04 March 2004 | David Arminas
David Loseby has been appointed director of purchasing at Britvic Soft Drinks.
Loseby has moved from Barclays Bank, where he was change director for two years. He developed and ran a £150 million cost-cutting programme in its business-banking arm.
In his new role, Loseby will be in charge of 30 staff and have an annual budget of £500 million, with responsibility for sourcing all goods and services.
Loseby said his main aim will be to collaborate much more with suppliers and fruit growers in countries such as Brazil, Ecuador and India.
"It's a big challenge," he said. "In Brazil, for example, sudden-death disease can kill orange trees within weeks, so we need to ensure that we have a good flow of information with our suppliers.
"We need to carry out continuous quality checking," he explained, "as well as ensuring that crop delivery and the quantities we are dealing with are right and the logistics are up to scratch. It's about managing a complete supply chain."
Loseby has also worked at global pharmaceutical company SmithKline Beecham, latterly as global purchasing director for all capital expenditure.