Patrick Dunne, Director of Group Property, Procurement and Cost Transformation


Patrick is CPO at J Sainsbury with responsibility for all of the group’s procurement as well as leading its cost base transformation. More recently he has added the group’s extensive property portfolio for Sainsbury’s and Argos to his responsibilities as group property and procurement director. Previously he was SVP, chief property & procurement officer at Walgreens Boots Alliance. His role at J Sainsbury is to lead a programme of procurement-led business change across the group, challenging the traditional role of the company’s procurement department from a service provider into a major value-adding contributor to the bottom- line and realising ambitious targets for procurement synergies and savings as well as leading an end-to-end review of the group’s cost base. His new role has him developing and leading the next generation of property strategy for the group. Patrick started his career at the Nissan Motor Company where he spent 10 years playing leading roles in Nissan’s Revival and integration with Renault. He later worked for MFI plc as purchasing director, and subsequently spent time in Asia as managing director for MFI Asia. He was later part of the team that grew Howden Joinery before being made chief operating officer for Howden Joinery Supply, where he restructured the sourcing, manufacturing and supply chains.

Judges’ comments: "Patrick’s acute commercial acumen and leadership has transformed procurement and supply in several large multi- national brands with a real focus on developing people and raising the bar for the function. He is an inspirational leader who regularly gives back to the profession, demonstrating procurements value beyond its more traditional roots."