Head of Procurement & Business Services
Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom
University Superannuation Scheme
Group Contract, Procurement & Purchasing Manager
May 2014 to Present
Liverpool, United Kingdom
UTC Aerospace Systems
August 2013 to May 2014
Human Recognition Systems
March 2013 to August 2013
Ainscough Crane Hire Ltd.
August 2012 to March 2013
Wigan, United Kingdom
Strategic Sourcing - Senior Buyer
April 2012 to August 2012
EMEA Purchasing & Inventory Manager
September 2005 to April 2012
Warrington, United Kingdom
E-Sourcing Project Lead
April 2001 to September 2005
Chester, United Kingdom
Supply Chain, Purchasing & Planning Project Manager
December 2000 to April 2001
June 2000 to December 2000
Supply Chain Customer Account Planner
August 1994 to June 2000
Liverpool, United Kingdom
Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS) MCIPS Qualified MCIPS
2008 to 2009
Supply Chain Management Supply Chain Management NVQ Level 4
2008 to 2009
HNC Business & Finance Business Law Marketing & Statistics
1996 to 1998
GCSE 8 Subjects
1989 to 1994
To drive service improvement initiatives and value maximisation through the Contract, Procurement and Purchasing functions. To develop, implement, establish and monitor supplier, contract and procurement management frameworks across the group. To promote commercial principles throughout the group as directed. To own the contract management, procurement management and purchasing functions, policies and processes for the USS group. Monitor... To drive service improvement initiatives and value maximisation through the Contract, Procurement and Purchasing functions. To develop, implement, establish and monitor supplier, contract and procurement management frameworks across the group. To promote commercial principles throughout the group as directed. To own the contract management, procurement management and purchasing functions, policies and processes for the USS group. Monitor compliance with the policies and processes in line with best practice, and provide education, guidance and advice to the business subject matter experts in their role as service users and providers. To manage the purchasing function and interrelationship with the finance department.
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Steve Huckle works for University Superannuation Scheme
What is Steve Huckle's role at University Superannuation Scheme?
Steve Huckle is Group Contract, Procurement & Purchasing Manager
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Steve Huckle works in the Financial Services industry.
I’m a proactive and progressive CIPS qualified purchasing and supply chain professional who has a positive, competitive, enthusiastic and conscientious attitude. I’ve experience of both direct & indirect procurement within various different sectors and been equally successful in both elements. In addition to managing my own workload and working alone, I am an experienced manager of people, teams and projects, whilst also working within those teams and projects to achieve results and I believe this is a key strength. I am willing to challenge the status quo in the interests of initiating and instigating change for the better. I am an excellent communicator, at all levels, having large amounts of experience of supply chain management and vendor relationship negotiations.Group Contract, Procurement & Purchasing Manager @ To drive service improvement initiatives and value maximisation through the Contract, Procurement and Purchasing functions. To develop, implement, establish and monitor supplier, contract and procurement management frameworks across the group. To promote commercial principles throughout the group as directed. To own the contract management, procurement management and purchasing functions, policies and processes for the USS group. Monitor compliance with the policies and processes in line with best practice, and provide education, guidance and advice to the business subject matter experts in their role as service users and providers. To manage the purchasing function and interrelationship with the finance department. From May 2014 to Present (1 year 8 months) Liverpool, United KingdomSenior Buyer @ • Manage and support all supply chain/procurement activities of the business transition project due to site closure. • Implement business sourcing strategies with alignment to commodity managers, supplier development and value stream to ensure business measures are achieved. • Manage supplier relationships to achieve key project milestones. • Work with suppliers and facilitate improvement in Quality, Cost and Delivery (QCD) performance by driving the implementation of supplier generated improvement plans. • Purchase Order, Purchase Order Schedule and Purchase Price Variance management. • Support Commodity Management Request for Quotation (RFQ) and supplier selection process. • Work with Transfer teams and engineering to ensure that new requirements and amendments are quickly identified and that supply solutions are in place to meet project timescales. • MRP management, setting up and controlling the MRP in line with program and business requirements. • Work proactively to mitigate or minimise supply chain risks. • Investigate alternate sources of supply and bench mark current supply chain. • Support change and transfer programmes. • Supplier Production Rate Readiness (PRR) and Capacity assessments. From August 2013 to May 2014 (10 months) Senior Buyer @ • A new role for a Greenfield procurement function managing both indirect & direct spends for the business group. • Develop and manage a strategic supply chain, working with the right suppliers who provide best value, service and innovation to support our strategic and operational goals and growth aspirations. • Responsible for building