31 March 2005 | David Arminas
Martin Black in January became the first vice-president of global sourcing, purchasing and logistics for telecommunications supplier RFS.
He plans to change the structure of the company's procurement operation, to introduce global sourcing and bring about "substantial" savings to the annual e250 million budget. But he is still deciding the size of the cuts.
"First I have to collate spending information from all of our manufacturing sites before targets can be set," said Black, who is based in Shanghai.
RFS supplies communications firms T-Mobile, Nortel and Alcatel with transmission material such as cable, antennae and microwave equipment.
Previously, procurement was carried out at each of the company's factories in Germany, France, Denmark, US, Brazil, Australia and China.
Before his appointment, each factory's procurement reported into the manufacturing division, which then reported to the board.
"I will now be co-ordinating all procurement activities globally, such as standards for benchmarking and monitoring supplier performance," Black said.
He reports directly to the RFS president, Klaus Mischerikow. Black was previously director of procurement for the Far East at Lucent Technologies, a maker of data and voice communication technologies.