On time, or not, that is the question
In many ways, logistics is like a theatre show, particularly when we think about operational and transport planning. Paddy MacBrant explains why.
I joined Hatmill after 4 years in supply chain & operations management and 1.5 years as an operations consultant. Formally beginning at Danone in logistics analysis, I moved to DHL where I worked with clients to deliver and manage bespoke operations. Clients have included Tyco Electronics, Morrisons, HMPPS, NHS and Network Rail.
My interest in operational process improvement has its roots in a heavily-challenged DHL rail cold-chain depot, where I spent a summer as an undergraduate in 2016. Circumstances meant I had licence to implement any changes I could reasonably justify, leading to a rapid succession of steep learning curves: huge stock wastage avoidances, operational failures, big team wins and hard-knock losses.
I would go on to spend an industrial placement year at Danone, providing logistics analysis on imported lines for the Evian and Volvic brands. Major focuses included the elimination of delivery failures on vulnerable routes, a warehouse master-data correction project and investigation of aged unpaid logistics claims.
In 2019 I joined DHL’s Future Leaders programme – with hugely varied exposure including fit-out and go-live for Tyco Electronics’ new UK warehousing and distribution facility and data-secure warehousing & pick-pack for His Majesty’s Prisons & Probation Service (HMPPS).
In 2022 I joined PA Consulting in their Operations and Improvement capability, providing project management support to the NHS Central Commercial Function, risk and opportunities analysis to Network Rail in relation to the HS2 pause and the design of a device evaluation framework for local authorities looking to expand their Technology Enabled Care provision.
Some of my career highlights have been:
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