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.
4C is committed to addressing the broader impact of our business on our communities, society and the environment.
In addition to taking a socially responsible attitude towards our direct business activities and their impact on the community, we also consider those of our suppliers and clients – many of whom are global organisations that touch the lives of millions of people.
4C clients and client suppliers must be able to demonstrate an awareness of key environmental and social issues associated with their operations and products. These include environmentally sound waste management, compliance with local environmental regulations and improvement in health and safety standards.
4C has worked with several charities to raise money for worthy causes and takes part in several fundraising events throughout the year.
4C also operates a volunteering program for our employees and supports them in their own charitable activities.
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.
Rohit has a wealth of experience in both logistics and consultancy, and has held several key finance positions throughout his career. In addition he has extensive experience in Mergers & Acquisitions and is a LEAN expert. Rohit is ACCA qualified and has a MBA in Finance from Oxford Brooks University.
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.
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.
A proven leader in Procurement and Supply Chain transformation with extensive experience in Telecoms, Manufacturing, Banking and Finance sectors. A recognised expert in the training & deployment of strategic category management with a real intuition for 'what works', layering pragmatic solutions to achieve business goals.
Chris Herbert has significant experience in project management, leading procurement functions consulting engagements, with 25 years of experience of line management and consultancy across multiple business sectors. Chris has strong leadership skills and a proven track record delivering sustainable value. Chris has successfully handled spends in excess of £250m and teams across 12 countries.
Gavin has over 14 years of consulting experience in procurement and supply chain, specialising in transformation and cost reduction in Retail, Consumer Products and Hospitality sectors. He has lead the transformation of FTSE 100 procurement functions and delivered savings from direct and indirect spend categories, taking an end to end value chain approach to reduce cost and improve margin.
Our depth and breadth of industry expertise ensures we can deliver effective business results across a wide range of sectors. We work with forward-thinking businesses who want to collaborate closely and implement long-term sustainable improvements together.
Our team’s vast range of senior experience at consumer goods and retail businesses gives us a unique understanding of the sector’s challenges.
We help consumer products companies improve EBITDA by optimising cost structures and transforming sourcing functions.
We also work with leading retailers to maximise commercial performance through buying better and improve value delivery throughout the product chain, from raw material to consumption and disposal. Combining our knowledge of retail operations as well as our experience with consumer products organisations allows us to optimize the entire value chain through alignment and collaboration.
Mark has 20 years experience in supply chain and procurement. Highly experienced in organisational transformation, strategy development, innovation and source to pay process and technology development within regulated industries.
Our 4SCAN tool and data partnership with Mintec allows us to provide commercial insight and advice on your direct materials and/or ingredient sourcing / product formulations in order to enhance profitability from your supply chain, whilst protecting your customers and the consumers.
We use our 4RISK tool to proactively identify higher-risk suppliers within your value chain so you can develop mitigation strategies that safeguard your business.
We focus on indirect spend areas such as marketing, logistics, MRO and factory ops, using tools and benchmarks to recommend rapid and sustainable cost reduction across your organisation.
Our Control > Optimise > Transform framework of improvement levers and bespoke 4SPEND analytics service will identify and implement improvements to your operations that reduces risk while protecting or enhancing the offer to your customer or the consumer.
4C will help your business develop agile strategies for the provision of in-house indirect procurement across four key foundations: People, Process, Systems and Structure.
We can run procurement delivery for as many of your indirect spend categories as needed to help your business focus resources on commercial areas that have a greater impact on your growth and profitability. Often managed on a balanced scorecard approach, linked to commercial delivery, performance improvements and our relationship-based delivery, we take away the noise and give you back savings to re-invest in growth.
4C’s Public Sector team’s extensive knowledge and Chief Executive-level experience gives us a deep understanding of the sector’s rapidly changing nature, how to make the most of the opportunities that exist with the statutory regulations and the importance of customer, cost and culture.
We help public sector organisations across Central Government, Local Authorities and the Health Sector improve front and back office services across their organisations. We also work with internal and external stakeholders and 3rd party suppliers to ensure total cost of ownership for the tax payer and the public purse.
