Kerfoot, an Avril Group company and leading supplier of refined and speciality oils for the global food and personal care markets, has strengthened its logistics and customer service functions with a new senior appointment.

Mike Adamson has joined the team as Head of Supply Chain and is responsible for overseeing the planning of logistics, order processing and customer service to maximise Kerfoot’s process efficiency and productivity. The role is designed to deliver structural change in the company’s approach to Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP).

Mr Adamson will work closely with a number of teams to drive client service excellence and will follow the process of orders through the business in order to enhance Kerfoot’s supply chain expertise, offering customers more agility, fast response and flexibility in delivery.

Sarah Bradley, Kerfoot Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to welcome Mike to the Kerfoot team. His experience in supply chain management and S&OP development will be crucial in further developing our supply chain performance. He will bring a huge boost to our customers’ service, delivering an effective production plan from an operations perspective and enabling the team to fulfil requirements in the most efficient manner.”

Along with pharmaceutical, medical device and food sector experience, Mr Adamson has worked within the microbiology industry. He moved into manufacturing and then onto supply chain, focusing on the development of a Sales and Operational Planning process, joining the Cardinal Health Lean Six Sigma black belt operational excellence program, where he learned a range of continuous improvement tools and techniques.

Mr Adamson’s first major objective at Kerfoot includes launching a full S&OP process with the aim to build a world-class supply chain and deliver excellence in customer service.

He commented: “The Kerfoot Group is an exciting business with a definite focus on continuous improvement, which is what attracted me to the role. I am looking forward to bringing my experience to the team and working with all functions of the business as the company moves through the development phase into delivery.”