Martin started an apprenticeship after school and gained a grounding in electrical and mechanical engineering. However, his interests lay in the Commercial field and was given a responsibility for a spend of over £150m early on in his career.
Keen to gain best in class purchasing experience, Martin moved into the automotive industry where he worked with Toyota and was charged with helping the Japanese leader to set up a European manufacturing organisation for the company in Brussels.
Martin moved into GSK at a time where there was a significant drive to reduce costs. He enjoyed rapid promotion throughout GSK, being appointed Director at the age of 30 and Vice President by the age of 35. Throughout his time at GSK, Martin was responsible for a team of up to 180 people and a £600m spend in a complex supply chain with both cost and regulatory implications.
Moving to the Cabinet Office, Martin again was charged with driving down costs. He was responsible for all Crown Commercial spend (£12bn) outside defence, including; NHS, Construction, all government departments inc. NDA. This opportunity gave Martin the opportunity to build networks at ministerial level. Ultimately, Martin delivered a saving of over £15m.
In 2013, Martin joined Balfour Beatty as group procurement and supply chain director responsible for a spend of approx. £3.2bn. The role focusses on managing complex subcontractor relationships. Martin was also involved in large scale programmes and projects such as the widening of the M25, Smart Motorways, Olympic redevelopment and the Sellafield Box Encapsulation Plant.
In 2016, Martin joined Sellafield Limited as Supply Chain Director.