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Ian BolgerVice President

Ian is an experienced senior procurement consultant and CPO with a track record of identifying and delivering transformational change in a wide range of businesses, across all areas of third-party expenditure.

Main areas of practice

Ian concentrates on functional transformation, team leadership, executive alignment and management, strategy definition, commercial strategy, negotiation strategy and execution especially in complex procurement transformation, managed services and sourcing programs.


Ian has been associated with Efficio for eight years: three as a representative of a major client supported by Efficio, and five years as a Principal. Ian is a 2:1 graduate in Modern History from the University of Nottingham. He has over 25 years' experience in procurement and general management, including CPO and executive director roles, leading transformational change in the UK, US and Europe. His multi-sector experience includes both Capex and Opex in Utilities, Heavy Building Materials, FMCG and Oil.

Significant experience

  • Procurement Improvement - major port operator. Transformed team capablity and introduced new processes; restructured its annual supply chain to enable growth and innovation stratregy
  • Procurement Strategy - major Middle-Eastern government: Identifying procurement improvement opportunities across 15 top private sector companies and drafting new laws and strategies to increase GDP by reducing imports and increasing SME capacity and capability
  • New Capital Strategy - major UK infrastructure client: Implemented 26 projects over a two-year period, supported by organisation and process transformation
  • Supply Chain Transformation - major UK water utility: Reduced Capex construction costs by £900 million (24.3% like-for-like) over five year £4 billion capital programme. Reduced annual Opex spend by 22.2% like-for-like. A complete functional transformation
  • Achieving Acquisition Synergies - construction materials: Led post-acquisition review for new owners, identifying over £40 million savings
  • Modern Procurement Practice - construction materials: Structured, recruited and managed new Procurement teams in UK, USA, Germany, France, Poland, Spain, Portugal, Israel and Ireland. Drove complex reorganisation of 17 separate companies into single process-oriented new structure with centralised services


  • Named a 'Pro to Know', Supply & Demand Chain Executive 2016 Awards
  • Winner of both the Outstanding Participant and Best Project Awards on CEMEX MBA program at INSEAD and Standford Business School (2006)
  • Winner of the 2010 CIPS Senior Management Professional of the Year, Thames Water
  • Winner of the 2011 Procurement Leaders Innovation award, Thames Water
  • Winner of the 2011 National Outsourcing Associations Awards - Best Project and Best New Model, Thames Water

Other expertise

Ian has significant experience in large scale capital construction procurement transformation, contracting strategy, outsourcing, capital contract forms, risk and mitigation strategies.

Watch out for cosy deals and handshakes

Published in Raconteur's Future of Procurement, Ian Bolger is quoted on the importance of balancing personal business relationships and an ethical approach to procurement.

What is the Mace approach

What Mace is doing to tackle the procurement challenges in the construction sector.

How Mace is taking on the construction sector

Gareth Lewis, COO for Construction at Mace, on how the company is raising industry standards.

Water company alliances need to think Procurement through

Alliances often comprise companies who are otherwise fierce competitors, so procurement needs to be througt through properly, says Ian Bolger, VP at procurement consultancy Efficio.

The CPOs taking procurement skills to a new industry

What are the challenges and opportunities for CPOs transferring to a new sector?

Case study
Peel Ports Group drives change with procurement changes

How leading port operator Peel Ports Group transformed its Procurement function in order to achieve broader business objectives.

How GlaxoSmithKline reshaped its procurement categories

GlaxoSmithKline’s CPO explains how the firm boosted business engagement, maximised supplier value and overcame structural obstacles.

Three steps to better Supplier Relationship Management

Getting Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) right can mean the difference between success and failure in your wider supply chain.

Why outsourcing is no longer about cost-cutting

As outsourcing become less about cost-cutting, the focus turns to improving companies’ access to talent, and agility of product and service offering.