Wates appoints former Rok CPO

9 December 2010
Rok comes tumbling down
Rok collapse leaves buyers picking up the pieces
A risk worth taking
Rok criticised for doubling payment times
Connaught's 50,000 unpaid invoices

9 December 2010 | Angeline Albert    

The former chief buyer for construction firm Rok, which went into administration on 8 November, this week became head of group procurement at the Wates Group.

Jamie McKechnie, Rok’s former head of operational procurement, began his new job at Wates on Monday (6 December). He was at Rok for more than five years and says he achieved a successful transformation of the purchasing department during that time.

He told SM: “I was looking for my next step up three or four months before Rok went into administration. I got the new role on 4 November.”

He will be responsible for a direct procurement spend of £100 million. Wates has a central procurement function and supply chain directors in each of the group’s business units. McKechnie will head a 15-strong team and will liaise with all the supply chain directors.

McKechnie, who is a member of the CIPS Construction Procurement group, said: “I’m really excited about joining Wates because it is a family-run business. The importance of paying people on time is a breath of fresh air, particularly in view of my time at Rok.”  

As reported by SM, the Forum of Private Business lambasted Rok for doubling the time it took to pay suppliers.

Meanwhile, SM also previously reported how Wates Construction gained a contract in Edinburgh which was originally awarded to Connaught. Connaught entered administration exactly two months before (8 September) its rival Rok.  

LATEST
JOBS
Hounslow, Heathrow /Richmond upon Thames
Competitive salary depending on experience plus generous share award
Tails.com
Surrey
GBP50000 - GBP55000 per annum + Benefits
Bramwith Consulting
SEARCH JOBS
CIPS Knowledge
Find out more with CIPS Knowledge:
  • best practice insights
  • guidance
  • tools and templates
GO TO CIPS KNOWLEDGE