Day 059 - 01 Dec 94 - Page 03
1 countries for which you are not directly responsible?
2 A. Yes, I have some knowledge. I sit on the European
3 Purchasing Board and would meet my colleagues from the
4 other countries.
6 Q. Does purchasing -- this maybe a silly question but please
7 answer it just the same -- cover everything which
8 McDonald's needs in order to run its business, the purchase
9 of all things or not?
10 A. No, not everything.
12 Q. Not everything. Does it include the purchase of food?
13 A. It does, yes.
15 Q. Does it include the purchase of packaging?
16 A. Yes, it does.
18 Q. I think for the moment that is all I am concerned with.
19 How long have you worked for McDonald's, Mr. Oakley?
20 A. Since 1978.
22 Q. What post did you hold when you first joined them?
23 A. Purchasing manager.
25 Q. Had you had any relevant experience before you joined
26 McDonald's as a purchasing manager in 1978?
27 A. Yes, I had. I had worked with Misslebrook & Weston in
28 Southampton which is a wholesale food company; I also
29 worked in South Africa with OK Bazaars which is one of the
30 largest retailers in the southern hemisphere, both in
31 buying capacities.
33 Q. When did you take up your post as chief purchasing officer
34 for McDonald's?
35 A. As against purchasing manager?
37 Q. Yes, when did you become chief purchasing officer?
38 A. In 1984.
40 Q. Since when have you had responsibility for those other
41 northern European countries that we have mentioned?
42 A. Those specific countries is very recently, it would be
43 within the last two years. Prior to that I did have a
44 European responsibility but not in the current capacity.
46 Q. Quality assurance, can you just explain -- it may speak for
47 itself -- briefly what that involves?
48 A. The Quality Assurance Department are really controlling
49 the quality that comes from the food factories that supply
50 McDonald's, but not packaging. Packaging is controlled by
51 Perseco. They also control the quality of the food as it
52 enters the distribution chain from the factory to the
53 distribution centre, and from the distribution centre to
54 the restaurants. They control the quality of the food
55 stored and served in the restaurants.
57 Q. Leaving aside restaurant premises and offices, does
58 McDonald's in the UK and Eire own any, what shall I say,
60 A. No, not at all.