Jaguar Land Rover Tips and Advice

Jaguar Land Rover Tips and Advice

Global Purchasing: Area Description with Hints and Tips

Section 1: The Area

  • Every product. Every process. Every environment. Our vehicles continually set the benchmark for luxury, innovation and performance thanks to our unrivalled commitment to infinite detail. Join us within our Purchasing teams, and you’ll be the driving force behind it all.
  • The style and luxury that is revered by our customers’ world-wide. The premium innovation driving excellence across the industry. The unrivalled performance powering us towards an impressive and exhilarating future. None of it would be possible without the meticulous efforts and attention to detail displayed by our dedicated Purchasing teams every day.
  • Spread across three key Purchasing disciplines, Vehicles, Consultancy and Facilities, our talented teams use their diverse skills and experience to manage a global supplier base of thousands, helping us to deliver the market-leading quality we are renowned for.

Some of the vacancies in this area require CIPS or degree equivalent qualifications.


Experiences/ Skills in the following area are desired;

  • Procurement/ Buyer
  • Purchasing Management
  • Cost Engineering
  • Supplier Technical Assistance
  • Purchasing Programmes
  • Government Programmes
  • Trading Division
  • Property
  • International Purchasing
  • Global Transformation Projects

Section 2: Application Tips

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Before any assessment centre, Prepare, Prepare, Prepare! Research the company and revisit the job description and your CV/ application.

From your research and review of the specific job description ensure you prepare examples to all of the questions you feel you may be asked. Also ensure that you are comfortable to answer any questions that the interviewer may have of your CV e.g. “You mentioned in your CV that you worked in a team implementing a new technology. Could you take me through what was involved?”

The STAR model is a good framework to use to help you to structure your interview answers.

  • Situation: What was the situation of the example you are about to use. Try to give some context to help the interviewer understand.
  • Task: What were you trying to achieve? What was your plan to resolve the situation? What were the objectives?
  • Action: What did you do? How did you go about achieving this task? The interviewer will be looking for information on what you did, why you did it and what the alternatives were.
  • Results: What was the outcome of your actions? What did you achieve through your actions and did you meet your objectives? What did you learn from this experience and have you used this learning since?

Section 3: Behavioural Interview

Please be prepared for a behavioural interview with one of our assessors. The length of the interview and the number of assessors who will be interviewing you depends on the specific role you have applied for within Global Purchasing but you can expect the behavioural interview to last 30 – 60 minutes.

This interview is based on JLR’s High Performance Behaviours Framework .

It would be worthwhile considering how you would answer questions based on JLR’s high performance business behaviours against the STAR model as outlined above.

Section 4: Technical Assessment

Please be prepared for a technical assessment with one of our assessors. The length and type of assessment, and the number of assessors who will be assessing you depends on the specific role you have applied for within Global Purchasing. You may be required to prepare a presentation or participate in a role play or group exercise for example. The specific detail of your Technical Assessment will be outlined in an Assessment Event confirmation email to you so you will have all the information you need to prepare for the assessment.

During the technical interview be prepared to answer questions relating to the skills and knowledge required for the role.

Remember the interviewer is assessing your abilities and will need to understand how you did something, not just what you did.