4C are successfully on Consultancy 1, Consultancy2 and GCloud 11 frameworks.
Charlotte has over 15 years of experience in procurement transformation for clients across a number of industries, including Network Rail and Ministry of Justice. She specialises in policy, procedure and process design and development, operating model design and category strategy implementation.
Insight-As-A-Service combines 4C’s procurement knowledge and public sector expertise with cutting-edge data analytics powered by AI and machine learning. Our light-touch integration process will allow your business to quickly identify opportunities to manage cost more effectively.
We focus on indirect spend areas such as IT, facilities management, consultancy and resource management using tools and benchmarks to recommend rapid and sustainable cost reduction across your organisation.
We use a range of customised tools to manage, track and deliver robust and sustainable savings programmes, while systematically reviewing opportunities on the demand and supply side. Our familiarity with the OJEU process can deliver tangible cost efficiencies and more effective service delivery.
Our expert teams, proven tools and methodology and third-party partners will help your business deliver effective and sustainable procurement transformation that achieve strategic goals for your people, processes and technology.
We can run procurement delivery for as many of your indirect spend categories as needed to help your business focus resources on operational areas and/or frontline services that have a greater impact on your growth and profitability. Often managed on a balanced scorecard approach, linked to commercial delivery, performance improvements and our relationship-based delivery, we take away the noise and give you back savings to re-invest in growth.
4C’s Financial Services team’s extensive knowledge and C-Suite experience with financial organisations gives us a deep understanding of the sector’s statutory requirements, the industry-wide drive for innovation and the importance of customer, cost and culture.
We help multinational banks, challenger companies and insurance providers improve profitability and productivity by creating more efficient and sustainable supply chains and providing valuable insights into risk remediation.
Insight-As-A-Service combines 4C’s procurement knowledge and financial sector expertise with cutting-edge data analytics powered by AI and machine learning. Our technology helps clients to identify opportunities to manage cost. In addition, we help clients to manage their supply base effectively in line with regulatory requirements.
Our Control ?> Optimise > Transform framework of improvement levers and bespoke 4SPEND analytics service will identify and implement improvements to your operations that reduces risk while protecting or enhancing the offer to your customer or the consumer.
Our expert teams and proven tools and methodology will help your business deliver effective and sustainable transformations that achieve strategic goals for your people, processes and technology. We work with independent third-parties to examine supply chain risk and how best to deal with the latest statutory requirements.
4C and the Bank of England recently won the Go Award for Procurement Leadership as recognition of transformation across the Bank.
We can run procurement delivery for as many of your indirect spend categories as needed to help your business focus resources on operational areas and/or frontline services that have a greater impact on your growth and profitability. Often managed on a balanced scorecard approach, linked to commercial delivery, performance improvements and our relationship-based delivery, we take away the noise and give you back savings to re-invest in growth or other complementary services.
Our team’s vast range of senior experience in the energy industry gives us a unique understanding of the sector’s challenges, rapidly changing nature and the need to balance cost savings with safety and compliance.
Whether you are involved in the exploration and production of oil and gas, retail, integrated supply of energy or renewables, we will help your business deliver efficiencies in production, manage spend, contain costs and take advantage of new procurement technologies.
Insight-As-A-Service combines 4C’s procurement knowledge and energy industry expertise with cutting-edge data analytics powered by AI and machine learning. Our technology will allow your business to quickly identify opportunities to manage cost more effectively.
4C’s procurement, supply chain, business transformation, Lean and Six-Sigma experts, supported by project management and analysis specialists, use a range of customised tools to manage, track and deliver robust and sustainable savings programmes, while systematically reviewing opportunities on the demand and supply side.
We can run procurement delivery for as many of your indirect spend categories as needed to help your business focus resources on operational areas that have a greater impact on your growth and profitability. Often managed on a balanced scorecard approach, linked to commercial delivery, performance improvements and our relationship-based delivery, we take away the noise and give you back savings to re-invest in growth.
4C’s Retail team has board-level experience, Consumer Goods expertise and extensive knowledge of the latest innovations in retail process and technology that will help your organisation maximise its short and long-term commercial performance.
Our holistic, value chain approach looks at Customer, Cost and Culture in order to drive down consumer costs while increasing retailer margins.
