Clarks seeks global CPO to boost growth

11 October 2011

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11 October 2011 | Angeline Albert

Shoe retailer C& J Clark International is looking to appoint a global CPO to lead procurement as its business expands.

Clarks’ most senior buyer Matt Turner currently leads the retailer’s centralised procurement operations made up of eight buyers based at its UK headquarters. The purchasing and social responsibility manager has told SM he is not applying for the post, which requires a candidate with purchasing experience on an international scale. He said he looks forward to meeting the new CPO to discuss next steps.

Turner currently manages a UK spend of £110 million. Clarks has a £150 million total worldwide procurement spend and the global CPO will focus on indirect purchasing that covers £130 million.       

In a recruitmentadvertisement for the post, Clarks said: “Our bold plans are the vision of Melissa Potter, our new chief executive, and her leadership team. It’s a vision that in 2010/2011 saw us break the £100 million profit mark for the first time – an achievement that caps 10 consecutive years of growth.

“We’re ambitious for more, determined to take the Clarks brand to new markets and new consumers. To make it happen, we’re revolutionising the way we work as a global business while simplifying and streamlining processes and procedures – and we want you to transform the way we buy goods and services.”

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