Elena Kononenko

Elena Kononenko

CEO, CEO, CEO

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About Me

Executive, 10 years experienced with Procurement/Supply Chain Management in international companies, including companies from the list Global Fortune 500 (Metro Cash&Carry, Microsoft, BNP Paribas) & in the World Bank projects. Broad category expertise includes Marketing, General Services, IT, Insurance, Real Estate.

Performance-oriented leader, capable of driving significant performance improvements, through competencies in procurement system & procedures set up & optimization, procurement centralization and outsourcing, procurement policies and processes design and improvement, cost reduction, e-procurement systems design and roll out, business processes re-engineering, organizational redesign, strategic sourcing, budgeting/costing, planning/forecasting, training, building on people soft skills.

I can add value to companies that are seeking Operations/Procurement, Strategy/Business Development leaders, businesses that looking for ways to improve their bottom lines.

My leadership in these activities resulted in record-breaking growth in revenue and profit, through cost reduction, business processes optimization & automation.


JOB TITLE: CEO, CEO, CEO

FUNCTION: Procurement

INDUSTRY: Business Services & Consulting

CATEGORY: BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) Services

CURRENT LEVEL OF RESPONSIBILITY: CEO

PRIMARY PROCUREMENT SYSTEM: Other



Work experience

CEO

Next Consulting Group

March 2014 - Present ( 5 years, 7 months ) | Kiev

​​​​​​​​​​Next Consulting Group is a team of experts in cost optimization & business growth services.

We offer comprehensive solutions, which improve our clients’ financial results through cost reduction and business processes’ optimization.

All our experts have more than 10 years’ experience of effective procurement management for large international companies from different markets and a proven track record of savings in the millions of dollars. With the information on commercial terms, volumes and best practices of the largest players in the market, we can get even better terms from suppliers, thereby increasing benefits for our clients.

Deep knowledge of the market and our cost reduction methodologies have saved our clients an average of 18%:
Diaries 5%
​Laptops 15%
Desktops 9%
Car Insurance 7%
Mystery Client 36%
Printing Services 9%
Printing Services 43%
Cleaning Services 21%
Logistics Services 30%
Medical Insurance 15%
Mass Mailing Services 10%
Advertising Signboards 7%
Advertising Signboards 25%
Stationery & Office Paper 12%
New Year Corporate Party 20%

CEO

Next Consulting Group

March 2014 - Present

​​​​​​​​​​Next Consulting Group is a team of experts in cost optimization & business growth services.

We offer comprehensive solutions, which improve our clients’ financial results through cost reduction and business processes’ optimization.

All our experts have more than 10 years’ experience of effective procurement management for large international companies from different markets and a proven track record of savings in the millions of dollars. With the information on commercial terms, volumes and best practices of the largest players in the market, we can get even better terms from suppliers, thereby increasing benefits for our clients.

Deep knowledge of the market and our cost reduction methodologies have saved our clients an average of 18%:
Diaries 5%
​Laptops 15%
Desktops 9%
Car Insurance 7%
Mystery Client 36%
Printing Services 9%
Printing Services 43%
Cleaning Services 21%
Logistics Services 30%
Medical Insurance 15%
Mass Mailing Services 10%
Advertising Signboards 7%
Advertising Signboards 25%
Stationery & Office Paper 12%
New Year Corporate Party 20%

CEO

Next Consulting Group

March 2014 - Present

​​​​​​​​​​Next Consulting Group is a team of experts in cost optimization & business growth services.

We offer comprehensive solutions, which improve our clients’ financial results through cost reduction and business processes’ optimization.

All our experts have more than 10 years’ experience of effective procurement management for large international companies from different markets and a proven track record of savings in the millions of dollars. With the information on commercial terms, volumes and best practices of the largest players in the market, we can get even better terms from suppliers, thereby increasing benefits for our clients.

Deep knowledge of the market and our cost reduction methodologies have saved our clients an average of 18%:
Diaries 5%
​Laptops 15%
Desktops 9%
Car Insurance 7%
Mystery Client 36%
Printing Services 9%
Printing Services 43%
Cleaning Services 21%
Logistics Services 30%
Medical Insurance 15%
Mass Mailing Services 10%
Advertising Signboards 7%
Advertising Signboards 25%
Stationery & Office Paper 12%
New Year Corporate Party 20%

CPO

Lunnyj Svet

November 2009 - March 2014 ( 4 years, 4 months ) | Moscow

Centralized all purchases, created procurement from zero point, created and managed procurement team (10 FTEs), managed expenses for all indirect purchases.

Key contributions:
• Created procurement from zero point;
• Created procurement strategy, policy, procedures;
• E-procurement system designed and rolled-out;
• Significant saving achieved.

Chief Procurement Officer

Outside Ukraine

November 2009 - March 2014 ( 4 years, 4 months )

Centralized all purchases, created procurement from zero point, created and managed procurement team (10 FTEs), managed expenses for all indirect purchases.

Key contributions:
• Created procurement from zero point;
• Created procurement strategy, policy, procedures;
• E-procurement system designed and rolled-out;
• Significant saving achieved.

