Xavier Greyling

Commodity Manager, Aveng Group


Xavier, a B Juris, LL.B.-graduate and admitted Attorney since 2000 (now non-Practising), commenced his career in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, and gained exposure over a wide and diverse array of legal and related matters ranging from legal collections, civil litigation and defence, criminal representation and contract negotiations and drafting.

After leaving practise, Xavier has held various senior procurement positions over the past fifteen years excelling in contract negotiations, contract drafting, price variation formulae formulation, contract management (including supplier/vendor management) and commodity management.

Having held positions responsible for national procurement strategy formulation and implementation, success was attained by adopting a strategic approach that consisted of the implementation of a centralized procurement function, its structure, policies and procedures, et al, all anew to fill the void of an absent procurement portfolio.

Within the ‘Centre-Led Procurement’-function of AVENG, Xavier holds the position of Commodity Manager – MRO & Services (with an estimated annual spend of R4.3bn), a position currently still employed in having successfully implemented procurement interventions, enabling the potential of some R7.6m in savings.

An entire career in the corporate environment, since first employment, has extensively been in the realm of Centralized/Centre-led Procurement with specific emphasis on Strategic Sourcing. Excellence in strategic orientation, procurement supervising, procurement support and national procurement management is evident. Exposure through direct involvement in commodity classification, confirm the synergized approach to Strategic Sourcing and ERP-based spend data analysis. Experience, insight and a high level of adaptability to apply already developed, universal principles of Strategic Sourcing supports a personal maxim: “Buying the Spending of Money, Procurement is the Saving of Money!”

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