Jaguar Land Rover seeks 100 new buyers to cope with 'unprecedented growth'

Will Green is news editor of Supply Management
15 August 2013

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Car maker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is boosting its procurement operation with the addition of 100 new roles.


The move will swell the purchasing department to almost 700 as the company experiences “unprecedented growth”. 

The new posts include procurement specialists, purchasing managers and supplier development engineers and managers.


Purchasing director Ian Harnett said: “In the last two years Jaguar Land Rover has invested almost £10 billion the UK supply chain alone. This spend is indicative of the important role played by every member of the purchasing team in helping Jaguar Land Rover realise its ambitions and in turn positively impact the prosperity of the UK automotive sector. 

“If we are to continue to do this we need experienced and talented buyers and managers including those who may not have previously considered a career in the automotive industry. Jaguar Land Rover is at an incredibly exciting juncture in its history and with each production buyer responsible for an average spend of £50 million per annum, we can guarantee new recruits will be empowered to drive Jaguar Land Rover’s future success.”


A new manufacturing plant is currently under construction in China, JLR’s single largest market, a new £500 million engine building facility is due to open in Staffordshire early next year, and a feasibility study is being conducted concerning an additional manufacturing plant in Saudi Arabia. 

A spokeswoman said: “It’s a direct consequence of the fact that Jaguar Land Rover has experienced unprecedented growth in recent years. We’ve had a stream of new products.”


New to the range is the Jaguar F-Type (pictured), which has resulted in more than £1.5 billion worth of contracts with 116 UK suppliers. 

In 2012 JLR saw sales increase by 30 per cent, and in the 12 months to 31 March 2013 the company generated pre tax profits of £1.675 billion on revenues of £15.8 billion, with around 85 per cent of revenue coming from exports.

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