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Simon Geale

Executive Vice President, Procurement at Proxima

London, United Kingdom

Responsible for market offerings, thinking and pushing the procurement narrative for the worlds best procurement consultancy - Proxima! Pinch myself every day when i think about the brilliant people and organisations I get to work with. (And all the other bits of course.... key note speaker, media commentator, CPO/ team advisor, author, thinker, professional head scratcher, arch triangle shifter in PowerPoint). Join the revolution - procurement just got cool, even if I didn't.

Simon Geale Points
Academic 0
Author 57
Influencer 72
Speaker 69
Entrepreneur 0
Total 198

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Thought Leader Profile

Portfolio Mix

Company Information

Company Type: Service Provider
Business Unit: Proxima

Areas of Expertise

Procurement 39.16
Supply Chain 33.27
AI 30.04
Sustainability 31.02
Digital Transformation 30.13
Retail 30.13
Management 30.05
COVID19 30.58

Industry Experience

Publications

1 Analyst Report
Recession Ready
Proxima Group
July 01, 2022
Whay Businesses can do to tackle recession in supplier spend

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Tags: Procurement, Supply Chain

20 Article/Blogs
HOW CHINA’S ZERO-COVID POLICY IS AFFECTING GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAINS
Proxima
August 25, 2022
Simon Geale recently spoke to CNBC about how China’s strict Covid restrictions are having a ripple effect on global supply chains.

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Tags: Supply Chain, Procurement, COVID19

Retail doesn’t die, it reinvents
The scotsman Newspaper
March 22, 2021
Looking at Scottish/ UK retail reopening in 2021

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Tags: Procurement, Retail

Is supply chain financing one of COVID-19’s few winners?
Proxima
May 28, 2020
Analysis of the role of SCF post pandemic

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Procurement, Supply Chain

The Cost of Doing Good
Proxima
April 16, 2020
How CPO's can drive the case for sustainability and use this to promote procurement

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Tags: Procurement, Supply Chain, Sustainability

Liquidity and how to achieve it
Proxima
April 03, 2020
Tips for managing supply chain liquidity in the aftermath of Covid

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Tags: Procurement, Supply Chain, Sustainability

Readjust, Recover, Reboot
Proxima
April 01, 2020
Tips and immediate actions for CPO's in the immediate aftermath of COVID

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Tags: Procurement, Supply Chain

Building Resilience and Recovery
Proxima
April 01, 2020
Ten tips for Procurement in the immediate aftermath of COVID

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Tags: Procurement, Supply Chain, Sustainability

The Cost of doing good
Proxima
February 02, 2020
Article looking at sustainability in procurement

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Tags: Supply Chain, Procurement

Government Commercial - A Year in Review
Civil Service World
December 13, 2019
Review of 2019

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Tags: Procurement

Contracting for Outcomes
Proxima
November 28, 2019
Review piece looking at how IT procurement professionals are switching up to contracting for business outcomes. Co-authored

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Tags: Procurement

Becoming Digitsal - Realising Industry 4.0
Proxima
November 28, 2019
Article looking at how organisations are tackling digital transformation of BPO dals. Co-authored with Tim Chase

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Tags: Procurement

Magic vs Logic - the psychology of procurement decisions
Proxima
November 14, 2019
Looking at customer centricity, transformation and the magic that makes people follow procurement

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Tags: Procurement

The path of a future CPO
Proxima
November 04, 2019
Co-authored article with Guy Strafford looking at the profiles being recruited in the CPO market

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Tags: Procurement

The innovation game - challenger thinking
Proxima
November 04, 2019
Article looking at Challenger Thinking

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Tags: Procurement

Future CPOs and a ‘pinball career’: lessons from headhunters
Pooxima
November 04, 2019
Reflections on CPO career paths. Co-authored with

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Tags: Procurement

Capability crisis or a secret opportunity for old dogs
Civil Service World
October 11, 2019
Looking at how procurement professionals can re-evaluate their roles in the current technology and capability led world.

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Tags: Supply Chain, Management

Capability crisis or a secret opportunity for old dogs?
Proxima
October 11, 2019
Article looking at procurement capability and careers in a digital age

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Tags: Procurement

Capablity thinking
Procurement Leaders
July 17, 2019
Article on procurement leaders reflecting on capability

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Tags: Procurement

Procurement needs a shake up
Raconteur
June 04, 2019
Article on the future of procurement

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Tags: Procurement

It’s Do or Die Time – Supplier Collaboration Series Part 1
Proxima
February 28, 2019
Paper looking at Supplier Collaboration and who does it well

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Tags: Procurement

5 Keynotes
ITs Time to Think Biggers
Medius
October 13, 2022
Key-note session at Medius Engage looking at home emerging technologies will play a part in solving todays market challenge, but moreover how thinking big is the key to achieving the possible.

