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Andy Brightmore leads Australia’s largest and most complex procurement and supply chain operation. He says: “Every day is different, every challenge unique”.

In this podcast, James and Andy discuss the challenges of modern-day procurement: from a starting point of purchasing departments being tasked with ensuring a business kept running and with finding value via effective buying, Procurement Department have evolved to a complex mix of balancing issues such as sustainability goals, ESG, Modern Day Slavery, carbon miles and much more with achieving overall good buying decisions. It’s a tough, demanding and complex challenge.   

Andy explains the importance and the role of company and personal values in building sustainable and profitable supply chains. He also addresses the issue of innovation vs procurement systems, the issue of inventory management in times of shortages, and the importance of data and people in successful systems.

He assesses the role of transaction vs relationship procurement, and the differences between tactical and strategic procurement.

Andy is passionate about building systems of value and with values. He believes both are necessary to manage the multiple challenges of modern-day business. And he has runs on the board to prove it.

 We thank Andy for providing great insights into the challenging world of modern-day procurement and supply chains.  For more details on both, check out the links below…

For more details of Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS)

Australia New Zealand| CIPS

For information on Compass Group Australia and Foodbuy

Compass Group Aus - Market Leading Contract Food & Support Services (compass-group.com.au)

Foodbuy - Leaders in Food & Hospitality Procurement

James Scotland

After a long career in multiple aspects of supply chain management, corporate training and business advisory, James brings a business improvement mindset to his role as General Manager of Minerals, Energy & Supply Chain Resilience for Ai Group.

A skilled communicator and analyst, James has been involved with Oil & Gas, the mining industry and supply chain across the board for over 25 years.