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Candidate of the Week – Phil Sparrow (UK) to Brisbane

Thursday, 20 May 2004
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Philip Robert Edward Sparrow MCIPS

132 Ash Lodge Drive,

GU12 6NR
United Kingdom

Date of Birth: 21/02/1969

Nationality: British

Status: Married with two children


1981 – 1985 Woolmer Hill Secondary School, Haslemere
1985 – 1986 Guildford College of Technology
1987 – 1990 Berkshire College of Art and Design (Day release)
1993 – 1997 Brooklands College, Weybridge (Evening)

Professional Qualifications

British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF)

– Introduction to Print Technology
– Print Office Procedure
– Print Salesmanship
– Estimating

Berkshire College Certificates

– Certificate in Print Technology
– General Commercial Knowledge
– Office Administration

Brooklands College

– Higher National certificate in Business and Finance

– Graduate Member, Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply
Qualified in: Purchasing
Contract Law
International Purchasing
Purchasing Strategy and Tactics

Employment history

1994 – Present Purchasing Manager/Production

The Midas Press. Farnborough. Hampshire.

Reporting directly to the Senior Partner the position was created to manage the increasingly large spend of the organisation. The role required creation of the Purchasing Department, liasing closely with existing management and personnel, implementation of supply chain procedures and complete re-evaluation of all existing suppliers in terms of quality service and price. Responsibility also includes management of both the Estimating Department and Warehouse.

Additional Responsibilities: Production. Having negotiated with existing and new sub-contractors my department is responsible for the placing and progressing of all outsourced work. This includes printing, binding, print finishing, hand assembly etc.

Project Manager for a new factory leased by the company. This involved liasing with solicitors, local council, builders and utility companies.

Facilities Manager for the 3 sites operated by the company. Responsibilities include Utilities, Security, Telecoms, Maintenance and Repair.

Health and Safety. Responsibilites include induction training, document management, accident reporting, keeping up to date and implementing new legislation (IOSH qualified)

Salary: £45,000pa (AUD$115,200)

1986 – 1994 Karran Products. Lightwater. Surrey.

Direct Mail Printing and Cardboard Engineering

1986 – 1989 Trainee Estimator
1990 – 1991 Senior Estimator
1991 – 1994 Purchasing and Estimating Manager

Responsibilities: Duties included all purchases for the company including paper/board, pre-press sundries and equipment, pressroom products and all sub-contracting of work in progress. Responsibilities also included management and recruitment of the Estimating Department.

Salary: £20,000pa (AUD$51, 200)



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