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Tom Barrett

Senior Director, Administrative Services and Client Solutions

Tom Barrett joined SDI in 2016 to support the company’s objective of delivering excellence in our people and organization. In addition to strategic guidance for client solutions in MRO supply chain and tail spend management, Tom advises leadership on administrative management best practices in order to implement policies, systems and procedures which improve SDI's organizational efficiency and effectiveness, ensuring delivery of exemplary internal customer service.

Previously Director of Global Indirect Procurement with Ascend Performance Materials - a global manufacturer and provider of high-quality plastics, fibers and chemicals - Tom has been responsible for all areas of strategic contract procurement excluding raw materials. His areas of focus throughout his career have included Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MRO), Corporate Services, Capital Purchases, Logistics and Transportation, Travel and Meetings Management and support of Human Resources purchasing requirements.

Tom brings to SDI a wealth of experience from over 35 years in varying roles at Bristol-Myers Squib, Ingersoll Rand, American Standard Companies and Ascend Performance Materials. His experience in supplier management, category leadership and staff management serve to strengthen SDI’s organizational capabilities and provides unique insight into how we can improve our processes and practices to consistently deliver a superior customer experience.

Success Story

It takes a progressive manager to push the organization to look at indirect spend and managing it in a different way - but once you see it, then you realize the opportunity.

SDI at Work

Data standardization is part of Google’s new initiative to help people find relevant datasets.  With a recent study from Data Science Central, it’s estimated that data scientists spend 60% of their time preparing data for analysis, rather than performing the analysis itself.  Therefore, the goal of this schema is to drive standardization so that more time can be spent analyzing it.