British, French Based Supply Chain Manager

Serial No: 11812
Skills keywords: supply chain management
Current location:  Provence-Alpes-Côte d\'Azur, France - View on map
Nationality: British
Spoken languages: english, french


Language / Scuba / Wildlife June 2012 – Present

 Joined The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) to partake in various activities such as: habitat protection for dormice/butterflies/other wildlife, wetland management, fence building building public access steps, creating French drains, woodland path construction, coppicing

 Took relevant PADI courses in the UK to get me qualified up to Rescue Diver in order for me to pursue my interests in marine conservation

 Undertook a four month Eco Divemaster course in Thailand to gain my first professional diving qualification and obtain experience in conservation, coral health / reef checks, ecological monitoring and marine resource management. Developed leadership abilities, mentored other divers and became a teacher

 Moved to France to improve my French and to start looking for my next Supply Chain role

HiPP UK Ltd March 2011 – May 2012

Operations Manager Head Office

HiPP are an organic baby food business with customers including Tesco, Sainsbury, Waitrose, Asda, Co-op. The company has circa 15 employees within the UK with a turnover of £50m.

 Managed the Operations department, reported to the MD and managed a team of two

 Lead (from the UK side) the implementation of SAP project

 Developed the department by: automating many departmental tasks, designing new systems, formalising processes & procedures, etc.

 Managed the renewal of our warehouse & distribution contract – reducing costs and improving service

 Managed stocks of c5000 pallets with a value of £6m

 Delivered 99.25% service level (on time / in full) to customers against a target of 98%

 Took control of VMI (Vendor Managed Inventory) – improved service level and HiPP became a ‘Hero’ supplier for the first time

 Stock write-off reduction & pallet management

 Qualified as a Prince2 Practitioner before role was made redundant in May 2012

Oddbins Ltd Sept 2008 – April 2010

Head of Supply Chain & Logistics Head Office

 Managed the Supply Chain, DC & Logistics departments – product from source to customer

 Forecast planning, supplier to DC replenishment, distribution from DC to branches and deliveries from branches to customers (via courier and van)

 Analysed departments, implementing efficiencies and reducing costs

 Reporting to the Chairman I managed 3 direct reports and an overall team of 40

 Brought control to distribution – costs dropped below budget; pallet rate dropped from £68.29 to £44.85 (reached £88.31 before measures started to have an impact)

 Increased freight-forwarders from one to five to limit our exposure and reduced freight costs from £1.4m to £800k. Increased credit terms from 15 days net to 30 days EOM

 Decreased stock-holding by £10.4m – 1.8m units – 38% increasing stock-turn from 5.2 to 8.6

 Gained member status at the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (MILT)

Oddbins Ltd Jan 2007 to Aug 2008

Supply Chain Development & Planning Manager Head Office

 Managed the Supply Chain department

 Supplier to DC replenishment and top-level store replenishment for 1,400 skus / 260 stores

 Managed the Supply Chain Coordinators; and the redundancy of one

 Restructured and developed the department to cope with less staff and existing back-log

 Automated the department – originally paper-based. Developed and implemented a spreadsheet based forecasting & replenishment reducing the order cycle from 8wks to 1wk

 Increased availability from 62% to 99% whilst reduction stock by £10.2m – 1.7m units – 27%

 Created and managed an Invitation to Tender (ITT) for our freight-forwarding contract

 Designed and co-ordinated a stock returns to DC exercise for all 260 stores

 Designed and managed a depot capacity plan to monitor stock movements / capacities

 Recognised as one of the company’s top performers and awarded a retention bonus

Oddbins Ltd Jul 2006 to Dec 2006

Demand Manager Head Office

 Responsible for managing the stock link between DC and stores

 Primary task was to reduce store over-stocks. Reduced by £6m – 1m units – 20%

 Co-ordinated and developed a ‘Capping’ system to reduce store over-stocks

 Cancelled the failing central stock replenishment and introduced greater store autonomy

Success Appointments May 2005 to Apr 2006

Supply Chain & Retail Systems Consultant Holborn Office

 Provided recruitment services to many of the UK’s leading retailers

 Brought on board four new clients as part of business development responsibilities

Thresher Group Apr 2003 to May 2005

Senior Supply Chain Planner Head Office

 Managed an average stock budget in excess of £25m

 Availability increased from 80% to 96%; levels that consistently beat target

 Played an integral part in the implementation of AWR (Advanced Warehouse Replenishment), a multi-million pound forecasting system, and became company super-user

 Managed various regions of supply with varying lead-times – from 1 to 13 weeks, inc: Europe, Australasia, South Africa and The Americas

 Managed the supply process using traditional 3PL methods & 4PL consolidation warehouses

 Part of an award winning supply chain for its consolidation centre initiatives

 Passed (with merit) the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) intermediate examination

Woolworths Group PLC Apr 2002 to Apr 2003

Assistant Supply Manager – Confectionery Head Office

 Achieved availability levels in excess of 98%

 Managed a stock budget in excess of £50 million. Suppliers included: Mars and Nestle

 U.A.T. (User Acceptance Testing) of IPR (Integrated Planning & Replenishment) a new multi-million pound replenishment system from Manugistics (software provider)

Woolworths Group PLC Jul 2001 to Apr 2002

Merchandise Assistant – Confectionery Head Office

 Collated various information, carried out data input and product set-up. Worked within strict parameters in regards to data integrity and accuracy

 Managed the supply chain for a UK supplier (Haribo) – increased availability

 Held buying responsibilities for a portfolio of Scottish suppliers – increased sales & margin

Various Positions 1992 to 1998

Included: retail (shop floor), dental nurse, barman and waiter positions. It was the retail experiences that prompted me to start my degree and pursue a career in retail at Head Office.


 Microsoft Office and Lotus Notes applications

 System experience includes:

1. Planning, Forecasting and Stock Replenishment – Manugistics: IPR (Integrated Planning & Replenishment), JDA: E3 & AWR (Advanced Warehouse Replenishment), Microsoft: Navision. Becoming proficient with SAP.

2. Reporting – DSS Agent (ARFA, SERF), DSP, ROBOT, Retail Ideas

3. Buying and Ranging – Makoro

4. Databases – Navigator, MMS (Merchandise Management System), JDA

5. Track & Trace (Freight-forwarding) – AXIS

 Intermediate French – written and spoken

 First Aider / Emergency First Responder


 ‘98-‘01 – BA (Hon) Business Administration with Marketing – First Class

 ‘88-‘92 – A-level: Economics, GCSE: French, English Language, English Literature,

Maths, Business Studies, Accounts, Combined Science (Chemistry, Physics,

Biology), History, Design & Realisation