Cedar announces procurement recruitment practice

Louise Gapp

Howard Bentwood candidate, blog, Supply Chain...

For 13 years Cedar has successfully specialised in the recruitment exclusively of senior finance talent. No longer. As of April 2016 Cedar proudly announces the launch of its new procurement practice which aims to meet the increasing demand for procurement professionals within the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors in the UK and internationally.


Constant market demand and economic changes have increased the pressure for UK businesses to be more agile in order to adapt to potential threats. This has prompted companies to evaluate all aspects of their supplier and agency relationships. As organisations in search of competitiveness  increasingly seek to rely on procurement functions to achieve added value as part of their corporate strategy, procurement expertise has become highly prized. Indeed, much like the finance function, procurement is rapidly establishing itself as an important strategic arm to organisations both large and small.

It would be wrong to assume however that the procurement role is all about cost cutting. Many best-in-class organisations focus procurement’s efforts on driving sustainability, managing supplier relationships, and mitigating supply chain risks.

Why Cedar?

Cedar will bring the same skils, the same professionalism and expertise to Procurement as it does to Finance. How will Cedar achieve this given that it’s a newcomer to the Procurement market? That can be summed up in two words: Louise Gapp.

Cedar has appointed Louise Gapp to head up the new procurement arm of the business. Louise is a highly experienced and much respected recruitment professional with significant experience in the procurement and supply chain sectors, having worked previously with large international recruitment organisations. Louise has a passion for the procurement market and has built up an extensive client base, placing her in an extremely strong position for launching the new practice and expanding Cedar’s offering.

Howard Bentwood, founder and managing partner at Cedar, sees the new division as a means of enhancing the service Cedar provides to its corporate clients: “By diversifying Cedar’s offering for the first time in our 13 year history, we are in a position to best serve the needs of our clients. Louise brings with her a wealth of recruitment knowledge along with industry specific experience to complement Cedar’s proven capabilities in the senior finance recruitment market. It’s a winning formula”.

Commenting on the launch of the new practice Louise Gapp said: “I am incredibly excited about the launch of the procurement practice at Cedar. Having recruited in the procurement and supply chain markets for over a decade I recognise the industry has changed considerably, leading to changing requirements from clients. Cedar understand that UK procurement functions are under increasing pressure to work more effectively and efficiently to drive down costs and business expenditure – with increased demands and fewer resources. With this in mind we want to offer them proven and trusted recruitment solutions that are fundamentally based on quality service.”

Cedar’s new procurement practice provides full procurement recruitment solutions across a number of sectors in the public, private and not-for-profit markets. The specialist procurement team will focus on placing best-in-class procurement professionals into companies across the UK and internationally, on a contract, interim and permanent basis.

Procurement professionals looking to expand their teams or searching for their own career move should contact Louise Gapp on 0203 002 8050, by email