4C Associates

We act as true partners to our clients by gaining a deep and personal understanding of their business and goals

5th Floor, Kings House, 174 Hammersmith Road, London, W6 7JP

Financial Services Retail & Consumer Public Sector Private Equity & Venture Capital Procurement

4C Associates is an award winning consultancy. We help our clients operate more efficiently and compete more effectively by controlling costs, improving how they operate their processes

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Team Size 75 - 100
Established 2000

4C Associates is an award winning consultancy. We help our clients operate more efficiently and compete more effectively by controlling costs, improving how they operate their processes

We do this through providing insight, business transformation, cost reduction and service delivery. Our mission is to become the world’s number one specialist procurement provider through our personal approach and progressive attitude.

Our approach

We thrive on variety, love a challenge and are passionate about helping our clients fix their problems. We combine the extensive knowledge and experience of our people with the latest process and technology innovations to provide our clients with transformative solutions with sustainable results.

How we work

We act as true partners to our clients. By gaining a deep and personal understanding of their business and goals, our teams develop custom procurement solutions and business strategies that deliver both immediate and long-term benefits. We are progressive, knowledgeable, responsive and

collaborative.

What we do

We help our clients operate more efficiently and compete more effectively by controlling costs, improving how they operate their processes and opening up opportunities for growth. We do this through providing insight, business transformation, cost reduction and service delivery.

Our purpose

We act as true partners to our clients. By gaining a deep and personal understanding of their business and goals, our teams develop custom procurement solutions and business strategies that deliver both immediate and long-term benefits.

4C Careers

4C Associates is a dynamic, fast-growing and diverse procurement consultancy. We provide expertise across all areas of cost transformation and procurement, for leading organisations in all market sectors. Our international presence, combined with our fresh approach & deep expertise in providing tailored solutions enables our clients to meet their strategic goals, ranging from rapid profit improvement to long term business transformation. Our success depends on the capability, commitment and dedication of our employees. We recruit only the highest calibre individuals.

Founders & Leaders

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Simon Terry

CEO

Simon is one of the most experienced procurement services leaders in Europe. He previously led IBM’s European Operations and Supply Chain practice. He is a true thought leader and one of the UK’s premier experts in procurement. He brings strong skills in relationship building and project delivery in a range of industries.

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Jeremy Smith

Managing Partner

Jeremy has over 20 years of experience in procurement with a focus on savings delivery, transformation and change management. During this time he has delivered major international savings projects, transforming organisations outputs from, and approaches to, procurement in the Retail, Oil & Gas, Financial Services and Public sectors. He has a particular focus on Private Equity owned organisations.

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Steve Harrison

CTO

With over 15 years of experience and strong expertise in procurement technology and advanced analytics, Steve leads 4C’s development team which is focused on developing innovative software solutions to improve insight and release value from the procurement process. Steve has extensive experience in delivering sustainable cost reduction and EBITDA improvement programmes.

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Mark Ellis

Partner

Mark Ellis has a wealth of knowledge and experience surrounding the procurement operating model, transformation, P2P optimisation, supplier engagement, savings delivery and managed services. With over 31 years’ experience in procurement and supply chain services in various demanding line, consultancy and project roles, in his Partner role, Mark helps drive transformational change for 4C’s clients.

4C Associates: 'Big Data Will Cut Business Costs but Not Jobs'
Companies will save money in the long term by investing in huge data management and storage capabilities, says consultancy firm 4C Associates. Speaking to IBTimes TV at the EIU CFO Summit, the consultancy firm's managing director, Ed Ainsworth, also added that it could significantly help a company to become more profitable as it allows firms to better understand and manage their strategies. He also added that it wouldn't replace headcount and could mean that companies will not have to focus on headcount cuts to implement cost reductions.

Values

  • Knowledgeable - our teams of industry experts and seasoned procurement practitioners work together to provide clients with levels of knowledge and insight they rarely have in-house
  • Responsive - we take a personal approach to each client relationship that allows us to really hear what their business needs and understand exactly how to tailor our approach and solutions
  • Collaborative - our aim is to develop true partnerships with our clients and work closely together to grow their business
  • Progressive - we are a forward-thinking company, always ready to adopt fresh ideas and new technologies but only if they can enhance our ability to deliver real results for our clients

Awards

  • One of UK's Leading Management Consultancy, Financial Times, 2018
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