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Tolga Yildirim

Head of Indirect Procurement & Procurement Excellence at Americana
Kuwait Food Company


Experience Head of Indirect Procurement & Procurement Excellence Company NameKuwait Food Company (Americana) Dates EmployedJul 2017 – Present   Employment Duration6 mos LocationDubai, United Arab Emirates Working for Americana Group of Companies (Restaurant & Food Business) directly invested & owned by Mohammed Alabbar founder and chairman of Emaar Properties. Responsible for the Group wide Indirect Procurement across Restaurant Business (1700+ restaurants) and Food Business (28 factories) across Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt - To craft and design the non-existent Centralized Indirect Procurement department from Scratch - To hire , select and develop Procurement Team members for Indirect Procurement - To develop the Group Procurement Policy , a first for Americana, covering both Restaurant and Food Businesses and implement holistic processes across the group - To craft Strategic Sourcing and Category Management Infrastructure to address key categories for saving generation: MRO, Kitchen Equipment, Logistics , Facilities, IT etc - To lead the Sourcing activities for the aforementioned categories - To develop and streamline group wide product and service contracts together with Legal department - To establish Procurement best practices on sourcing, negotiations, supplier selection and whole Procurement process across all group companies - To form and sustain a professional and high performing Procurement team ensuring the team receives the appropriate training and development structure - As a member of the senior management team for Procurement, to attend and contribute updates to Leadership Team Group Head of Procurement Company Namenoon Dates EmployedApr 2016 – Jun 2017   Employment Duration1 yr 3 mos LocationDubai, United Arab Emirates Working for group of companies (noon e-commerce, noon express, noon fulfilment and noon payments) directly invested & owned by Mohammed Alabbar founder and chairman of Emaar Properties. Main responsibilities; - To design & form the Procurement Department structure and the capability framework  - To form the Procurement Policy / Structure and whole P2P cycle to ensure transparency, traceability and audit controls - To select & lead the implementation of a full fledged ERP Solution (Oracle) with State of the Art Procurement Suite - To craft a fully automated , audit-able e-Procurement approval System, integrated with Oracle - As a Senior member of the Leadership Team take part in new hirings process across the Company, taking lead in creating the Culture of the Company. - Help creating process across various department such as HR, Finance and IT for developing Group Standards and Best Practices. - Covering the whole addressable spend for Opex & Capex expenditures for Operations, Logistics ,HR, Facilities, IT, Finance, Marketing, Investments, Product, After Sales & Call Center of noon group companies - To lead the Procurement Team to ensure all tenders are conducted as per contemporary Procurement standards and Global Audit controls - To recruit, form and train high performing teams with KPI and reporting driven approach Area Head of Procurement, Middle East Company NameBritish American Tobacco Dates EmployedJun 2013 – May 2016   Employment Duration3 yrs LocationDubai, United Arab Emirates Responsible for the ME area ( Bahrain, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Jordan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen) - To lead Middle East Procurement Teams to fulfill the below activities but not limited to; - All Indirect & Direct Procurement activities of British American Tobacco Middle East  - Covering the whole addressable spend for Opex & Capex expenditures for Brand Marketing, Trade Marketing, Operations ,HR, Facilities, IT, Finance,Cora for BAT ME - To drive the successful delivery of Area procurement targets through the leadership of the specific Zone Procurement Teams (GCC, Levant & Yemen ,Iran) - Savings  - Budget - Smart Spend Management ,etc - To lead the operational management of the Area Category Management, Strategic Sourcing, Stakeholder Management & Supplier management functions.  - To drive execution of an Area approach that is aligned to BAT Above Market resources (Regional & Global) - To ensure the Area team support Global Procurement to drive a “One Procurement” vision.. - To drive a professional and high performing Area procurement team, ensuring the team receive the appropriate training, development and reward needed to deliver the business goals Procurement Business Manager, Commercial Company NameBritish American Tobacco Turkey Dates EmployedFeb 2010 – Jun 2013   Employment Duration3 yrs 5 mos LocationIstanbul, Turkey -To Lead the Commercial Procurement Team to fulfill the below activities but not limited to; To manage the procurement of designated indirect goods and services for BAT Turkey nationally and develop innovative and sustainable sourcing strategies and processes to deliver significant competitive advantage to BAT Turkey by effectively using hats of procurement; account management,sourcing management,supplier management and category management -Responsible for Managing Indirect Procurement Team for All BAT Commercial Projects including but not limited to; Marketing, Supply Chain, IT, Logistics, Security, Fuel, Fleet,  Facilities, HR, Finance. -Full Integration with BAT Above Market resources (Regional & Global) and guidelines with Account Management, Category management, Strategic Sourcing and Supplier management modules which includes responsibility for implementing global and geographic category strategies and sourcing plans at end market level. -To ensure the business is compliant with procurement policy and actively manage any compliance issues. -To own the relationship between procurement and its customers at end market level in conjuction with Global Category Management principles. - To challenge demand and requirements and manage customer expectations to ensure compliance and drive continuous improvement. - Focus on Talent Development; Team building; hard & soft skills development for the Procurement Team - Lead a Team of Five Procurement Executive Company NameBritish American Tobacco Turkey Dates EmployedJul 2008 – Feb 2010   Employment Duration1 yr 8 mos LocationIstanbul, Turkey “Indirect Procurement Executive” reporting to Commercial Indirect Procurement  Manager & Turkey Head of Procurement - Responsible for Indirect Procurement categories of Supply Chain, Logistics, Fleet, Facilities, Security (CIT & Premise) -Management of own categories with strong focus on Supplier Account Management, Category Management, Strategic Sourcing and Supplier Management -Management of Procurement Projects in line with BAT Strategic Sourcing Processes in aforementioned categories with Stakeholder departments.  -New supplier finding, establishing (e)RFx processes, management of Tender & Contract processes with Legal & Stakeholder departments. -To create, manage & improve Preferred Supplier Database - Manage cost reduction programmes locally and in collaboration with other BAT Opco or end markets to support Regional & Global initiatives -Working as an Account Manager for own categories in Turkey with strong Collaboration with BAT AME & Global Team -Procurement Projects Implementation in the Merger of BAT & TEKEL with successful on time in full delivery -Creation of BAT Turkey Digital Approval system for Supplier Selections, Contract Approvals and master data creation -Helping forming of BAT Turkey Procurement Policy and Structure See more positions Education BoÄŸaziçi University Degree NameRank: 2nd out of 26 Field Of StudyMBA GradeGPA: 3,60 / 4.00 Dates attended or expected graduation2001 – 2003 Istanbul University Degree NameRank: 10th out of 52 Field Of StudyMechanical Engineering GradeGPA: 3,06 / 4,00 Dates attended or expected graduation1997 – 2001 Activities and Societies: Carried Deputy Head and IT Head roles of "MMTK" Mechanical Engineering Technology Club of Istanbul University. IT Head of "MMTK" Helped and lead "MMTK" of Istanbul University to join and represent itself in various R&D and Engineering Fairs with its own resources. Kadıköy Anadolu Lisesi Degree NameHigh School Diploma Field Of StudyMathematics & Science Division GradeGPA 3,60 Dates attended or expected graduation1990 – 1997 Activities and Societies: Member of KALÄ°D (Kadıköy Anadolu Liseliler DerneÄŸi)

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