New buyers at Jaguar Land Rover help drive growth

Will Green is news editor of Supply Management
13 December 2013

New buyers at Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) have revealed the part they play in the rollout of new products following the completion of a massive recruitment campaign.

JLR launched a search for 100 buyers in the summer and has now filled virtually all the posts.

A spokesman said: “We were pleased by the volume and quality of the applications and have now closed the recruitment campaign thanks to the number of people either in post or in the recruitment pipeline.

“The people we are recruiting now are to support this real ramp up in our growth.”

Among those who have joined the firm is Kavya Kalanithy, a programme buyer whose job is to oversee the various procurement processes around a vehicle. She was sworn to secrecy on the specific vehicle she was working on, saying only that it was a “future product”.

However, the company has unveiled concepts for a Jaguar sports crossover – the C-X17 – and a new small sedan, both made using lightweight aluminium.

Kalanithy said her team “manages the sourcing process” around the new product.

“We liaise with different departments,” she said. “We help the buyers – they get the sourcing done and we assist them if they need help with the engineering side."

Tony Simons has joined the automotive company as a buyer for exhaust systems, making up a team of three where before there was just one.

“The main part of my work is working with key strategic suppliers and making sure we’re operating to our fullest potential,” he said. “As a buyer you focus on balancing cost and quality. We’re aware we’re making luxury cars and customers are looking for a premium product and you can’t scrimp on that. Our job is to use our scale to the fullest to create not only a quality product, but one that’s a fair price.”

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