Based in 80:20’s Houston offices, Kirk is looking to expand the company’s offering in Central and South America as part of his role.
Kirk joins the 80:20 team from Rowan Companies, where he was Director of Logistics. He has previously held posts as Head of Americas for Hansa Heavy Lift, and Chief Supply Chain Officer for Helix Energy Solutions Group and brings with him extensive knowledge of the field as well as an appetite to find improved efficiencies across the supply chain.
Kirk’s business background is also supported by his career in the United States Coast Guard, where he served as an officer for nine years.
Coming out of in-house supply chain leadership roles, Kirk can see the benefit that outsourced procurement can provide companies.
He explained: “I am delighted to be joining 80:20. The business’ ethos means we meet new challenges with enthusiasm and that is contagious.
“80:20 gladly takes reasonable risk away from the client, and absorb and manage it, so that clients can focus on what they do best. Our client’s success is our success.”
Kirk is confident that the procurement company can relieve the pressure on supply chain groups by taking on much of the higher volume, lower value spend, and deliver it at better prices, passing on cost savings and increased efficiencies to the energy industry.
He added: “80:20’s entrepreneurial spirit and lack of bureaucracy makes it easy to make improvements and deliver value for our clients. We must save our clients’ money and deliver on our promises.”
80:20 will also handle the receiving, inspection, OS&D, and delivery functions, which are often regarded as major burdens on a supply chain group. The procurement work carried out is completed with a lower administrative burden and reduced risk than if clients were doing it in-house.
Kirk explained, “With the supply chain group letting us handle the daily issues, they can then focus on the high value, highly technical, mission critical items that they should be focused on.
“It is important to note that we are not seeking to take anyone’s job. We are seeking to free up supply chain personnel to focus on the big tasks while we manage the other tasks.”