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.’