Alan RichardsAssociate Director

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Alan has over 15 years experience in procurement, supply chain and strategy development expertise across the financial services sector. He has led transformational projects within procurement functions transforming teams from transactional to strategic, introducing procurement technology and developing robust governance and controls.

Prior to joining ArcBlue, Alan spent 18 years working mainly in Banking Technology and Procurement both internationally and in New Zealand. Alan’s focus over this time has been on providing predictability in the delivery of projects, establishing captive Procurement Service Centres, creating truly Strategic Sourcing teams and developing Supplier Risk Management processes and systems that compliment existing organisational Procurement and Risk Management structures.

As Head of Procurement for Japan, Alan led a team of Sourcing and Procurement Operations specialists, aligning local practices, law and regulations with Global policies and standards.​ He’s Managed a strategic sourcing function, identifying and delivering a pipeline of procurement projects in collaboration with business stakeholders. Alan also Headed the Enterprise Supply Chain function for Citigroup across North Asia (Japan, Korea, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan).

Alan attains a BCom Business Strategy and Marketing, is a member of Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (MCIPS), and holds a PRINCE2 Project Management Qualification.


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