Introducing Rob Parker

This week we’re saying hello to one of our newest members here at Oxygen Finance: Rob Parker, our Software Development Manager.

Rob is responsible for managing the development and maintenance of the Oxygen Finance systems. This includes working with the business to build requirements, working with the development team and ensuring the systems are aligned with business growth.

Rob has a strong background within in the software sector. Having studied Computer Science at University of Manchester, Rob then moved to Birmingham to work up towards Consultant Software Architect at Software Solutions Partners. During this position, Rob was responsible for system and solution architecture with a number of global clients on multi-million pound projects, providing him with strong experience of working with a global team and a global customer base.

Following this, Rob took up the role of Technical Director at Tech13 Ltd, which involved engineering a financial case-management application which was primarily used in the PPI reclaim space. As a co-founder of the business, Rob was able to experience first hand small business financial management and was responsible for both the software they created and client management.

Making use of these skills, Rob then moved to iForce Ltd, where he took on the position of Software Development Manager. During his time at iForce, he played a key role in turning the business from a logistics firm into a software house. His responsibilities included building a new development team, and creating scalable, reliable architecture and systems which align with the business. At the time of leaving iForce, their systems were processing more transactions through the SaaS model than for the internal business.

It is the combination of these experiences that Rob now brings to Oxygen; with experience of aligning software and commercial understanding, Rob is well placed to understand how best to provide a client with the IT solutions to help improve their efficiency and operations.

Outside of work, Rob has travelled extensively around the world, taking on the world’s highest bungee jump, white water rafting on three continents, and has even eaten McDonalds in 15 different countries.


Implementing an early payment programme: should you go it alone?

With ongoing government cuts, councils are increasingly recognising the opportunities available to them from implementing an early payment programme and Heads of Procurement are being asked to evaluate whether to draw on the expertise of an outside provider or rely on internal resource.

Procurement heavyweight Terry Brewer has evaluated in detail the viability of implementing an early payment programme both through a self-build route and by partnering with a specialist early payment provider. Here Terry offers his own valuable insights into 6 key considerations that councils face when making this choice.

A focus on value

In its simplest form, an early payment programme is just a means to capture the early payment discounts or rebates already being offered proactively by your suppliers. But there’s a lot more on the table…

  • Streamlining purchase-to-pay (P2P) makes councils more efficient and reduces the risk of late payment penalties under updated legislation. Done alongside an early payment programme, this offers an opportunity to expand the level of rebates that can be generated, by accelerating invoice approval times without forgoing control
  • But why stop there? We all know that cash is king for your supply chain and hundreds of your suppliers would value early payment. Proactively engaging with suppliers to offer early payment across your supply chain yields a step change in the level of rebates that the council can realise and maximises social value creation
  • Manual calculations can be onerous, even when reconciling a low volume of early payment rebates. Leveraging technology to automate and manage the rebate process can both free up staff time and deliver valuable insight into P2P performance that supercharges the drive for process improvement

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Oxygen welcomes two Digital Marketing experts for new office in Birmingham

With the upcoming opening of our new Birmingham office, Oxygen has welcomed two additional members to the team – Michael Hawkins and Liam Topham.

Hailing from the nearby city of Coventry, Michael joins the team as Digital Marketing Executive. Drawing on his extensive experience in digital marketing and data analysis, Michael is responsible for creating marketing campaigns to attract tier two and three clients, data cleansing and SEO for Oxygen’s website.

As a self-confessed data geek, Michael has worked in numerous roles that have allowed him to hone the ability to collect, analyse and use data to improve business functions, a skill he is keen to apply to Oxygen’s clients.

Previously, Michael was based at Coventry University where he took on the role of Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and Data Analyst, leading on all SEO activity, as well as monitoring and reporting on a wide range of campaigns run by the University.

Before this, Michael was the CRM and Web Executive for The Hotel Collection in Hinckley, where he was responsible for planning long term marketing campaigns and creating web content and copy. Alongside these creative aspects, Michael also carried out data cleansing and statistical analysis to understand customers and clients, including geographical mapping and SEO.

In his spare time, Michael has visited over a hundred and fifty castles, including Neuschwanstein in Bavaria (better known as the setting for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) and Bran Castle in Transylvania, with the less wholesome claim to fame as the home of Vlad the Impaler.

Our next new member, Liam, also holds the role of Digital Marketing Executive, bringing his experience of customer relations management, digital marketing systems and graphic design to Oxygen. As part of the supplier onboarding team, Liam’s main role is to execute digital campaigns aimed at tier two and three suppliers introducing them to Oxygen’s early payment scheme, building and updating Oxygen’s websites and microsites as well as graphic design.

Alongside this, Liam uses his digital design and management skills to maintain Oxygen’s website, support the marketing team with design requests and provide support to the Supplier Onboarding team.

Before joining Oxygen, Liam was based at SSP Limited, taking on the role of Marketing Associate. This position saw Liam taking responsibility for the execution of fully integrated marketing campaigns directed at insurers, insurance brokers and financial advisers, as well as managing both the Marketing Automation system and the CRM System. Liam was also able to exercise his creative abilities through the graphic design of banners, brochures and campaign collateral.

Prior to this role, Liam was Customer Service Adviser at The Office Trading Company, gaining extensive experience of helping to deliver client-focused solutions and email campaign management.

Outside of Oxygen, Liam is a real animal lover and enjoys the opportunity to interact with animals in their natural environment. Never afraid of a close encounter, he has swum with dolphins, cuddled meerkats and spent some quality time with a Caracal (not for the faint-hearted!).

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