Meet Martin, an operations consultant with industrial, utilities and FMCG experience

Nicki Burns

Martin is an operations consultant with over 14 years supply change management and consultancy experience working with clients in the industrial, mining, oil & gas and FMCG space. Having worked on projects globally, he has helped clients to reduce their supply chain/operations costs between 10-30%, through the implementation of value chain strategies.


We chatted to Martin to learn more about his time at The De Beers Group and why flexibility goes both ways.


Most recent project:

My most recent assignment was with The De Beers Group of companies, which is an international corporation that specialises in diamond exploration, diamond mining, diamond retail, diamond trading and industrial diamond manufacturing sectors. The project focus was efficiency identification for their logistics provider's cross dock services and transportation in agreement with De Beers - to report on strategic, tactical and operational levels of improvement. The most challenging part was ensuring that all relevant data were collected from internal resources required for statistical analysis to report on improvements. It was also challenging ensuring the data collected had integrity. The analysis phase part of this project identified the root causes of the problems. The relationships between variables in the processes were also identified which presented several opportunities for improvement. After the improvement and control phase, the client could see a robust commercial model between them and their logistics provider that supports the business. SOP's across operations were implemented which improved productivity, effectiveness and lead to cost reduction. Utilisation of outbound shipments were improved and a new (first) S&OP process complemented the value chain.  


What makes a project successful?

As a consultant you need to ensure that you fully understand the deliverables, be decisive, ensure quality work and execute and the end. Also, both the company and the consultant need to not to be too rigid, there are many occasions when a consultant is brought in to resolve a problem and only to discover that the root of the problem lies somewhere else, so you need to be able to adapt the project in those cases.


Most significant accomplishment:

The most significant project in my career was working on a project with a client operating in the oil & gas pipeline inspection space. Based in the United Arab Emirates, I successfully implemented strategies to control spend over procurement and improved the performance, productivity, efficiency and profitability of the supply chain. Due to the success of this project, it really opened up my network across the Middle East where I continue to work in consulting.  


Best bits of being a consultant?

One of the greatest benefits of working independently is the flexibility. I am able to work around my personal schedule and manage my workload. I also really enjoy being able to work on projects that I have an interest in for some of the biggest companies around the globe.


Why work with an independent consultant?

Flexibility doesn’t just work in favour of the consultant. Hiring a consultant means you can hire someone just for the duration of an assignment. Clients are also able to source talent which they don't have in-house but need to deliver on a project.


If you are interested in Martin’s profile or consultants with similar experience, contact Talmix today and see how we can help solve your company’s business challenges. Talmix – the home of independent business talent.



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