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Philip Elkin

Senior Consultant at Vendigital Ltd

Leicester, Leicestershire, United Kingdom
Logistics and Supply Chain
  1. Vendigital Ltd,
  2. Claybrooke Consulting Ltd
  1. Claybrooke Consulting Ltd,
  2. Overview Ltd.,
  3. IMI
  1. Staffordshire University
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Vendigital Ltd

Vendigital Ltd

Senior Consultant

– Present

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An experienced Supply Chain professional with an extensive international perspective with a record of achievement in delivering significant financial benefits within highly complex and challenging environments across a broad range of geographic locations (Americas, Africa, Europe, Asia).

As a proven leader in Supply Chain I know what ‘bad’ and ‘good’ looks like and the journey required to go from one to another whilst influencing, motivating and inspiring at all levels, providing challenge where appropriate. I have an extensive experience in change management that has been built through delivering lean Supply Chain operational improvements, and substantial Procurement savings across both direct and indirect commodities for global blue chip organisations and SMEs.

I have completed a number of Supply Chain function organisation re-designs projects focusing on performance turnarounds, team development, process improvements and cultural change.

A track record of delivering significant cost savings through the use of best practice processes including Category Management, Strategic Sourcing, Negotiation, Relationship Management and Low Cost Sourcing.

Experience of Indirect and Direct categories, including Facilities Management, Marketing, Logistics, Office Supplies, Financial Services, Metals, Electrical & Electronics, Plastics, EIDs, Lasers, Optics, POS, and IT Hardware.

Experience of a diverse range of market sectors including, Automotive, Aerospace, Telecoms, Semicon, Building, Engineering, CCTV, Retail and Fleet Management market sectors.

Specialties: Global Sourcing in Low Cost Countries, Strategic Sourcing, Lean Operations Improvement, Supply Chain Management, Procurement, Category Management, Supply Chain Transformation, Project Management & Negotiation.


Senior Consultant

Vendigital Ltd
– Present (1 year 7 months)

Working for specialist Procurement Consultancy Vendigital I have been engaged on a number of client projects including,

BAE Systems - Engaged to deliver a number of key procurement projects for a Naval Ships programme

Coats Plc. - Engaged to complete a spend analysis and opportunity assessment across all Indirect and Direct spend across 90 countries.


Claybrooke Consulting Ltd
– Present (8 years 8 months)

On Paternity Leave

Claybrooke Consulting Ltd
(5 months)Leicestershire

Supply Chain Consultant - Interim

Overview Ltd.
(7 months)London, United Kingdom

I completed a contract for a SME CCTV company based in London. Working with the Owner to make recommendations/changes to improve Supply Chain operations. This involved savings negotiations with US based suppliers and sourcing activities within China.

Head of Procurement - Interim

(7 months)Loughborough

During a period of recruitment for a new permanent Head of Procurement I was responsible for the leadership of the Procurement operations function of the Artform brand of IMI Group. Key achievements delivered during my contract was the successful launch of the two biggest cosmetic products in the companies history for L'Oreal and Coty, and the completion of a buy vs. make feasibility study on internal manufacturing operations.

Supply Chain Consultant - Interim

Dunlop Aircraft Tyres
(3 months)Birmingham, United Kingdom

Short-term contract to complete a diagnostic to identify the maturity of their Supply Chain operational activities, make recommendations of improvement opportunities for 2012 supported by a detailed action plan which included "quick win" savings.

Procurement Director - Interim

Elliott Group - part of Algeco-Scotsman
(1 year)Cannock

I was responsible for leading the Capex and Opex Procurement organisation to align with the Group business strategy. The project was focused on transforming the Procurement function from one which was under performing, to a value added team delivering positive step changes in areas such as:-

2012 Olympic delivery programme
Elliott brand strategy
Supply Chain cost reductions
Commodity Management
Standardisation programme
Supplier Reductions....

Supply Chain Consultant - Interim

(1 year 3 months)United Kingdom

A contract leading a Supply Chain operations transformation project that delivered over £2m if financial and lean operational process improvements in Repair and Maintenance spend.

Group Purchasing Manager - Interim

Fitness First
(5 months)Poole

This contract covered responsibility across 14 countries, where I delivered savings for a number of global indirect categories covering Audio Visual, Cardio Equipment, and HVAC.

Specialist Category Manager - Interim

The General Healthcare Group Ltd(GHG)
(2 months)London, United Kingdom

Short term contract to identify the categories to target for cost savings, and develop the 2009 Sourcing Plan. This involved working with the local category managers to maximise "quick win" savings opportunities, and full category plan projects.

Specialist Category Manager - Interim

Carphone Warehouse
(1 year 4 months)London, United Kingdom

A change program was implemented which delivered multi-million pound cost reductions in the areas of Facilities Management, Marketing, Logistics, Office Supplies, and Financial Services.

Strategic Purchasing Manager - Interim

De La Rue
(9 months)Eskilstuna, Sweden

During this contract i was based in a town in central Sweden. Project scope included responsibility for the leadership of the Swedish Procurement function for Indirect and Direct spend.

Supply Chain Director

GSI Group
(2 years 5 months)Rugby

Responsible for the management of all Purchasing and Supply Chain operations for the UK companies. This included direct responsibility for 36 people in Materials Planning and Control, Purchasing, SQA and Logistics, and the development of a IPO in China to support the Western and Asian manufacturing operations.

Purchasing Consultant - Interim

Leica Microsystems
(1 year)Cambridge, United Kingdom

Responsible for leading a Procurement change programme to outsource key assemblies, implement tactical supplier plans to deliver on-time materials, and securing cost reductions.

Head of Supply Chain - Europe

(1 year)Plymouth, United Kingdom

Supply Chain VP responsible for the European purchasing operations of the Energy Management Division, reporting to the President of Manufacturing and Supply Chain and the Corporate President of Lean Supply Chain. This included strategic direction and leadership to 77 supply chain professionals across 24 manufacturing plants in 9 countries.

Category Manager - Permanent & Interim

Cable & Wireless/QP Group
(1 year 1 month)London, United Kingdom

Responsible for a number of Telecoms categories and implementing purchasing cost reductions.

Corporate Project Manger

TRW Aerospace (Lucas Aerospace)
(less than a year)Solihull

Project Manager responsible for the redesign of all procurement activities within the European Aftermarket business, with sales of $140 million and a margin of $85 million. The existing business was located across 9 European sites and had a supply base in excess of 900 suppliers.

Corporate Global Sourcing Manager

TRW Aerospace (Lucas Aerospace)
(3 years)Solihull & Asia

Responsible for implementing cost optimised global supply chain strategies from Low Cost Countries to 18 global manufacturing facilities, the development and growth of an Indonesian JV manufacturing factory.

Systems Development Manager/Purchasing Manager/Senior Buyer

(3 years)Solihull

Senior Buyer/Buyer

(5 years)Rugby

Design Engineer/Technical Apprentice

BTR PLC (Dunlop)
(6 years)Coventry, United Kingdom


  • Category Management
  • Strategic Sourcing
  • Supplier Negotiations
  • Business Relationship...
  • Low Cost Country...
  • Interim Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Procurement
  • Purchasing Strategy
  • Supply Chain
  • Purchasing
  • Supplier Negotiation
  • Global Sourcing
  • Outsourcing
  • Business Process...
  • Operations Management
  • Sourcing
  • Management
  • Strategy
  • Process Improvement
  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Negotiation
  • Manufacturing
  • Logistics
  • Change Management
  • Contract Negotiation
  • Business Strategy
  • Spend Analysis
  • Leadership
  • Materials Management
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