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Leading business figures to highlight supply chain resilience strategies at breakfast briefing

Published:  18 April, 2017

Strategies businesses deploy to shift from short-term survival to long-term sustainability will be explored by a diverse range of companies across the supply chain at Oil & Gas UK’s breakfast briefing in Aberdeen later this month. The Strengthening Resilience briefing sponsored by Deloitte, will take place at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre on April 25.

Business experts delivering presentations at the event include Mike Backus, vice president operations UK, Nexen Petroleum U.K. Limited; Nick Clark, director, consulting, at Deloitte; Barry MacLeod, managing director – UKCS of Bibby Offshore and Rob Anthony, senior vice president purchasing and planning and control, Marine, Rolls-Royce plc. The event also has the support of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS).

Stephen Marcos Jones, director of business excellence at Oil & Gas UK, said: “Adaptability and resilience are qualities that all companies require if they are to ride out the tough times. Our speakers will share insights on both the strategies they have developed within their own organisations, and expertise they have gathered from working with the industry including successful collaboration to win available business and diversification into other sectors. We believe there are beneficial insights to be gained from discussing this topic from the different perspectives of an operator, major contractor, professional services firm and an eminent engineering company.”

Graham Hollis, Office Senior Partner for Deloitte in Aberdeen, said: “Greater supply chain collaboration has an invaluable role to play in changing the shape of the North Sea industry for the better, and maximising economic recovery on the UKCS. While the latest Deloitte and Oil & Gas UK Upstream Supply Chain Collaboration Survey demonstrated that cost reduction is viewed as the main reason for collaborating, there are many other opportunities to be gained from enhancing and strengthening supply chain relationships.”

The breakfast briefing also provides the platform for announcing the results of the Young Oil and Gas Supply Chain Professional of the Year Award 2017, supported by CIPS. Awarded in recognition of the most outstanding people working in procurement, logistics and contract management, the initiative supports the industry’s drive to develop young supply chain practitioners and equip them with the skills to improve efficiency, build resilience and restore competitiveness to the UK Continental Shelf.

Phil Broughton, CIPS corporate relationships, said: “The industry has lived through some very difficult years, and opportunities to celebrate outstanding capabilities should be encouraged as we hand the mantle to younger professionals to develop the profession and enable the sector to reach new heights.”

Following a short networking break after the speakers’ presentations, there will be a panel session

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