Senior Procurement/Supply Chain/Contracts professional

Last Updated: 3rd July 2018 (over 4 years ago)

Regents Park, Australia


Phone Number


Age Range
55 to 64

Qualification Level



Extensive international Procurement experience, in both Operations and major Projects.


University of Central Queensland
Bachelor of Business (Purchasing & Supply)

   Jan 1988
— Dec 1994


APA Group
Manager, Infrastructure Construction Procurement

   Oct 2014
— Current

Key Achievements:
• Successfully established an integrated procurement function, with the incorporation of purchasing and expediting activities
• Managed the successful roll-out of an enhanced Purchase Order solution within Oracle
• Developing strategic relationships with key suppliers to major projects.
• Developed and implemented tools and procedures to enhance executive reporting on procurement activity, progress and benefits tracking
• Improved processes for Tender development and evaluation
• Developed and implemented responsibility matrix for procurement and engineering activities

Role & Responsibilities:
• Leading a team of 14 direct and indirect reports responsible for all strategic procurement and purchasing activities nationally to support the Infrastructure Development business unit
• Providing procurement services to all APA major projects using a matrix delivery model
• Contract and supplier relationship management
• Support and assist in development of Procurement policy and procedures
• Implement and support of operational business plans to deliver the Procurement strategy
• Identification and management of procurement risks
• Set and execute development plans for direct reports and oversee plans for entire team
• Manage internal customer relationships
• Actively promote and lead safety effort through personal involvement and leadership

Glencore / Rio Tinto
Contractor - Contract Management

   Feb 2014
— Oct 2014

Role & Responsibilities:
• Identify agreements to be transitioned across to new owner (Glencore)
• Work with suppliers to ensure a smooth transition
• Extinguish all Rio Tinto obligations on existing agreements not being transferred
• Develop alternative business system processes to maintain continuity of procurement and contracts activities post-transition
• Ensure relationships are maintained with key suppliers and service providers.

Frater Enterprises
General Manager (Contract)

   Nov 2013
— Jan 2014

Key Achievements:
• Established a formal purchasing and inventory procedure.
• Developed a resource (plant and personnel) scheduling tool
• Negotiated pricing with key suppliers
• Establishing favourable trading terms with suppliers
• Implementing plant and tool registers to ensure effective use and scheduled maintenance.

Role & Responsibilities:
• Develop policies and procedures related to business activities
• Management of accounting and reporting activities
• Resource planning and job scheduling
• Development of business system to better utilize available resources
• Developing relationships with external clients and with key suppliers.

Aurizon (formerly QR National)
Contracts & Procurement Manager - Wiggins Island Rail Project

   Jan 2011
— Nov 2013

Key Achievements:
• Achieved savings against Budget in the order of $40M on several key work packages
• Established a recognized Procurement and Contracts function within the Project team, and assisted with the wider recognition of the function across Aurizon
• Implemented effective P&C management systems within the Project
• Active engagement with the Project team, ensuring the P&C function is imbedded as part of their day-to-day activity
• Development of a Procurement & Contracts Management Plan and a Contracting Plan
• Maintained a high level of governance throughout all Project P&C activity
• Establishing relationships with key suppliers and service providers
• Acting Project Controls Manager (3 months) during recruitment activities

Role & Responsibilities:
• Developed Contracts and Procurement strategies and procedures for the Project
• Worked as part of the Project leadership team to ensure implementation of professional and best practice contracting and procurement services
• Leadership of all project Contracts and Procurement activities
• Preparation of sourcing strategies, for goods and services, that best leverage off Aurizon spend and that best fir the requirements of the Project
• Developed relationships with internal discipline teams and key suppliers
• Developed plan for the engagement and support of local business communities
• Ensured that all Aurizon Health, Safety and Environmental policies and standards are promulgated and observed.

Solid Energy (NZ)
National Procurement Manager

   Jul 2009
— Jan 2011

Key Achievements:
• Built capability within the Christchurch-based Procurement team, and within the site-based Supply personnel
• Implemented cost reduction initiatives across the wider Solid Energy group, including New Energy & Renewables
• Active engagement with key stakeholders, and imbedding the Procurement function as part of their day-to-day activity
• Development of strategic procurement plan, moving the organization from transactional-based procurement
• Engagement with the NZ Government Procurement Reform, as a member of the Technical Advisory Group
• Member of the Christchurch committee for CIPSA
• Development of a Procurement Policy & Procedure manual
• Establishment of a structured Supplier Management process, identifying and managing critical relationships to ensure sustainability of the supply chain throughout Solid Energy
Role & Responsibilities:
• Reporting directly to the Chief Financial Officer I was responsible for managing all procurement activities across the company
• Providing the strategic vision for the implementation of leading edge procurement services
• Managing national supply agreements
• Ensuring that excellent relationships, standards and top quality service are maintained with all those who come into contact with the Procurement Services Team
• Foster SENZ support of local business communities
• Ensure that all Health, Safety and Environmental rules and standards are promulgated and observed

Bateman Engineering
Logistics Lead (Contract)

   Jun 2009
— Jul 2009

Key Achievements:
• Formulation of logistics strategy for in-bound material and equipment movements into a remote area of southern Mongolia, required for a proposed copper/molybdenum mine.
• Responsible for sourcing suitably experience service providers.
• Engaged with Engineering personnel to evaluate final design options that may impact on component sizes, limited by constraints on the various freight routes – both through China and through eastern Europe.

