Career Highlights

2019 - Present | COO

Leidos Europe

2015 - Present | Director

Leidos Europe

2011 - 2015 | VP Procurement

DHL

2010 - 2015 | NED

Blackcircles.com

2008 - 2011 | Trading Director

DHL, NHS supply chain

2007 - 2008 | Commerical Director

Blackcircles.com

2003 - 2006 | Trading Director

Kwik-Fit

1995 - 2002 | Commercial Manager

Safeway Stores PLC

1993 - 1995 | Senior Buyer

Woolworths

1987 - 1992 | Graduate Trainee

Tesco

Aziz Mentor - UK

A seasoned COO with significant experience in procurement and supply across a range of industries. David builds environments based on the principle of meritocracy, recognising the strengths and skills of each individual. He establishes this through consistent behaviour and an ethos of trust and integrity. He offers significant experience working for major plc’s, SME’s, Private Equity backed businesses and in consultancy.

Specific Expertise

  • influencing upwards
  • Digital start-ups
  • supply chain development
  • transformation
  • business growth
  • government relations at an operational level
  • business continuity
  • creating start-ups within an existing organisation

Career history

In David’s early career he introduced low cost direct sourcing, inventory forecasting and e-commerce platforms in multi-channel and multi-supply chain networks.

Later, as lead director, he introduced leading edge supply chain and marketing practices into the automotive aftercare market for a private equity owned business. His successes include growing the resale value to 3x the purchase price in 2 years through continual cost down activity together with an aggressive customer-centric marketing campaign built on core category management principles.

As a NED for an online retail business in the automotive sector, David supported the CEO, primarily on restructuring to establish key functional lines of responsibility and provide the framework for rapid and successful growth.

Latterly Trading Director of NHS Supply Chain, managing over £2bn of annual spend, David delivered improved compliant contract penetration in a highly regulated environment, delivering over £60m in savings in 2.5 years.

Current Portfolio

As COO at Leidos Europe, David has full P&L responsibility and line management ownership for Supply Chain Services, Support Services, Procurement, Inventory Management, Storage, Distribution & Freight, Current and Future Military Operations’ Planning Cells, Operations Support (inclu.Customer Support Desk, Contingent Operational Stocks PLanning & Investigations sections), Global Freight Services and regulatory requirements for Medicinal and Pharmaceutical products supplied to the Ministry of Defence (£6.7bn contract).

He develops, implements, manages and optimises all procedural and operational aspects with a singular focus on achieving and delivering all operational targets and financial savings for both products and services.

Memberships, Awards & Recognition

  • GO Awards 2019 (Public Procurement across the Government)
  • CIPS Awards 2048 Nomination – Most Improved Procurement Operation
  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (MCIPS)

Personal Interests

playing and watching sports

20th century European history

art history

travel

Key Influencers

“Tim Parker – my CEO at Kwik-Fit. His ability to deconstruct seemingly complex business issues into their simple constituent parts and provide guidance on the best way through the issue(s) has influenced all of my subsequent strategic direction and decisions.”

Mentoring Experience

“I currently mentor a number of colleagues and external contacts. My choice has always been to work with less experienced but high potential candidates.

My experience is most beneficial at the operational end of the scale – how to implement plans, overcome hurdles/blockers and deliver practical results.”

Locations

London

The South East

Prepared to travel UK-Wide