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Andrew BlackPrincipal

Andrew has been with Efficio since 2016 and has 13 years’ business experience, including time in industry and management consulting. He works across the supply chain but with a particular focus on sourcing and procurement, where he has led strategic sourcing programmes, procurement transformations, organisation and process designs and technology selections. 

Main areas of practice

Andrew has particular expertise in the manufacturing, oil and gas, pharmaceutical and life sciences industries, as well as the public sector. He has led projects in Europe, the US, China, Australia and New Zealand.

Career

Prior to joining Efficio, Andrew spent eight years in the supply chain group within Deloitte’s Strategy and Operations practice in London. Before that he was a Business Analyst on Royal Dutch Shell’s Graduate Programme, also in London. 

Andrew holds a BA (Hons) degree in International Politics from the University of Cape Town. He also has a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics and an MSc in Economic History from the University of Oxford, which he attended by way of a Rhodes Scholarship. 

Andrew is a dual South African-UK national.

Significant experience

Andrew has extensive experience managing projects across the supply chain, including:

  • Strategic Sourcing – public services: Carried out an opportunity assessment focused on the costs of procured goods and services, and subsequently launched an 18-month project to address all spend across the organisation while simultaneously rolling out Efficio’s eFlow solution
  • Supply Chain Transformation – manufacturing: Led the team to implement a range of improvements to transform the supply chain at a major rail manufacturer. This included rolling out Kanban, developing a material management tracker and using this to identify material shortages, and making various improvements to the management of supply chain master data and the main goods receiving warehousing
  • Strategic Sourcing – life sciences: Led a team sourcing £14m of spend (targeting savings of £1m) on supplies and consumables for a Bain Capital-owned manufacturer of speciality pharmaceutical products. Among the strategies used were specification changes, should-cost modelling, TCO analysis, and restructuring of the supply base
  • Process Design – manufacturing: Designed and implemented a sales and operations planning process for a multinational manufacturer of food additives. The project presented a significant change management challenge and required balancing competing demands of London head office and US-based manufacturing facilities
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