Vaida Maksims, MCIPS, PMP

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Experienced Procurement Manager/ Director, having worked in multi-cultural environments and companies: Asia, Europe, some Africa, US, specialising in LCC.

With the work experience in: manufacturing companies (engineering as well as food production), trading companies (wheat, oil, industrial plumbing products), service providing companies (outsourcing in China, factories inspection, logistics schemes creation and implementation), in all roles thinkable, from buyer to Procurement Director, Project manager.

Specialties: Strategic Analysis & Planning • Operational Excellence • Supplier Quality Management and Development • Six Sigma • OpEx • StratEx • CapEx • Negotiations • System & Process Development • Change Management • Supplier Evaluation and Selection • Risk Assessment • Best Practices • Continuous Improvement • Cost Reductions • Project Management • Team Management • FMCG • Packaging industry • P2P • Oracle EBS R12 • Navision Axapta • International Purchasing

Achievements: Managed spend up to 750 million Eur. Savings per category up to 40%, ROI for purchasing department in first two years 600%, OEM products launch, CAPEX negotiation savings up to 35%, Change management projects, P2P systems implementations and Organizational design.

Languages: English, Russian, Lithuanian, German

Being a highly motivated individual I am currently looking for a new challenge that allows me to continue growing in my career and evolve professionally.

mobile: +44 7535472171

work Experience

Procurement Manager

Sainsbury’s Argos

January 2017 - Present

- Directly managing HR and Professional Services categories;
- Managing a team and overseeing IT, Financial Services, Marketing categories;
- Managing projects - operational efficiency, cost reduction, business change;
- Challenging the old ways of working and asking a lot of questions.

CIPS Tutor

Central School of Business

September 2016 - Present

Teaching evening CIPS classes.

Senior Consultant

4C Associates

March 2016 - January 2017

Management consulting in Procurement, cost reduction and supply management

European Procurement Manager, Equipment

European Independent Procurement Company

February 2015 - March 2016

Responsible for buying and ensuring supply of all equipment / installations / some services for European Subway sandwiches' stores

European Procurement Director


June 2014 - February 2017

Managing Procurement for factories in Slough, UK and Zurich, Switzerland. Main supply chain originating in USA.

Group Procurement Director

KG Group

October 2011 - May 2014

Building Procurement function from scratch in 3500 staff, 120 years old and 1 bln Eur turnover vertically integrated food manufacturing company. That included everything: systems, tools, team, processes, change and project management and much more.

Supply Chain Commercial Director

LBK Company

February 2007 - October 2011

Managing Procurement and Supply Chain for global group of companies across China, Russia, Lithuania, Belarus.

Procurement Manager


June 2017 - Present

- Existing system set up analysis.
- Gap analysis with current operational situation.
- Improvement change project planning and execution.
- Risk identification and management.

Managing Partner


September 2016 - Present

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