Buyer - McLaren Special Operations

Location: Woking, GB

When our founder Bruce McLaren passed away at the age of 32 he left behind a legacy that has shaped who we are today. We have an unrivalled heritage which has its roots in racing; but McLaren Automotive is now creating a story of its own and we want you to be a part of it.

As part of our Track25 business plan we will launch 18 new models or derivatives of our vehicles and look to expand our retailer network into new markets with an aim of having 100 retailers globally.  

Track 25 and McLaren Automotive’ s growing reputation is testament to our world class employees. To ensure McLaren Automotive continues to be at the forefront of the Automotive market, we are looking for a Buyer to join our McLaren Special Operations team on an 18month fixed term contract.

Purpose of the role:

As a Buyer within McLaren Special Operations you will have the opportunity to join a team responsible for sourcing the best Automotive bespoke content. You will be responsible for building and developing key long term supplier relationships whilst providing commercial & programme support for key bespoke products & commissions.

Principal accountabilities:

  • Life-cycle responsibility and autonomy for delivering high quality, value for money products/components and services to McLaren, utilising robust and objective nomination and sourcing processes that represent best-in-class practices.
  • Full procurement life-cycle responsibility and autonomy for sourcing of high quality, value for money goods and services, utilising robust and objective sourcing processes that represent best-in-class practices
  • Accountability for cost and budget management for multi-million pound direct-spend portfolios
  • Establish relationships and long term development plans with suppliers based upon common goals and objectives
  • Ensure supplier requirements and concerns are fully understood and ensure these are fed back during the appropriate stages to the appropriate stakeholders
  • Develop a culture of continuous improvement throughout the business. With an understanding of industry practices (e.g. Six Sigma, PPS)
  • Develop detailed and intelligent commodity/category strategies that align with the organisation’s commercial and technology roadmaps as well as those of our key development partners

Knowledge, skills & experience:

  • Cross category procurement experience, ideally with experience of delivering Automotive programmes
  • Demonstrated ability to lead negotiations and support in the development of negotiation strategies for large and complex projects and contracts
  • Excellent organisational skills, deadline adherence and exceptional attention to accuracy and detail
  • 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
  • Ability to play a lead role in contract negotiation, implementation and management.
  • Proven supply chain management and procurement experience, dealing with both small and large value organisation

Personal attributes:

  • Strong communicator / influencer with the ability to influence at multiple levels
  • Capable to work independently in contract implementation and management
  • Enthusiastic and with a high level of self-motivation to overcome obstacles
  • Ability to create / lead and energize a team to deliver superior results, continuous process improvement
  • Excellent planning and organising skills

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.

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