Colin Davies

Associate Consultant

colin.davies@reading.ac.uk

Colin has experience in leading category teams across most indirect spend areas including Estates and FM, IT, Professional services, HR, and Travel. Expert in category management with three years as the Global Head of (Procurement) Functional Excellence at Pfizer developing the global CM processes and tools for several hundred procurement staff.

Colin takes a value-based commercial approach to procurement to help ensure the Procurement Team, working closely with the internal client, identify all the value levers to optimise service levels, minimise risks and reduce costs. This includes implementing specification optimisation, demand management, target cost down budgeting as well as traditional and leading-edge procurement techniques.

The key success factors have been early engagement, full client buy-in and managing the total lifecycle costs including effective contract/supplier management, which are all the areas where Colin has in-depth expertise.

Colin is MBA qualified with over 25 years’ experience at the Procurement Director level across a broad range of sectors and blue-chip organisations including GSK, Pfizer, EY, RAC, Cancer Research UK and Sony Europe. He also has strong HE experience as Colin led the Procurement Team at the University of Surrey up until 2021.

How has Colin recently supported universities?

  • Aberystwyth University: procurement transformation and implementing category management
  • Goldsmiths, University of London: Procurement Value Assessment
  • University of Kent: Procurement Value Assessment
  • University of Kent: review of library spend.

Outside of work, Colin likes to keep fit through cycling, tennis, golf and walking/hiking. He also enjoys family life with three daughters and a granddaughter, which means life is never dull!

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