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  • Supplier sourcing and establishing supply chain  

  • Supply chain efficiency projects based on LEAN principles 

  • Market research & business development with Indian pharmaceutical and biotech companies

  • Defining procurement and supply chain management strategy for companies in Life Sciences sector


  • This area of consultancy is solely managed by Mukesh Patel who has a background and education in procurement.
    Mukesh is a Chartered Buyer and most of his procurement experience was at Mars Inc. in 1990's. 

Case studies and achievements

  • Client problem:
    Early in 2020, CommQP were approached by a newly established company looking to manufacture disinfectant products.  They required assistance with commercial aspects of their business. 

    CommQP solution:
    CommQP established a supply chain which involved sourcing suppliers for raw materials, packaging, labelling, artwork, QC laboratory and contract manufacturers. After selection, vendors were audited, approved and contracts put in place.  CommQP were also involved in marketing and branding of the new products.
    From project idea, the company produced the first product (non-alcoholic hand sanitiser) in six weeks!    
    This project was highly fulfilling as it allowed use both commercial and technical expertise for a product desperately needed by the public at the time.
    sites on time and in budget.   

  • Client problem:
    In 2008, a leading QP training consultancy were looking to expand their service offering to other markets such as India but ensure how to achieve this.

    CommQP solution:
    CommQP led a project to develop business with Indian pharma/biotech companies.  This project was partly granted funded by UKTI (as initiated by CommQP), and culminated in a Life Sciences sector trade mission to India. This activity enabled the company to raise their profile at key events attended by 100's of key pharmaceutical industry decision makers. Since then, they have ran annual training courses, conducted further audits and have offices in India.  

  • Management team member at Mars Inc. involved in product development, regulatory affairs, QA, procurement and marketing of licensed pharmaceutical (e.g. Pedigree Wormer) and nutraceuticals (e.g. Pedigree Joint Mobility) product range for dogs and cats. 
    Attained and expedited marketing authorisations for various novel veterinary medicinal products and was responsible for site manufacturing authorisation and GMP compliance.

  • Procurement projects at Mars & A H Marks:

    • Sourced, audited and approved chemical suppliers from India and negotiated contracts yielding annual savings of £250k based upon a £5m raw material spend (1995).

    • Simplified procurement processes by deploying LEAN yielding 20% savings on stock value with reduced supplier leadtimes (1998). 

    • Lead complexity reduction programme which involved vendor appraisal, value stream mapping & strategic partnerships for Mars raw materials suppliers (1999)

    • Consolidation of multi site raw material spend on food, petfood and confectionary ingredients at Mars Inc. (1999)

    • Commercial lead of a pan European team that successfully implemented SAP/R3 system at UK and Hungarian sites on time and in budget.   

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