16 December 2004 | Cara Whitehouse
E.ON UK, the organisation behind energy brand Powergen, has created two new manager roles within its procurement department as part of an overhaul of the function.
Joanna Kinson has been appointed strategy and analysis manager with responsibility for standardising processes across the function. She was previously supply chain improvement manager at Cadbury-Schweppes.
The procurement manager retail position is set to be filled in January by Paul Andrew.
He will join from Britannia Building Society, where he is group purchasing manager.
Colin Davis, head of UK procurement and technical services, said the appointments were part of a "procurement re-invention plan" that he kicked off in May.
He told SM: "Procurement was previously in silos without any functional leadership or any defined strategy or structure at board level.
"The overhaul will bring common process and central strategic thinking."
The review has also uncovered new savings opportunities, he said, and multi-million pound savings targets have risen six-fold under the restructuring.
Around 12 new positions have been created in the department, which now has about 55 staff and oversees spend of £1 billion a year, covering everything from wind farms and cables to IT.
Davis joined E.ON at the end of January and initiated the department revamp. He was formerly director of procurement at the Caudwell Group, a telecoms company.