Neil Birkbeck

“I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Neil for other similar projects.”

Emily Tate,
Chief Financial Officer,
Fat Face

“Through Neil’s work we not only improved our service levels but we also improved our pricing as well.”

David Hurst,
Facilities Manager,
Pets at Home

What our clients say...

"Neil has worked with us on a complex Europe wide retendering process over the last 3 months. He has brought a structure and expertise to the process that has helped us get the best outcome for our company and also to get through the retender without delays or confusion. He integrated very well with the team and added value from day 1. The handover at the end of the project was comprehensive and left no loose ends."

Karl Meier - Financial Director Turtle Beach


"We engaged Neil to review the effectiveness of our contract management and contractual arrangements with some of our strategic partners, with a view to to identifying opportunities to improve practices and commercial terms to deliver cost savings. His experience and credibility meant that he was able to contend with the complexities of multi-party relationships to quickly get to the key issues within the contract and operational arrangements which needed addressing to deliver efficiency and cost improvements.

I would have no hesitation in recommending Neil to anyone looking for a consummate procurement professional."

Kien Lac - Head of Commercial Services Wokingham Borough Council



 “It was decided at the outset that external assistance from a procurement specialist such as Neil would be required to ensure the project was managed effectively and efficiently from start to finish.  Neil worked well with the internal team and although employed as a 3rd party consultant operated as a Tunstall representative whenever communicating with external suppliers. 

The business recognised the need to challenge the existing supply chain and through Neil’s work the business was able to establish a clearer picture of where the cost saving opportunities lay as well as determine the type of partner it would be prepared to work with.  The e-auction although confirming the incumbents position as the lowest cost provider of vehicles did not on its own reveal the bigger picture.  By meeting and talking with prospective suppliers on Tunstall’s behalf Neil was able to provide a more rounded view on those suppliers that were more in tune with Tunstall’s best interests.

Neil managed the project from end to end and continues to support Tunstall through its next round of fleet procurement. Through Neil’s work we ended up moving away from our existing supplier also taking the key decision to separate vehicle maintenance and repair from vehicle provision, this based upon the clear cost saving opportunities demonstrated through Neil’s analysis. 

As such I would not hesitate to recommend Neil Birkbeck for other similar projects.”

Jason Cicero - Finance Director UK & IRL Tunstall Healthcare UK Ltd

oasis dental care "Neil advised on a procurement strategy for our largest supplier of clinical and other goods and services and then advised and helped with negotiations. Significant savings were achieved. Neil's communication skills with senior stakeholders was excellent and he was particularly good in ensuring knowledge transfer to the in-house team."

Dick Sayers - Director Oasis Dental Care

fat face "We hired Neil to help manage the tender process for our catalogue printing business. He managed the project within the tight timescales we had agreed and worked extremely well with our internal team to deliver a good result. We ended up staying with the same supplier, which had historically provided us with a good service, but at a reduced price. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Neil for similar projects."

Emily Tate - Finance Director

careuk "I recently worked with Neil during which time he identified an impressive cost reduction across two spend categories via the application of eAuction technology. Neil's structured approach combined with his enthusiasm ensured a complex project was delivered on time and within budget. His professionalism and outstanding communication skills ensured I was fully aware of progress at every stage and I felt very comfortable entrusting the entire process to him. 12 months on the results have been delivered as expected and we are enjoying good service levels with our new suppliers. I look forward to working with Neil again soon and can vouch for his first class procurement skills."

Christoph Marr - Group Procurement Director

pets at home "It is a year since Pets at Home completed the tender with Neil for the cleaning services contract for all its 350+ stores. It was done using an eRFX and eAuction. 12 months on, the improvements in store cleaning standards is a result of the very professional work done on the tender. Although the actual e auction was only a small part of the overall process, it was an integral part of the review, without which the competitive bid would not have been possible. In the final analysis, we not only improved the service levels but we also improved the pricing element as well. I would have no hesitation in using the process with Neil again"

David Hurst - Head of Facilities Management

Neil has never let me down. I have hired Neil on many occasions to help my procurement teams optimize cost base reduction and meet challenging in year targets. Neil works fast and integrates very well with other team members but his major attribute must be his unique blend of humour and tenacity to get the job down
Neil came on board at BMI at a very challenging time. We had just restructured the purchasing team and were in the process of recruiting new talent into the business to deliver a significant step up in performance of the team. Neil provided the newly appointed Sourcing Director great support during this critical phase of our transformation programme.

Neil excelled in all things asked of him: people management and results. His skills at building relationships within the team, the business and the supply base are central to this success. I would not hesitate to work with Neil again or recommend him to anyone seeking a delivery focused professional with the experience and aptitude to slot into any position in any team.”

