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Title:  Senior Buyer - In House Projects


Norwich, NFK, GB

Department:  Purchasing
Date:  06-Jan-2021

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.

The contribution of the role to achieving the overall business objective. Span of impact. Main Purpose focus of the role. Ensure Purchasing delivers best value for the business on In House Manufacturing projects, through cross functional team work and supply base management. 

Role Objectives 

  • To source and procure components/services. Develop Commodity, Sourcing & Negotiation Strategies
  • To assist in further development of existing suppliers and assess potential suppliers both technically and commercially
  • Participate and support development of Make versus Buy studies and processes 
  • To provide support to assess and report on new technology/services and applications
  • To assist with proposal costings, as required
  • To provide a role model for Buyers and Associate Buyers
  • 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 Stakeholders
Purchasing, Manufacturing, Quality, MP&L, Engineering and Finance colleagues and Supply Base. 


  • Responsible for Purchasing activities of given commodities and components (Direct Materials) for In House Manufacturing Projects as well being a key team player in the Make versus Buy decisions and the ongoing development of this process.  
  • No budgetary responsibility, although essential to collaborate on Business Cases, Investment Propositions and Make versus Buy studies 



  • Higher National Diploma or Higher Education Certificate
  • Purchasing experience in a manufacturing environment. 
  • Strong experiences and expertise in Negotiation, Relationship and Stakeholder Management.
  • PC literate with MS Office applications
  • Full clean driving license   



  • A Bachelors Degree in Business Studies or STEM subject area would be advantageous
  • MCIPS qualified or working towards
  • Knowledge of manufacturing technologies/processes. 
  • Experience in Capacity Planning, Costing, Quotation Analysis and Make versus Buy studies. Ideally within the Automotive industry


Key Behaviours

  • Builds positive working relationships through their commitment to excellence
  • Displays the continued desire to learn and improve
  • Understands current performance levels and best practice and uses this knowledge to drive continuous improvement
  • Keeps their customers informed about progress against agreed targets; to the required standard and in a timely manner



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.