Technical Buyer

Job description

Purpose of the Role:

Managing and supporting the supply chain and purchasing process to deliver race car programmes.

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:

  • Purchasing in support of all programmes with particular focus on either complex multi-op machined metallic components, precision engineering and/or CF composite components, assemblies and tooling.
  • Development of the supply chain, focusing on reducing lead-time, increasing agility and delivery performance and ensuring all specifications and quality standards are met.
  • Representation of the department and presentation of a professional and dynamic approach.
  • Interaction and communication with all of the key stakeholders.
  • Development, creation and maintenance of purchase orders.
  • Negotiate with suppliers, manage their performance and ensure supplier due date adherence.
  • Work with the project management and quality team to ensure project risks are mitigated ahead of delivery and all work is being managed within processes outlined.
  • Deliver programmes within the Key Performance Indicator targets.
  • Provide support across the Technical Purchasing team as work load dictates.
  • Continuous improvement of processes and administrative functions to ensure a streamlined and efficient way of working.
  • Mentoring, guidance and training of new and/or more junior team members as required.
  • Any other tasks as required by the Company.

Job requirements

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  • Degree qualified in a related discipline or equivalent experience – professional training and certification (CIPS) would be a beneficial.
  • Experience in a similar position within a high-precision engineering and manufacturing environment is required (ideally composites and/or complex machined metallics).
  • Experience and understanding of the commercial aspects of low volume small batch manufacture.
  • 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.
  • Motorsport or high precision engineering industry experience would be a distinct advantage. 

Personal Attributes:

  • The candidate must be motivated, organized, with a high attention to detail, professional and capable of communicating at all levels, internally and externally.
  • The role requires that the candidate must be responsible, calm, focussed and motivated, whilst demonstrating a proactive, organised, and flexible approach to changing priorities.
  • Ability to independently prioritise a demanding workload, and overcome obstacles or problems unassisted should they arise, managing stakeholders’ expectations accordingly.
  • Will be able to recognise when further assistance is required in order to resolve those more challenging situations as and when they arise.
  • Capability to lead and influence within a dynamic organisation.
  • Able to act under pressure with calmness, clarity of thought and decisive authority.
  • A flexible approach to working hours and practices is necessary

These are our core values. They support our vision ‘to deliver the most exciting and inspiring performance in racing‘ and are the things that we believe are most important in the way we live and work within the McLaren Racing family. They should directly inform how we think, how we behave, and how we perform at every level of our team. 


  • We never stop pushing forward
  • We look for advantage in everything
  • We bring creativity to challenges
  • We strive for simplicity


  • We bring energy to everything we do
  • We connect people to the thrill of racing
  • We share passion for our great sport
  • We never give up


  • We are respectful
  • We roll up our sleeves to get the job done
  • We serve the team
  • We are custodians of our legacy


  • We are open minded and curious
  • We own failures, learn and improve
  • We communicate with clarity and honesty
  • We are open to challenge


  • We are at our best when we’re at our bravest
  • We embrace opportunity
  • We take responsibility for our actions
  • We believe in what we do

All employees must ensure compliance with the Company Health and Safety Policy, and all relevant other statutory Health and Safety legislation.

This job description may not detail some less major duties allocated to the post holder, nor cover duties of a similar nature, commensurate with the role, which may from time to time be reasonably required by the relevant manager