Head of Purchase for ITC’s Food Division. A consummate supply chain and procurement professional, responsible for implementing “best in class” procurement practices for this new FMCG business of ITC.
Provides strategic leadership to his team in handling procurement for nationally famous brands such as Aashirwad Atta, Sunfeast Biscuits, Bingo chips, Kitchens of India ready to eat products, Candyman and Mintofresh candies and now Yipee Noodles.
Handles a buy size of over 2000 Crores and manages supply chain for 52 diverse locations across India spanning a vendor base of over 1800.
Member of Chief Procurement Officers (CPO) strategy forum and a regular speaker at several supply chain related seminars and conferences. Passionate about knowledge sharing and often lectures management students are various B Schools.
Member of Bangalore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCIC)
Specialties: Forecast prices systematically for key spend areas. Analyse expenditure to establish potential price change impact on purchasing portfolio. Tactical & strategic negotiation for category of expenditure. Initiate & manage major cost improvement programs, resulting in significant savings. Deal with a largely fragmented & unprofessional commodity market in a way that mitigates price and contractual risk to the company.