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Ben Whyatt

Ben Whyatt

Ben Whyatt

Senior Associate - Procurement

Ben joined Cedar in 2020 building on his background working in a procurement consultancy, where he personally set up and gained first-hand experience, of supporting recruitment for a wide range of clients, successfully filling interim, permanent and fixed-term contract roles in both the private and public sector in the UK and internationally.

More specifically, Ben’s expertise covers the full end to end procurement process from both the Buyer and Supplier process, covering roles in procurement, supply chain, category management, commercial management, contract management, project & programme management and bid & tender management.

Ben has successfully supported public and private sector clients covering: airlines, blue light, business process outsourcing, call centre management, cloud software, central government, construction, consultancies, defence (covering specialist SC & DV cleared requirements), education, executive agencies, facilities management, housing, IT, languages services, legal services, lifestyle management, life science & healthcare, local government, marketing, medical devices, NHS (including supply chain), non-departmental public bodies, office solutions, procurement software & solutions, professional bodies, security services, transport and utilities.

Ben's 4 legged friend is Fifi​


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RM6160 Framework Brochure:

Cedar has access to LOT2 and can support Interim or Fixed Term Contract across:
- Roles in the NHS, at Band 5 or above
- Roles in the Wider Public Sector, starting at an equivalent salary of £24k and above.

CCS - RM6160 - Cedar Public Sector

Cedar Public Sector capability document

Cedar’s Public Sector Practice provides specialist recruitment solutions for Social
Housing, Education, the National Health Service (NHS), Blue Light Services, Not-for
Profit, 3rd Sector and Central & Local Government organisations. Utilising the Official
Journal of the European Union (OJEU) compliant framework and recruiting
permanent, interim and fixed term contract (FTC).

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Interim Category Manager - ICT & Digital

England

Cedar are supporting a Local Authority who are on the look for a 2 x Interim Category Managers for their ICT and Digital category. This opportunity will be home based on a contract that will run for an initial 6 months (with the scope to run until the end of 2022). These roles are INSIDE IR35 on a day rate of up to £450 on offer. The successful candidate will support the delivery of end to end OJEU/PCR compliant procurements relating to all areas of ICT and Digital spend. You will be required to call-off frameworks such as G-Cloud and DOS, where required, to deliver value for money and innovative solutions for the Authority. Candidates applying MUST HAVE: Experience in a Procurement, Category or Commercial Management role in the UK Public Sector with some exposure to ICT and Digital is required Experience delivering end to end OJEU/PCR procurements covering ICT or Digital Services which have delivered Value for Money (VfM) Experience using Public Sector Frameworks from the likes of CCS which include G-Cloud and DOS

Procurement Consultant - Defence

Bristol

Cedar are currently supporting a Procurement Consultancy who are on the look for a number of Procurement Consultants for work focused on Public Sector Defence. These are permanent positions with a salary range of £55,000 up to £70,000 on offer and will be based mainly from home and on key Customer sites in Bristol. The successful candidate will support the Consultancies work in Defence which covers a range of business areas, including Category Management, Contract Management, Commercial Transformation, Target Operating Models and Supply Chain Management, to name a few. You will be required to support clients in a range of ways, from coaching and advising to delivery of outcomes, contracts awards and beyond to transition & implementation. Consultants are responsible for managing key relationships with client stakeholders, leveraging their institutional knowledge and expertise, and ensuring buy-in to the agreed strategies. Candidates applying MUST HAVE: Strong background working in roles covering Procurement, Category or Commercial Management Experience working in Defence is required - either as a Consultant or with the likes of the MOD/Armed Forces Experience supporting Category A Procurements within the MOD would be advantageous Strong communication skills with the ability to influence stakeholders Active SC or DV Clearance is required

Senior Procurement Consultant - Defence

Bristol

Cedar are currently supporting a Procurement Consultancy who are on the look for a number of Senior Procurement Consultants for work focused on Public Sector Defence. These are permanent positions with a salary range of £75,000 up to £120,000 on offer and will be based mainly from home and on key Customer sites in Bristol. The successful candidate will support the Consultancies work in Defence which covers a range of business areas, including Category Management, Contract Management, Commercial Transformation, Target Operating Models and Supply Chain Management, to name a few. You will be required to support clients in a range of ways, from coaching and advising to delivery of outcomes, contracts awards and beyond to transition & implementation. Consultants are responsible for managing key relationships with client stakeholders, leveraging their institutional knowledge and expertise, and ensuring buy-in to the agreed strategies. Candidates applying MUST HAVE: Strong background working in roles covering Procurement, Category or Commercial Management Experience working in Defence is required - either as a Consultant or with the likes of the MOD/Armed Forces Experience leading Category A Procurements within the MOD would be advantageous Strong communication skills with the ability to influence stakeholders Active SC or DV Clearance is required

