Senior Buyer: Powertrain Systems

Location: Woking, GB

McLaren Automotive is growing from strength to strength, we are producing more cars than ever before, and it all comes down to the hard work and dedication of our employees. With unprecedented growth comes opportunity, this is a chance for you to join us and build upon your skills and experience enhancing and growing within your area of expertise and career with an iconic brand.  You will be joining us at an exciting time, where you will be an integral part of our Track25 business plan.

You will be part of our business plan to launch 18 new models or derivatives of our vehicles, expanding our retailer network into new markets with an aim of having 100 retailers globally. To ensure McLaren Automotive continues to be at the forefront, we invest heavily into our employee’s development and this could be an exciting step within your career in a fast-paced growing team where there are possibilities of progression.

The Role

You will have the 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.

Having the accountability for cost and budget management for multi-million pound direct-spend portfolios. You will be managing complex commercial and contractual relationships and have a good understanding of legal contracts. You will establish relationships and long-term development plans with suppliers based upon common goals and objectives.

You will ensure supplier requirements and concerns are fully understood and ensure these are fed back during the appropriate stages to the appropriate stakeholders, whilst working cross-functionally with all departments to drive quality principles and commercial acumen into every aspect of our business

Principal accountabilities:

  • 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 a culture of continuous improvement throughout the business. With an understanding of industry practices (e.g. Six Sigma, PPS)
  • 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.
  • Being able 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.
  • Management of multimillion-pound portfolios.
  • Co-ordination and full autonomy for supplier nomination and long-term strategies within a chosen function group.
  • Manage Supplier contracts and commercial negotiations.
  • Effective resolution of all critical supply issues and status reporting to the project team.
  • Minimisation and mitigation of costs, project risks, negative relationships with suppliers and threats to the organisation’s ability to design, develop and manufacture products on time, to cost and at the required quality standards.
  • Driving cost-down activities with suppliers and VA/VE activities. Utilising known and robust commercial tools (e.g. cost estimating processes, benchmarking activities etc.)
  • Lead pre-launch supplier management activities to ensure readiness for series production.
  • Development of supplier evaluation methods and driving performance improvement initiatives.
  • Driving all areas of the business to submit timely, comprehensive parts requirements in line with supplier lead-times.
  • Execution of management reporting.
  • Configuration and development of business operating systems to ensure effective working methods.
  • Budgetary control of all associated cost centres.
  • Represent your function group at programme gateways and cost workshops.
  • Mentor buyers within the team sharing best practice and encouraging development in others.
  • Supporting and foster a cross-functional approach to achieve your objectives.
  • Engage with Engineering so that you are seen as a key stakeholder and able to exert influence.
  • Setting of clear objectives and monitor performance of your suppliers and other functions within the organisation.

Knowledge, skills & experience:

The successful candidate will have the following skills and experience:

  • Ability to lead negotiations and support teams in the development of negotiations strategies for large and complex projects.
  • Excellent influencing and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrable commercial success within an Automotive and / or manufacturing environment is desired, but willing to consider all industries with the right competencies gained.
  • Excellent organisational skills, deadline adherence and exceptional attention to accuracy and detail.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Able to act under pressure with calmness, clarity of thought and decisive authority.
  • The determination to drive forward the business to ‘Best in Class’ performance standards.
  • Must be capable of lateral thinking and be able to make structured and objective decisions.
  • Able to demonstrate a methodical approach towards problem solving.
  • A high level of self-motivation to overcome obstacles.
  • Results driven and the ability to deliver against aggressive targets to achieve the overall business objectives.
  • A flexible approach to working hours and practices is necessary.
  • Experience of launch management / new model integration.
  • Ability to play a lead role in contract implementation and management.
  • Good working knowledge of manufacturing and quality processes.
  • Proven supply chain management and procurement experience, dealing with both small and large value organisations..
  • MCIPS qualified.
  • Extensive direct procurement experience in a relevant industry.
  • Have completed a minimum of two new product introduction cycles.

Remuneration Package:

We offer a range of benefits and discounts with our partner organisations, below is just a few of the incentives of working for McLaren.

  • Salary: Competitive.
  • A structured Career Development Framework to support your development.
  • 25 days annual leave plus public holidays.
  • Provision of a regular shuttle bus to and from Woking station at key commuting times.
  • On-site subsidised restaurant.
  • Life assurance to the value of 4 times base salary (statutory cap applies).
  • Eligibility to participate in our preferential lease car scheme.
  • *Eligibility for company funded individual private healthcare; this also comes with the opportunity to extend to partner or spouse and/or dependents at a discounted rate.
  • *Auto enrolment on to the company’s pension scheme.
  • *Enhanced company maternity, paternity or adoption leave and pay.
  • Group activities forum which organise a range of activities from sporting competitions to museum visits and family events.
  • *Travel incentives such as Ride to Work scheme and Season Ticket Loans.
  • Break out refreshment areas and a coffee bar with wi-fi facilities.
  • The opportunity to become a member of the on-site McLaren Fitness and Wellbeing Centre.

* Qualifying period applies