‘Working in Global Purchasing is brilliant. Every day is different – with different challenges and different pitches.’

Senior Purchasing Manager Marcus Middleton shares details on his 10 year career journey, talking about his personal and professional growth.

‘I joined Jaguar Land Rover in 2012 and, since then, have progressed well within our purchasing team – moving from non-production products to logistics and suspension – and, in August of this year, was promoted to Senior Purchasing Manager.

I’m proud of what I’ve achieved so far. I came from a retail buying background – which works at a different pace and on different timelines to the automotive industry. In retail, timelines are set for you – but here at Jaguar Land Rover, you can set your own goals so that you get the best out of what you are wanting to achieve.

Also, retail buying is very much about trends and themes and buying them as quickly as possible. Here it’s all about finding and building strong relationships with great suppliers that work well with our business.

Working in Global Purchasing is brilliant. Every day is different – with different challenges and different pitches. We buy and supply components for our vehicles of today but are always conscious of the changes going on in the industry and the future of our products.
The people I work with are one of the reasons I love my role. I love watching my team grow both personally and professionally. Over the years I’ve built a great network of colleagues – both in the UK and globally. I’ve had the opportunities to visit our markets in India and Europe and got to understand their culture and work.

We are a people-centric business. People get out of Jaguar Land Rover what they put in – and the business always gives you the flexibility and support you need to go that extra mile.’

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Global Purchasing is a department where your ideas are welcomed.

‘I know that prior to joining Jaguar Land Rover five years ago I had not considered a career in purchasing and assumed I could not as my background was not in engineering or purchasing. Having studied social welfare at university you could say this is totally unrelated to either engineering or purchasing.

However, I quickly learnt that it is not your background that is important here, but the skills, qualities, experience and unique talents you can offer that matter. I discovered that what matters more is things such as a willingness to learn, being dependable, being a team player and having pride and passion in what you do to drive the business forward. I have learnt and developed so much over the years, and I am so glad I decided to apply.

The types of roles within Global Purchasing are so varied: As a Programme Buyer, I get to be part of an exciting delivery team, helping the wider teams to deliver our future electric vehicles. There are so many opportunities to get involved and make a real contribution to transformation and improvement projects. You are encouraged to contribute to improvements and change, it’s a department where your ideas are welcomed.

Working here has been a really positive experience, from day one everyone was so friendly and made me feel very welcome and I have had the opportunity to do very different roles-none of them having involved buying. This has included onboarding global suppliers as well as onboarding new starters that was a fantastic experience. One of the reasons I enjoy working within Global Purchasing is because it is such a friendly and inclusive team where the people are always willing to help.’

We have a huge range of opportunities to  join us in Global Purchasing . To find our more visit

Corporate (jaguarlandrovercareers.com)

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Be a part of our Global Purchasing Team in Hungary.

Tony told us ‘This team is extremely important to Jaguar Land Rover as almost half of the items we put in our vehicles comes from the Central and Eastern Europe region. The need for a much closer working relationship with the suppliers here has resulted in the decision of setting up our first ever Purchasing HUB outside of the UK.

This office is different from others in many ways. It is not a shared service, but a purchasing-engineering hub satisfying the engineering demand for our Advanced driver-assistance systems skillset and the purchasing drive to be a location where talented individuals are directly responsible for global commodity management.

For buyers this means time is split between working with a cross-functional team to manage the delivery of future parts for future vehicles and working on cost reduction activities.’

Dóra added ‘The office in Hungary is full of motivated, dynamic and hard-working colleagues who are massively engaged around our common purpose. It’s a great place to be.’

As we expand we have a number of amazing opportunities to join us in Hungary. To find out more visit Jobs at Jaguar Land Rover (jaguarlandrovercareers.com)

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Jaguar Land Rover helped me develop a range of skills including my professional presentation ability, individual project management skills and negotiation skills.

Through out the year I was challenged with a range of projects which developed my experience and knowledge in the automotive industry. Not only this, but my confidence rocketed during my year at JLR as I was pushed out of my comfort zone and had to solve a number of problems.

I would return to JLR due to its opportunities for graduates on the graduate scheme including the chance to try out different departments. It’s also an innovative and forward thinking company, that would be exciting to be a part of in the coming years.


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Purchasing Undergraduate – Josh Haines

What was a project you were proud to be part of?

I really enjoyed working on the Strategic Supplier Dossier. It is a strategic document aimed to improve the relationship Jaguar Land Rover has with a key supplier, by providing recommendations based on data gathered across multiple functions of Jaguar Land Rover. It tells a story of the current state of the relationship, and what the aims are for the future. I am the co-owner of the project so I’m responsible for its delivery. I have worked with multiple employees from the supplier, and the 24 Jaguar Land Rover buyers who buy from the supplier, to gather relevant information, and held meetings with their managers and my director to review our recommendations.

What’s the best thing about being part of the Undergraduate Programme?

As an undergraduate you get to be involved in multiple activities that someone who is full-time would not have time for. I have been involved in strategic relationship management, future vehicle sourcing and site visits. I was not expecting much responsibility in my role, but my team constantly rely on me and give me projects that have a significant impact on the future of the business.

How would you describe your placement to a friend?

I work in future vehicle sourcing. It’s hard work but it’s worth it because when you’ll see a car on the road in a few years’ time, I will have had a part to play in it being there.