He brings over 14 years of experience as a senior operational transformation practitioner, and has an extensive track record of successfully leading teams to deliver sustainable cost take-out, operating model change and performance improvement initiatives with international corporate organisations. Mr. Dryden has hands-on experience across the value chains of the manufacturing, retail and consumer goods sectors. He has held P&L, contract management, and functional leadership responsibilities. He also has professional service client experience in the retail, oil and gas, mining, utilities, FMCG, telecoms, manufacturing, media and health sectors.
Mr. Dryden has personally led and delivered a wide range of programmes involving operations strategy, manufacturing transformation, target operating model and operational transformation, location and network optimisation, warehouse and distribution optimisation, cost take-out, and IT implementation.
Most recently at A&M, Mr. Dryden has been leading the reorganisation and transformation of an FTSE250 project-based engineering business in an interim management capacity. The cost take-out and revenue enhancement workstreams of the program have a combined target to drive margin up by 5 percent. This included the optimisation of manufacturing facility operations, actions to reduce production lead times from weeks to days and reconfiguration of the commercial go-to-market structure and activities.
Prior to this, Richard supported a €6 billion European consumer goods retailer with a global supply network and manufacturing footprint to deliver €500 million in sustainable benefits through both cost reduction and revenue uplift.
Prior to A&M, Mr. Dryden worked for KPMG and Deloitte in performance improvement and transformation advisory roles in Australia, the U.K. and the U.S., delivering benefits for clients in both the private and public sectors. Previously, Mr. Dryden managed supply chain operations for a third-party logistics provider (Christian Salvesen) and was responsible for a distribution operation in the U.K. He was responsible for financial and operational performance, inventory and service-level management, operational planning and team management.
Mr. Dryden earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental geology from the University of Leeds and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS).