Change / Supply Chain Manager – Interim
Our client is a key player in the nuclear industry had been through a considerable period of change, driven by a number of internal and external factors. With an annual procurement budget of c.£1 billion, it needed to get better control of its supply chain, with improvements in major project performance being a key strategic priority. This included the introduction of process and supply chain improvements, new approaches to management of materials, goods and services, new acquisition strategies and major supply chain spend reduction. A number of issues needed addressing within this assignment, the most significant of which being the politically sensitive nature of the role and the need for the interim to have excellent communication and stakeholder management skills, with the ability to work with highly technical staff as well as commercial managers.
Our focus was on identifying interims with a proven track record of successfully completing a major change project in a highly complex environment. From a long-list of sic potential candidates, all of whom were interviewed by one of our senior consultants face-to-face, we provided our client with a shortlist of three within a week of being briefed about the role.
Wickland Westcott provided a senior change manager who developed a new Mission, Vision and Values policy, embedding this through a disciplined approach to measurement and review. He produced a comprehensive plan to introduce the new ways of operating, working closely with senior management to set realistic targets and milestones, develop an effective communications strategy and put the necessary systems and processes in place to embed and measure the progress of the program. He was also responsible for interfacing with external service providers in support of strategic themes and implementation plans and coaching key people within the organisation to achieve organisational and personal goals.
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