Stephen Ashcroft Takes New Role with Aecom Procurement and Commercial Advisory Practice

Stephen Ashcroft is well known to many in the procurement industry and for many years has been associated with the legendary Brian Farrington, procurement author, educator and adviser extraordinaire. Ashcroft has also written for Spend Matters and has been a regular commenter and Tweeter on what we’re doing here, so when we heard he was moving on, we asked him to tell us a bit more about his plans.

I've recently decided to leave Brian Farrington Ltd and accepted a role with AECOM Consulting.

Working alongside Brian for almost 20 years has been a privilege. Together we have worked with a huge range of corporate and government clients, and a third of the current FTSE100. Supporting Brian with his procurement texts for CIPS and others was also a special highlight. I'd like to think my procurement insights and capacity for leading and learning have developed in that time - thank you Brian.

It was a hard decision to make but I'm now ready for a new and exciting challenge. My new role is leading the AECOM Procurement and Commercial Advisory practice. AECOM provides professional and technical services, principally across infrastructure and related markets, for public and private sector clients in over 150 countries. It is a Fortune 500 company recognised as a world's most admired company, a leader in all the key markets they serve which includes transportation, energy, construction and government with 95,000 employees - and now me.

For my part, I shall be taking a leadership role within AECOM Consulting, leading on procurement and commercial advisory in Darron Cox’s Performance Improvement Consulting Team. I will be heading a multi-disciplinary team of bright young procurement and commercial consultants focused on helping clients tackle a whole range of procurement, commercial and efficiency challenges anywhere in the world. We have a fully resourced team, supported with proven systems and IP to deliver some of the world's most critical and complex infrastructure programmes.

Our aim is to “do procurement differently” and by this we mean that we use Procurement as a:

- CONDUIT to engage supply markets in innovative ways to find solutions to business challenges
- SERVICE to reduce the cost of procurement and maximise commercial benefits delivered
- PLATFORM to create, enhance and sustain the world’s built, natural, and social environments

Do get in touch if you want to know more – coffee's on me! (Stephen.Ashcroft@aecom.com). I'm also going to continue to share my industry views (and valuable insights?) with updated blogs and a new twitter feed: @thinkprocure

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