Chief Procurement Officer

Outside Ukraine

November 2009 - March 2014 ( 4 years, 4 months )

Centralized all purchases, created procurement from zero point, created and managed procurement team (10 FTEs), managed expenses for all indirect purchases.

Key contributions:
• Created procurement from zero point;
• Created procurement strategy, policy, procedures;
• E-procurement system designed and rolled-out;
• Significant saving achieved.

Head of Marketing Procurement Team

Raiffeisen Bank Aval

March 2008 - November 2009 ( 1 year, 8 months ) | Kiev

descriptionCentralized marketing purchases (for all 1100 branches across Ukraine), created marketing procurement from zero point (marketing procurement strategy, policy, procedures), created and managed marketing procurement team (3 FTEs), managed expenses for all marketing purchases (approximate €20 mln), cost optimization projects leader, controlling the respect of ethical rules by suppliers & employees

Key contributions:
• Meeting multimillion EURO savings targets insuring fast & transparent procurement processes
• E-Procurement system rolled out
• Effective & in-time rebranding of 220 branches across Ukraine;
• Significant cost reduction for all marketing categories;
• Development & implementation of Marketing Procurement Procedure;
• Development of technical requirements for internal advertising constructions & to advertising constructions for ATM;
• Brand book for internal, external advertising constructions;
• Development & implementing of merchandising procedure;
• Development & implementing more effective approach to media placement.

Head of Marketing Procurement

Raiffeisen Bank Aval

March 2008 - November 2009 ( 1 year, 8 months )

Centralized marketing purchases (for all 1100 branches across Ukraine), created marketing procurement from zero point (marketing procurement strategy, policy, procedures), created and managed marketing procurement team (3 FTEs), managed expenses for all marketing purchases (approximate €20 mln), cost optimization projects leader, controlling the respect of ethical rules by suppliers & employees

Key contributions:
• Meeting multimillion EURO savings targets insuring fast & transparent procurement processes
• E-Procurement system rolled out
• Effective & in-time rebranding of 220 branches across Ukraine;
• Significant cost reduction for all marketing categories;
• Development & implementation of Marketing Procurement Procedure;
• Development of technical requirements for internal advertising constructions & to advertising constructions for ATM;
• Brand book for internal, external advertising constructions;
• Development & implementing of merchandising procedure;
• Development & implementing more effective approach to media placement.

Head of Marketing Procurement

Raiffeisen Bank Aval

March 2008 - November 2009 ( 1 year, 8 months )

Centralized marketing purchases (for all 1100 branches across Ukraine), created marketing procurement from zero point (marketing procurement strategy, policy, procedures), created and managed marketing procurement team (3 FTEs), managed expenses for all marketing purchases (approximate €20 mln), cost optimization projects leader, controlling the respect of ethical rules by suppliers & employees

Key contributions:
• Meeting multimillion EURO savings targets insuring fast & transparent procurement processes
• E-Procurement system rolled out
• Effective & in-time rebranding of 220 branches across Ukraine;
• Significant cost reduction for all marketing categories;
• Development & implementation of Marketing Procurement Procedure;
• Development of technical requirements for internal advertising constructions & to advertising constructions for ATM;
• Brand book for internal, external advertising constructions;
• Development & implementing of merchandising procedure;
• Development & implementing more effective approach to media placement.

Deputy Head of Information, Communication and General Procurement

UkrSibBank BNP Paribas Group

November 2006 - March 2008 ( 1 year, 4 months ) | Kiev

Created procurement from zero point (procurement strategy, policy, procedures), audited and centralized all administrative & marketing purchases (for 900 branches across Ukraine), category management, suppliers strategies & risk assessment, managed expenses for all marketing & administrative purchases (approximate €50-60 mln), created and managed marketing & administrative procurement team (10 FTEs), cost optimization projects leader, controlling the respect of ethical rules by Suppliers & employees

Deputy Head of Marketing and General Procurement

UkrSibbank BNP Paribas Group

November 2006 - March 2008 ( 1 year, 4 months )

Created procurement from zero point (procurement strategy, policy, procedures), audited and centralized all administrative & marketing purchases (for 900 branches across Ukraine), category management, suppliers strategies & risk assessment, managed expenses for all marketing & administrative purchases (approximate €50-60 mln), created and managed marketing & administrative procurement team (10 FTEs), cost optimization projects leader, controlling the respect of ethical rules by Suppliers & employees

Key contributions:
• “Best Employee 2006”
• Development Procurement Procedure & set up Procurement System
• Creation of excellent professional team
• Creation of Suppliers database
• Building of partnership relations with Suppliers
• Significant contribution to increasing of Bank savings

Deputy Head of Marketing and General Procurement

UkrSibbank BNP Paribas Group

November 2006 - March 2008 ( 1 year, 4 months )

Created procurement from zero point (procurement strategy, policy, procedures), audited and centralized all administrative & marketing purchases (for 900 branches across Ukraine), category management, suppliers strategies & risk assessment, managed expenses for all marketing & administrative purchases (approximate €50-60 mln), created and managed marketing & administrative procurement team (10 FTEs), cost optimization projects leader, controlling the respect of ethical rules by Suppliers & employees

