Mark K. Astley

Mark K. Astley

Managing Director - securing the good in business

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About Me

Twenty plus years in International Sourcing, working for IKEA Trading and Tesco Sourcing in Home Furnishing supply.

• - Securing the supply chain in Quality, Social and Environmental assurance - securing brand protection and production efficiency development.
• - Working on and leading sourcing projects to reduce price and increase supplier social and ethical compliance.
• - Developing sourcing strategies for different production and material techniques to secure a total range offer at price and specification level.
- •Working across Various Product Categories including textiles, plastic and metal.
•- Securing direct materials and their production capacity in the supply chain - securing legal compliance at the sub contract and sub supplier level.
• - Working across varied industries, production and material techniques improving product and production quality including furniture, textile, injection moulding and metalwork manufacturing.
• - Leading and managing Supplier Development in UK, Eastern Europe and Asia achieving production efficiency, product development and costs reductions.
• - Management responsibilities at Category and General Management level across a number of offices, teams and countries in Asia.
• - Developing Regional Strategic and Operational Management across South Asia to increase operational efficiency, greater integration and alignment of teams across the region.

JOB TITLE: Managing Director - securing the good in business

FUNCTION: Consultancy, Strategy, & Transformation

INDUSTRY: Supply Chain

CATEGORY: Consumables



Work experience

Managing Director

Robert Vernon Associates - Good Business Growth Consulting

September 2014 - Present

Leader and innovator at Robert Vernon Associates - operational and strategic training, development and consultancy services in international sourcing and vendor factory management.

General Manager Hardlines

Tesco International Sourcing

June 2012 - June 2014 ( 2 years ) | Gurgaon India

Tesco International Sourcing - Homeshop Category Management and supporting other Tesco Hardline categories to source production capacity in South Asia.

QSE Manager

IKEA Trading Services Hong Kong

August 2009 - June 2012 ( 2 years, 10 months ) | Dhaka, Bangladesh

Assuring the global delivery of home furnishing textiles from well managed factories that secure Quality, Social and Environmental performance that leads to the best price and availability for the customer..

Quality Manager Trading South Asia

IKEA Trading Hong Kong

July 2004 - July 2009 ( 5 years ) | Delhi, India

TQE Manager Trading South Europe

IKEA Trading

August 1998 - July 2004 ( 5 years, 11 months ) | Vienna, Austria

Quality Manager UK Trading

IKEA Trading Services

June 1992 - July 1998 ( 6 years, 1 month ) | Stockport, UK

Corporate Planning

Scheiber Furniture

May 1987 - February 1990 ( 2 years, 9 months ) | Runcorn, UK

Production Management

Gandalf Digital Communications

January 1981 - January 1987 ( 6 years ) | Warrington, UK


University College Salford

HND of Quality Management

1990 - 1992

North Cheshire College

Dip IIM of Industrial Management

1982 - 1986