Purchasing Manager - BIW and Carbon Fibre

Location: Woking, GB

Purchasing Manager – Body in White and Carbon Fibre



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; fast forward to 2020 and McLaren Automotive is now continuing to create a story of our own and we want you to be a part of it.


Purpose of the role:


McLaren Automotive is a commercially driven environment, with particular emphasis on supplier development and effective negotiation. You will be working with and leading a highly skilled and motivated team that is keen on developing best practice purchasing techniques and supply chains that support our vehicle development and manufacturing requirements.


Principal accountabilities:

You will be responsible for the effective sourcing and procurement of a range of Body In White and Carbon Fibre components for all of McLaren’s vehicle platforms and future high performance road cars.


  • Reporting directly to the Head of Purchasing for Body In White, Carbon Fibre and Chassis Vehicle Technology
  • Full procurement responsibility for both pre-series development and series expenditure.
  • Managing a team of experienced Purchasing professionals.
  • To deliver against aggressive targets for the Purchasing function to support organisational growth.
  • Primary accountability in the implementation and management of Supplier Contracts.
  • Lead complex negotiations and support the teams in the development of long-term strategies for multi-million £ investment projects.
  • Create an organisation where talent is supported in its development by training, and mentoring assignments.
  • Deliver best cost outcomes for the Vehicle Programmes, with on-going, clear, regular updates.
  • Coaching Buyers and Senior Buyers in the creation, development and execution of complex commodity strategies to ensure adoption and exploitation of best-in-class Technologies and Suppliers.




Knowledge, skills & experience:


  • Degree / MCIPS qualified
  • Desirable: Proven track record in sourcing vehicle components and assembly systems.
  • Ability to promote best practice purchasing techniques.
  • Leader of a high performing commercial team.
  • Proven commercial success / strong negotiator.
  • Previous manufacturing / automotive experience.
  • Proven supply chain experience in dealing with both high and low value supply organisations.
  • Excellent presentation skills with a proven ability to influence stakeholders up to Executive level, both internally and externally.
  • Can demonstrate awareness and/or application of a range of negotiation approaches, auction formats and their proper application to achieve best sourcing outcomes.


Personal attributes:


  • Strong communicator / influencer.
  • Capability to lead and influence within a dynamic organisation.
  • Results driven.
  • Enthusiastic and with a high level of self-motivation to overcome obstacles.
  • Keen attention to accuracy and detail.
  • Resilient, and able to bring positivity and motivation to a team when under adverse conditions.


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.