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Robin gained a 2.1 Special Honours Degree in Chemistry from Bristol University. He first worked for Rolls-Royce Bristol Engine Division in their Organisation and Methods Department, which became the Management Services Department, supporting systems for the Supplies Department, which was responsible for the provisioning of spares for Bristol and Coventry Rolls-Royce aero engines around the world.
He joined Burroughs in 1970, as a Systems Analyst, and worked in pre- and post-sales situations in commercial and manufacturing companies. He first attended an MRP course in 1970, when Burroughs launched their first MRP system, PCS, in the UK. He has maintained involvement with MRP systems ever since.
He moved to Burroughs’ head office in 1973, with initial responsibility for the support nationwide of PCS, then for a wider range of software, and then for the support and distribution of all application software within the UK.
He then became a District Support Manager for the northern half of the UK, with responsibility for small and medium systems, spread across 6 branches.
He moved onto the sales and marketing side of the business, first as a promotion manager for manufacturing systems, and then as an account manager for some major manufacturing accounts, including Ferranti and GEC.
When Burroughs became a line of business organisation in 1981 he was an industrial consultant, and supported the sales of the then current MRPII product from Burroughs, TMS - The Manufacturing System - whose development he had been closely involved with. He was moved back to head office to be responsible for the marketing of MRPII and Shop Floor Data Collection systems in 1983.
Due to the worldwide interest in TMS he was moved to Burroughs’ world headquarters in Detroit, in 1984, to support and market TMS worldwide, outside the USA. TMS notched up a total of 115 sales worldwide, representing more than 1000 modules of software, including Europe, Africa, Australia and Japan. He guided the evolution of TMS into BAMCS, and this product was marketed worldwide from 1985, with Robin heavily involved in its program management.
He returned to the UK in 1987, after Burroughs had merged with Sperry to form Unisys, and was responsible for MRPII marketing in the UK, which included 3 products - BAMCS, UNIS from Sperry, and MTMS, a 3rd party product from BEC in Blackburn.
He left Unisys in 1989, after a total of 19 years, and set up to provide top quality education, training, consultancy, advice, and project management in the manufacturing and MRPII marketplace.
From 1989 he traded initially as Robin Goodfellow, and then established Manufacturing Business Excellence, MBE
MLG Management Consultants
MBE and MLG have worked together very closely since the birth of both organisations. We share resources as and when it is the best for the client.
The Institute of Operations Management
MBE has run both public and in-house courses for the IOM for many years. This started when BPICS, The British Production and Inventory Control Society, wanted to establish a short course programme for its members and other interested clients. BPICS later evolved into IOM, to broaden its base of clients. Robin Goodfellow has been awarded Fellow status of IOM.
Association for Supply Chain Management
Robin Goodfellow gained the ASCM Certificate in Production and Inventory Management, CPIM, around 25 years ago, to establish credibility for MBE to provide education on the related topics. He has since been awarded lifetime Fellow status of ASCM. He has run CPIM education for a number of organisations. The IOM now offers the ASCM qualifications in the UK.
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