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3 April 2013 | Adam Leach
In her role as head of supply chain at Omega Pharma, which she starts today, Rebecca Spittle aims to put her coaching skills to good use to build an empowered team of buyers.
Spittle told SM that she will lead the expansion of operations at the pharmaceutical firm following its acquisition of 10 major brands, including Nytol and Solpadeine, from GlaxoSmithKline. While she is keen to put her “own stamp” on the function, she is motivated to do this by empowering those beneath her.
To do this, she will put the skills she developed through an executive coaching programme to instill the team of supply chain professionals with energy, agility and enthusiasm. She told SM: “Being able to put those skills to use and build a team with a coaching ethos is really great.”
From her buyers, she will look for commitment, energy and enthusiasm, but crucially, a willingness and motivation to take on responsibility. “Empowerment is key, not being afraid to take ownership of things is something I think is really important.”
For the function as a whole to deliver against the demands brought by the company’s expansion, agility will be critical. “It’s exponential growth, which any supply chain would struggle to keep up with, so it’s really setting our processes to be agile and not hinder the business growth.”
Before joining Omega Pharma, Spittle was head of customer supply at the baby nutrition division at Danone. She has also held roles at Reckitt Benckiser.
In addition to Spittle, the company has bolstered its supply chain expertise with the appointment of Sue Austin as European supply chain projects director. Austin was previously supply chain planning director at PepsiCo.