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My CV

  1. 1. ARC Purchasing Management Ltd – Andrew Christophers 35 Albert Road, Bollington, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 5HS. Tel: 07968 859405 e-mail: andrew_christophers@yahoo.co.uk http://uk.linkedin.com/in/andrewchristophers An Interim Procurement Professional and Change Manager, expert in both Direct and Indirect procurement, the development and execution of procurement strategies, supplier development and supply chain management, sourcing, contract negotiation, category and materials management. With over 20 years of Procurement and Supply Chain experience gained in an array of industry sectors including Construction, White Goods, Commodity Chemicals, FMCG, Pharmaceutical, Primary Materials and Utilities along with the strong belief that to be effective, procurement cannot be done to an organisation but must be done with the organisation. Specialising in bringing strategic procurement and supply chain principles into businesses or areas of a business where they are underperforming or have not been before and delivering significant measureable benefits with over £8M in savings delivered to clients in the last 3 years. People and stakeholder management is a key skill which enables me to gain buy in, bring together disparate functions, align dysfunctional departments and overcome scepticism. Career History Thames Water Utilities Ltd Apr – July 10 Interim Contracts Manager (UK’s largest Water and Waste Water Services Company - Utilities) Reporting to the Strategic Waste Manager to cover post of Contracts Manager resulting from incumbent leaving at short notice and to a back log of incomplete Framework Agreements, Unresolved supplier disputes, rate reviews and un-assessed Tender submissions. • Successfully resurrected the stalled tender process for the provision of Cake Bio-solids Haulage valued at £10M per annum. Led negotiations with potential suppliers securing rate reductions, fixed pricing, cash flow benefits and cost avoidance equating to £3.5M across the contract term (5 yrs). • Negotiated resolution to outstanding supplier dispute with regard to tanker corrosion, implemented auditable process to settle further potential claims obtaining full sign off from Operations, Procurement and the Supplier. • Drafted Framework Agreement documentation for the provision of Primary Aggregates, Ready Mixed Concrete and Recycled Aggregates enabling legal sign off and subsequent issue to suppliers. • Mentored Waste Management team with regard to negotiation and Supply Relationship Management strategies. Tarmac Ltd Sept – Dec 09 Interim Procurement Manager (Quarrying, Aggregate Processing & Asphalt Production - Primary Materials) Reporting to the Head of Supply, accountable for pioneering the role of Regional Procurement Manager in the North of England and Scotland focussed on key (previously un-quantified) maintenance support categories. • Developed and executed the procurement strategy for third party maintenance provision (electrical and mechanical) for 85 business units in Northern England and Scotland, full spend analysis / system interrogation (SAP) conducted. • Managed and led stakeholder interaction to secure buy in, negotiated and implemented robust contracts with incumbent suppliers generating annualised savings of £120K. William Ransom & Sons PLC Jan – May 09 Interim Procurement Manager (Contract manufacturer - Pharmaceutical) Andrew Christophers – Curriculum Vitae Page 1 of 3
  2. 2. Company in Turnaround - Reporting to the General Manager accountable for the development and execution of the Procurement Strategy, the management of the multisite warehousing and materials control team (8 reports) and associated interfaces along with the exit of the incumbent procurement manager. • Full spend category analysis completed and procurement strategy created including cost reduction targets totalling £600K for presentation to the Board / Bank representatives and subsequent implementation across various spend categories including Logistics, Packaging (cardboard, labels and pallets), Chemicals, Glass, Plastics and Contract Sub Assembly. • Led and developed the materials control and warehouse team enabling better internal communication and working practices, including the promotion of safety as a key business principle and the rigorous enforcement of safe working practices including disciplinary proceedings and subsequent dismissal for unsafe behaviour. Bison Concrete Products Ltd Mar – Oct 08 Interim Procurement Manager (HOP) (Pre-cast Concrete Manufacturer and Installer - Construction) Company in Turnaround - Reporting to the CEO, responsible for the implementation of Strategic Procurement practices to reduce cost, improve efficiency and generate accountability. Organisation comprised a head office and four UK manufacturing facilities, had no established procurement function and an annual spend of £60M. • Developed and implemented sourcing strategies for a range of Indirect and Direct spend categories (Aggregates, Cement, Fixings, Steel Wire and Bar, Waste Disposal, Crane / Equipment hire and Fleet) resulting in annualised benefits in excess of £1.7M with a further £1.5M potential savings identified for the client to pursue. • Implemented processes and controls which enabled an audit trail for all purchases, from principle raw materials to MRO and office consumables where originally there was none. Designed and implemented KPI’s to track compliance and improvement. • Rationalised the accounts payable process dramatically, reducing process time and non value added activity enabling greater visibility for and accountability of cost centre owners. • Led the development of the MRO stores function enabling the use of a computerised MRP system and effective data management along with robust goods issue and goods inward processes. Muller Dairy & Culina Logistics Ltd Apr – Oct 07 Interim Procurement Manager (Dairy and Chilled Distribution - FMCG) Reporting to the Supply Chain Director, accountable for key indirect sourcing categories which the business had originally considered too specialised and sensitive for procurement involvement (MRO, Contract Labour and Facilities) and whose savings potential was considered slight by even the established procurement function. • Sourced the provision of temporary labour through HR providers for four UK warehouse and packing lines, annual spend £6M, approx. 300 workers. Proactively managed stakeholder interaction and expectations and conducted detailed market analysis. Full RFP exercise undertaken, negotiation strategies developed and executed. 