Tina Yu

Procurement Expert - Procurement Shared Service


Tina's expertise lies in helping university procurement functions to deliver efficiencies, value for money, and transformation and change.   She specialises in process reviews, audits, stakeholder engagement, category management, contract management, supplier profiling, cost reduction strategies, procurement maturity, procurement transformation, and delivering procurement training and workshops

An advocate of achieving business efficiencies, Tina brings expertise in devising strategies to enhance procurement maturity, stakeholder engagement, operational efficiencies and category management.

Tina’s career experience includes both private and public sectors, 19 years of which have been gained in procurement across organisations of varying complexity and maturity.

Tina’s procurement career began as a Purchasing Assistant at St Helens College.  Following her relocation to Wirral, Tina worked for Wirral Borough Council where she progressed from operational through to category management roles.

In 2014, Tina joined the University of Chester as their Procurement Lead.  Originally appointed into an autonomous role, Tina established pan-University collaborative practices and procedures that streamlined transactional processes and shaped stakeholders’ awareness of procurement’s value to commercial decisions.  Tina became recognised for leading multi-disciplinary teams by working with academics, departmental and senior staff during a sustained period of accelerated transformational change which led to several successful launches of faculties and campuses and marked improvement in the institution’s procurement maturity.  Tina’s role went on to inspire her MBA dissertation: Can Procurement Deliver Strategic Value?  An Exploratory Study within the UK Higher Education Sector, and articles for Supply Management and University Business.

Subsequently, and before joining SUMS as an associate in December 2019, Tina worked for Manchester Airports Group where she developed and implemented several group-wide sourcing and cost reduction strategies.

Tina is passionate about nurturing skills and engendering opportunities through education, is an Assessment Consultant for the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply, and serves as an External Governor for Cheshire College South & West.

Tina enjoys travelling particularly cruising, music, ballroom dancing and is currently teaching herself to play the keyboard.