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.
  • The team have a wealth of experience across all category areas and their service is always delivered with the highest level of professional integrity whilst focusing on building strong client relationships.  This is very much a tailored, personal service - delivered by a boutique Procurement Consultancy operating at the highest level!
    John Stewart — Sales Director Mitie Cleaning & Environmental Services
  • I have worked with the team for 3 years now and have been impressed with their passion and drive for ensuring the best financial results for their business. The consultative, yet hands-on, approach undertaken by the people at Oculus in conjunction with the significant savings this consultancy should deliver makes the decision to engage with Oculus a positive one for a business
    Stuart Dugdill — Divisional Director Howden Group UK Limited
  • We worked with Oculus on a strategic procurement initiative. I cannot recommend the Oculus Procurement service highly enough. We as a senior leadership team found the Oculus team to be highly experienced, driven, but most importantly, they delivered a solution on-time and to plan.
    David Belli — CEO Medstrom Healthcare
  • By engaging Oculus Procurement to conduct a holistic review we were able to develop a coherent corporate strategy across our service portfolio that took advantage of our growing market position – Through their professional and methodical practices we were able to reduce the number of suppliers and develop win-win commercial arrangements with key supplier partners.
    Colin Wilson — CEO Simply Solutions Europe
  • We engaged Oculus Procurement to lead a range of cost-saving, sourcing and supply-chain consolidation exercises. The Oculus Procurement engagement was a great success for our business; they worked collaboratively with our teams and led them through a range of complex and challenging projects, whilst also representing a fantastic return on investment. I have no hesitation in recommending them.
    Jenny Devaney — Chief Administration Officer Atlanta Group
  • 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

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.