In February’s version of Supply Chain Digital, we spoke with Ninian Wilson, Global Supply Chain Director and CEO of Vodafone Procurement Company, about his agency’s transformation journey.
Scottish-born Wilson has been with Vodafone in Luxembourg since 2009 and started as a Technology Procurement Director earlier than turning into Group Procurement Director and CEO in April 2016.
During our chat, Wilson took nice pleasure in strolling me by way of a singular strategy referred to as ‘Our House.’ It was developed with a transparent intention: to be the most effective digital provide chain administration (SCM) crew in a related world, powered by folks and partnering to create worth by way of innovation and ecosystem administration. Upon starting the function, Wilson sat down with Neil Cocker, former Principal Manager, Supply Chain Management Strategy & Governance, and realised that forming a long-term and sustainable strategy was important. “Neil, we need to have a strategy here. This is our house, how do we want to build it?,” remembers Wilson. “We played around with some ideas and defined the different rooms of the house.”
Eventually, the duo established 4 key rooms of the home: the kitchen, video games room, storage and eating room. “The kitchen is owned by the Chief Operating Officer. The best things happen in the kitchen, so naturally that’s where we run operations from,” explains Wilson. “In the garage, we have our innovation centre where we incubate small companies that can create value, whether that’s increased revenue, profit or taking costs out of Vodafone. The games room allows us to trial new things. For example, we try new technology to use internally in supply chain management. If it works, we scale it. If it doesn’t, then we simply turn it off. Finally, we have the dining room, which represents our supply chain management sales. We work with external clients; not just for Vodafone. We invite those external clients into the dining room to see what we’ve developed and to support them in their procurement activities.”
Having established this strategy, Wilson drew the home on a one web page doc. He believes that streamlining the message is essential. “In today’s world, people are so used to reading 250 characters,” says Wilson. “If you can’t put your whole strategy on one page then you have a problem with communication.”
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