Senior Buyer - McLaren Special Operations

Location: Woking, GB

No restraints. No limitations. We don’t simply push boundaries. We completely rethink them. McLaren Automotive exists to create breathtaking performance road cars.

McLaren Special Operations (MSO) is a division of McLaren Automotive, responsible for the design, development and delivery of personalised and bespoke vehicle commissions, performance details and options, as well as overseeing and ensuring McLaren legacy vehicles remain road worthy and up to date.  MSO products and services represent world class McLaren offerings and in doing so provides McLaren owners with virtually limitless possibilities to tailor a car exactly to their needs and tastes.

As part of our continued growth and desire to deliver world class bespoke content, we are looking for a Senior Buyer to join our Purchasing team within MSO.

Purpose of the role:

As Senior Buyer, you will be responsible for the effective sourcing and procurement of a wide range of components for MSO programmes. You will also be responsible for building and developing key supplier relationships and managing the supplier nomination process.

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
  • Accountability for cost and budget management for multi-million pound direct-spend portfolios
  • Develop a culture of continuous improvement throughout the business. With an understanding of industry practices (e.g. Six Sigma, PPS)
  • Ability to provide guidance in complex commercial and contractual relationships with a good understanding of legal contracts
  • 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
  • Assist in the co-ordination and maintain elements of control within the activities of McLaren’s Purchasing team to ensure McLaren’s continued customer commitment of being the bench mark for customer satisfaction for both internal and external customers/stakeholders
  • 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:

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • Demonstrable commercial success within an Automotive and / or manufacturing environment is desired
  • SAP environment knowledge or other MRP will be advantage
  • Ability to lead negotiations and support teams in the development of negotiations strategies for large and complex projects and for short term orders
  • Excellent organisational skills, deadline adherence and exceptional attention to accuracy and detail
  • Results driven and the ability to deliver against aggressive targets to achieve the overall business objectives
  • Ability to play a lead role in contract implementation and management

Personal attributes:

  • Determination to drive forward the business to ‘Best in Class’ performance standards.
  • Strong communicator to both internal and external stakeholders
  • Enthusiastic and with a high level of self-motivation to overcome obstacles
  • Influencer - capability to influence within a dynamic organisation
  • Able to act under pressure with calmness, clarity of thought and decisive authority.
  • Demonstrate a methodical approach towards problem solving
  • Time management – able to self-organize the work content

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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