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I 'fell' into procurement like many of us did, not having heard of it before! Initially aspiring to be a British Airways pilot, the closest I got was working in the BA Recruitment team in 'the good old days'. I dabbled in Marketing, then back into Recruitment, before landing in the Civil Service at OGCbuying.Solutions (then Buying Solutions, then GPS and now CCS!).
I gained MCIPS qualification in 2008 and I'm a Public Sector procurement expert, specialising in the IT Category having procured Framework Agreements and multiple contracts ranging from £6k to £6bn! Since leaving the Civil Service in 2011, I've been supporting the Social Housing sector and helping with digital transformation projects across the sector. I was honoured to be awarded a CIPS Fellowship in December 2016 and in June 2017 I was elected a full member of the Institute of Directors (IoD).
Having now set up my own company offering freelance procurement and commercial consultancy, I'm keen to continue to develop as a professional through learning from you all, and hopefully helping some of you too, as well as supporting a wide variety of clients across the public and private sectors! The idea of collaborating and improving together really inspires me. Procurement can be a lonely profession at times. Through the power of technology, perhaps we can work together and make a real difference.
JOB TITLE: Director - CJC Procurement Ltd
INDUSTRY: Business Services & Consulting
CATEGORY: IT - Software
CURRENT LEVEL OF RESPONSIBILITY: Senior
Interim IT Procurement Lead
Southern Housing Group
April 2016 - December 2017 ( 1 year, 8 months )
Interim contract via CJC Procurement Ltd
Providing direct procurement and commercial support to the IT Director and IT department at Southern Housing Group.
CJC Procurement Ltd
March 2016 - Present
CJC Procurement Ltd advocates an 'Outcome Focused Pragmatism' approach to engaging with business clients and suppliers, ensuring the focus is on the delivery of outcomes, not on process.
This is done through providing procurement and commercial consultancy support to Public Sector & Private Sector organisations; facilitating the drive towards value from procurement and commercial relationships between customer/client organisations and their suppliers and supply chain.
The provision of support to suppliers trying to work with the Public Sector is lacking, so CJC Procurement Ltd will also focus on providing support to suppliers engaging with the UK public sector through providing tailored training interventions, advice and guidance and ad hoc bid support services.
CJC Procurement Ltd
March 2016 - Present | Norwich & London
'Outcome Focussed Pragmatist' - provision of Procurement and Commercial consultancy, particularly to the public sector in it's widest sense, and typically relating to IT. Currently engaged by Southern Housing Group, Valueworks and Orchard Information Systems Ltd.
Senior Procurement Category Manager (Indirect Spend)
April 2011 - March 2016 ( 4 years, 11 months ) | Norwich
Responsible for managing the Indirect Categories of Spend at Cirlce Housing Group with a personal focus on IT and Telecoms whilst managing a team responsible for FM, Utilities, Travel, Marketing, HR and Professional Services. Responsible for developing and implementing Category Management and procurement processes across Circle. Over £3m of savings delivered from the IT and Telecoms category in two years and £5m of savings from the Indirect Categories overall.
Senior Management Team member for the Group Procurement Team and Senior Leadership Team member for the IS&T function at Cirlce.
Aston Business School
Psychology & Management of
1997 - 2001