Buyer - Motorsport

Location: Woking, GB

The McLaren name is synonymous with motorsport.  The story across five decades of racing at the pinnacle of global motorsport is of restless technical development with characters of passion and true grit, all with a single-minded determination to succeed.  

With a backdrop of continued growth and success, McLaren Automotive is now consolidating its motorsport strategy with specific aims; enriching the customer’s experience on and off track, broadening the McLaren brand appeal to a wider global audience and delivering motorsport experiences that are best in class.   

We are looking for a Buyer to join our Motorsport Purchasing team and help us deliver future championship winning vehicles on a global scale.  

Purpose of the role:

As a Buyer, you will be responsible for the effective sourcing and procurement of a range of highly innovative products for a range of high performance racing car (GT) and future projects.

We are also looking for the Motorsport Buyer to focus on supplier development and effective negotiation. You will be working with a highly skilled and motivated team that is keen on developing best practice purchasing techniques and supply chain philosophies.

Principal accountabilities:

  • Full procurement life-cycle responsibility and autonomy for sourcing of high quality goods and services, utilising robust and objective sourcing processes that represent best-in-class practices
  • Lead contract negotiations, including terms and conditions
  • Develop strong relationships with key stakeholders within the programme team and provide full supply chain support for any identified project activities/ requirements
  • Effective management of a positive and collaborative supplier relationship in order to increase the value gained from the partnership
  • Within the Purchasing team ensure the successful achievement of vehicle timing milestones.  
  • Providing initial point of escalation to assist with resolving commercial, timing & supply issues and contract discussions
  • Ensure supplier requirements and concerns are fully understood and ensure these are fed back
  • Aid the development of  commodity/category strategies that align with the organisation’s commercial and technology roadmaps
  • Help develop a culture of continuous improvement throughout the business

Knowledge, skills & experience:

  • Strong procurement knowledge is vital
  • Procurement experience within the Motorsport or low volume Automotive industry is highly preferred
  • Experience of working cross-functionally within a development program involving diverse functions such as Engineering, Quality, Logistics, Development, Planning etc
  • Experience in writing supplier contracts and schedules of work
  • Competent understanding of contract management, tendering and negotiation
  • Computer literate (MS Office) and experience in using SAP
  • Proficient knowledge or understanding of supplier management techniques

Personal attributes:

  • Strong communicator / influencer with the ability to influence at multiple levels
  • Desire to deliver a world class service to an evolving and challenging customer base
  • Effectively lead and influence in a dynamic organisation
  • Capable to work independently in contract implementation and management
  • Fully accountable for actions with clear desire to take full responsibility for their personal KPIs
  • Enthusiastic and with a high level of self-motivation to overcome obstacles
  • Excellent planning, organising, written and presentational 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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