Avnish Patel

UK/Ireland Operations and EMEA Corporate Services Procurement Manager,
Air Products

Avnish PatelAvnish is currently managing, direct and indirect procurement for Air Products operations in the UK and Ireland, and all corporate services in EMEA. In this role Avnish successfully reorganised the team structure to operate by categories, and drove the use of continuous improvement techniques to achieve best in class procurement status.  In his previous role Avnish was the procurement strategy lead for a large multimillion project responsible for all capex and site construction spend.

Avnish has held several other procurement positions in Air Products; one of which was to lead the development of a sourcing base in low cost countries such as India, in turn supporting Air Products’ growth strategy, he also developed and led a number of regional/global procurement strategies for heavy engineering equipment. Avnish has an MBA from Cass Business School, MCIPS and holds a Bachelors Degree in Production Engineering.

Session Details

Where Should the Pendulum Swing, Centralised Procurement vs Decentralised?

Whilst many organisations are adopting a procurement structure which focuses on global spend leverage, there are significant benefits in remaining decentralized that get overlooked. This session will focus in providing the benefits and challenges of the two structures with some examples of where the different strategies have succeeded or failed

Benefits of attending this workshop:

  • Learn about the benefits and challenges of global vs local procurement structure
  • Importance of understanding the mindset of who are in global and local procurement roles
  • Explore the correlation between tail end spend and decentralized procurement structure