A New Breed Of Advisory Business

We focus on your bottom line

What We Do


Our goal is to help our clients create immediate and sustainable improvements in the performance of their business through business, management and procurement advisory services.

We do this in two ways:

Deploying our Virtual Procurement Service (VPS) using the Procurement People Cloud and a network of technology partners.

A tailored solution that delivers the benefits expected from a high calibre procurement operation at a significantly reduced cost


Delivering business advisory solutions founded on experience, expertise and insight.

Current Clients


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The problem we’re solving


“Even with a clear vision, challenges exist that need to be overcome to drive improvements in the performance of your business. Identifying the right strategies that drive performance improvements, securing resource of the highest capability across a broad range of disciplines when it is needed, implementing and maintaining the bottom line benefits year on year without driving up the cost of running your business. Odesma will support you through these challenges whilst ensuring that your business can continue to operate without interruption”

Our Services


We focus on your bottom line with 5 principle services

Business Advisory

We work with your executive team to define and implement strategies which achieve your business goals and support delivery of major change initiatives that provide profitable outcomes.

Procurement Advisory

We will drive a step-change in procurement contribution to your business by maximising the effectiveness and efficiency of your procurement operation.

Virtual Procurement

We provide a tailored on-demand service to ensure that your procurement spend and associated costs are minimised quickly, then professionally maintained at the right cost for your business.

People Cloud

We deliver our services utilising the highest calibre and most experienced interim professionals, harnessing the strongest and most current experience in the marketplace.

Training Services

We build competency across your business through a combination of structured training, mentoring and hands-on application with a focus on bottom- line impact.

Our Partners


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"Ed embraces the challenge and I would recommend him without question to any organisation"

Andrew Brightmore - Chief Procurement Officer at Goodman Fielder (FCIPS)

Aerospace & Defence

Whilst working in Professional Services Steve and Ed have between them worked with BAE Systems, Selex, Airbus, Raytheon Corporate Jets, BAE Dynamics, MBDA, The Ministry of Defence and the NAAFI.

Automotive

Whilst working in Professional Services Ed worked with FIAT Group and Lotus Cars

Financial Services

Whilst working in Professional Services Steve and Ed have between them worked with National Australia Group Europe, Deutsche Bank, Macquarie Group in Australia, Barclays Bank and Legal & General.

FMCG

Steve has held a number of procurement and senior management roles for Diageo and Recikitt & Colman Whilst working in Professional Services Steve and Ed have between them worked with L’Oreal, United Biscuits, AllianceBoots, Panrico, Godiva Chocolates, Novar and Hammonds Bedrooms.

Healthcare

Whilst working in Professional Services Steve and Ed have between them worked with Smith & Nephew and AllianceBoots.

IT

Ed began his career in line procurement with ICL Fujitsu.

Manufacturing

Steve has held a number of procurement roles for British Steel Stainless (now Outokumpo Group). Whilst working in Professional Services Steve and Ed have between them worked with BAE SYSTEMS, Selex, Raytheon Corporate Jets, Airbus, BP Group, Hammonds, Heywood Williams, Chep, FIAT Group & Lotus Cars.

Pharmaceutical

Steve previously worked for Smithkline Beecham in a number of regional and global procurement roles. Whilst working in Professional Services Steve and Ed have between them worked with Bristol Myers Squibb and Novartis.

Professional Services

Ed and Steve previously worked for PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Xchanging plc. Steve also worked for Atos KPMG, whilst Ed worked for QP Group, Sharemax Inc. And both supported Liberata and G4S.

Public Sector

Whilst working in Professional Services Steve and Ed have between them worked with the NAAFI and The Ministry of Defence (MOD).

Retail

Whilst working in Professional Services Steve and Ed have between them worked with AllianceBoots and Wickes.

Telecoms

Whilst working in Professional Services Ed worked with Telecom Eireann and Cable & Wireless.

Previous Clients


Clients We've Worked With In Previous Roles


Our Founders



Ed Cross

Ed is a results orientated executive level business leader with 25 years global professional services, consulting and functional experience in procurement, supply chain and change management. Previously with Xchanging plc, Ed had Executive responsibility for running the global procurement and HR outsourcing businesses.

Steve Trainor

Steve is a proven business executive with 25 years success as CPO, MD and Procurement BPO expert, latterly employed by Xchanging Procurement Services as the Managing Director for the EMEA region; responsible for leading a business with a turnover of approximately £150m and staff of c250.

Nick Ford

Nick has 28 years procurement experience in consulting, outsourcing and line roles within industry with international experience across many sectors and industries and led many procurement programs with many blue chip organisations. Prior to consulting he held CPO positions with Natwest Bank, Safeway/Morrisons and ICL/Fujitsu.

If you’re intrigued by our approach or just interested to see how we could apply our thinking and understanding to your brand, please get in touch.

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