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Tags: Supply Chain, Procurement

Transparency is the Answer
WC&C
June 23, 2022
Keynote on why supply chain transparency is the only answer, looking into the reasons why, what it will look like and how you will need to challenge yourself

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Tags: Procurement, Supply Chain

MArginal Gains in procurement
Scout RFP/ New York Sorucing Leaders
April 25, 2019
Presentation for new York sourcing leaders

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Tags: Procurement

Transformation without really trying
Scout RFP/ New York Sorucing Leaders
April 25, 2019
Presentation for Chicago sourcing leaders

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Tags: Procurement

Cusomter Centric Procurement
Procurement Leaders
April 25, 2019
Agility and Transformation Forum

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Tags: Procurement

16 Media Interviews
Four ways procurement can tackle the energy crisis
Supply Management
October 17, 2022
Skyrocketing energy costs are leaving procurement teams under pressure to find cost-saving opportunities.

High oil and gas prices are leading to record levels of global inflation, with insolvencies reaching the highest levels seen since the 2008 crash due to the rising costs.

The UK government has announced it will cap industrial prices to protect businesses from the brunt of the cost increases. The government has claimed this will cap prices at over half of the wholesale cost for industrial energy.

However, despite these measures businesses are still feeling the pressure.

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Tags: Procurement

Magic vs Logic - The Power of Story Telling
Art of Procurement
September 05, 2022
Guest on the Art of Procurement Podcast

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Tags: Procurement, Supply Chain

Logisitcs Matters - DC Velocitys
DC Velocity
September 01, 2022
Media interview on the effect of heat waves in China on global supply chains

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Tags: Procurement

Felixstowe: Port strikes could hit toy industry, say retailers
BBC
August 26, 2022
Interview for BBC News Item

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Tags: Procurement

China and Zero Covid
CNBC
August 25, 2022
How Chinas Zero Covid approach is impacting global supply chains

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Tags: Procurement, Supply Chain

Christmas shoppers face reduced choice if port strike escalates, warn experts
Independent
August 25, 2022
Interview for the Independent on Port Strikes

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Tags: Procurement

Driving Changes in Global Sourcing
Logistics Manager
October 08, 2020
Overview of key challenges facing sourcing and procurement in Logisitcs

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Tags: Supply Chain, Procurement

Why emotional intelligence is a procurement game-changer
Raconteur
May 27, 2020
The focus of supply chain management is shifting from limiting and controlling spending to looking at how to build better relationships with customers and suppliers

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Tags: Procurement, Supply Chain

Procurement leaders struggle with digital transformation agenda
Consultancy.eu
May 25, 2020
Exerts and summary of Proxima's Digital Whitepaper

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Procurement, Supply Chain

Can blockchain create a sustainable supply chain?
Raconteur
March 06, 2020
Article on the technology opportunity in sustainability

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Tags: Sustainability, Supply Chain, Procurement

I want it all, I want it now
Raconteur
March 06, 2020
Article on the advancements and roll out of mobile ERP

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Tags: Supply Chain, Procurement

Sainsbury’s aims for emission neutrality by 2040
Logistics Manager
January 28, 2020
Quoted in article on supply chain sustainability

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Tags: Procurement

Customer-centric focus can help digital procurement departments stay relevant and unlock upside
Spend Matters
October 08, 2019
Interview for spend matters on transformation

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Tags: Procurement

Workforces Planning
Proxima
September 10, 2019
Interviewed for a white paper for Procurement Leaders

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Tags: Procurement

CPOs can get the top procurement technology but not make material gains
Spend Matters
September 04, 2019
Interview for spend matters on transformation and customer centricity

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Tags: Procurement

AI finally making its mark on procurement
Raconteur
June 04, 2019
AI in procurement

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Tags: AI, Procurement

4 Panels
Digital Procurement
Procurement and Supply Chain Live
June 23, 2022
Panel on trends and complications in the digital procurement space

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Tags: Procurement, Supply Chain

Impact of Inflation
MCA
June 14, 2022
Panel hosted by BBCs Simon Jack for the MCA

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Tags: Procurement, Supply Chain

Supplier DEI
WC&C
May 17, 2022
Hosted Expert Panel on setting up Supplier DEI initiatives.

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Tags: Procurement, Supply Chain

Finance and Procurement collaborating on sustainability
WSPD & Proxima
April 13, 2022
How we can work together to drive sustainability programs

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Tags: Procurement, Supply Chain

7 Quotes
Back to Basics
Raconteur
October 03, 2022
After years when procurement focused on the broader business agenda, the cost-of-doing-business crisis is now shifting attention back to what it does best: controlling costs

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Tags: Procurement

A new wave of UK port labor strikes begins, with ‘massive impact’ for Christmas supply chain
CNBC
September 22, 2022
A new wave of UK port labor strikes begins, with ‘massive impact’ for Christmas supply chain

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Tags: Procurement

Roadmap: Strategic sourcing – leverage AI to mitigate risk and cut costs
Procurement Leaders
August 18, 2022
Procurement organisations are still managing the disruptions that have resulted from the Covid-19 pandemic: inflation, increasing demand and record-high lead times, to name a few.