Our 4Sight technology suite provides real-time access to market-leading analytics, allowing you to use the latest commercial insights to make fast, fact-based decisions to drive margin enhancement.
By applying our learning algorithms to your raw data, we generate clear, interactive visualisations of those insights, trends and opportunities that will:
Finally, our project management and reporting suite ensures performance remains on track to deliver.
Our Retail team combines customer focus with fresh data insights to enable fact-based commercial decision making enabling us to advance our clients commercial capability to the next level. Our approaches include:
With several decades of GNFR and supply chain management experience on our team we are true experts in optimising your cost to serve. We drive value by looking at:
We use data and insight-driven solutions to maximise your commercial effectiveness from buying activity and to optimise range, pricing and promotional effectiveness in COGS activity.
We act as true partners to our clients.
By gaining a deep and personal understanding of our clients’ business and goals, our teams develop custom procurement solutions and business strategies that deliver both immediate and long-term benefits.
Insight-As-A-Service combines 4C’s procurement knowledge and specific sector expertise with cutting-edge data analytics powered by AI and machine learning. We provide a range of focused applications that support the sourcing life cycle to manage projects, spend, contracts or risk. In addition, our consultants bring a combination of domain expertise and technology skills to support clients on bespoke analytics projects.
Whether your objective is improving data visibility and transparency, finding better ways of managing risk and compliance, enhancing profitability and performance or identifying savings opportunities, generating reliable prescriptive analytics is one of the biggest challenges procurement departments are facing nowadays. 4C will support you throughout the process of turning complex, unformatted and incomplete datasets into valuable and actionable insights.
Our team of procurement and analytics experts specialise in combining datasets into a single all-encompassing model. We build a data architecture that automates tasks and generates reports through deployment of both bespoke and off-the-shelf interfaces, putting insights at your fingertips thanks to the embedded procurement knowledge and analytical capability.
When everyone at your business can access a single, reliable data source, they can spend more time on real ’value-add’ activities. The 4C Analytics Toolsuite will help you be more effective through a range of data-driven decision support tools, which maximizes your profitability and general business efficiency.
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We understand the pressure businesses are under to deliver against budgets and exceed stakeholder expectations. Our cost reduction teams work closely with clients, developing innovative solutions to cost challenges that deliver tangible results.
Increasing price pressures coming from both raw materials and increasing overheads is regularly cited as the number one business concern. Resource-strapped procurement teams are under huge pressure to maintain spend under management while mitigating external factors that are driving high costs and lower margins.
Our cost reduction service provides clear visibility of your category spend and generates actionable insights using tools, costing models and benchmarks to recommend rapid and sustainable cost reduction across your organisation.
Our Control > Optimise > Transform framework of ‘cost out’ and ‘value in’ procurement levers and bespoke 4SPEND analytics service will identify opportunities for unlocking new value. Our experienced team of procurement practitioners will then work closely with your stakeholders to create an appropriate plan of action.
Our procurement practitioners give your business access to a vast range of experience in driving tangible results. We use methodologies tried and tested with clients across all sectors and geographies but customise them to align with the specific needs of your business. Together, we’ll track the results of our procurement enhancements using simple, interactive dashboards and ensure we consistently deliver EBITDA improvements.
As organisations transform themselves or their services, they have an opportunity to change the interaction and alignment of the procurement function within the business and its supply chain. Transformation can:
At 4C we understand the challenges our clients face with procurement transformation, which can include:
We use systematic methodologies, tools and techniques to recommend focus areas to our clients so they can improve control, performance and understanding of business needs, understand how to become a high performing function and align operating models and culture to deliver the business goals.
Our 9-box model for operating model design, standard people development templates and change management methodologies enable and deliver sustainable benefits, while 4Spend and 4Tracker tools put data and insights at our clients’ fingertips.
Our teams have supported global organisations with their vision, strategy and operating model, while ensuring their people are mapped against the correct strategic categories, leveraging local and Global Procurement Services teams to execute contracting and sourcing.
We will provide diagnostic and ambition setting, transformation design and planning and rapid implementation solutions that allow your business to:
These benefits will maximize your profitability, deliver business efficiency, while empowering your staff and supply chain.
