Neil Birkbeck

“Neil recruited and inducted such a good team he was awarded B&Q’s Best of the Best People Award.”

Paul Rodford,
Director of Operational Finance,

“Neil’s structured approach combined with his enthusiasm ensured a complex project was delivered on time and within budget.”

Christoph Marr,
Procurement Director,
Care UK

Three Options for Excellence

Neil has many years of cross industry experience combined with best practice processes, methodologies and strong project management skills. His innovative approach incorporates three options for excellence in the procurement of goods and services:

Business Review

  • Neil will undertake a full review of a company’s current purchases and processes with the aim of identifying savings opportunities.
  • Often it is the areas of smaller spend that don’t require a full tender
    where savings opportunities exist. These will identified and strategies outlined on how to make the savings. 
  • Once identified, these procurement projects can then be executed
    internally by the in-house procurement or sourcing team, or Neil can
    handle the procurement process via online tendering.

Online Tendering

  • Neil will oversee the tendering process, from putting together a list of
    initial suppliers, helping to produce a specification, to agreeing terms
    and developing the online tender questionnaires. This creates a very competitive bid environment and saves a substantial amount of time on
    the traditional tender route both for client and suppliers.  Only suppliers
    that are fit to fulfil the client’s requirements are engaged.
  • Where appropriate the e-auction process is used, managed at every
    stage and the results reviewed with client ending in a supplier decision.
  • Ideally suited for contract values in excess of £100,000, results can be spectacular because the final price is what the market dictates rather
    than what the client has historically been paying.

Interim Procurement Requirements

  • Interim procurement assignments to fulfil short-term needs can be undertaken. This may involve an organisation seeking to evolve a new structure or cover during the absence of a key employee.
  • The approach is hands on, visiting clients to scope projects and
    consulting with local teams to understand the real situation. Neil can
    work in-house or remotely dependent on client requirements.
  • An experienced talent pool is available to draw upon so local support
    can be mobilised quickly as and when needed.

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