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Logistics/Supply Chain Interim Management

Logistics/Supply Chain Interim Management

Work Experience

Interim Assignments

Portfolio Manager - Bluefish Communications plc
Jul 2005 to Dec 2005
Project owner – Vodafone UK Ltd

Project Portfolio – Nortel UMR 4.1 & 4.2, Ericsson UTRAN P3 & P4, BSS R11 & R12, RNC Evolution, RBS Hardware, HSDPA impact assessment, reconfigure 2G radio network (antenna tilts, additional TMAs) and 2G Radio performance.

• Provide direction for and undertake day to day management for projects, with overall responsibility and accountability for project delivery.
• Work with individual project managers to help drive projects through to completion and on schedule.
• Work towards all projects within the programme being adequately planned to an appropriate level of detail including the project definition, tasks, deliverables, key dependencies, risks, resource allocation and scheduling.
• Support project managers with the preparation, submission on ongoing tracking of project budgets.
• Ensure effective communication of plans and progress across all projects.
• Assist project managers in the production of project schedules by providing practical and technical planning support where needed.
• Support projects to manage the issue and risk management processes, ensuring that all risks and issues are logged, tracked and/or escalated to closure.

Project Director - InsPara Technologies Atlanta USA
Mar 2005 to Jun 2005
Project owner – Cingular USA
Contractor - Siemens USA and Gmbh

• Provide project team leadership during 3G start up phase. Areas covered – database management, programme management, reports and implementation management.
• Established regular reporting covering critical project areas so that client has up to date information regarding project start up status.
• Reports created and provided – Project plan (centralised and follows PM@Siemens milestones), project readiness plan (plots progress against business requirements and contractual deliverables), weekly tracking sheets (monitors trigger points for network rollout), hardware and software milestone dates (quick reference table and status guide), master rollout schedule for 2005 & 2006 (master schedule for NodeB, RNC, CS and MGW – on air, optimisation, CA, launch activity and milestone dates), core deliveries to markets (means to track RNC, CS and MGW delivery to markets), risk reporting (verification of risk reporting and to ensure additional risks are qualified, captured and communicated by cross referencing above mentioned reports) and weekly internal project report (provided centralised point of reference for all project activities).
• Provide project management a weekly update of the proposed solutions and implementation plans for IT integration of multiple databases within Siemens organisations.
• Attend weekly management meetings.
• Provide experience and knowledge gained from the successful rollout of the first 3G network within the UK.

Head of Support Group NEC (UK) MNSD Apr 2004 to Feb 2005
Project owner - Three (Hutchison)
Lead Contractor - NEC (UK) Ltd. Partners - Siemens Gmbh and UK.

Responsible for - Supply Chain, Training, IT Support, Database, Cost to Complete, Order Processing and Project Director for additional RNC Deployment.

• Member of the management team handling the merge of the 3G mobile project division with Networks Solution Division creating a new operating division (Mobile Network Solutions Division).
• Weekly senior management reporting on progress and issues for 5 business support groups (shown above).
• Developed a centralised support group that reviewed and provided support to all areas (projects and business as usual) including issue solutions, information and proposals to improve cost effectiveness and customer satisfaction.
• Part of the team developing Sarbanes-Oxley documentation and process maps.
• Managed successful deployment and implementation of 8 RNC units in UK and 2 in Ireland including NodeB re-parenting.
• Successfully passed further ISO 9002 assessment for supply chain, training and database areas.
• Set up new order processing group to support customers move from bulk product call-off structure to individual purchase order per product.

