04 September 2003 | Robin Parker
Security services giant Securior is shaking up its global procurement teams after scrapping plans to outsource the function.
The company has consolidated its four UK procurement teams into one central unit and installed a category management structure.
Damon Jones, formerly global vice-president of new ventures and outsourcing at the QP Group consultancy, has been made Securicor's first procurement director.
He said his appointment was ironic as he was initially brought in to advise the firm on whether to outsource procurement.
"I spent a lot of time with the chief executive looking at where procurement could add value, and at every corner we turned there was an opportunity that couldn't have happened if it was outsourced," he said.
Meanwhile, three new category managers have joined the UK team from outside the company.
Vaughan Machin, formerly of catering firm the Compass Group, has responsibility for fleet; Steve Hollands, category manager for IT and telecommunications, has joined from the Royal Bank of Scotland; and Steve Allan, formerly of insurance firm CGNU, manages purchasing for property and facilities management.