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Published on : Monday, July 18, 2016
Caroline Cauvin joins AJW Aviation as Director of Procurement where she is responsible for the development of all purchasing activities across the business. This senior role focuses on the development and delivery of a Group-wide purchasing strategy to realise efficiency benefits and financial savings across multiple areas.
Cauvin will provide expert advice and guidance across planning and purchasing across: aircraft components, subcomponents, repairs, consumables and third party supplier services. Her expertise in managing diverse vendor relationships and significant cross-functional procedures and programmes will complement AJW’s lean approach and globally renowned contracted services to airlines of all sizes.
Cauvin joins AJW from Virgin Atlantic Airways where she has been VP of Procurement for the past four years leading a team of 23 procurement specialists across airline expenditure, and Virgin Holidays’ indirect expenditure. Here the application of best practise across supplier and outsourcing relationships, flexible team structures, and a 50% reduction of the supply base has contributed to year on year savings ranging from 8-12% annually.
Prior to joining Virgin Atlantic Airways, Cauvin worked as Purchasing Manager for Kimberley Clark Europe and Sourcing Manager for Nike across Europe and Asia.
Guy Van den Berg, Director of Contract Services – AJW Aviation, acknowledges the contribution that Cauvin will make to his team. “I am delighted to welcome Caroline, she is a highly experienced procurement professional with an ability to shape and implement effective purchasing policies.
Flexibility is vital in an organisation like AJW and we rely heavily on the excellent relationships we have with suppliers across the industry to help us deliver the contracted solutions and 24/7/365 AOG service worldwide. Her track record in successful functional transformation and the development of highly collaborative and dynamic teams will support the business as we continue to expand and support our customers in their pursuit of ever-improved efficiency and operational reliability.”