Title:  Buyer Indirect


Hethel, GB

Department:  Indirect Purchasing
Date:  25 May 2023

Lotus Cars is based in Hethel, Norfolk, UK, and is the global headquarter for sports car and hypercar manufacturing operations, the Lotus Advanced Performance Centre and the iconic 2.2-mile test track.


Lotus builds world-class high-performance cars, born out of legendary success on the racetrack including 13 FIA Formula 1 world titles and many other championship honours. In July 2021 Lotus unveiled the all-new Lotus Emira, its last petrol-powered sports car and best-of-breed, and in July 2019 it launched the Evija, the world’s first all-electric British hypercar.


The latest new model from Lotus is the Eletre. Unveiled in March 2022, it has the soul of a sports car and the usability of an SUV. It is pure electric, and represents a clear vision of the future ambition of the company.


Lotus Engineering provides comprehensive consultancy services to many of the world's OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers. It is internationally recognised for its long-standing contribution to ground-breaking engineering and innovative vehicle development. Its expertise extends beyond automotive; in August 2021 a Lotus Engineering-developed track bike helped Team GB’s cyclists win seven medals, including three golds, at the Tokyo Olympics. An international consultancy with offices around the world, Lotus Engineering is headquartered at the Lotus Advanced Technology Centre on the University of Warwick’s Wellesbourne Campus in the UK.


Lotus Tech is the global ‘intelligent technology’ division based in Wuhan, China. Its role is to accelerate innovation in the fields of batteries and energy management, electric motors, electronic control systems, intelligent driving, intelligent manufacturing and many more. Lotus Tech is overseeing the manufacture of a range of premium Lotus lifestyle electric vehicles in Wuhan starting in 2022. European operations are based at Lotus Tech Creative Centre, a state-of-the-art design studio in Coventry, UK, and Lotus Tech Innovation Centre, a world-class engineering facility in Raunheim, Germany.


The ongoing transformation of Lotus, from a UK sports car company to a global performance car business and brand, is laid out in the company’s Vision80 strategy. It states what Lotus will be in 2028 when we celebrate our 80th anniversary. We welcome talented, creative and motivated people to join us on our journey. More information on working at Lotus, Vision80 and the exciting, electrified future of Lotus can be found at https://uslot.lotuscars.com


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Buyer - Based in Hethel

We are seeking a buyer to work from our prestigeous head office in Hethel, Norfolk.  You will be working collaboratively with steakholders to support supply acorss projects and BAU activity.  Delivering security in supply with robust contracts and negotiate savings without comromising on quality or specification, to meet key deadlines.  Building effective relationships across the organisation is paramount.



General requirements:
• To source and procure various components and services
• To process and place purchase orders on behalf of Lotus
• To ensure all activities undertaken are in line with current policies and procedures
• To assist in day to day running of the Purchasing Department and all activities associated with it


Key Duties/responsibilities specific to various areas:
• To liaise with internal Customers to ensure Service Satisfaction
• To liaise directly with internal Customers on commercial aspects relevant to their requirements
• To undertake cost-down activities as directed by your Senior Buyer / Purchasing Manager
• To assess existing suppliers with the aim to reduce supplier base, unit costs and complexity
• To assess prospective suppliers to reduce costs and establish better standards of quality, service provision and operational flexibility

Person Specification:

  • Good grasp of English / Maths – O’ level standard – so GCSE grade A-C / grades 4-9
  • NVQ level 4/5 Certificate in Engineering/Business Studies or equivalent
  • Knowledge of manufacturing technologies, processes and applications
  • PC literate with current Microsoft Office applications
  • Willingness to learn new skills and systems
  • Good analytical skills
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Procurement experience gained in either manufacturing, general engineering, aerospace, project or service industries
  • Good commercial awareness
  • Good communication skills 
  • Ability to make decisions under pressure, Outgoing. Responsive. Flexible. Ambitious. Persuasive. Self-directing. Passion for delivering objectives
  • Ability and acceptance of a degree of domestic and international travel, occasionally with little notice


Desirable Criteria:

  • Good level of education and experience of understanding of supply.
  • Membership of Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply
  • Expert skills with Microsoft Excel
  • Category Management, collaborative procurement, MRP, electronic procurement
  • Developed Negotiator. Exposure to agreeing contract terms and conditions
  • European languages. Experience of working with multi-national blue-chip suppliers.

This role is office based but there is a WFH policy available.



  • 33 days holiday inc stats
  • Half day Friday
  • Annual bonus scheme
  • Life insurance
  • Private Healthcare
  • EV car scheme (available after 12 months)
  • Employee reward & discount scheme


If you want to accelerate your career with us, APPLY NOW!!!



We offer you all the advantages of working for a prestigious high-tech automotive company. You will find a purpose-built facility, with all the tools and equipment you need to do an outstanding job. You will benefit from our fast-paced learning environment and our track record in designing and manufacturing thoroughbred sports cars over the last seven decades.

Our benefits package includes Bonus Scheme, Pension, Health Cover and more, specifics depend on location. You can also access our exclusive Employee discount, wellbeing and recognition platform #ForUSLOT 

More information on working at Lotus,  Vision 80 and the exciting future for Lotus can be found  https://uslot.lotuscars.com