Matt Oxley - Group Procurement Director

“I have worked with Neil for over a year now to help me deliver the step change in performance of the Sourcing team at BMI. Neil's focus on delivery is outstanding and his ability to structure deals in such ways that deliver the maximum in the shortest time possible have set new standards. His energy and drive are infectious and there is no doubt that his attitude and approach enable us to hit our very stretching targets. I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending him and firmly believe he would be a real asset to any procurement function”

Andrew Jones - Director of Sourcing & Property Development

b&q "Neil worked for me at B&Q to set-up the Goods Not for Resale purchasing team. B&Qs budget on GNFR was over £1bn and Neil set-up a team from scratch and in a very short space of time was delivering significant and sustainable benefits to the business. Neil and his team worked in a very structured way and from a standing start delivered results at pace. Neil recruited and inducted such a good team that he won the B&Qs best of the best people manager award, beating 100's of other managers for this award. I would have no hesitation in recommending Neil as a professional, dedicated and truly trustworthy manager who was a delight to work with."

Paul Rodford - Director of Operational Finance



Just a note to say thanks for all your work in procurement at Quotient Bioresearch

I was pleased you were able to join me here and that you worked at pace to deliver some excellent savings in several key areas. I was impressed with the manner in which you worked with me to identify the opportunities and then went after them with a vengeance!

The tender on specialist courier services was driven through in a matter of weeks and not only showed savings of nearly 30% but ended with better SLAs and a stronger contractual relationship with the successful supplier.

Your good communication skills and regular updates have meant I have always been aware of progress and in a very short period you have delivered savings in excess of £500k.

I enjoyed working with you and it was refreshing to have someone with such a great "can do attitude".
I will be in touch as and when similar opportunities crop up."

Roger Burdett - Chief Executive Officer

noonan "At the beginning of 2011 we were faced by the challenge of trying to deliver additional savings from our existing supplier base.We were struggling with our perceived complexity of the situation and the scale of task in hand. We approached Neil to help us put in place a process that would not only deliver savings but would do it quickly and with little management distraction.

Neil’s analysis of our purchasing trends helped to simplify the process and reduce the scale of the project from a management perspective. Neil then set about defining the tender process which would see us put out £3.5m of spend to tender and appoint a preferred supplier in a 6 week period.

NOONAN’s relationship with its suppliers is key to ensuring we deliver a quality service to our clients.
We wanted a process that was fair and transparent and would not damage our relationship with our suppliers. Neil’s approach was always fair and professional and the suppliers respected his role in the process. NOONAN’s supplier relationships were enhanced by the process.

Neil handled all the interaction with the suppliers providing management with simple high level reports which helped us make our decision. The project was delivered on time and delivered double digit savings which far exceeded our expectations from the process.

We have already started to look at further projects for Neil and would have no hesitation in recommending Neil to anyone looking to drive savings out of their cost base."

Declan Doyle - Finance Director NOONAN Dublin

"Neil Birkbeck Procurement has done an excellent job supporting Cardinal Security on our fleet management procurement project. We felt there was a need for a change as we sensed our incumbent supplier was getting more and more expensive. We asked them to run the project for us and they did all the leg work. Regular communication meant we fully understood where they were up to in the process and we were able to make all the key decisions. Neil Birkbeck Procurement ran very professional tender, highlighting areas that not only improved our pricing but also our cash flow. Their knowledge in this area was extremely helpful.

At the end of the process we were presented with a choice of vehicles and suppliers and Neil Birkbeck Procurement delivered a saving in excess of 12%. We were also confident that they were independent and were 100 per cent focused on delivering a good result for Cardinal Security. From the first meeting with Neil Birkbeck Procurement when we agreed on the project to discussing the results and choosing a supplier took only 6 weeks."

classic hosiptal "We had historically not had any major input into purchasing until this time. After the initial set up, Neil has developed things by several methods.

Firstly by the involvement of the hospitals. Unlike previous companies who owned the hospitals he has included the views of the 'business' in all decision making. He has set up a series of teams looking at each of the key business areas eg drugs, prosthetics, premises, medical consumables. The people in those teams really feel part of the process in looking to improve things with suppliers in those areas That involvement has also meant a lot can be achieved despite the purchasing set up being a single person. It has also meant that there is a real feeling of ownership at hospital level.

Secondly by getting out and about in the business and listening to the real needs of the hospitals. The hospital teams have got to know Neil and this means they feel comfortable suggesting new ideas and giving feedback.

Finally by ensuring there is good communication of what is happening, not happening and timescales to keep everybody up to date.The changes that have occurred over the last 12 months have not only improved our costs but also our systems and services."

Karen Newton - General Manager