James Bush

James Bush

Strategy Lead - Procurement & Supply Chain

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About Me

Melbourne, Australia based, currently working on(in) Procurement strategy with Australia's largest Telco (and future global technology) company -Telstra.

Industry experience - Information Technology & Telecommunications

Category knowledge - IT Software, Services & Hardware, Business Process Outsourcing & the world of Marketing procurement.


JOB TITLE: Strategy Lead - Procurement & Supply Chain

FUNCTION: Procurement

INDUSTRY: IT & Telecommunications

CATEGORY: HR - Generalist



Work experience

Strategy Lead, Procurement & Supply Chain


September 2015 - Present | Melbourne, Australia

Senior Transformation Manager - Procurement & Supply Chain


November 2013 - September 2015 ( 1 year, 10 months )

Implemented a Category Management framework across the Procurement and Supply Chain teams within Telstra. As a key change agent within Procurement, this role contributed to the delivery of Procurement related benefits across $15B of third party spend.

This was all about people - positively role modelling a cultural shift within Procurement to managing spend proactively at a category and enterprise wide level.

This included category strategy development, project management, capability and training to ensure Telstra develops fit-for-purpose 3 year category strategies, immediate financial year (FY) initiatives and implementation work plans for execution.

Vendor Management - Procurement & Corporate Services, IT Software


December 2011 - November 2013 ( 1 year, 11 months ) | Melbourne

Supplier Manager within Procurement as part of the IT Procurement category, with a portfolio of commercial and contractual relationships with suppliers who have Software & Services arrangements with Telstra.

Supported the direction and executed category opportunity plans for the IT Software Category Strategy on behalf of Telstra Procurement to drive value and deliver change from the categories activities.

Procurement Professional - Software & Services


July 2009 - December 2011 ( 2 years, 5 months )

Two and a half years experience working within IBM Procurement, managing Software and Services commodities.

• Performed strategic RFx sourcing events, performing moderate to high risk supplier evaluations, selections of a complex nature, risk management and mitigation.
• Managed IBM suppliers, primary responsibility within Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region, while also supporting procurement roles for North America and EMEA.

Consultant - Customer Solutions Management


July 2008 - July 2009 ( 1 year )


RMIT University

Business IT & Logistics of Logistics and Supply Chain Management

2007 - 2014

Ryerson University

Business IT and Logistics of Business Globalisation - Canada

2013 - 2014