Our service delivery teams are experts in all aspects of procurement, including the latest tools and processes. We work closely with your team to understand your specific business priorities in order to continually deliver excellent and sustainable value.
Our clients are engaged in a wide variety of activities across constantly changing environments. Delivering effective performance often requires a diverse range of experience and knowledge that’s difficult to maintain in-house. The resulting low productivity levels, costly service delivery and frustrated resources means the company is unable to keep its talent focused on key business matters.
We provide our clients with a flexible workforce that have the specific skills and deep category expertise to meet the current challenges and can scale easily to cope with changing demand.
They are supported by innovative tools and processes, as well our wealth of general procurement delivery knowledge and strong analytics and transactional capability that can be delivered remotely by our centre-of-excellence or directly at client locations.
When you have instant access to the right skill, resources, tools and processes to deal with your procurement challenges, you can focus your internal capabilities on other difference-making goals that make best use of their talents. Our teams stay up to date with the latest trends and developments across multiple sectors and will pass on fresh insights and ideas to your business.
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.
– A highly professional multi-disciplined team bringing a wealth of experience from industry, procurement, strategy consulting and finance
– A focus on offering long-term solutions to deliver actionable insights and sustainable benefit
– Commercial agreements aligned to the delivery of profit improvements
– A flexible and innovative approach taking into account the very latest developments across all markets and sectors
On joining 4C Associates you will become part of a dynamic team and enjoy the benefits of positive career progressing opportunities and a host of great social benefits and activities our employees participate in.
4C is a fast-growing consultancy. If you believe you have the necessary skills to join our team please get in touch
As a result of growth in demand for our expertise, 4C is regularly looking for outstanding individuals to join our team. We look for individuals at all levels who have the potential to progress to leadership roles within our company.
Applicants should be flexible to work with consulting teams at client sites across the UK and abroad. Please review our key roles and opportunities listed for more details.
4C is a fast growing consultancy so there are many opportunities for people to join our team. Take a look at some of our roles listed here.
If you believe you have the necessary skills to join our team please get in touch – we want to here from you.
4C offer a variety of internship schemes as well as opportunities for new graduates. These positions are aimed at candidates with excellent analytical skills, commercial awareness, great communication skills and an enthusiasm to develop a career in procurement consulting.
As a result of growth in demand for our expertise, 4C is regularly looking for outstanding individuals to join our team. We look for individuals at all levels who have the potential to progress to leadership roles within our company.
Applicants should be flexible to work with consulting teams at client sites across the UK and abroad.
Please review our key roles and opportunities listed for more details.
Analysts at 4C join our Centre of Excellence and provide support across a diverse range of projects. You will provide analytical support while developing procurement and consulting expertise.
A comprehensive training and development plan is devised to support your growth and development into consulting roles. Positions are aimed at graduates, or candidates with initial professional experience. We look for strong analytical capability, good communication & presentation skills and ambition to develop a career in procurement consulting.
Consultants and Senior Consultants are responsible for successfully delivering significant elements of major client projects. The role involves the proactive identification and implementation of cost reductions and performance improvements. Consultants should have first class analytical skills, excellent stakeholder management skills and ideally previous experience in a procurement, supply chain or performance improvement role.
Managers at 4C are responsible for leading a diverse range of complex and challenging client engagements in procurement and transformation. Projects typically involve the proactive identification and delivery of major cost reductions and performance improvements for our clients. We look for highly skilled procurement professionals to fulfil these positions.
The 4C Centre of Excellence provides a platform for a structured induction process.
We focus on developing your skills and enhancing your expertise, and you will
At our team workshops we focus on developing 4C capabilities to help us build the best practice ‘4C Way’ in all services we provide. We develop templates, processes, standard ways of working and shape relevant technology to support our activities
Maria Slimpa joined the Centre of Excellence recently – “As a new 4C joiner, being part of the CoE team helped me get a better understanding of the company’s focus by participating in and assisting various projects. Through that I learnt new tools and improved my technical skills. Additionally, I got to meet many people within 4C and get a better grasp of the different business sectors that the company has projects in.”
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