Senior Buyer

Location: Woking, GB

Role Purpose

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

With innovation at the core of all we do, every challenge starts with the same question. How can we do it better? This restless spirit runs right through McLaren Automotive. And the search for perfection is evident in everything we do.

With this in mind, our Purchasing team are now looking for a driven, high achieving Senior Buyer to be based in Woking.

Reporting to the Purchasing Manager, this is an exciting and unique opportunity to join McLaren Automotive’s Purchasing team. This is a exciting opening to join an exclusive automotive environment which is undergoing a transformation and rapid growth in response to its critically acclaimed global products and best-in-class performance.

Role Dimensions:

  • 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.
  • Manage 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 a culture of continuous improvement throughout the business. With an understanding of industry practices (e.g. Six Sigma, PPS)
  • Work cross-functionally with all departments to drive quality principles and commercial acumen into every aspect of our business.
  • 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.

  Principal Accountabilities:

  • 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.

Managing People:

  • 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.

Desired Knowledge, Skills and 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
  • Over four years direct procurement experience in a relevant industry
  • Have completed a minimum of two new product introduction cycles

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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