Fitness First's UK purchasing chief limbers up for new job

18 November 2011

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18 November 2011 | Angeline Albert

UK head of procurement for FitnessFirst, Andrew Neilson, leaves the company next month to move to a residential lighting manufacturer.

During his two and a half years at the health club chain, Neilson has led his team to exceed its annual savings target by 37 per cent (year-on-year savings) by the end of the firm’s financial year close at the end of October.

Responsible for an addressable spend of £70 million a year, Fitness First has more than 150 gyms in the UK. It has more than 500 globally.

From 19 December, head of facilities Glyn Allen will take up responsibility forthe company’s UK procurement. Neilson described him as a good replacement. “He has contract management expertise from dealing with areas such as cleaning services. Hiring someone internally shows we have in-house talent.”

Having worked with many UK suppliers to get value from spend areas including accommodation, company car services, business travel, gym consumables and print management, Neilson’s new job as procurement director at Poole Lighting will see him working with electronics providers in the Far East. He will focus on mitigating the risk of commodity cost increases and a lack of availability of goods. 

“I was approached by my new company and sold the vision. It’s a new challenge but will still require the application of some common sense procurement,” he told SM. 


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