The Smart Cube appoints new Romania country head to drive business growth and expand its European Centre of Excellence


LONDON/NEW DELHI – 2 October 2018: The Smart Cube, an award-winning global provider of research and analytics solutions, has announced the appointment of Yash Rai as its new Country Head to lead the company’s Centre of Excellence in Romania.

The Smart Cube established its Romanian operations ten years ago which have since evolved to become a Centre of Excellence in supply chain analytics and procurement technology. With uncertainty around Brexit and new regulations around data protection such as GDPR, The Smart Cube’s Romanian operations will also act as a strategic European hub for expanding the business.

As country head for Romania, Rai will be responsible for strengthening these capabilities and further growing the team. Since joining The Smart Cube eight years ago as senior analyst in India, Rai has spent more than five years in Europe and the UK, and has become a subject matter expert in procurement and supply chain analytics. Over the last 3.5 years Rai has managed one of The Smart Cube’s key clients in London, with responsibility for solution design, project delivery and business development across supply chain and procurement engagements.  He also previously spent 15 months in Romania, working with the local team to build capability and drive hiring and training initiatives.

Gautam Singh, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, The Smart Cube, commented: “Romania is a strategic centre for The Smart Cube and we continue to focus on developing our capabilities and presence in Europe. With in-depth research experience, specialist knowledge in supply chain and procurement, and as an outstanding client relationship manager, Yash has a unique skillset that make him the perfect choice to lead our Romanian team and build our services.”

Currently, The Smart Cube in Romania offers three specialist capabilities, which complement each other and can be offered as an integrated solution:

  1. A dedicated procurement technology team, providing managed services for the most sophisticated procurement tools and platforms, which many organisations struggle to manage in-house. The team has executed more than 200 sourcing events and e-auctions, delivering savings worth more than $550 million to its clients and supported the digital agenda which is a priority for many CPOs.
  2. The advanced analytics team, with a focus on providing data-driven decision-making support for supply chain and procurement, has been instrumental in developing proof of concepts and accelerators for clients. Through automation and smart analytics, the team enables organisations to gain greater visibility into business performance, identify cost savings, and improve the bottom line by up to 3%.
  3. A strategic research team, specialising in providing tailored intelligence and insights to address today’s procurement challenges and enable category teams to make more informed decisions.

Yash Rai, Country Head, Romania, The Smart Cube, commented: “I’m delighted to be taking on this new role at a very exciting time for The Smart Cube and equally looking forward to being back in Romania. We have very strong capabilities in Romania that enable us to offer an integrated service combining advance analytics with technology, and truly deliver ‘intelligence accelerated’ in procurement and supply chain.”