I am a highly experienced retail IT
professional with over 30 years in the industry, having held senior
management posts with a number of blue-chip UK retailers and their major
core skills are:
- Project and
Programme Management. I have successfully managed over
35 large scale projects and programmes, many through the entire project
lifecycle. There is no project or programme that I would feel too large or
difficult. I have successfully rescued a number of failing projects.
Further, I am a certified PRINCE2 practitioner.
and Team management. Throughout my career, I have
been responsible for sizeable departments and have managed at business unit
level with full P&L accountability. I have directly managed teams up to
21 and indirectly up to 250. I am comfortable with multi-million pound
budgets having previously been responsible for up to £65m capital and
£5m revenue budgets.
Management. Many of my senior roles have been
responsible for key change management programmes supporting significant
business transformation. I have also had key responsibility for developing
multi-channel retailing strategies and implementing them.
Business Analysis at Strategic and Tactical levels.
My experience working with many retail formats and managing the
implementation of solutions across functions has given me an enviable
comprehensive yet in-depth knowledge of retail business processes that can
be a major asset to any retail company. This provides an ability to rapidly
assess business requirements and devise appropriate solutions which I have
demonstrated on numerous occasions.
Relationship Management. My retail and
technical management experience combined with strong interpersonal and
presentation skills honed over many years in senior roles, mean that I
command respect and cooperation throughout the organisation from Board
level to shop floor, both operational and technical disciplines. This means
I am particularly qualified to manage projects, programmes or departments
where strong stakeholder management is important.
- Strong Supplier
Management. My time in senior roles with
major retail systems suppliers combined with those with large retailers managing
suppliers has enabled me to develop strong supplier management skills so
critical to large project / programme delivery and out-sourced
IT Management roles over 15 years with Burton Group (now Arcadia), Somerfield, Nurdin
and Peacock, Allders, Pizza Hut and JD
Sales and Marketing, Support and Business Unit Management roles over 14
years with major retail systems suppliers – Hugin-Sweda,
Nixdorf, and Imagin where he has been responsible
for managing projects and relationships with such companies as Unichem, CRS, British Gas, C&A, Allders,
Toys ‘R’Us, Dixons Group, McKays
Stores, Peacocks Stores, Laura Ashley, BAA Retail, Fortnum & Mason,
of projects / programmes for EPOS, Store Administration, Merchandising and
Inventory Management, MIS, Marketing and CRM, Supply Chain, Warehousing and
Distribution, and transactional web sites.
have managed projects and operational departments using the following
technologies – Microsoft platforms including Windows (NT, XP and 2003
Server), IIS, SQL-Server, Sharepoint, Biztalk, and other platforms including IBM mainframe
and A/S400, Informix, Business Objects, Cognos,
and various proprietary systems. He has been responsible for developing
projects using the latest object oriented methodologies.
In summary, I am able to professionally
manage both internal and external resources through effective
relationships, to deliver the business benefits required by a competitive
retailing environment. I have a passion for retailing and have sought
throughout my career to build upon my strengths in this sector. I have been
predominantly permanently employed until my last directorship of a software
house in 1999, since when I have been contracted for specific assignments
by major retailers for the last seven years.