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Global Commodity Lead - Innovation

Posted on Jul 11, 2022 by Jaguar Land Rover

Warwick, Warwickshire, United Kingdom
Immediate Start
Annual Salary

JOB TITLE: Global Commodity Lead - Innovation

SALARY: Competitive

POSTING END DATE: 31/ 07/ 2022



Jaguar Land Rover is embarking on an exciting new journey of forging direct relationships with semiconductor manufacturers to support our long term Reimagine strategy which includes an ambitious cycle plan of new fully electric products.

This is your chance to be part of something special as we build an all-new purchasing team and build new relationships with the semiconductor industry.

Many of these relationships will take the form of strategic partnerships whereby Jaguar Land Rover will collaborate with semiconductor partner over the long-term to deliver our objective best-in-class technology that will keep is at the forefront of delivering the world-class, and modern-luxury, driving experiences our customer love.


Reporting to the Global Senior Purchasing Manager, this role will see you lead a team holding commercial responsibility for developing and promoting Jaguar Land Rover as a partner of choice for emerging technologies.

This will involve the development of relationships with a range of external organisations (including existing suppliers, multinational technology specialists, and start-ups), identifying potential suitable partners for emerging technology needs, and negotiating commercial terms for access.

This role is a core conduit for true cross functional working to promote the flow of innovation. As such the role interfaces with other key functions within Jaguar Land Rover including Global Purchasing, Business Development, IT, Engineering and Design.


In this role, you will need to be responsible for the effectiveness of our relationships with suppliers and partners in delivering product and process innovation. You can expect to be working with engineering, strategy and commercial functions, identify gaps in likely technology coverage available from existing suppliers, and potential future partners with capability in these areas.

You will also be asked to develop cross-functional consensus on target future technology partners to meet these capability needs. As well as this, you will need to be able to build and develop a team responsible for the measurement and promotion of new product and process-related opportunities from our suppliers and other external organisations.

Responsible for all people management activities for the direct reports including the health, safety and wellbeing of the team and deployment and adherence to corporate policy (e.g. return to work process, disciplinary). Drive continuous improvement and quality improvements within the team in challenging existing practices and actively seeking ways to achieve better outcomes.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience Required:


  • An individual who is results driven, demonstrates tenacity, drive and perseverance, with the ability to deliver in a complex, highly demanding environment while being flexible and creative
  • Degree qualified or equivalent experience
  • Experienced in commercial aspects of new product introduction Commercial awareness and negotiation skills
  • Disciplined in planning and managing interactions with suppliers / partners to drive maximum value add
  • Understanding of emerging technology routes to market
  • A strong communicator with the ability to effectively manage key stakeholders and influence cross-functional alignment
  • An effective leader, who actively develops and supports team members
  • A resilient and enthusiastic individual who drives new ideas and inputs


    • Previous procurement leadership experience in relevant area (software, IT, intellectual property)
    • Knowledge of the digital ecosystems and their impact on the automotive industry
    • Interest in technology development trends


      Now is an exciting time to join Jaguar Land Rover. Our new global strategy sees a sustainability-rich reimagination of modern luxury, unique customer experiences, and positive societal impact. Building on an unrivalled understanding of the future luxury needs of our customers, emotionally rich brand equity, a spirit of Britishness and unrivalled access to leading global players in technology and sustainability within the wider Tata Group.

      Our people are at the heart of our business, and we're committed to fostering a diverse, inclusive culture representative of our global customers and the society in which we live; a culture in which every one of our employees can bring their authentic self to work and reach their full potential.

      A professionally satisfying and exciting role isn't the only thing you'll find rewarding. We'll look after you with a host of benefits designed to reward and recognise good work. And we'll invest in your potential with award-winning training. In this role we offer you choice and flexibility around how, when and where you work with a hybrid working approach, and we provide resources to assist you with productive working and wellbeing.

      Your benefits will include at least 25 days' holiday entitlement, a competitive pension plan, employee offers, volunteering opportunities, a company car scheme as well a discounted car purchase and lease scheme for you and your family and a performance related bonus scheme.

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