However, procurement teams must tread a fine line between mitigating risks and overpaying – thereby sapping the business's competitiveness. To square this particular circle, leading organisations are turning to artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud technology to acquire, store and leverage the data that is key to making the right decisions at pace.

Download this Procurement Leaders whitepaper, published in association with LevaData, to gain insights into:

The importance of data in enabling procurement teams to make better-informed decisions
The value of leveraging market data and augmenting that information with internal data to deliver impressive savings.
The role of AI in organising unstructured data to deliver structured and competitive advantage during times of disruption.

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Tags: Procurement

Dockers at UK’s largest container port vote to strike in August
The Guardian
July 28, 2022
Dockers at UK’s largest container port vote to strike in August

Felixstowe workers vote in favour of industrial action after Unite union rejected 5% pay rise

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Tags: Procurement

Is Asda too late to the convenience sector
Retail Gazette
September 29, 2020
Does Asda have a chance to crack the saturated convenience store market, especially since its Big 4 rivals already have?

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Tags: Supply Chain, Procurement

Jigsaw: What went Wrong
Retail Gazette
September 08, 2020
Earlier this month, Jigsaw's creditors approved of its CVA proposals, which will see a quarter of its store estate shutter and..

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Tags: Procurement, Supply Chain

How will the Ocado deal pan out for M&S?
Retail Gazette
August 07, 2020
Shoppers are weighing up the M&S products already online as replacements for their favourites, but will Waitrose be missed?

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Tags: Procurement, Supply Chain

1 Speaking Engagement
Procurement :eaders
Procurement Leaders
May 16, 2019
Expert panel on talent and capability crisis in procurement

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Tags: Procurement, Supply Chain

4 Webinars
Marketing Unfiltered COIVD Edition
Creode
June 05, 2020
Are you thinking about what life might be like in the new normal? Find out what Proxima's Simon Geale has to say about business in a pandemic and establishing the new normal in the latest episode of our podcast Marketing Unfiltered

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Tags: Supply Chain, Procurement

Building a modern playbook for supply chain strategy and logistics startdom
Proxima and Hatmill
May 28, 2020
At our recent webinar, held with Supply Chain Strategy and Logistics consultancy Hatmill, Proxima’s Simon Geale welcomed Joe Metcalf, Johnathan Foster, Neil Jordan, and Simon Dixon to discuss their advice on the tools needed now to achieve supply chain and logistics success across: warehousing, automation, freight, and reverse logistics. Here are some key takeaways from the session about the state of the market:

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Tags: Procurement, Supply Chain

PRocurement Career HAcks
ISM
September 10, 2019
Facilitating a career hacks workshop with 30 under 30 winners

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Tags: Procurement

Capability Crisis in Procurement
Procurement Leaders
June 12, 2019
Webinar looking at talent crisis in procurement

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Tags: Procurement

9 Whitepapers
The Cases For Digitial Transformation
WBR Insights
June 01, 2020
Summary article and White Paper on Digital Transformation of procurement published in associatieon with WBR Insights

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Procurement, Supply Chain

Finance Leaders Outlook
Proxima
June 01, 2020
Summary article and White Paper on Finance Outlook for 2020

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Tags: Procurement, Supply Chain

The case for Digital Transformation in Procurement
Proxima and WBR
April 16, 2020
The reasons for digital are well documented and yet the digitization of procurement seems to lag behind other business functions. It is not for the lack of ‘procure-tech’ solutions or the hype that surrounds them. There are more options available to CPO’s than ever before. In the recent survey, it was clear that CPO’s are suffering from too many options and too much information, bringing confusion over clarity, which may be turning analysis into paralysis.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Procurement, Supply Chain

Finance Leaders Report 2020
Proxima
April 16, 2020
Whitepaper analysing Finance Leaders 2020 survey

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Tags: Procurement, Supply Chain

Is GNFR the best kept secret in retail
Proxima
February 09, 2020
Article exploring for retailers are embracing GNFR procurement to deliver competitive advantage

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Tags: Supply Chain, Procurement

Food Manufacturing Report
Proxima
October 06, 2019
Report on status of indirect procurement in ffod manufacturing

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Tags: Procurement

The Capability Conundrum: Resourcing challenges in Government Commercial
Proxima
September 30, 2019
White paper looking Commercial departments workforce and capability strategies

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Tags: Procurement

Why Savings is a Dirty Word for Government
Proxima
July 08, 2019
White paper looking at efficiency targets and strategies in public sector. Co- authored with Claire Foxall

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Tags: Procurement

Is workforce transformation the key to improving commercial capability?
Proxima
July 08, 2019
White paper looking Commercial departments workforce and capability strategies

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Tags: Procurement

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