Senior Buyer - powertrain programmes - 6m contract

Location: Woking, GB

6m Contract
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 McLaren’s Track 25 plan, we are looking to invest £1.2 billion into Research and Development, leading to the launch of 18 all-new cars or derivatives by the end of 2025.
To ensure McLaren Automotive continues to be at the forefront of the Automotive market, we are looking for an experienced Senior Buyer to join our Purchasing team in Milton Keynes (powertrain testing team). The buyer will be embedded in the powertrain testing and development department, sourcing several parts for special powertrain programmes. Knowledge of the powertrain components is fundamental, including some experience in engine build sequence.

The Role

  • Whilst you will co-ordinate and have full autonomy for supplier nomination and long-term strategies within powertrain function group, you will also manage supplier contracts and commercial negotiations. As part of your role you will be driving cost-down activities with suppliers and Value Analysis /Value Engineering activities, utilising known and robust commercial tools (e.g. cost estimating processes, benchmarking activities etc.). 
  • You will be confident in liaising with various internal and external departments challenging where required, therefore, your communication skills will be first-rate. You will have strong project management skills coupled with the ability to minimalise and mitigate costs: such as project risks, negative relationships with suppliers, any threats to the organisation’s ability to design, develop and manufacture products on time, to cost at the required quality standards.
  • You will be working responsible for setting clear objectives and monitor performance of your suppliers and other functions within the organisation. You will be required to support and adopt a cross-functional approach to achieve your objectives. You will be representing your function group at programme gateways and cost workshops.
  • The exciting part of this role is that you could work on various commodities within the Purchasing team.

Principal accountabilities:

  • Effective resolution of all critical supply issues and status reporting to the project team. 
  • 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. 
  • Mentor buyers within the team sharing best practice and encouraging development in others. 
  • Engage with Engineering so that you are seen as a key stakeholder and able to exert influence.

Knowledge, skills & experience:

  • The successful candidate will have the following skills and experience:
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent. 
  • 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 desirable, but willing to consider all industries with the right competencies gained. 
  • 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. 
  • Results driven and the ability to deliver against 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. 
  • Previous direct procurement experience in a relevant industry. 
  • Have completed a minimum of two new product introduction cycles

Personal attributes:
We are looking for a natural leader with strong leadership skills with the ability to work well within a team and autonomously. The ideal candidate will have extremely strong verbal and written communication skills as you will be presenting to various groups. You will need the ability to motivate and focus team members and suppliers to meet all program deliverables, whilst having the capability to understand and be aware if anything needs to be escalated and to choose the correct escalation channels. You will be strong influencer, self-motivated and communicator to be capable of representing our world class automotive brand.
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.