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8 March 2012 | Adam Leach
While F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel may be more famous, it is the buyers at Red Bull Racing who are the face of the team to suppliers, its head of procurement has said.
In a video published this week, Charles Bamlett, head of procurement at Red Bull Racing, said his purchasing team is responsible for buying everything from vital gearbox components to toilet paper and is the face of the team to the “majority of people that keep the company running”.
In the film on the team’s website to launch its search for a procurement intern, Bamlett said: “The procurement department is responsible for everything that the team needs to go racing that we don’t make in-house. So that can be everything from stationery and toilet paper all the way up to gearbox components, parts of the car, bodywork, you name it.”
Explaining the fast-paced and high-pressure environment in which the procurement team operates, he described the challenge as being greater than purchasing for the aerospace industry. “We’re basically trying to build components to, at or above various space levels of quality but whereas aerospace have got months and years to make parts, we have days.”
Yesterday, the team announced that it is looking to recruit a procurement intern to work at its head office in Milton Keynes for a one-month period during July/August. The intern, who must be at least 16 years old, will gain experience in talking with suppliers, sourcing products and representing the team.