Head of NEC (UK) Supply Chain. Aug 2003 to Apr 2004
· Review (in many cases write/re-write) all supply chain processes and ensure quality documentation is up to date prior to ISO 9002 assessment in November 2003. ISO accreditation achieved with reference to excellent supply chain process and reporting.
· Take the lead in consolidating project (rollout) budgetary processes, defining reporting requirements by utilising data base outputs and give each Manager within the rollout group an effective tool to manage individual cost centres.
· Prepare cost analysis and operational plans (in relation to supply chain) for various sub projects and changes to existing rollout model. I am unable to give more information at present, as these plans are still commercial in confidence.
· Review current spare parts operation (issue plus return for repair or replacement) and implement changes or revisions that will result in cost savings and/or considerable increases in service levels to the customer.
· Interview, employ and train replacement full time manager that will take over project supply chain management role.
· Manage the move of all stock from current warehouse to new warehouse. Ensure move does not impact on any part of the day-to-day supply of main units or spare parts.

Head of NEC (UK) Supply Chain for 3G Mobile Phone Network Project. Feb 2003 to Jul 2003

· Review and recommend changes to forecast processes, shipping operations and supply chain related functions within project scope.
· Lead weekly forecast meetings between NEC and Siemens to ensure sufficient supply of NodeB units and associated equipment is delivered to site in line with project plan.
· Evaluate third party contractor costs relating to supply chain activities.
· Lead contractual negotiations with sub contractors.
· Ensure significant improvements to customer service levels. Maintain/increase these improvements by introducing sub contractor KPI tables.
· Select, manage and audit third party pan-European logistics companies.
· Responsible for ensuring accurate product forecasting and on time supply from factories and suppliers in Netherlands, Germany, Europe and Far East.

Supply Chain and Retrofit Manager for 3G Mobile Phone Network Project. Jul 2002 to Jan 2003
Project owners - Three (Hutchison), NEC (UK) Ltd and Siemens Gmbh.

· Planned, set-up and managed all aspects of NodeB Platform 1 retrofit programme relating to operational equipment in the field. This included engineer training, spare part procurement, maintaining detailed engineer completion reports and daily progress reports to Three.
· Agreed and ensured contractors understand scope of work. Negotiated and agreed individual contracts within project parameters.
· Prepared and presented various management reports to Three on a regular basis.
· Planned, set-up and managed all aspects of NodeB Platform 2 retrofit programme relating to operational equipment in the field (similar to Platform 1).
· Arranged detailed on site training for retrofit field engineers, ensured preparation and issue of various retrofit procedures.
· Ensured sufficient supply of parts and components to enable completion of retrofit programmes within agreed timeframes.
· Retrofit programmes successfully completed with minimum impact to the 3G system operational levels (NodeB down time).

4 months Feb 02 - May 02

Logistics Director for Claridon Shipping, Essex.

· Review distribution price structure for Pan-European project. Operations commence in June 2002.
· Develop the new operational teams KPI tables and define new processes and procedures.
· Ensure track and trace IT options are fully operational across European depots and offices.

Corporate Career Summary

Sony (Europe) Ltd. Weybridge, Surrey. Oct 2000 - Jan 2002
International manufacturer and supplier of electronic equipment with sales of 660m Euro and 250 employees.

General Manager - Supply Chain
· Management and development of 45 people in Sales Administration, Product Planning & Procurement and Logistic groups.
· Conducted third party supplier reviews in respect of inbound shipping, distribution, warehousing and configuration centres. Identified opportunities for greater efficiency and potential cost savings.
· Renegotiated 12 major contracts worth 10m Euro resulting in 500k Euro savings.
· Planned and managed the move of the tape drives configuration centre from Netherlands to Belgium.
· Negotiated and implemented revised procurement strategies with OEM and sub contract factories.
· Member of SAP project steering committee. Major input to system development supporting all areas, in particular - stock, distribution, product purchasing, sales administration and logistics.
· Business owner of Supply Chain issues during SAP 4.7 implementation, responsible for managing the resulting large-scale changes.
· Maintained correct levels of stock to fully meet market demands at over 15 European sites, Sony owned and third party sites run by Exel, Irish Express, Geodis, Walsh Western and Schenkers.
· Created simplified process for identifying EOL and slow moving product lines resulting in levels being kept to an absolute minimum and reducing risk stock by 1.5m Euro.
· Developed Key Performance Indicators throughout the Supply Chain that resulted in an overall increase in operational efficiency and delivery of targeted quality levels.
· Prepared and monitored individual group operating budgets of 4m Euro.

