Purchasing & Supply Chain Manager
Just four months into his role at Bri-Stor Systems as Purchasing & Supply Chain Manager, Adam Smith, along with the new team, is making a significant impact and what is arguably the most challenging time for supply chain and purchasing professionals across the world. Leading a new team, and actively seeking to fill other purchasing roles. Adam brings a wealth of expertise to the business having worked in other market-leading environments. Adam tells us more about his career and why the role at Bri-Stor Sytems is such a great opportunity to bring tangible, real-time benefits to the operational performance of Bri-Stor Systems.
“While I’ve always had primary responsibility for purchasing and supply chain in other roles, I’ve always had the opportunity to cross over into other areas, whether that’s manufacturing, quality management or process improvement and it’s this experience that enables me to bring real, supply chain value to Bri-Stor Systems today.
“Looking back to the start of my career, I wasn’t interested in the typical university route, I really wanted to get into work so I started out in my purchasing career as an Assistant Purchasing Trainee and grew from there taking every opportunity to continue my education to degree level standard with full CIPS (Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply) accreditation.
“Thinking about the here and now, what really attracted me to the role at Bri-Stor Systems was the opportunity to work in an environment that supports cross-functional working – that’s absolutely vital. In organisations where purchasing and supply chain is embraced as a critical link in the overall production and engineering process, huge cost and process advantages can be realised. Let me put that into context with a couple of examples. Our relationships with material manufacturers goes way beyond the price and availability of material alone, we are typically the first in line to understand the supplier’s innovation pipeline and how new materials can be integrated into our own operations. We’re working on a really exciting project at the moment and this team is very much the conduit between our own NPD (new product development) team and the supplier.
“Thinking about the current supply chain challenges, we have an essential job to do in meeting the material needs of our customers’ jobs, but we also have a real duty to give our sales team a competitive advantage when it comes to lead times – this has never been more critical than now. We talk about collaboration as an external opportunity, but in real terms, by working collaboratively internally, we bring huge advantages to our customers and the overall performance of Bri-Stor Systems.”
With a strong vision to lead the supply chain and purchasing team to bring greater value to the wider business, Adam concludes with these words: “the opportunity to bring leading-edge material technologies to our customers while simultaneously delivering a value-added service to our internal teams is incredibly exciting. I’m building the purchasing and supply chain team from the ground-up and only appointing people with the drive, talent and passion to keep our customers’ needs at the centre of our decisions – that’s a powerful place to be.”
Growing up in Staffordshire, just a few miles from the family business, Martin Smith spent much of his childhood watching his parents build Bri-Stor Systems Limited (Bri-Stor is an abbreviation of British Storage). Today, as CEO of the Bri-Stor Group, he reflects on his own career and the tough lessons he learned along the way.
Simon Webb, Managing Director of Bri-Stor Systems knows all about hard work. Leaving school in the 80s, his first experience of engineering came about when he started a four-year Mechanical Technician Apprenticeship at Portsmouth based firm Dunham-Bush Ltd.
With 15 years’ experience in the van conversion industry, Jack Draper lives and breathes Bri-Stor Systems with specialist knowledge of the welfare vehicle market. Joining us initially in 2017 and after a brief spell elsewhere, re-joining in August 2020, Jack leads the relationship with our welfare vehicle customers.
Describing Bri-Stor Systems, Operations Manager Paul Airston is passionate about the business. Joining sister-company Alpha Manufacturing in 2004, like many colleagues in the business, Paul has enjoyed a variety of roles in the Group and today leads the operational performance of Bri-Stor Systems.
When it comes to total compliance with regulations and legislation governing the fleet vehicle sector, Andrew Webber, Bri-Stor Systems’ Compliance Manager is the man in charge of ensuring every Bri-Stor Systems’ van conversion is fully compliant