Location: Woking, GB

Assistant 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.

To ensure McLaren Automotive continues its desire to be “the sportscar company”, we are looking for Assistant Buyers to join our Purchasing team.  This is an incredible opportunity for either a graduate to learn with on the job training or those with experience within a purchasing department to develop a career in purchasing at McLaren Automotive.  

Purpose of the role:

The McLaren Automotive Purchasing Department is experiencing a significant level of investment as we develop our model range and launch new products. We are recognised as an exciting yet demanding, fast paced and commercially driven environment, where you can gain responsibility and deliver strategic input from the moment you arrive.

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

Principal accountabilities:


On the job training to develop proficiency in the following accountabilities;

  • Life-cycle responsibility delivering high quality, value for money components into McLaren.
  • Accountability for cost and budget management for multi-million pound direct-spend portfolios.
  • New supplier identification and introduction into McLaren.
  • 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 challenging annual 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.

Knowledge, skills & experience:

  • Qualified to degree standard or equivalent experience.
  • A strong, clear and confident communicator.
  • Ability to work to deadlines and demands.
  • Keen attention to accuracy and detail.
  • Enthusiastic and self-motivated to work autonomously.
  • Demonstrable interpersonal skills.

Personal attributes:

  • A team player capable of working cross-functionally.
  • A self-starter and able to problem solve providing solutions and recommendations.
  • A desire to learn and develop with the opportunities provided.
  • The potential to succeed in a fast paced automotive environment.
  • 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.  At McLaren Automotive through our people, we are constantly looking to improve, as we do with our Supercar program development.  Aspiring to become the employer of choice in a fast paced and challenging environment.

We currently offer a range of benefits to employees at all levels of the business including Private Healthcare, Contributory Pension Scheme, Life Assurance and Mercedes Partner Car Scheme, discounts on McLaren Products, Cycle to Work Scheme. We also offer a range of discounts with our partner organisations.

We would like to hear from you if you are a result driven, highly self-motivated, exceptional and enthusiastic performer with a passion for developing a career in Purchasing.

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.