My ambition has always been to work within the consultancy environment, where I can grow my “breadth” rather than “depth” of knowledge across multiple organisations and industries. After 8 years in Asda and 9 years in Morrisons, I felt the time was right, and having known Simon and several members of the team for some time, the decision to join Hatmill was an easy one to make.
My background specialises in Logistics and Supply Chain, however I’ve also had the opportunity to support business transformational programmes during this time, both in the UK and the USA.
Starting out in Supply Chain for Asda, I began my retail career in the main supply chain function, and then moved relatively quickly into supporting projects for the function; such as network planning, import product flow and supporting the implementation of a new Sales Management System.
From my time spent understanding imports, I really got excited about distribution, and made the move into logistics after a couple of years. During the next 6 years, I designed and implemented clothing automated warehouses, implemented a new RF and voice WMS into all Asda food depots, supported the design and development of Wal*Marts’ Global Logistics System (GLS) in the USA and also developed the transport solutions with TMS and Manhattan.
I then moved to Morrisons in 2008, and became their Business Lead for Logistics Development. At the time, the company was undergoing a huge business and system transformation with Oracle, and my role was to work with the other business leads from the organisation (retail, manufacturing, finance, commercial) to ensure the £450m programme was controlled and implemented successfully.
I gained great experience during this time, as the programme changed direction half way through due to new technology emerging and a change in business model – going from solely a big store format model, to introducing new formats such as small store, online, convenience and wholesale.
In 2013, I then moved to be National Productivity Manager, responsible for the £15m budget challenge for that year for the function. My team and I supported the implementation over 40 initiatives and influenced all sites to ensure change and business targets were achieved.
I then made the decision to gain real operation experience, and ran a multi temperature distribution site, employing around 600 colleagues plus up to 150 agency colleagues. On site, I was accountable for the running of the chill warehouse, produce warehouse, two ambient warehouses, a returns depot, a transport department, a Vehicle Maintenance Unit (VMU) and HR team.
My final role in Morrisons was varied, looking after the introduction of the Wholesale model (working with Amazon, Palmer and Harvey, Rontec and Motor Fuel Group), whilst also looking after development for Logistics, who were introducing JDA into their Fresh Warehouses.
I moved to HatmillI in September 2017, and am really excited about what the future brings.
I love variety, and enjoy working on one project where I’m in the detail, and then another where I’m influencing the board.