Purchasing is the carmaker’s fastest growing business area, having witnessed its headcount more than double since 2009. The additional roles for procurement specialists, purchasing managers and supplier development engineers and managers will take the team to almost 700 strong.
A new campaign to attract candidates for the roles is already live on the firm’s careers website, hoping to attract experienced purchasing professionals to support its Production, Non-Production and Supplier Development operations.
Commenting on the campaign, Ian Harnett, Jaguar Land Rover Purchasing Director said: “In the last two years Jaguar Land Rover has invested almost £10 billion in 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 £50m per annum, we can guarantee new recruits will be empowered to drive Jaguar Land Rovers future success”.
In recent years, the firm has attracted a number of purchasing professionals who have switched to the automotive trade from aerospace, retail and construction.
One such person is Samantha Shaw who joined Jaguar Land Rover in 2008 from luxury home retailer ‘Fired Earth’. Since joining as a Programme Buyer, Sam quickly moved through the organisation and is now a Programme Project Manager, working on new vehicle development and launches.
Of her move to Jaguar Land Rover Sam says: “I had always wanted to work in the Automotive Industry and when the opportunity arose to join Jaguar Land Rover I jumped at it. The fact that I did not have any automotive experience did not hold me back as I was easily able to transfer my purchasing skills. I have since established a successful career working on some fantastic vehicle programmes, including of late the Jaguar F-Type. Since joining the company I have never once looked back nor can I see myself ever wanting to leave.”