Key contributions:
• “Best Employee 2006”
• Development Procurement Procedure & set up Procurement System
• Creation of excellent professional team
• Creation of Suppliers database
• Building of partnership relations with Suppliers
• Significant contribution to increasing of Bank savings

Procurement manager

State centre of education and science economy

November 2005 - November 2006 ( 1 year )

Responsibilities:
Investigate market for potential suppliers of goods & services;
Preparation the documentation for negotiations;
Negotiations;
Tender conducting;
Contracts preparation;
Purchasing planning;
Scheduling the deliveries and projects’ execution;
Suppliers database management;
Ordering;
Control of deliveries’ schedule execution;
Translation of contracts and technical documentation;
Equipments purchasing (IT, graphic arts equipment, etc.);
Real estate projects;
Budget and forecast process;
Business correspondence

Procurement manager

State centre of education and science economy

November 2005 - November 2006 ( 1 year )

Responsibilities:
Investigate market for potential suppliers of goods & services;
Preparation the documentation for negotiations;
Negotiations;
Tender conducting;
Contracts preparation;
Purchasing planning;
Scheduling the deliveries and projects’ execution;
Suppliers database management;
Ordering;
Control of deliveries’ schedule execution;
Translation of contracts and technical documentation;
Equipments purchasing (IT, graphic arts equipment, etc.);
Real estate projects;
Budget and forecast process;
Business correspondence

Procurement Manager

Microsoft

April 2005 - June 2005 ( 2 months )

Procurement Manager

Microsoft

April 2005 - June 2005 ( 2 months )

Project financial manager

State centre of education and science economy

October 2004 - October 2005 ( 1 year )

Responsibilities:
Preparation the financial parts of agreements;
Negotiations;
Participation in purchasing process (tenders);
Office equipments purchasing;
Creation the “Financial management manual”;
Participation in scheduling purchases;
Purchasing of services;
Generation and presentation of idea of special financial computer program ;
Financial reports;
Translation of contracts and technical documentation;
Business correspondence.

Project financial manager

State centre of education and science economy

October 2004 - October 2005 ( 1 year )

Responsibilities:
Preparation the financial parts of agreements;
Negotiations;
Participation in purchasing process (tenders);
Office equipments purchasing;
Creation the “Financial management manual”;
Participation in scheduling purchases;
Purchasing of services;
Generation and presentation of idea of special financial computer program ;
Financial reports;
Translation of contracts and technical documentation;
Business correspondence.

Purchasing manager assistant

METRO Cash & Carry Ukraine

April 2003 - September 2004 ( 1 year, 5 months )

Responsibilities:
Investigate market for potential suppliers (both local and overseas);
Negotiations;
Relationships with suppliers (prices, deliveries’ terms, orders’ terms, signing contracts);
Participation in assortment building;
Deliveries planning,
Sales volume planning;
Orders;
Stock’s analysis;
Business correspondence;
Development of special promotion actions;
Trade analysis;
Create and update suppliers’ database;
Translation;
Creations of special reports

Purchasing manager assistant

METRO Cash & Carry Ukraine

April 2003 - September 2004 ( 1 year, 5 months )

Responsibilities:
Investigate market for potential suppliers (both local and overseas);
Negotiations;
Relationships with suppliers (prices, deliveries’ terms, orders’ terms, signing contracts);
Participation in assortment building;
Deliveries planning,
Sales volume planning;
Orders;
Stock’s analysis;
Business correspondence;
Development of special promotion actions;
Trade analysis;
Create and update suppliers’ database;
Translation;
Creations of special reports

Analyst

SigmaBleyzer Ukraine

July 2002 - April 2003 ( 9 months )

Responsibilities:
Research and analysis of branch markets (Ukraine, Russia);
Looking-for potential investors (Ukraine and Russia);
Negotiations;
Create and update DBMS “Investment objects and clients”;
Investment memorandums;
Business correspondence;
Branch analysis;
Translation;
Financial analysis.

Analyst

SigmaBleyzer Ukraine

July 2002 - April 2003 ( 9 months )

Responsibilities:
Research and analysis of branch markets (Ukraine, Russia);
Looking-for potential investors (Ukraine and Russia);
Negotiations;
Create and update DBMS “Investment objects and clients”;
Investment memorandums;
Business correspondence;
Branch analysis;
Translation;
Financial analysis.

Intern

The World Bank

September 2001 - June 2002 ( 9 months )

Intern

The World Bank

September 2001 - June 2002 ( 9 months )

Education

Media Buying Academy Group

of Media Buying by Lee Morrow

University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School

of Operations Management

2012 - 2012

British Chartered Institute of Purchasing Management

of Online Course for Purchasing & Supply Management

2010 - 2011

Master-class of Dr. Philip Kotler

Certificate of "Managing & marketing in the age of turbulence"

2009 - 2009

Consulting company “NAU”

Certificate of Intensive Skills Training Course “Negotiations skills”

2003 - 2003

Kyiv National Economics University

Master of International Business Management

1997 - 2002