Part of a global engineering Group, this company designs, develops and manufactures complex technical systems, partnering with defence sector prime contractors to deliver major platforms on behalf of the UK MOD. The business was seeking an experienced Procurement Director to transform supply chain performance, raising the capability, profile and reputation of the procurement function in an environment characterised by long lifecycles, high levels of complexity, broad and deep BOMs and low volume requirements
The brief for the appointed candidate involved a full diagnostic to understand and address the immediate delivery issues whilst working with a range of internal stakeholders internally key suppliers to develop and implement a longer-term recovery plan in accordance with continued political and commercial, delivery and contractual pressures.
Wickland Westcott was initially retained to map the market for senior procurement leaders operating in environments presenting similarly complex CDM and project procurement challenges. Having identified and engaged with prospects throughout the aerospace, defence, infrastructure and capital equipment sectors, we delivered a shortlist of candidates with the skills necessary to champion change and transformation across a significant, established procurement organisation. The appointed candidate brought a balance of corporate and PE-backed experience gained with major players in the rail and aerospace sectors balancing a strong technical pedigree with a highly commercial outlook.
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