50% reduction in supplier margins achieved, robust contracts implemented with enhanced service levels with incumbent suppliers. Annual saving £350K. • Full Market analysis undertaken for the consolidation of the provision of MRO and engineering spares to specialist providers to enable realistic comparisons with the client’s current solution. Subsequently negotiated price reductions with incumbent suppliers and implemented an OEM parts replacement process and tracking system ensuring ownership remained with the engineering function enabling year on year benefits. Savings achieved year one £150K. • Full spend and supply market analysis undertaken relative to the provision of contract HGV drivers, re-negotiated rates with principle supplier generating savings of £80K per annum. • Re-negotiated office cleaning contracts at three UK locations generating an annual £60K saving. Andrew Christophers – Curriculum Vitae Page 2 of 3
  3. 3. NOVA-Innovene UK Ltd 2001 – 2007 Procurement and Logistics Manager (European multi-national producer of solid and expandable polystyrene - Commodity Chemicals) Reporting to the General Manager and the European Purchasing and Logistics Director, responsible for all indirect and capital expenditure, 170K tonnes raw material and finished goods throughput, warehousing and on site container park facility, MRO and raw material inventory. 22 staff, finished product loading, goods receiving, stores management and transport coordination. Annual operating budget of £1.8M. A member of the Site Leadership Team and lead member of the Nova-Innovene European Procurement Network. Tasked with the creation of an Indirect procurement function, an MRO stores facility, SAP implementation and combining the site procurement and logistics functions in two recently combined Chemical businesses originally Huntsman and Shell Chemicals. • Created a dedicated indirect procurement function from scratch focussed on cost reduction, efficiency improvements and security of supply. Recruited staff, established robust documented procedures to provide cost visibility, necessary audit trails, ISO9001 and SARBOX compliance. • Negotiated over £4M cost reductions achieved in a variety of indirect commodity areas including Maintenance Expenditure, MRO, Utilities, Capex (Mechanical and Electrical Installation, Specialist Equipment, Civil Engineering, Demolition) Waste Management, Contract Labour, 3PL, Healthcare, Professional Services, and Equipment Leases. • Established an MRO stores facility comprising 7,000 individual parts and consumables which necessitated the removal, relocation and inspection of all parts from a number of satellite stores, a full SAP master data generation exercise and the implementation of cycle counting programs along with all necessary SAP training to ensure continual data integrity and inventory accuracy. • Defined and implemented UK purchasing strategies relative to annual indirect spend circa £8M along with circa £3M Capital expenditure. Realigned the businesses approach to procurement from reactive to proactive ensuring best use of resource and maximum opportunity to add value. • Exploited the synergies between the procurement and logistics functions resulting in the elimination of non-value added activity, head count reduction and a 30% reduction in operating budget. • Developed and effectively employed the use of reverse auctions and electronic RFQ’s to both re- enforce purchasing strategy and to obtain significant cost reductions on a variety of products and services including Capital Equipment, Mechanical and Electrical Installation and Waste Management. • Leveraged the organisations “European Procurement Network” to facilitate volume related commercial benefits and knowledge transfer thus enabling the implementation of business improvement projects and the streamlining of transactional purchasing methods and techniques including the implementation of the purchasing card and automatic purchase order creation. Caradon PLC 1997 – 2001 Procurement and Materials Manager (Manufacturer of Central heating, bathroom and electrical products, Dalton, Stelrad, Mira and MK – White Goods) Reporting to both the Head of Purchasing and the Site Manager, responsible for the strategic sourcing of a £10M direct spend portfolio and the materials control function and associated raw materials and finished goods inventory in the shower tray and enclosure division, 2 direct reports. • Managed a £10M spend portfolio covering Speciality Chemicals and Resins, Commodity and Specialist Metals, Packaging, Bespoke Components, High Pressure and Gravity Die Castings, Plastic Injection Mouldings, Aluminium and Plastic Extrusions, Aggregates, Refractory’s, Glass and Factored Products and Foundry Raw Materials including Cast Iron Scrap, Steel and Coke and Waste Management. Successfully generating year on year cost reductions in excess of 5% per annum. • Led the implementation of the SAP MM module incorporating full analysis of functional needs prior to module configuration and master data generation. Implementation took this business from a non- formal, paper-based approach to automated ERP and system generated purchase order placement. Andrew Christophers – Curriculum Vitae Page 3 of 3
  4. 4. • Designed and implemented supplier controlled consignment stock programmes, analysed inventory needs, improved and generated measures for inventory accuracy performance for direct and indirect materials resulting in the reduction of inventory value by 40%. Caradon PLC 1985 – 1997 Various Positions & Responsibilities Foundry buyer and materials coordinator, production control and scheduling, shop floor supervision, supplier performance assessment, month end reporting and financial analysis with regard to material flows etc. Training and Qualifications C.I.P.S. foundation stage of graduate diploma completed C.I.P.S Professional stage, 2 modules completed (Strategy, Tactics and Operations), Level 5 equivalent. Scotwork - Negotiating Skills Aclivus – Sales Negotiation C.I.P.S. – Profitable Purchasing Strategies, Law for the Buyer Sheppard Moscow – Positive power and influence Oliver Wight – Sales and Operations Planning Skills / General Familiar with software packages such as SAP excel, word, outlook, power point and visio. Full UK driving licence. Experienced at working within ISO14001 & 9001, SARBOX and Responsible Care environments. Andrew Christophers – Curriculum Vitae Page 4 of 3

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