About Us

We established Oculus in 2017. As procurement practitioners, we believed that all businesses could benefit from strong procurement practices and should have access to procurement talent.

However, we’re realists. We understood that investing in a procurement team is a significant investment and is inaccessible for many businesses, never mind the cost of the interim market of the large consultancy firms. Some companies may not even realise the value that strong procurement practices can deliver for them!

We believed there was a gap in the market for someone to provide businesses with low-cost, high-capability, procurement services. We thought that we could take our years’ of experience working within a wide range of industry sectors within management consultancy, in-house procurement teams and procurement transformation programmes and offer this as a service to businesses who wanted to improve their procurement practices or provide them with flexible, high-quality, procurement support.

And so, it went from there.

Today, we are proud to have worked with some of the most recognisable, industry-leading, organisations, delivering and managing organisational-wide programmes to reduce costs and improve their approach to procurement.

It is this approach which sees us a receiving our clients’ full confidence, and a level of advocacy which can be seen on our Testimonials section, demonstrating that they are working with the right procurement partner.

Our level of experience sees us providing intelligent and fit-for-purpose supply-chain solutions and service and acting as a true extension of your team. Our mantra is to find you the right supplier-partner who can give you the best and most intelligent solution. Not just the right cost.

Our value proposition is fourfold;

  1. We can provide you with an immediate-access to experienced procurement professionals, all who possess relevant industry experience.
  2. We provide the flexibility to choose temporary short-term support to relieve immediate resource/project delivery pressures or give a longer-term platform to challenge your direct and indirect spend areas.
  3. We provide a service that is delivered and managed by the owners of Oculus. It’s not just a business for us. Exceeded expectations are what we produce.
  4. Our service is extremely cost effective.

We will bring a depth of category knowledge from a range of industry sectors, across indirect and direct spend categories. You can visit our Case Study section to view a variety of projects that we have delivered for our clients.

Meet the directors

Mark Coates

Mark Coates

Mark is a seasoned Head of Procurement who has significant experience of managing a number Procurement transformation programmes and an impressive track record of delivering significant and sustainable savings across a range of industries and spend categories including Facilities, HR, IT, Marketing and Professional Services.

Most recently for Oculus, Mark had led a strategic transformation and cost-saving review on behalf of a venture capitalist at one of the UK’s leading property and facilities management providers (see case study).

Before Oculus, Mark has worked for a variety of ‘blue chip’ organisations in terms of leading their procurement agenda and has spent a vast number of years advising a range of organisations on a consultancy basis.

Luke Foster

Luke Foster

Having graduated in Procurement and Supply Chain Management from Liverpool John Moore’s University in 2012, Luke commenced his career as a Graduate Procurement Manager at one of the UK’s largest 3PL organisations, before moving into financial services.

Since the start of his procurement career in 2012, Luke has gained experience across a wide array of categories, primarily focussing on HR, facilities and professional services, specialising in data analytics, cost modelling and policy design. Luke has worked on projects for clients across a variety of industry sectors including, manufacturing, financial & professional services and retail.

Within Oculus Procurement, Luke’s primary operational role is that of the companies Finance Director and leads on all Marketing activity.

Matthew Hardaker

Matthew Hardaker

Matthew is a seasoned procurement manager who has spent the last two years with Oculus leading a range of procurement transformation and maturity-assessment programmes.

Most recently, Matthew has led a procurement transformation programme for one of the UK’s largest insurance intermediary, insurance broking and underwriting groups.

Before forming Oculus, Matthew has held senior procurement positions within high-performing procurement teams across a range of sector-leading organisations across Transport, Logistics, and Financial Services sectors, including FCA regulated environments.

our values

  • Our values underpin approach to partnering with our clients. They describe what we expect of ourselves and how we want to work with our clients. These values are integral to how we work with you, and how we want you to work with us. We believe in making fact-based decisions.
  • We believe in ensuring that our clients’ strategy remains at the forefront of any sourcing process we undertake.
  • We want to understand the true needs of our clients; in doing so, we will always work in their absolute best interests.
  • We will provide a healthy challenge.
  • We will only ever advocate quality supplier partners with a focus on value, not just price.

OUR APPROACH TO PARTNERING

Our highly experienced team hold over 40 years of combined procurement experience with professional qualifications with the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS).

Our approach to partnering focuses on a two-way commitment between our clients and ourselves.   We will:

  • Share information consistently, accurately and transparently.
  • Be considerate of your pressures, constraints and challenges when interacting with you.
  • Collaborate, share and take appropriate ownership, responsibility and accountability for our tasks.
  • Explain any problems, blockers or barriers to progress and will ask for proper levels of support to ensure objectives are met.
  • Develop an intricate knowledge of your business from you to deliver a tailored solution to you.
  • I have absolutely no doubt that this new organisation will deliver huge value to any business as the team are experts at not only reducing costs but also improving standards and efficiencies through the process and I look forward to working with them
    Paul Taylor — Divisional Director Complete Business Solutions
  • The business has extensive consultancy experience which when combined with the focus, passion and the drive of the Directors makes Oculus a specialist in their field who consistently deliver significant and sustainable cost savings.
    Stuart Knight — Northern Sales Manager The Senator Group
  • The team at Oculus removed all the hassles of running our tender and delivered a solution that was efficient and easy to utilise, allowing us to focus our time on ensuring the best possible deal was achieved. Matthew and Luke were a pleasure to work with and I would highly recommend Oculus to anyone looking at procurement activities
    Sean Doolan — Product Manager Autonet Insurance Group
  • Another great piece of work completed by our procurement partners - Oculus Procurement. Acquisition of a new managed print fleet whilst also reducing costs by 50%. Well done and thanks to all.
    Steve Baxter — CIO Furness Building Society
  • I have worked with a number of the Oculus team for a number of years and their Procurement expertise and focus on driving cost savings out of businesses whilst delivering exceptional levels of service is an absolute credit to the business.  These are very high calibre individuals, offering exceptional value for money and operating at the top of their profession who I would highly recommend
    Nick Pollit — Managing Director Diamond Interiors
  • We have worked with Oculus Procurement on a number of strategic purchasing initiatives over the last twelve months. We have been impressed with their flexible, pragmatic and structured approach along with their significant commodity expertise. I have absolutely no doubt we will work with them again in the future.
    Natasha Benbow — Head of Facilities Services Hogan Lovells International LLP

THEY SAY..

We firmly believe that there is no greater testimonial of the Oculus Service than those provided by those we have and currently work with.