effective internal relationships and influencing to ensure that procurement is getting involved in all aspects of spend across the company. • Define the procurement and purchasing strategy and develop a professional procurement function to implement accordingly. • Evaluate, establish and maintain strong and trusted supplier relationships across the board including international suppliers. • Monitor and continually upgrade supplier performance and relationships using measurable KPI’s and scorecards to driving continuous improvement. • Negotiation of agreements with new and existing suppliers improving the value and service delivered within cost and quality targets. • Plan against sales forecast and source materials for projects against required timelines, including new product (and supplier) introduction. • Develop and implement sourcing processes in line with agreed sourcing methodology. • Implement innovative supply chain relationships and agreements, including strategic alignment and joint ventures, which provide win-win outcomes for all parties. From March 2013 to August 2013 (6 months) Procurement Manager @ • A new role for a Greenfield procurement function managing both indirect & direct spends for the business group. • Responsible for building effective internal relationships and influencing to ensure that procurement is getting involved in all aspects of spend across the company. • Creating and exploring opportunities to maximise procurement & supply chain performance through vendor collaboration, rationalisation, and consolidation, spend leverage and waste removal within supply chain structure. • To support in the creation of an environment where individuals and teams are encouraged to develop their skills, promote synergies and innovate with the aim of maximising the overall performance of the business with particular reference to purchased items & Services. • Overhaul of supply chain management and supplier selection, key performance measurement, risk register, payment terms, rebates, settlements also including contractual terms & conditions. • Establishing clear procurement controls, processes and procedures across the organisation. • Complete IS data platform review and overhaul to enable spend breakdown by categories, commodities, business areas. • Stakeholder engagement to create strategies for spend areas – Including increased supply chain security, cost down projects, risk management / removal projects within each category/commodity. • Identify areas that can perform better in terms of cost, quality and service. Developing those areas and forging close supplier relationships that will raise service levels received and establish robust supply chain partnerships. • Management of £25m spend across a UK Depot network of 28 locations across the following areas; • Maintenance, Repair & Operations (MRO) - Vehicle / Crane / Mechanical & Workshop • Facilities Management • Office Supplies • Construction • PPE / Workwear • Distribution • Security • Fuel • Transport (Inc Fleet) • HR • Travel Management • IT • Tyres • Logistics • Utilities • Marketing • Waste Management From August 2012 to March 2013 (8 months) Wigan, United KingdomStrategic Sourcing - Senior Buyer @ • Maximise supply chain performance through vendor collaboration and global leverage. • Maximise performance and improved Service to Customers through Continuous Improvement in Value, Quality, Creativity and Innovation. • Negotiate & deliver Purchase Price Cost Reductions (PPV) equal to 5% of total spend per annum. • Lead development of Sourcing / Vendor Selection Strategy. • Work closely with Global Group Strategic Procurement to provide divisional input and encompass Group strategies. • Champion the development of Vendor Scheduling and other initiatives to improve processes and reduce operational costs. • Provide Project reporting and develop, maintain and publish activity related KPI’s. • Develop, implement and manage Quotation / RFQ process, to support business requirements. • Provide professional Purchasing & Supply Chain perspective at relevant senior management forums. • Develop an innovation Network structure with Third parties. • Support Development of Creativity & Innovation through Brainstorming and other Lean & Six Sigma related activities. • Develop and deploy strategies for removal of waste throughout supply chain activities. From April 2012 to August 2012 (5 months) EMEA Purchasing & Inventory Manager @ • Manage, execute and control all the Purchasing & Inventory related functions for Wire & Cable EMEA • Manage, control & report all Stock Value, turns, service levels, and excess stock & provision requirements. • All purchasing & inventory direct report activities for the EMEA region. • Annual spend over $200m • Material spends in Oil & Gas, Rail, Defence & Marine, Automotive, Aerospace, Construction, Accessories, OEM, Fibre, Communications, Projects, Metals (Copper, Aluminium) sectors. • Vendor management of 300+ suppliers • Define & implement Inventory strategies with each country, monitor & modify stock portfolio’s in-line with customer demands and sales trends. • Report all financial working capital forecasts in respect of inventory values, review operations cost & quantity adjustments and advise on improvement plans. • Execute a robust procedure for purchasing approvals / sign off for Inventory and ensure adequate Inventory provision & utilisation for specific stock write-downs and scrap. • Identification and execution of continuous improvement ideas, development for Purchasing & Inventory group EMEA and in a Global forum. Achievements • Inventory reduction programme achieving 40% reduction. • Excess Inventory reduction programme achieving 50% reduction. • Increased Inventory service level by over 5% • Stock turns increased by 1 per annum • Vendor reduction