Share this Job
Apply now »

REQ ID: 57504
JOB TITLE: Global Strategic Buyer
SALARY: £38,900 - £50,600
POSTING END DATE: 31/07/2022
LOCATION: Gaydon & Whitley with Hybrid working
Beyond Property, Purchasing, HR and IT, more than being part of our Finance or Marketing teams, beyond even Sales and Service, every role in every business area offers unique opportunities to make an impact on the future of mobility and the automotive industry.


The Opportunity


Reporting to the Global Commodity Leader you will have Global responsibility for specific commodities on behalf of Jaguar Land Rover.  You will utilise your experience to analyse, define, and implement market and sourcing strategies for your designated commodities. You will lead the Global sourcing activity through the Global Sourcing Process (GSP) up to contract award (SCPA). Both Global Strategy and Sourcing activity will be supported by the Regional Delivery teams for your commodities, utilising regional market intelligence and expertise. 


You will lead the development of the supplier and internal stakeholder relationships to ensure strategic and programme alignment.  You will manage suppliers within your designated commodities, responsible for Supplier Business Reviews ensuring that the Global Commodity Strategy and Supply Base Market strategy is effectively deployed throughout all of JLR and the external supply chain. 


You will support and work closely with the Regional Delivery teams and engage with specialists within the Purchasing Function as required to ensure optimum value creation and delivery for Jaguar Land Rover, as well as leading stakeholder relationships and ensuring JLR is appropriately represented both internally and externally 

This role is a pivotal role for interface with other key functions within Jaguar Land Rover and acts as a core conduit for true cross functional working across Production Purchasing, MP&L, STA, Product Engineering, Cost Engineering and Manufacturing


Key Accountabilities and Responsibilities


Strategy & Sourcing :

•    Responsible for Strategic Commodity Dossier (SCD) and Commodity Business Plan (CBP) delivery, ensuring relevant data is updated and understood in order to make strategic recommendations 

•    With support from the Strategic Analyst, accountable for obtaining and understanding analytics on suppliers, market and business requirements is available

•    Responsible for creation, delivery and execution of SCD and CBP to specific sourcing requirements including supplier selection and sourcing approach in line with JLR sourcing guidelines e.g. Achilles Registration and Supplier Risk Assessment

•    Deliver sourcing in line with policy and to agreed targets through GSP and deploying

TCO/TVO approach 

•    Responsible for timely and accurate GSAD submission, Purchasing deliverables and GSP process adherence for the Strategic team

•    Lead supplier negotiations and contracting with the support of the Regional teams including legal and financial approval pre SCPA, also engaging specialist teams where appropriate e.g. Global Purchasing Finance (GPF)

•    Work with the Capacity Planning Team (CPT) to ensure sufficient capacity at nomination and manage strategic capacity changes and constraints

•    Identify Make vs Buy opportunities, supporting MBO to develop business justifications when required


Cost Management : 

•    Ensure robust cost model development and input to cost target setting process, supporting cost event outcomes (pre SCPA) driving programme target alignment

•    Ensure key cost management information is accurate and documented (e.g. CDTS pre contract award) 

•    Key Purchasing representative at Module Business Teams (MBT) to ensure cross-functional alignment on quality, cost, delivery and time requirements pre SCPA 

•    Lead stakeholder alignment in relation to; programme targets, red book, take rates and volumes, delivery buying teams and utilising specialists as required cross architecture, carlines

•    Ensure alignment with Regional Buyer & Cost Engineering to ensure strategic cost gap closure plans in place and actioned

•    Ensure delivery of material cost (NCR) to target pre and post SCPA working closely with the Regional Delivery teams


Supplier Relationship Management :

•    Working with the Regional Delivery Teams, lead the development of the supplier relationships globally for your designated commodities

•    Participate in Supplier Business Reviews to develop supplier relationships in accordance with the supplier segmentation model

•    Ensure supplier briefing templates are kept up-to-date to enable senior stakeholder briefings


Other :

•    Act as central co-ordination to ensure appropriate information exchange from and to all regional buyers

•    Ensure effective handover for regional team(s) post SCPA using defined handover process 

•    Ensure compliance to the JLR Way and KWS processes driving system compliance throughout the supply chain by maintaining the Purchasing systems to ensure data integrity and therefore system performance 

•    Manage Supplier, and Supply Chain Risk Management for assigned commodities post SCPA, ensuring the supply chain operates in accordance with JLRQ (or equivalent), customer and governmental regulations 

•    Participate in Global functional improvement projects, process improvements and activities as required 

•    Undertake any other work as directed by their line manager in connection with their job as may be requested 





•    Degree qualified or equivalent experience
•    Ability to work independently, results driven, demonstrating tenacity, drive and perseverance with the ability to deliver operational plans in a complex, highly demanding environment.
•    Capability to create high quality long term purchasing strategies
•    A resilient and enthusiastic individual who responds constructively to new ideas and inputs
•    A strong communicator with the ability to communicate effectively with key stakeholders to influence cross-functional engagement
•    An effective team player, actively develops and supports team members
•    Maintaining compliance with standard policies and procedures
•    Translating analytical results into detailed, robust actionable recommendations to the business


•    An individual with the ability to challenge existing thinking in a positive way whilst building credibility and trust through experience and personal style
•    Experience of working in a global, multi-cultural environment





Bring all this to the home of premium innovation, and you’ll find the opportunities to further your career with a world-class team, a discounted car purchase and lease scheme for you and your family, membership of a competitive pension plan and performance related bonus scheme. All this and more makes Jaguar Land Rover the perfect place to continue your journey.


This role may offer the opportunity for hybrid working where you can split your time between working from home and in the office. At Jaguar Land Rover, hybrid working is a voluntary, non-contractual arrangement providing employees with more choice and flexibility around how, when and where they work, if suitable for their role. Further details can be discussed with the Hiring Manager at interview stage. 


Please be aware that we may close this vacancy for applications before the stated deadline if we receive a high volume of interest. We strongly advise you to submit your application as early as possible.


Jaguar Land Rover is committed to equal opportunity for all.



At Jaguar Land Rover, we are passionate about our people. They are at the heart of our business. We are committed to fostering a diverse, inclusive culture that is representative of our global customers and the society in which we live; a culture in which every one of our employees can bring their authentic self to work, and reach their full potential.


Find out what to expect at each stage of the process along with some hints and tips.


Find out more about working here in our JLR Life Blog:


We look after our employees by offering a host of benefits and investing in their talent through award-winning training

Job Segment: Supply Chain, Relationship Manager, Buyer, Procurement, Purchasing, Operations, Customer Service, Finance

Apply now »