Future Purchasing

A specialist procurement consultancy delivering research-led learning and coaching through Interactive Virtual Learning

Building 2, Guildford Business Park, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 8XH

Strategy Procurement Transformation

Future Purchasing is a specialist procurement consultancy helping major organisations secure competitive advantage by implementing exceptional procurement practices

Team Size 10 - 20
Established 2002

Future Purchasing is a specialist procurement consultancy helping major organisations secure competitive advantage by implementing exceptional procurement practices

We are acknowledged experts in highly practical procurement improvement and transformation, with a strong track record in cost reduction, category management and performance learning including negotiation training. Our services have been used extensively throughout the UK, USA and Europe. Our mission is building, educating and applying procurement excellence is the sole focus of what we do. Our clients secure breakthrough levels of cost reduction and supplier performance. We achieve that by strengthening procurement as a core business competence

We are highly tangible, direct and immediate benefits should flow from any consulting assignment. Our whole rationale and raison d’être is to deliver significant value for our clients, whether that be in financial or operational terms, and it needs to be sustainable beyond our departure. We support senior executives, chief procurement officers (CPOs), vice presidents and their leadership teams in large, complex organisations on both immediate and major programmes of change.

Procurement Consultants have an enviable wealth of experience. We provide consulting and education services that help our clients in the private and public sector achieve superior results and build sustainable sourcing and supplier management capabilities. We do this through learning & development programmes and hands-on savings implementation. We provide outstanding project teams of consultants with exceptionally strong change management, process design, implementation and educational expertise in best practice procurement.

Our Future Purchasing interactive virtual learning and coaching development solution provides sustainable performance improvement and a minimum 500% ROI. The principles underpinning our Interactive Virtual Learning approach. Tangible value and ROI from investment in learning: training is provided as real category/supplier/negotiation strategies are created and value identified. Future Purchasing team can coach, transfer knowledge, develop capability and role model skills. All are procurement experts with minimum 15 years line and consulting experience. Rapid and intensive skills building: skills are practiced in the context of real projects during the training and immediately afterwards with stakeholders.

Learning is embedded: participants share experiences, learn from each other. Our clients are at different stages of procurement development and we adopt a flexible approach to meet their specific requirements. From providing targeted educational courses through to co-leading major transformation programmes we tailor our approach to ensure organisational fit and delivery of results. Our commitment to delivering successful assignments is balanced with a strong sensitivity to team culture and expectations. This guides our approach to education, coaching and facilitation so that it remains meaningful and motivating for client staff.

Founders & Leaders

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Mark Webb

Managing Director

Profile 22 years procurement experience in line management and consulting roles. Previous employment Price Waterhouse, Mobil Oil and QP Group Education: BSc in Management Science and MSc in Business by Research, Aston University CIPS member Role in FP: Managing Director Selected Client Experience Consumer Electronics 1: Undertook a diagnostic and opportunity assessment that identified incremental annual savings of $65m from direct spend through the implementation of world-class procurement Telecommunications 1: Designed a discovery project that identified internal and external opportunities for step-change improvement to $1Bn network installation activities. Led 70 strong client/consultant team to create and implement breakthrough strategies involving major supply chain redesign that resulted in 22% cost reductions, with 5% cost out in year one. $15m of quick wins created an immediate 5:1 ROI.

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Mark Hubbard


Profile 30 years of procurement experience in line management and consulting roles. Previous employment Rover, JCB, South West Water, BMW, QP Group, S.I.T.A., Positive Purchasing Education: MBA, Plymouth, BSc Engineering Metallurgy. Role in FP: Director focussing on Negotiation Selected Client Experience Pharmaceutical: Manage an end to end category management program for a 22 country, 22000 vehicle fleet, developed an SRM program, designed and delivered multi-country and business unit training over 10 years Food: Developed an international assessment and training program for category management, SRM and negotiation, covering 8 countries, over 7 years Engineering: Developed and delivered organisational assessment program and delivered international training and coaching for large team Engineering: Developed and delivered international negotiation training program over 3 years

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Simon Brown


Profile 27 years procurement experience in line management and consulting roles. Previous employment British Aerospace, British Airways, QP Group Education: MBA, London Business School. BA (Hons) Business Studies. CIPS member Role in FP: Director focusing on Category Management Selected Client Experience Pharmaceutical: Designed and rolled out a new category management and category planning process involving 15 key procurement staff. Ran a quick wins savings programme delivering 12% savings over 4 month period. Coached and facilitated 6 category teams to deliver 24% savings over a 12 month period. Also introduced more advanced supplier management tools to the business. Biotechnology: Worked with client design team to create an easy to use sourcing process that was rolled out across the entire Purchasing network in Europe, USA and China training 40+ Purchasing category managers in its use.

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Mark Bassington


Profile 20 years procurement experience in line management and consulting roles. Previous employment London Underground, British Energy, QP Group, PwC, Exult Education: MCIPS, MBA Strategic Procurement Management, University of Birmingham. CIPS member Role in FP: Principal consultant in Consulting & Delivery. Selected Client Experience Electronics: Facilitated cross functional teams in the development of Global Sourcing Strategies for $250m of critical components (Hard Disk Drives & Memory) and logistics strategy for (+$100m). Supported tactical negotiations to achieve $12.6m in year savings with annualised run rate of $29m. Home Office: Managed major business transformation project across 3 business units to deliver a new converged and optimised future operating model. Delivery of procurement process to secure outsourced Managed Service and IT contract under OJEU competitive dialogue procedure.

Strengthening Your Supply Chain Resilience Webinar
Mark Webb, MD, Future Purchasing introduces his guest speaker Daniel Crease, Independent Consultant and ex Global Head of Third Party Risk Management, HSBC and together they discuss strengthening your supply chain resilience in a webinar filmed in April 2020.
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