12 May 2005 | David Arminas
Glanbia, a major Irish dairy goods company, has appointed Nick Bennett to the new position of strategic development director of procurement.
Bennett previously worked with the Cork-based consultancy Leading Edge Group and had been working with Glanbia part-time since mid-2004.
He was formerly procurement development director at drinks giant Diageo. Bennett was instrumental in the firm's leadership development programme for purchasers, which won top prize in the 2002 Kelly's CIPS Purchasing and Supply Awards, forerunner of the CIPS Supply Management Awards (see Feature
, 28 November 2002). He left Diageo when the company scaled back its procurement function in mid-2003.
In his new role he will handle a ?300 million (£204 million) budget and have three category managers reporting to him: transport and logistics, and two new categories of engineering and capital expenditure, and business services.
"My role is to start developing the function in a more strategic way in terms of processes such as best practice, and improving the IT for purchasing."
He reports to the group procurement director, Matt Breen. who also oversees ingredients, energy and packaging.
"Glanbia is the result of a 1997 merger between the two farmers' co-operatives Waterford Foods and Avonmore Foods," Bennett said.
"Like all agriculture firms, it's under heavy competition from within the European Union and globally, and purchasing has to help it get more competitive."