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22 August 2012 | Anna Reynolds
Bullock Construction has appointed Andy Hazlehurst as procurement director to oversee the transformation of its supply chain.
After working at Kier Group for 14 years, and as head of procurement for the last four, Hazlehurst initially spent three months working with Bullock as a consultant. “I came into a traditional construction business model, looking at it from a professional point of view and saw there was a great opportunity for procurement to add more value,” he told SM.
He added his biggest challenge is “asking people to change the way they work”.
“The recession has made the business refocus and find different ways of operating,” he said. But, he insisted, this cannot be done in isolation. “Procurement plays a big part but to build better relationships with our suppliers and manufacturers, all teams must work together.”
He said he has to identify cost-reduction measures and develop a strategy to deliver ‘best in class’ supply chain performance for the building and refurbishment firm. Hazlehurst is currently working to get the business ready to deliver the ‘green deal’ – the government’s energy efficiency programme.
Bullock’s managing director, Andy Saul, said in a statement: “Andy brings with him a wealth of experience which will be instrumental in helping our customers realise their eco-ambitions by guiding our supply chain to explore ways to deliver greater value by being better and quicker.”
Hazlehurst said the business has formed solid relationships with several manufacturers and is on target to deliver significant returns in the upcoming months.