project. • Completed Design, Test & Implementation of a new computerised purchasing system • Initiated a now companywide idea for a Vendor Scorecards Database, collating and managing all vendor KPI’s and using a RAG status for any vendor measurable supply targets. From September 2005 to April 2012 (6 years 8 months) Warrington, United KingdomE-Sourcing Project Lead @ • Lead an E-Business project to negotiate €750m of new contracts for Fastener Supply to Airbus Global from 2005 to 2008. • Manage all aspects of E-tender stages with 80 worldwide based suppliers. • Using a 2 step eRFx approach - compiling a global database including part numbers, volume, prices, suppliers, Generic Specifications. • Firstly collecting and analysing detailed responses from suppliers to gain a total market view including Risk Management, Qualifications, Sub-Commodity Interest, and Price Volume Curves. • After applying a decision weighted matrix selecting strategic suppliers to complete phase two • Deploying effective management of second phase including Capacity & Capability models, Diameter family pricing, Investment, Stocking proposals. • Manage contract negotiations involving complex Investment plans with PIPO gateways & Qualification plans. • Ensure all successful suppliers are taken through the Supply Chain Improvement Programme (SCIP) Achievements • 1st time E-sourcing in Airbus history • Successfully managed cost reductions across all of the fastener commodities • E-Sourcing training across all 80 participating suppliers worldwide. • Successfully deployed a strategy to take all successful suppliers through the SCIP over the course of the awarded contract periods, which also included price reviews after award stage due to improvements in the cost base achieved in the SCI programme. From April 2001 to September 2005 (4 years 6 months) Chester, United KingdomSupply Chain, Purchasing & Planning Project Manager @ • Manage and control the overall Planning and Purchasing Project for a new computer system installation, to ensure a smooth day-to-day running of the MRP system. • Ensure parts are loaded and planned into the system according to the customer requirement dates and lead times, also maintain and improve inventory levels. • Implement improvements to the Production modules by using Kanban systems, Consignment stocks and maximum WIP levels. • Create and deploy a portfolio of reports for business heads. • Close working relationship with the Module managers whom rely on the speed and accuracy of the information and reports for daily meetings. • Produce and lead comprehensive training workshops for the Logisticians who would use the Planning & Purchasing system in full use every day. Achievements • Completed system change-over without any effect on Inventory or customer service. • Implemented Kanban systems to improve supply chain material flow • Implemented consignment stock and maximum WIP levels to gain improvements in productivity. • Created and deployed comprehensive training workshops and materials for all of the planning and purchasing departments. From December 2000 to April 2001 (5 months) Supply Analyst @ • Control, manage and maintain a Just in Time (JIT) flow of material to the production line from a global supply base. • Manage supply base to satisfy delivery sequence patterns of 5000 seat sets a week into Jaguar for the X400 build. • Create and implement Kanban systems into the production line to increase production and cost effective supply chain activity. • Maintain strict inventory targets and produce weekly measures on Supplier and Inventory data. • Keep control of the supplier schedules within the MRP system and dealing with any problems the suppliers might have that could jeopardise the build sequence in Jaguar. Achievements • Development and introduction of Supply Chain Measurement tools. • Implemented Kanban systems to improve supply chain material flow. • Improved the overall structure and methodology of collating and managing all vendor KPI’s and using a RAG status for any vendor measurable supply targets. From June 2000 to December 2000 (7 months) Supply Chain Customer Account Planner @ • 1st paperless ordering system seen within the company, other sites now adopting the same system. • Lead a small team to successfully implement a Kanban system to ensure a manufacturing module could receive pre cut raw material directly on the machining line from two individual suppliers. • Achieved lead time reduction of 25% • Successfully managed a project for new manufacturing order book supply to customer site’s engine assembly and test area. • Implemented project improvements including call off triggers, Fax-Ban, Kanban, and E-Ban. • Completed 4 year Clerical Apprenticeship gaining experience in all business operation departments whilst completing my college studies. • Departments included - Documentation Stores, Planning and Procurement, Supply Chain, Quality, Warehouse, Material stores and Human resources. From August 1994 to June 2000 (5 years 11 months) Liverpool, United KingdomChartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS), MCIPS Qualified, MCIPS @ CIPS From 2008 to 2009 Supply Chain Management, Supply Chain Management, NVQ Level 4 @ APO Management From 2008 to 2009 HNC Business & Finance, Business Law, Marketing & Statistics @ Knowsley College From 1996 to 1998 GCSE, 8 Subjects @ Knowlsey Hey From 1989 to 1994 Steve Huckle is skilled in: Procurement, Supply Chain, Purchasing, Supply Chain Management, Purchasing Negotiation, Purchasing Processes, SAP Procurement, Materials Management, Continuous Improvement, Supplier Performance, Supply Management, Inventory Management, Cost Reduction Management, Supplier Rationalization, Project Management
Extraversion (E), Sensing (S), Feeling (F), Judging (J)
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