Who we are

About Us

SR Strategic Sourcing collaborates with organisations and senior procurement executives to exceed targets and deliver bottom line results from a business aligned, skilled and developed procurement function. Our team of skilled, experienced consultants work closely with our customers to fully understand their business strategy and needs, from which we will mutually develop a tailored offering to fully deliver each customer’s requirements from a developed Procurement function, maximising key supplier relationships to deliver excellent performance and competitive advantage to the business.

Our team has over 25 years of experience in Sourcing & Supply Chain Management, at a senior level, across both the Public and Private sectors across various industries, e.g. Automotive, Retail, Finance (Banking) etc. holding board level Director roles in large organisations. Our team are also all qualified to MCIPS / FCIPS.

Meet the Team

Gary Tinsley (FCIPS), BA (Hons), DTLLS

Gary has over 30 years of experience in the field of Sourcing, Supplier and Supply Chain Management across both the Public and Private Sectors and internationally.

Following an initial 7 years in the Public Sector, Gary held Director roles in two very large UK Companies, initially as Purchasing Director and then Group Purchasing Chairman. From here Gary held the role of Buying & Merchandising Director for a large UK Education Mail Order business, with responsibility for the departments of Buying, Inventory Management, Direct Supply, Supply Chain Development and Quality, managing approximately 120 employees and over 20,000 SKU’s from a UK and global supply base.

Latterly since 2012 in a training and consultancy role Gary has delivered extensive training, coaching and additional consultancy procurement services, both in the UK and internationally, to recognized customers such as Lloyds Banking Group, CocaCola and NHS Supply Chain to name a few. Additionally, Gary has delivered training in the UAE Region quite extensively in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

Internationally, Gary has a wealth of global sourcing experience, from the very exacting requirements of the Automotive sector to the variable and price sensitive Mail Order retail environment. In a procurement role Gary has operated globally in India, Taiwan, China, Thailand, Malaysia, USA, and all over Europe. Additionally in a training and consultancy capacity Gary has delivered training throughout Europe in many varying countries and sectors.

Gary is a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply, (FCIPS) and has delivered courses directly on behalf of CIPS on a global basis to various types of organisation’s, across many business sectors, from Negotiation training with NATO to commercial training with Coca-Cola.

Susan Rashid (FCIPS), MBA, PGCE, CPSM

In industry, Susan has held a variety of positions including Office Manager, Material Controller, Project Manager, Buyer, Procurement Manager to MD.

She operated internationally and has first-hand experience of JIT, Kaizen, Lean, Agile, Leagile and Total Quality Management approaches.  It was in this industry where her training career began. Her passion for procurement and training led to becoming a full-time lecturer of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) qualification ladder and member of the CIPS examination team. Her portfolio of delivery includes being Lead Tutor at the National School of Government, British Airways, GCHQ, Planning Inspectorate, Skills Funding Agency and many more.

In 2007 Susan established SR Supply Chain Consultants Limited, a Lancashire based training provider for the CIPS qualification ladder providing assessments and CPD throughout the UK. She is not only renowned for the professional and ethical manner in which she runs her business but also for the quality of course material, flexibility and supportive approach. Her drive and ethical business practices lead to becoming a finalist at the BIBAs (Be Inspired Business Awards) Business Women of the Year, finalists several times for NHS Excellence in Supply Awards in two categories and also E3 Skills Awards for Education and Training Business Award.

A strong passion for quality and continuous improvement has ensured the continued achievement of ISO9001, Cyber Essentials, Centre of Excellence Status and achieving supplier approval for Crown Commercial Services, NHS Shared Services, ESFA RoATP and others.

Susan lives and breathes continuous improvement always looking to develop her learners, her business, her employees, and herself.  Already a qualified teacher holding Fellowship status of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply, she continued her development and in 2019 achieved her MBA completing a dissertation on “The Relationship between Professional Qualification in Procurement and Job Satisfaction”.  She then went on in 2020 to achieve Chartered Procurement Professional Status. Susan’s team are representative of her ethos of quality, customer service and drive to succeed in providing quality training and CPD.

Susan dedicates much of her time researching the market, listening to customer requirements, and seeking new opportunities which has led to delivering L3 Procurement and Supply Assistant and L4 Commercial Procurement and Supply Chain Apprenticeship Standards.  She is heavily involved in the development of Procurement Pathways beyond these apprenticeships and is a key member of the Apprenticeship Trailblazer Board for L6.

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