Digital Category Buyer

Job Description

REQ ID: 113998
JOB TITLE: Digital Category Buyer
SALARY: £40,900 - £52,000
POSTING END DATE: 31/05/2023
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
JLR’s digital procurement team has responsibility for creating and managing external commercial relationships that support JLR’s product offerings within the Digital space. It is the key point of interface for major software, services and digital content providers. 
It is wide stretching and requirements vary from niche products to large global enterprise solutions. The IT products and solutions you will purchase, impact all areas of the business and are critical to the success of Jaguar Land Rover. As such, the stakeholders and suppliers that you will engage with are also varied meaning this is a great role for anyone looking to progress their career within an exciting purchasing team and category


Reporting to the Purchasing Manager as a Digital Category Buyer you will have global responsibility for specific categories, commodities and services on behalf of JLR. You will utilise your experience to analyse, define, and implement commercial and sourcing strategies for your designated product areas, including make vs buy vs collaborate decisions.


This role will see you lead the sourcing or collaborative activity through the contracting process, supported by in-market teams providing regional market intelligence and expertise. You will be responsible for ongoing relationship management, including regular business reviews, ensuring the relationships deliver quality, delivery, cost, innovation and responsiveness requirements, are aligned to programme or project timing plans, and that the product meets end stakeholder expectations. You will support and work closely with the in-market teams and engage with specialists within the Global Purchasing function as required to ensure optimum value creation and delivery for Jaguar Land Rover.

The role requires a high level of interaction with internal stakeholders and external suppliers. You will be accountable for the successful commercial and contractual completion of sourcing projects and for developing and establishing a pipeline of sourcing activities in line with contract expiry dates, potential cost saving opportunities and new investment projects.  

The successful candidate will need to be a flexible team player, with good communication skills and a high degree of commercial acumen.


Knowledge, Skills and Experience
•    An individual who is results driven, demonstrates, tenacity, drive and perseverance, with the ability to deliver in a complex, highly demanding environment.
•    Degree qualified or equivalent experience preferred
•    Commercial Awareness and Negotiation skills
•    Understand category management principles
•    Strategic thinking
•    Global business understanding and experience
•    Operational Contract Management experience
•    Relationship management - internal and external
•    Category knowledge and demonstrated experience
•    Flexibility and agility to be able to adjust to changing business needs


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.