Hitachi Europe Ltd. Maidenhead, Berks. Jan 1998 - Oct 2000
International manufacturer and supplier of electronic components with sales of 860m Euro and 370 employees.

European Logistics Manager
· Management of two operational, logistic sites - Slough and Munich.
· Successfully implemented the first ever U.K. CFSP Customs & Excise reporting system within SAP and started development of SEA project for Europe.
· Part of the Change Management team during introduction of SAP R/4 (1999).
· As part of the process owners team, monitored the effect of post SAP implementation to constantly review, update and implement new or revised operational processes in support of business needs.
· Selected, reviewed and renegotiated 9 third party contracts relating to shipping, transport, courier services and additional warehousing, reducing distribution costs by 10% 100k Euro.
· Set performance targets for all operations significantly improving service levels, ensuring cost effectiveness and customer satisfaction.
· Worked with other Hitachi business groups to develop a web-enabled, customer facing (internal and external), Europe wide, product track and trace system.
· Prepared operating budgets of 7.5m Euro covering expenditure for import and export shipping, European wide distribution and warehousing.

Azlan plc. Wokingham, Berks. Jan 1996 - Dec 1997
Value Added Retailer of network and communication equipment with sales of 250m Euro and 125 employees.

Group Logistics Manager
· Successful implementation of ISO 9002 quality process in respect of distribution, warehousing, product returns, import/export, Customs reporting and European liaison group.
· Completely reorganised European transport and distribution systems after purchasing 4 European companies resulting in achieving an average of 99% delivery accuracy within 6 months.
· Designed and implemented H.M.Customs & Excise IPR drawback system prior to Customs warehouse approval and operation.
· Worked as part of a management team to implement a new IT system covering accounts, sales order processing, stock control, despatch scheduling, distribution, sales analysis and forecasting.
· Transferred product repair facility from third party operation to main European warehouse to improve control, efficiency and customer service.

NEC (Europe) Ltd. Reading, Berks. Dec 1989 - Jan 1996
Manufacturer of computer and communication equipment with sales of 175m Euro and 150 employees.

European Logistics Manager
· Planned and developed a centralised European logistic system that incorporated 6 European operations with own account duty paid and bonded warehouses.
· Worked with MIS group to successfully implement new Oracle based (1991) and SAP R/3 (1995) company wide business IT systems.
· Ensured correct, accurate and efficient operation in respect of shipping, distribution and warehousing.
· Maintained close communication with manufacturing plants with regard to product supply scheduling.

Alphamain (UK) Ltd. London EC4. Aug 1985 - Dec 1989
Project handling, general trading and purchasing agents for Kuwait Oil Company with sales of 100m Euro and 60 employees.

Logistics Manager
· Responsible for setting up and establishing the U.K. operational facility of the Alphamain Group.

Wm. Muller & Co (UK) Ltd. London E1. Jan 1980 - Jul 1985
Shipping agents, freight forwarding, trailer operators and vessel chartering with sales of 50m Euro and 75 employees.
Manager of the Forwarding Division

Kuwait Oil Company. Ahmadi, Kuwait. Feb 1975 - Dec 1979
Assistant Transport and Supply Superintendent.


1975 - BSc Transport Management (2.1), Aston University
3 GCE A levels, English, Mathematics and Physics
5 GCE O Levels, English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Technical Drawing.
Member - Institute of Logistics & Transport
Member - Institute of Export
Member - Institute of Freight Forwarders
Full CPC


Communication - verbal, written and presentation.
HR - setting KPIs, reviews, placement, managing and development.
Project - team leader, business owner, problem solving meeting targets/milestones and change management.
Financial - budget setting/management, contract negotiation and identifying cost saving opportunities.
Professional and technical operational issues within Supply Chain and Logistics.
Trained six Sigma Champion


German - intermediate. Natural German from my German Mother.


D.O.B - 10 April 1951
Married with 2 adult children

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