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Title:  Senior Buyer - Body & Exterior


Norwich, NFK, GB

Department:  Body & Exterior Purchasing
Date:  29-Oct-2020

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.

This role is to ensure supplies are sourced efficiently and effectively. To build and maintain supplier relationships, build a cost saving workload and lead Cost Reduction exercises. Working as the procurement expert in cross-functional teams identify, evaluate and deliver certain projects. Working collaboratively with Engineering, develop and deliver programmes involving suppliers in product development.


Main duties of this role includes:
• To source and procure components/services
• To place and process 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
• 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 the 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


Essential criteria:
NVQ level 4/5 Certificate in Engineering/Business Studies or equivalent.
Knowledge of manufacturing technologies, processes and applications.
Ability and acceptance of a degree of domestic and international travel, occasionally with little notice.

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 Plan, Bupa Health Cover and more.