Commercial Category Manager

Location: Woking, GB

At McLaren Automotive our vision is not only to become the iconic sports car manufacturer but also to deliver breath-taking, iconic and innovative new technology to the automotive industry. We recognise that we can only achieve our vision with the dedication and collaboration of our world class employees.  It is our mission to become the employer of choice within the global automotive industry.

Purpose of Role:

Reporting to the Head of Commercial Affairs, this is an exciting and unique opportunity to support the McLaren Automotive Commercial and Legal team. Working on a six month contract, this role will fill a short term resource requirement.

The role must provide excellent commercial support and guidance to stakeholder groups to allow them to perform in a demanding and perfection driven industry.

Role Dimensions: 

  • Support and management of commercial and sourcing projects and leadership across indirect procurement categories. Experience of technical / engineering services is desired.
  • Applying expert judgement to enable McLaren Automotive to collaboratively make well balanced commercial decisions.
  • Support and challenge Head of Commercial Affairs to achieve optimal results for McLaren Automotive.
  • Act as liaison between McLaren and our suppliers, ensuring stakeholder requirements and concerns are fully understood and ensure these are fed back during the appropriate stages to the suppliers.
  • Work cross-functionally with stakeholder departments to drive quality, service and commercial rigour into every aspect of our business.
  • Manage a category team of three to ensure delivery of team objectives and personal objectives. 

Principal Accountabilities:

  •  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.
  • Continuous improvement of processes and administrative functions required to complete role, to ensure a streamlined and efficient way of working.
  • Accountability & delivery of commercial cost management and cost saving targets
  • Maintain & develop where appropriate SRM processes with suppliers to build long term relationships and synergies based upon common goals and objectives with an overall aim of improving their effectiveness and capability in serving our account.
  • Setting of clear objectives and monitor performance of suppliers and other functions within the organisation.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:  

  • Cross category procurement experience, ideally including Engineering Services procurement.
  • Demonstrated ability to independently lead negotiations and support in the development of negotiation strategies for large and complex projects and contracts.
  • Strong leadership qualities and excellent gravitas, influencing and interpersonal skills. Happy to challenge authority.
  • Strong knowledge and experience of negotiating contracts, deferring only to legal on technicalities.
  • Excellent organisational skills, deadline adherence and exceptional attention to accuracy and detail.
  • Excellent written and presentational skills.
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent.
  • 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.
  • Able to demonstrate a methodical approach towards problem solving.
  • Proven supply chain management and procurement experience, dealing with both small and large value organisations.

 Personal Attributes:

  • Ability to prioritise a demanding workload and manage stakeholders accordingly.
  • A high level of self-motivation to overcome obstacles.
  • Happy to work with changing priorities.
  • Capability to lead and influence within a dynamic organisation.
  • Strong numerical ability.
  • Able to act under pressure with calmness, clarity of thought and decisive authority.
  • Strong communicator / influencer.
  • A flexible approach to working hours and practices is necessary

All employees must ensure compliance with the Company Health and Safety Policy, and all relevant other statutory Health and Safety legislation.

This job description may not detail some less major duties allocated to the post holder, nor cover duties of a similar nature, commensurate with the role, which may from time to time be reasonably required by the relevant manager.