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Title:  Buyer


Hethel, GB

Department:  Direct Material
Date:  04-Aug-2022

Lotus Cars builds world class, high performance and lightweight sports cars that are sold all around the world. The current range – which is 100% ‘For The Drivers’ – includes the Evora coupe, the critically acclaimed Exige and the iconic Elise.

The latest new Lotus is the Evija, our all-electric hypercar that is the world’s most powerful series production model. All Lotus cars are rightly regarded as being the benchmark for exceptional ride and handling, lightweight engineering, exceptional steering, efficient aerodynamics and driver-focused interiors.

Our founder Colin Chapman always believed that a driver wants feedback and control, instant response, precision and agility, the power to accelerate and the ability to stop almost instantly. Over the last seven decades, Lotus has remained true to this ethos. Our core values, our pioneering approach to automotive engineering and our rich heritage – both in road and race cars – are guiding our future.

The ongoing transformation of Lotus is laid out in the company’s Vision80 strategy, which 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,  Vision 80 and the exciting future for Lotus can be found

A kind note to recruitment agencies – please do not send us CV’s to Lotus managers or Recruitment unless we have explicitly requested your company to do so, any CV’s submitted will be considered by us to be a ‘free gift’.

To our candidates, we would encourage the submission of CV’s to done via our online portal.  If you cannot see an active position that is suitable please use the buttons above to REGISTER YOUR INTEREST and appropriate new vacancies will be sent to you.



Hethel / Wellesbourne

Department:  Production Purchasing


About #USLOT

For more than 70 years Lotus has been at the forefront of innovation in the car industry offering the best sports car customer experience in the world, with a flair for product innovation and technical excellence. We want to further strengthen our unique capabilities by attracting and retaining the highest calibre employees which enables us to build on Lotus’ brand values in an innovative and exciting place to work.


We are looking for talented, creative and motivated people to join us on our journey. This role requires a commercially astute individual to lead the procurement activity for a defined direct material product group, working closely with our Engineering, Quality and Programme teams.



Key Responsibilities
Lead and promote the development of collaborative and world class supplier relationships
Manage supplier performance through vehicle launch phases and current vehicle phases, ensuring that Quality, Cost and Delivery performance is maintained at all times.
Establish an in depth understanding of the supply base, local and global markets and the requirements of the business.

Develop and maintain commodity & sourcing strategies

Lead supplier negotiations and ensure the delivery of material cost targets for new product introduction.  

Focussing on “best practice”, strive for and drive measurable process improvement opportunities
Identify and drive cost reduction activities throughout the supply base including the
identification of Make vs Buy opportunities, supporting the development of business justifications when required

Manage supplier capacity changes and constraints and develop mitigation strategies for any suppliers where a risk is identified.


Key Stakeholders
Purchasing is a key stakeholder in delivering the future of Lotus and this role will be pivotal to creating the right supply chains for our future products by acting as a core conduit for true cross functional working across our Production Purchasing, Supply, Supplier Quality, Product Engineering and Manufacturing functions.

Networking with the wider organisation to maximise group leverage possibilities


Skills, Behaviour and Experience


Skills and Behaviours

Ability to work independently, results driven, and tenacious, with the drive and perseverance to deliver within a complex, highly demanding environment

A strong communicator with the ability to communicate effectively with key stakeholders to influence cross-functional engagement
An effective team player, who actively develops and supports other team members

A winning spirit – resilience and tenacity.

Ability to be nimble and be an effective problem solver

Constructively challenge what doesn’t meet the needs of our customers


Previous experience within procurement and supply chain

Experience within the manufacturing or automotive sector is desirable but not essential

Understand the strategic role of the Procurement function and ability to work at this level
Higher education: Degree or NVQ level 5 Certificate (ideally technical/business related)
CIPS, MCIPS or working towards
Flexibility to work independently and travel as business requires    





Competitive Salary

Half day Fridays
Bonus scheme
Pension plan
25 days paid holiday + bank holidays 
Private healthcare

Exclusive access to #ForUSLOT Benefits

Developmental Opportunities


This role may offer the opportunity for hybrid working where you can split your time between working from home and in the office. Further details can be discussed with the Hiring Manager at interview stage.



Lotus Cars is committed to equal opportunities for all.

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