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Have worked in the SCM and Procurement profession for 29 years, the first 19 in Automotive / Manufacturing Industries (UK, Canada and Australia). Since 2007 I've set out to diversify my experience in a wide-ranging profession, gaining valuable development in Local Government, Energy Generation/Utilities, Mining, Construction and Oil & Gas to deepen my knowledge of what it takes to embed Procurement as a value provider in different industries and their individual cultures.
Passionate about most aspects of the profession, I promote Sustainability (particularly CSR), Ethics, SRM / Supplier Development. Since migrating to Australia from UK in 2004, I have helped to grow our amazing profession by encouraging people to join up and continuously develop to make the most of themselves as confident professionals.
Proud to have gained FCIPS in 2011 for the continuous development of, and service to, the Procurement and SCM profession in Australasia.
My main iterests are; Travel, Football, NFL, Ice Hockey, Golf and Tennis (big Andy Murray fan) and walking in my favourite cities (Greater Springfield and Brisbane).
COMPANY NAME: Queensland Urban Utilities
JOB TITLE: Category Manager
CATEGORY: HR - Generalist
CURRENT LEVEL OF RESPONSIBILITY: Senior
PRIMARY PROCUREMENT SYSTEM: Oracle
ICT Senior Category Specialist
Queensland Urban Utilities
March 2018 - Present | Brisbane
Delivery of BAU and project procurement services across the ICT spectrum, including:
- Managed Service Provider (all ICT services outsourcing)
- Software Licensing
- SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition)
- Enterprise Historian
- HR Systems
- Developer Services
Governance/compliance to internal and Qld Gov requirements
Sourcing process and systems e-Tendering.
QITC and bespoke contracts
ICT Procurement Specialist (Contract Role)
Qld Dept of Transport & Maij Roads
November 2017 - February 2018 ( 3 months ) | Brisbane
Working on a project to reduce throughput times for Procurement process. This was being done through collaboration with the main ICT supplier base and internal senior stakeholders/digital team. Lean / Agile methodologies were at the forefront of the innovative thought process. .
October 2014 - November 2017 ( 3 years, 1 month ) | Brisbane
Managing Categories across the business and value adding through collaboration with suppliers, teamwork, process development, systems improvements, stakeholder engagement and continuous quality communication. These areas of Category Management and SRM are the key to the Procurement team's success.
Strategic Procurement Manager
August 2013 - August 2014 ( 1 year ) | Brisbane
Developing systems, processes and contracts across the construction Industrial Projects business unit. Also, Oil & Gas project (QCLNG) - stakeholder engagement to encourage the take-up of strategic categories developed by the category management team.
Strategic Sourcing Specialist
January 2013 - August 2013 ( 7 months ) | Brisbane
Providing Strategic Sourcing advice, gaining stakeholder support for procurement and helping to build the process to help Construction Managers etc. to appreciate the added value that Professional Procurement can build. Responsible for Mobile Crane Contracts and the Concrete Category.
Procurement leader on the RAP (Reconcilition Action Plan) team, as the Supplier Diversity champion, growing Indigenous engagement through communication and promotion of CSR to various stakeholders.
Project Procurement Superintendent
July 2011 - November 2012 ( 1 year, 4 months ) | Brisbane
Management of EPCM and led a team of procurement specialists., to deliver a project within the Qld mining sector.
Global Category Manager
June 2011 - September 2011 ( 3 months ) | Brisbane, Australia
First venture in to mining. Planning and contracting/managing the HME (Heavy Mining Equipment) procurement with major global and local providers and stakeholders.
Senior Procurement Advisor
December 2010 - May 2011 ( 5 months ) | Brisbane, Australia
Procuring goods, equipment and services to provide value to the mining and power generation facilities at Tarong power station, Qld.
May 2010 - December 2010 ( 7 months ) | Milton, Brisbane, Australia
Setting up a Category Management Process/Structure.
January 2009 - Present | South Bank, Brisbane and Gold Coast Campuses.
Sharing of 'on the ground' experience with students. Presentations on Sustainability (CSR, Environment and Economics of Procurement/SCM); How to get the right job/company; Developing Networking Skills; Mentoring students on the next/future steps and connecting with people who can help; Promoting the CIPS Continuous Professional Development.
January 2008 - May 2010 ( 2 years, 4 months ) | Brisbane, Australia
Planning of project and maintenance/overhaul procurement activities for power generation facilities across Queensland. Commercial advice to the management team and staff. Training,/development of site procurement staff.
Value-adding by negotiation of price, risk balance, services provided. Use of e-procurement and contract management via SAP and Qld Government e-tendering website. Adherence to Qld Government (QGCPO) contract governance regulations.
Local Government Association of Queensland (Local Buy).
January 2007 - January 2008 ( 1 year ) | Newstead, Brisbane
Strategising, (e)tendering, contracting, demand management, stakeholder group engagement and growth of strategic procurement in Qld Local Government across the state.
October 2006 - November 2011 ( 5 years, 1 month ) | Australia
Initially a committee member, promoting the profession to possible entrants, current practitioners and students. Organisation and facilitation of Qld events, in Brisbane and regional. Input and attendance at the Australasian Chairs' meetings in Melbourne.
Glasgow Central College of Commerce
MCIPS of Procurement & SCM
1992 - 1995
Procurement and SCM foundation then professional degree.
Australian Institute of Management
Diploma in Leadership of Leadership & Management
2009 - 2010
all aspects of Front Line Leadership skills and attributes required.
Quebec Language School
French language of French as a second language
2000 - 2002
initially with a home / family teacher. Then on a one-to-one with a tutor to help with technical/engineering and workplace language used in business.
Institute of Supervision & Management
Diploma in Leadership of Business Administration and Management, General
1999 - 2000
Learnt the detailed aspects of leadership and management. Offsite team days offered opportunities to explore better ways to work in teams.