Senior Buyer Body In White

Location: Woking, GB

Senior Buyer – Body in White  

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 Senior Buyer to join our body in white purchasing 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 body in white purchasing team, reporting to the Purchasing Manager responsible for sourcing our new body in white 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.
  • Executing sourcing strategy.
  • 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 and tooling buying would be advantageous.


Personal attributes:

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.