Buyer - Chassis Vehicle Technology

Location: Woking, GB

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 a Buyer to join our team.

Purpose of the role:

McLaren Automotive is a commercially driven environment, with a particular emphasis on supplier strategy and nomination, supplier development, effective negotiation and stakeholder engagement. You will be working within the Chassis Vehicle Technology purchasing team, reporting to the Purchasing Manager responsible for sourcing our new requirements across all vehicle programmes, delivery of best cost solutions and supplier performance to deliver pre-series and series supply of components.   

Principal accountabilities:

  • Life-cycle responsibility and autonomy for delivering high quality, value for money components to McLaren, utilising robust and objective nomination and sourcing processes that represent best-in-class practices.
  • Accountability for cost and budget management for multi-million pound direct-spend portfolios.
  • New supplier identification and introduction into McLaren.
  • Supplier sourcing and nomination approval in line with programme requirements.
  • Negotiate, execute and monitor contractual agreements with suppliers.
  • Deliver annual cost down targets through commercial and VA/VE methods.
  • Develop strong long-term relationships with suppliers to deliver value to both McLaren and the supplier.
  • Work cross-functionally with all departments to drive quality principles and commercial acumen into every aspect of our business.
  • Develop detailed and intelligent category strategies that align with the organisation’s commercial and technology roadmaps as well as those of our key development partners.
  • Supplier performance from a cost, quality and delivery perspective to ensure delivery into McLaren.

Knowledge, skills & experience:

  • Degree / MCIPS preferred but not essential.
  • Ability to promote best practice purchasing techniques.
  • Proven commercial success / strong negotiator.
  • Previous manufacturing / automotive experience in composites preferred but not essential.
  • Proven supply chain experience in dealing with both high and low value organisations.
  • Experience in cost engineering, raw material and tooling buying would be advantageous.

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.