Allan Wright

Allan Wright

Company Owner and Senior SCM Practitioner

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I am a passionate and highly influential Procurement and Supply Chain Practitioner with extensive experience in consultancy, operational and management positions, at all levels and disciplines of the profession. I have delivered numerous major achievements within a range of industry sectors including Oil & Gas, Electronics, Automobile and Automotive Engineering, Construction, Resources and Indirect Procurement and teaching and mentoring businesses and students by way of process transformation, financial savings, staff management and mentoring, supply base consolidation and management and I can can offer the benefit of this capability to a forward looking organisation that views holistic Supply Chain Management as a key contributor to organisational well being.

COMPANY NAME: Scapa Services (UK) Ltd

JOB TITLE: Company Owner and Senior SCM Practitioner

FUNCTION: Procurement

INDUSTRY: Business Services & Consulting

CATEGORY: HR - Generalist



Work experience


SCAPA Services (UK) Ltd

September 2014 - Present | Largs, North Ayrshire, Scotland

Provide expert Supply Chain and Procurement Administration (SCAPA) services - strategic, operational and consultancy in the areas of:-
Staff mentoring & coaching
Functional or operational Procurement management (permanent or interim)
Procurement policy & governance
Process mapping & construction
Spend mapping & analysis
Supplier Relationship Management programme development & implementation
Supply Agreement construction & implementation
Supplier consolidation strategy & programmes
Contracts creation and management

Regional SCM Manager

Wood Group PSN Australia Pty Ltd

January 2013 - September 2014 ( 1 year, 8 months ) | Melbourne, Australia

Responsible for the development and management of a professionally structured SCM modus operandi and organisation in WGPSN’s Australia & Asia Pacific Regional business

SCM Professional

CIPS Australasia

January 2013 - August 2015 ( 2 years, 7 months ) | Melbourne

Active and visible member who wishes to make a real contribution to Victoria and wider Australia business by enhancing the profile and credibility of Procurement as a key business contributor to organizational and community well being.

Purchasing & Materials Manager

Wood Group PSN

October 2010 - December 2012 ( 2 years, 2 months ) | Aberdeen, Scotland

Responsible for the performance of WGPSN holistic SCM Function working on a huge OGP development Project in North Sea. Comprised >30 SCM staff plus £multi Million spend.

Manager, Purchasing & Logistics

Cameron LDA

January 2010 - October 2010 ( 9 months ) | Luanda, Angola

Established Purchasing & Logistics function within the company's Luanda, Angola operation.

Vendor Relations Manager (contract position)

Champion Technologies Ltd

April 2009 - January 2010 ( 9 months ) | Aberdeen, Scotland

Established end to end structured Procurement operations whilst on assignment as Vendor Relations Manager with Champion Technologies.

SCM Lead-Mexilhao Project, Brazil


July 2006 - April 2009 ( 2 years, 9 months ) | Aberdeen, Scotland / Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Established supply base then sourcing portfolio for a huge subsea pipeline project that had been won in Brazil.

SCM Manager, Trees & Wellheads

Aker Kværner

October 2005 - June 2006 ( 8 months ) | Aberdeen, Scotland

Established a properly constructed and professional SCM organisation and modus operandi

Procurement Director

Howco Group PLC

January 2004 - September 2005 ( 1 year, 8 months ) | Glasgow / Sheffield, UK

Turned the organisation's holistic approach to SCM upside down and in doing so introduced a much more professional approach to SRM that made the organisation customer of choice within the steel & forgings supply base.

UK Supply Manager, Indirect Materials & Services


September 2001 - December 2003 ( 2 years, 3 months ) | Stone, Staffs, England

Introduced the concept of category management for the holistic UK organisation, pulling together disparate companies within ABB umbrella, greatly slashed UK supply base for a large amount of goods & services, saving the UK company a huge amount of money in terms of unit costs and removal of multi suppliers for same commodities.

International Commodity Manager

ABB Corporation

September 2000 - September 2001 ( 1 year ) | Mannheim, Germany

Saved Corporation 35.00 Million Euros in 2001 by minimising the amount of country suppliers for a same categories of goods,

SCM Professional

CIPS Aberdeen Branch

April 1997 - December 2012 ( 15 years, 8 months ) | Aberdeen, Scotland

On Steering Committee of a thriving CIPS Branch with real opportunities to expand and enhance the Branch even further

Purchasing Manager

ABB Vetco Gray

February 1997 - September 2000 ( 3 years, 7 months ) | Aberdeen, Scotland

Introduced professional approach to SRM for a range of commodites, then managed a section of the SCM function, mentoring graduate SCM professionals in the process

Purchasing Specialist


February 1996 - February 1997 ( 1 year ) | Glasgow

Reduced raw material cost for plastic by better understanding of exchange rates.

Supply Base Manager

Digital Equipment Corporation

November 1993 - September 1995 ( 1 year, 10 months ) | Ayr / Irvine, Scotland

managed the Procuremnent aspects of a range of electronic products

Staff Buyer


July 1985 - November 1993 ( 8 years, 4 months ) | Greenock, Scotland

Introduced the concept of "off the shelf" sourcing for a range of computer goods rather than "IBMised" goods. Eliminated the requirement within EEC to pay duty on imported Flex Disk Drives and partial removal of duty for Hard Hisk Drives. Saved both the company and EEC computer industry a colossal amount of money (with duty removal) as well as IBM UK in particular with introduction of "off the shelf" concept. Also intridued the design for IBM's 2nd generation Mouse with subsequent huge savings, through collaboration with suppliers and deployment of SRM tactics.

Senior Buyer

Racal Guardall, Newbridge, Edinburgh, Scotland

June 1984 - July 1985 ( 1 year, 1 month ) | Edinburgh

Streamlined what was a very disjointed approach to Procurement of a range of commodities, reducing the supplier base by streamlining logistics chains and saving a huge amount of money in the process without mandating supply base to reduce unit costs.

Lead Buyer

Toyota SA, Prospecton, South Africa

January 1983 - March 1984 ( 1 year, 2 months ) | Prospecton, Durban, RSA

Source and provide a range of forgings, castings & machined components and assemblies

Buyer / Expediter

John Brown Engineering Ltd, Clydebank

June 1980 - December 1982 ( 2 years, 6 months ) | Clydebank, Scotland

Became the purchasing focal point for the European group of GE Turbine licencees with UK/Euro sourcing of a large amount of US sourced goods during the 1981 Soviet conflict in Afghanistan when the US imposed trade empobargo with US sourced goods on Soviet Union


General Motors Scotland Ltd (Terex) Newhouse, Motherwell

July 1978 - June 1980 ( 1 year, 11 months ) | Newhouse, Motherwell, Scotland

Responsible for procurement of machined components and wheel rims for the organisation's earthmoving equipment division

Commercial Apprentice / Asst Buyer

Cummins Engine Company

January 1977 - July 1978 ( 1 year, 6 months ) | Shotts, Scotland

Sorted out proper sourcing for castings, forgings and steel supplies, saving a very large amount of money and eliminating supply bottlenecks in the process.


Robert Gordon University

MSc of Supply Chain Management

2013 - 2014

Supply Chain Management specialist degree covering all aspects of holistic supply chain from identification of business need to delivery fulfilment at point of use.

Glasgow Caledonian University

MBA of Policy, Strategy, Tactics

1988 - 1991

Business degree specifically leaning towards Strategic Business Management and strategy to protect existing business and develop new opportunities.

Our Ladys High School, Motherwell

SCE Highers & O Grades of School subjects

St Brigids RC Primary School Newmains

Passed 11+ (was my Primary School) of Primary school studies