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Colin Robinson MCIPS

Procurement, Sourcing & Supply Chain Specialist - Direct & Indirect / GSNFR at
Saint Albans, England, United Kingdom, United Kingdom
Function: Property & Facilities Management
Industry: Supply Chain
Category: Facilities Management
Level of responsibility: Senior
Procurement system: Other

About me section iconAbout me

A Global Supply Chain professional with a rare and valuable balance of expertise gained in both Direct and Indirect/GSNFR procurement disciplines; Inspiring teams and suppliers to deliver effective solutions and products in a consistent, process led but entrepreneurial and creative environment; ensuring both innovative and commercially successful results. (Commercially and Technically Astute) Key experience in Retail, Hotel, Restaurant, Commercial & Residential property sectors, with a particular focus on Equipment & Services, Interior Fit-Out & Facilities Management. Advanced process knowledge gained in Best Practice Procurement, Category Management, Project Management, Supply Chain Management, Manufacturing, Innovation, Product Development & Far East / Low Cost Region sourcing. Strong understanding of how to negotiate, influence and leverage Skill & Scale; Responsible for spends of up to £300million. Strategic bigger picture thinker and high level negotiator: Expert in building relationships and influencing senior stakeholders; regularly selling solutions into Franchisees and Greenfield Procurement arenas (Consultancy Approach). Natural ability to identify opportunities, leverage scale, drive compliance and consolidate spends (Group Procurement Approach). Personal Qualities: Team Leadership, Honesty, Integrity, Resilience, Ability to Delegate, Confidence, Sense of Humour, Empathy, Commitment, Intuition, Creativity, Innovative, Resourceful, Responsive, Positive Attitude, Calm Under Pressure, Ability to Inspire and above all a Common Sense Approach.

Work experience section iconWork Experience

Lead Category Manager (£130m Equipment & Services)

ISG plc

September 2014 - April 2015 (7 months) | London
COMPANY: ISG is a £1.2billion international construction services company delivering fit out, construction, engineering services and a range of specialist solutions. ROLE: To establish and promote a consistent category strategy that through an approved supply chain and strong relationships helps to win work, drive innovation and quality improvements, delivers bottom line savings and mitigates commercial and delivery risk.
Special Projects / Tesco Group Property Procurement (£50m - £300m)


December 2012 - June 2014 (1 year, 6 months)
Initially a Category Management role that quickly grew into a “Special Projects” role: Put forward by GPP Directors as their “Best Striker” to setup and lead high profile projects within Tesco’s Property Division; (New Food Experience, GM Retail Fixtures, Industrial Bakery Build projects, Forensic M&E Audits and Cost Model integration), identifying opportunities, managing external consultants, selling the solutions, building the teams and creating flexible procurement strategies for spend areas up to £300m)
Senior Category Buyer - (£60m Equipment & Services, FF&E, Telecoms, FM & MRO)

ACCOR Hotels

June 2010 - January 2013 (2 years, 7 months)
COMPANY: Present in 90 countries, with over 4,000 hotels and 500,000 rooms, Accor’s brands include - Sofitel, Pullman, MGallery, Novotel, Mercure, Suitehotel, Ibis, All Seasons, Etap, HotelF1 and Motel6 ROLE: Category management of the Property, FM and MRO categories, including – Furniture, Sanitaryware, Catering Equipment, Elevators, Telecoms (PABX), FF&E, HVAC, M&E, Security, Signage, Gym equip, Flooring, Lighting, Air Conditioning, Major Equipment Maintenance and Interior fit out.
Director of Buying


June 2007 - March 2010 (2 years, 9 months)
COMPANY: Part of AIS, Morley’s stores own and operate independent department stores and distribution companies in London and the South East. Routes to market include mail order and online. ROLE: Responsible for the Buying, Product Development, QC and Supply Planning functions within the Education Furniture Division; Strategic business development, P&L delivery and overall procurement strategy. Managed a team of 8 reports to procure both stock and direct delivery items to successfully service 35,000 customer orders per year

Principal Furniture

June 2007 - March 2010 (2 years, 9 months)
COMPANY: Sourcing and supplying Chinese and other LCR product to the leisure, restaurant, hotel and public sectors through the "Principal Furniture" brand.
Supply Chain Manager


June 2004 - June 2007 (3 years)
COMPANY: Specialist Far East sourcing agency - sourcing, developing and supplying product from China & SE Asia to UK retailers such as: Mfi, Howden Joinery and Homebase.
Sourcing Director (interim)

New Store Europe BV

June 2014 - August 2014 (2 months)
COMPANY: European Shop fitting and Retail Fixtures supplier, with a presence in 11 European countries. ROLE: (Interim) Sourcing Director: To help a new Senior Management Team to develop and strengthen the Purchasing Department and Supply Chain.
Interim Regional Category Lead

GlaxoSmithKline GSK

April 2015 - Present (9 years, 2 months) | London
Short term Interim contract to lead the creation, execution and management of the comprehensive REGIONAL sourcing strategies for specified spend categories

Education section iconEducation

Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply


2007 - 2010
• 2007 – 2010 – Professional Diploma course in Purchasing and Supply – The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) o Full member (MCIPS) status awarded in 2010
The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply


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