Supply Chain & Procurement

Kaizen Supply Chain and Procurement is a trusted recruitment partner for clients looking for senior appointments in this specialist space. Supply chain and procurement spans every type of industry so our client organisations include automotive, consulting, financial services, engineering, FMCG, professional services, and aerospace.

Examples include:

  • Procurement Director / Head of Purchasing
  • Materials Manager
  • Head of Supply Chain
  • Chief Supply Chain Officer
  • Global Category Manager

End to end supply chain incorporates a full cycle that enables customer demand for a product or service to be satisfied. This typically runs from purchase of inbound raw materials to warehousing and outbound logistics to the final customer taking receipt of the finished goods. Recent economic challenges have given supply chain and procurement a stronger representation in most companies, including at board level. Our clients face growing demand for speed to market and improving customer service while reducing costs and increasing efficiency.

As supply chain recruitment specialists, we appreciate that such skills can be in short demand – we maintain a broad base of both clients and candidates, as we believe that supply chain skills are often highly transferable from one industry to another. Supply chain and procurement is a fascinating arena as the topical drivers are continually changing. Considerations can include cost reduction, supplier rationalisation, contingency planning particularly with recent extreme weather events, low cost country sourcing, outsourcing, rising fuel costs, sustainability considerations and recycling, to name but a few.

We pride ourselves on completing assignments with challenging specifications, whether these include niche category requirements, language skills, global mobility or indeed any type of specialist experience in this space. As testament to our levels of client satisfaction, we enjoy a high percentage of repeat business. We work across the UK and are comfortable advising clients on salary expectations, succession planning, candidate backgrounds as well as challenging preconceptions to provide a broad yet relevant shortlist.

View relevant testimonials

Keith Stanton – VP & Chief Manufacturing Operations Officer, Aston Martin Lagonda

Having been introduced a number of years ago to Simon Owens, I have received outstanding service. Simon and I have worked closely together as a team enabling good levels of communication bringing clarity to even the most complex of issues. I have always been impressed with the quality of service provided by Simon, finding him to be reliable, efficient, professional and, above all, truthful. The post contract contact has been first class, with a start to completion service that is second to none. I would have no hesitation in recommending Simon to any companies that wants and expects a superior recruitment service.

Peter Dent – Global Supply Chain Transformation Consultant, Glaxosmithkline

I have worked with Simon over a number of years both as a candidate and as a client. Last year, I had a significant challenge of rapidly restructuring the management leadership team. It was imperative that I worked with a recruitment partner that took the time and effort to understand the technical and cultural challenges within the business. This is where Simon fits in. Across a broad spectrum of roles, he project managed a large recruitment campaign, ensuring there was a detailed brief given to all candidates, a rigorous pre-selection process and most of all a right fit for the business. He is a knowledgeable and experienced recruitment professional, who I would have no hesitation in recommending.