Dave buys in to helping Anwyl grow
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Dave buys in to helping Anwyl grow

Experienced buyer Dave Lancaster is committed to helping the Anwyl Homes Lancashire business grow in his new role.

As senior buyer Dave is responsible for all material procurement at the company’s Lancashire business. Based at the Anwyl’s regional office at Buckshaw Village, Chorley, this includes ensuring sites across the county, plus Merseyside and parts of Cheshire, have the supplies they need to deliver high quality new homes

He joined Anwyl last year and was recently promoted to senior buyer.

I was inspired to join Anwyl because of their vision and aspiration to grow as a company,  Dave, 40 from St Helens, said. My aspiration here is for the procurement function to be working efficiently and effectively and as best it can for Anwyl. I want to protect the company and safeguard it from any future supply issues.

Dave’s previous employers include Allen Build, Taylor Wimpey, Galliford Try and Keepmoat Homes, where he held various roles from buyer to supply chain manager. He described current supply chain issues as the most challenging he’d seen during his 22-year career but that Anwyl’s strong commercial team is rising to the task. Dave explained:

We are micromanaging supply chains more than usual and trying to add value by forecasting future workload more accurately; making sure that we are managing lead-in times and looking for alternatives where necessary.

Dave is supported in his role by commercial trainee Alex Hetherington.

Part of the job I enjoy most is working with young people and helping mould them and develop their skills because they are the future of the business and the industry, Dave added.

Alongside his official role, he’s also the unofficial ‘director of good times’ at Anwyl’s Buckshaw village office and has formed a social committee for the company’s Lancashire business.

There are about 16 of us now who are based in the office and, as a fairly new region, I felt it was important we all get to know each other, explained Dave who organised a recent cruise on the River Irwell to celebrate the end of Anwyl’s financial year.

Managing director of Anwyl Homes Lancashire John Grime said:

Dave plays a vital role in the business, ensuring the teams on site have the high quality materials they need to build homes to the standard our buyers expect from Anwyl. His promotion is a recognition of his hard work and dedication in dealing with the challenges of supply chain issues and materials shortages seen across the industry.

For more information about working with Anwyl, see https://www.anwylgroup.co.uk/careers.