Rio Tinto
Project Procurement Manager - Australasia

   Apr 2006
— Feb 2009

Key Achievements:
• Established Brisbane-based Project Procurement team: From a team of 3 in 2006 working on one Project, to a team of 11 working across multiple projects within different business units, and in different geographical locations.
• Assisted a senior management group in the establishment of strategic alliances with key EPCM contractors.
• Successfully negotiated terms of a Pre-Feasibility & Feasibility Study contract for a major capital project, with flow-on benefits for the resultant contract. Realised savings for PFS/FS of approximately A$2.5 million.
• Undertook successful troubleshooting assignments overseas (Canada & Namibia), and increase the awareness of Procurement within the Rio Tinto Group.
• Mentored the Project Procurement team which resulted in a number of personnel being promoted, and in the greater acceptance of Project Procurement within the various business units.

Role & Responsibilities:
• Day-to-day management of the East Coast Project Procurement team including: Procurement, Contracts, Expediting, and Logistics.
• Engaging with Business Unit personnel to deliver measurable value to major projects.
• Driving the establishment and improvement of competitive frameworks and markets for the purchase of goods and service.
• Manage and oversee the EPCM project procurement and contract management team activities to achieve project completion safely, on time and within budget.
• Ensure the effective delivery of all agreed services to customers (internal or external) at the required standards by establishing effective partnership relationships and proactively participating in a culture of excellent service.
• Actively engage and support Rio Tinto Strategy with respect to Market Development and Low Cost Country Sourcing.

Lycopodium Engineering
Project Services Manager

   Jul 2004
— Apr 2006

Key Achievements:
• Implemented formal systems for Procurement, Expediting and Inspections, and Logistics. These systems are still in current use.
• Developed, in conjunction with corporate counsel, a suite of tender and contract award documents for use on behalf of our clients.
• Recruitment and mentoring of the Project Services Group team.
• Negotiation of a bulk civils contract resulting in significant savings.

Role & Responsibilities:
• Day-to-day management of the Project Services Group including: Procurement, Purchasing, Contracts, Expediting, Logistics, and Cost Control.
• Management of Quality function.
• Manage timely preparation of all PSG documentation including tender packages, purchase orders, and cost reports.
• Document all procedures for functions performed by PSG.
• Review & develop processes and systems, and review work practices and applications to improve efficiencies.
• Develop Terms and Conditions, and prepare contract documents on behalf of clients for the Projects Group.
• Maintain ongoing communications with other Groups within Lycopodium, in order to optimize information and services provided by PSG.
• Active involvement in weekly Senior Management meetings.

Contractor - Supply Management

   Mar 2002
— Jul 2004

Newcrest Mining Limited – Telfer Gold Mine (Supply Superintendent / Contracts Superintendent)
• Re-established Supply systems for the Telfer Gold Mine, after 3 years under Care & Maintenance.
• Managed inventory of approximately A$9 million (10,000 line items).
• Managed all contracts issued by Telfer (in excess of A$200 million).
Mopani Copper Mines – Kitwe, Zambia (Contracts Superintendent)
• Developed a strategy and negotiated contracts for the outsourcing of non-core activities.
• Prepared and negotiated Forward Purchasing Agreements for key product groups, including vendor-held and vendor-managed arrangements, to reduce inventory costs.
Stanley Mining Services – Perth WA (Consultant)
• Preparation of a business plan to improve performance of the Logistics function.
• Development and implementation of new procedures, changes to manning levels, and development of Key Performance Indicators.

Abosso Goldfields Limited (Ghana)
Supply & Logistics Manager

   May 1999
— Jan 2002

Key Achievements:
• Managed inventory of approximately US$7 million (5,000 stock line items)
• Actively involved in development and implementation of nation-wide Customs and freight clearing processes, in my role within a sub-committee of the Ghana Chamber of Mines.

Role & Responsibilities:
• Management of all Supply activities, including all in-bound logistics. Annual purchasing spend of approximately US$30 million, including the importation of approximately 10,000 tonnes of freight per annum.
• Managing and mentoring Ghanaian personnel.

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