What do you see?
Location: United Kingdom
Lucille Amos, Senior Buyer at Jaguar Land Rover discusses what it is like to work in the Procurement team at Jaguar Land Rover, an area that is perhaps perceived to be a little less glamorous than other similar roles in the industry. Lucile describes her impressions of working for rapidly expanding company and what day to day life at Jaguar Land Rover is really like.
“As a Senior Buyer for Jaguar Land Rover I make sure we get the best value for money from our purchases. A lot of my time is spent buying events around the world. These could be media, dealer or customer events.
Recently, we’ve had a massive challenge on our hands with a change in VAT regulations. This could have caused issues with events companies costs worldwide. So we put a new programme together to make sure the VAT change didn’t have a negative effect.
We do buy some unusual things - particularly on behalf of the marketing team, who come up with some weird and wonderful ideas. I think the strangest one was probably bonsai trees as a teaser for an incentive trip to Japan. You certainly don’t have to be a car enthusiast to work in purchasing here!
When I joined Jaguar Land Rover after my A Levels, I was a business apprentice, which means I had placements in all the different corporate departments. I chose to pursue purchasing because of how much interaction I had with other people, from internal teams to agencies and suppliers.
I think sometimes people expect purchasing professionals to be a bit dull, hunched over spreadsheets - that’s really not the case. Actually, it’s all about relationships and making connections. And because I work on the events side, I will occasionally attend the events to assess supplier performance and see the details which help me to understand costs, this has given me the opportunity to stay in some amazing hotels with lovely food!
I think purchasing at Jaguar Land Rover stands out for a number of reasons. The team is very diverse. There are lots of opportunities to grow your career - especially overseas now, as the company expands. And the benefits are amazing.” - Lucille Amos, Senior Buyer
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