Engineering so that you are seen as a key stakeholder and able to exert influence.

  • Setting of clear objectives and monitor performance of your suppliers and other functions within the organisation.


Knowledge, skills & experience:


  • Ability to lead negotiations and support teams in the development of negotiations strategies for large and complex projects

  • Excellent influencing and interpersonal skills

  • 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.

  • The determination to drive forward the business to ‘Best in Class’ performance standards.

  • Must be capable of lateral thinking and be able to make structured and objective decisions.

  • Able to demonstrate a methodical approach towards problem solving.

  • A high level of self-motivation to overcome obstacles

  • Results driven and the ability to deliver against aggressive targets to achieve the overall business objectives

  • A flexible approach to working hours and practices is necessary

  • Experience of launch management / new model integration

  • Ability to play a lead role in contract implementation and management

  • Good working knowledge of manufacturing and quality processes

  • Proven supply chain management and procurement experience, dealing with both small and large value organisations

  • MCIPS qualified

  • Previous direct procurement experience in a relevant industry

  • Have completed a minimum of two new product introduction cycles


 Personal attributes:


  • Natural leadership skills

  • Must be both a team player and team builder

  • 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

  • Capable of representing a world class automotive brand 



We recognise that we can only achieve our vision with the dedication and collaboration of our world class employees.  It is our aim to become the employer of choice within the global automotive industry.

 At McLaren Automotive we are constantly looking to improve. To become the employer of choice we are always looking to develop our employee offerings. We currently offer a range of benefits to employees at all levels of the business including Private Healthcare, Contributory Pension Scheme, Life Assurance and Personal Lease Car Scheme. We also offer a range of discounts with our partner organisations.

We recognise that we can only achieve our vision with the dedication and collaboration of our world class employees.  It is our aim to become the employer of choice within the global automotive industry.