Senior Buyer - Motorsport

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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 Senior Buyer to join our expanding Motorsport Purchasing team. As part of the GT Motorsport team we want you to provide an invaluable contribution by making that difference: that extra thousandth of second off a lap.

Purpose of the role:

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

Principal accountabilities:

  • Take a leading role within the program team to assist with achievement of vehicle timing milestones Procurement responsibility for both development and “series” expenditure
  • Life-cycle responsibility and autonomy for sourcing high quality, value for money products/components and services
  • Deliver against aggressive targets for the Purchasing function to achieve the overall business objectives
  • Setting of clear objectives and monitor performance of your suppliers and other functions within the organisation.
  • Providing initial point of escalation to assist with resolving commercial, timing & supply issues and contract discussions
  • Develop strong relationships with key stakeholders within the programme team and provide full supply chain support for any identified project activities / requirements
  • Work cross-functionally with other departments (Quality, Engineering, Logistics, Production) to help drive quality principles and commercial acumen
  • Establish relationships and long-term development plans with suppliers based upon common goals and objectives.

Knowledge, skills & experience:

  • Strong procurement knowledge is vital, to ensure delivery of commercial agreements against programme targets, as well as identification of suppliers on a global basis to meet technology requirements
  • Procurement experience within Motorsport or low volume Automotive industry is highly preferred
  • Understanding of supplier management techniques and how to maximise relationships
  • SAP environment knowledge or other MRP will be advantage
  • Ability to lead on negotiations and support teams in the development of 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

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
  • Capable to work independently in contract implementation and management
  • Fully accountable for actions with clear desire to take full responsibility for their teams 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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