23 September 2004 | Sam Fortescue
Aircraft systems manufacturer Smiths Aerospace Components has reorganised its purchasing department and created three new category manager positions.
Craig Pilling has been taken on as a sealing systems engineer from a similar position at John Crane.
Drew Robertson has joined as purchasing manager for shop-floor operational support.
He was previously supply chain manager at Carlisle Life Sciences, which develops and builds isolation equipment for hazardous materials.
The position of manager for bought-out and finished goods has yet to be filled.
Dominic Lee, taken on in April as supply chain manager to head the Burnley-based team, described the shake-up as a necessary response to a deal struck with Rolls-Royce last year.
It will transform Smiths' procurement away from commodity-based buying into a first-tier integrator role, in which it is taking over the management for parts of Rolls-Royce's supply chain.
"It is a real opportunity in terms of supply chain management as we are in some ways starting from a blank sheet of paper", said Lee.
"With this contract we will grow over the next three years by 60-70 per cent."
The contract with Rolls-Royce has been agreed for an initial period of five years.
Lee said the first task would be to re-examine the supply chain, so that Smiths only deals directly with a handful of companies.
Including the Rolls-Royce deal, Lee and his team will now be responsible for buying goods and machine components worth around £20 million a year.
He is also planning to introduce new electronic resource planning systems to cut purchasing bottlenecks.