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Technical Buyer - F1

United Kingdom, Surrey, WokingF1 - Production

Job description

Purpose of the Role:

 The management of all the day-to-day purchasing activities in line with the programme and/or the performance upgrade plan.

Role Dimensions:

 Reporting directly to the Purchasing Manager this role is focused on two main areas.

  • Working within the purchasing team to deliver the cost effective and timely procurement of components to support the programme.
  • Delivering improvements to the complete procurement process working collaboratively with key stakeholders across the McLaren Racing business, to ensure that requirements and strategic objectives are being met.

Principal Accountabilities:

 All activities of purchasing in support of all programmes and projects with a focus on Engineered components, but not solely.

  • Development of the supply chain, focusing on reducing lead-time, increasing agility and delivery performance.
  • Upholding a professional, personable and proactive approach to the role, whilst maintaining positive communication with all key stakeholders as well as the wider business.
  • Negotiation with suppliers, management of their performance and responsibility for supplier due date adherence
  • Continuous improvement of processes and administrative functions required to complete role, to ensure a streamlined and efficient way of working.
  • Development, loading and maintenance of purchase orders as necessary, ensuring on time delivery by the supplier is achieved to the required standard, while maintaining and developing constructive and collaborative supplier relationships.
  • Flexibility within, and support across the purchasing team in a wide range of tasks, will be required along with a professional and positive attitude and approach to the dynamic and varying demands of the business.
  • Responsible for a level of purchase order sign off.
  • Mentoring, guidance and training of new and/or more junior team members as required.

Job requirements

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

 Ideally educated to degree level in an Engineering, Procurement or related discipline.

  • Ideally experience in precision engineering and manufacture – Knowledge of CF composite/complex machined components/Transmission or Engine systems.
  • Knowledge of purchasing best-practice and continuous improvements techniques.
  • Proven ability to independently lead negotiations and support in the development of strategies for large and complex projects.
  • Strong leadership qualities, gravitas, influencing and interpersonal skills. Will be able to constructively challenge and persuasively communicate at all levels internally and externally.
  • The role has periods of intense workload, and therefore the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and manage time effectively will be necessary.
  • Motorsport or high precision engineering industry experience would be a distinct advantage. 


Personal Attributes:

  • The candidate must be responsible, calm, focussed and motivated, whilst demonstrating a proactive, organized, and flexible approach to changing priorities.
  • They will be expected to work with a high attention to detail.
  • They must be professional and capable of communicating at all levels, both internally and externally.
  • Ability to independently prioritise a demanding workload, and overcome obstacles or problems should they arise, managing stakeholders’ expectations accordingly.
  • Capability to lead and influence within a dynamic organisation.
  • Able to act under pressure with calmness, clarity of thought and decisive authority.
  • Strong communicator and influencer.
  • A flexible approach to working hours and practices is necessary

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