Procurement Functional Consultant - Oracle SME

England

Cedar are supporting a Local Authority who are on the look for an experienced Oracle SME - Procurement Functional Consultant on an initial 6 month contract. This role is OUTSIDE IR35 with a rate of up to £550 on offer and will be HOME BASED. The role will report directly to the P2P Functional Lead and will have dotted line accountability to the AD's of Procurement and Procurement Senior Management team and Director of Procurement. The role will facilitate the delivery of the key functional P2P deliverables as defined for each phase of the end-to-end programme as listed below, but not limited to: Data Migration: Supporting the Data Migration validation and reconciliation activities along with 3rd Party teams and Business SMEs to help facilitate sign off Reviewing the data specs along with the SI and DM team to ensure they are kept updated Testing: Identify test scenarios with the Business Stakeholders and be a liaison between the Testing team and Business for the multiple test phases of the programme. Supporting the Testing team through the multiple testing cycles like system and User Acceptance test Working closely with the SI on retesting the defect fixes Reporting Requirement gathering with Business on multiple reports and documenting specifications for OTBI and BIP Hands on building simple OTBI listings/reports Training Review training materials and making sure it covers all the aspects of the proposed solution design elements Cutover Supporting Cutover activities as per the Cutover plan Post Go Live Support Virtual floor walking, supporting business/end users hand holding and coordination with SI for defect management Candidates applying MUST HAVE experience which covers: A minimum of 3 full lifecycle Oracle ERP implementation projects A minimum of 1 full lifecycle implementation on Oracle ERP Cloud Hands on experience in Sourcing modules within Procurement covering: Sourcing Supplier Qualification Management Contracts Management Understanding of other P2P Modules like Supplier Portal, Purchasing, Self Service Procurement and Account Payables Previous implementation experience in a council, local government or public sector institution.

Interim Category Manager - Professional Services

England

Cedar are supporting a Public Sector client who are looking for an Interim Category Manager for their Professional Services category. This is a HOME BASED, 3-6 month assignment (with the potential to extend), that is INSIDE IR35 with a day rate up to £450 on offer depending on experience. The successful candidate will report into the Head of Commercial and will be required to support requirements which cover Professional Services such as Contingent Labour, HR, Legal and Consultancy Services. You will be responsible for recording requirements, checking/creating contracts, processing PO's, running through the CEST tool to determine IR35 status and create a rate card matrix to allow create process improvements. You will be required to use Government frameworks such as CCS's Management Consultancy 2 (RM6008), PSR (RM3749) and Non Clinical Temporary & Fixed Term Staff (RM6160) Successful candidates MUST HAVE experience which covers: experience in a similar role in the Public Sector covering Procurement, Category or Commercial Management with ideally some experience covering Professional Services understanding of areas covering agency worker regulations (AWR), IR35 (including use of HMRC's CEST tool) would be advantageous experience running end to end OJEU/PCR compliant procurements and using call-off agreements from Public Sector Buying Organisations such as CCS, ESPO, NEPO, YPO etc. is required strong stakeholder management and communication skills

Category Manager

England

Cedar are currently supporting an NHS organisation who are on the look to recruit 2 x Category Managers for their Renal and Angiography categories. These roles are permanent positions with a salary of up to £35,000 plus Bonus on offer and will be a permanently home based position. The successful candidate will be required to support the Senior Category Manager to deliver category strategy plans and manage category spend to agreed time-scales. You will be required to achieve committed level of savings whilst promoting best in class Procurement. Position 1 will support the Renal category which covers: Haemodialysis Equipment and Consumables Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) Consumables Home Haemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) Services CRRT Equipment and Consumables Plasma Therapy Equipment and Consumables Managed Equipment Service for In-Centre and Satellite Haemodialysis Position 2 will support the Angiography category which covers: Single Plane Angiography Bi Plane Angiography Interventional (IR) Neuro Bi Plane Angiography Hemodynamic Monitoring Experience Required: 2-3 years' experience (in any sector) leading on the delivery of multiple Strategic Sourcing/Category Management projects focused on areas such as Technology, Equipment, Products, Services or Solutions experience working in the NHS or Public Sector in a similar position would be advantageous understanding of Renal Technologies and/or Angiography would be advantageous degree is not essential, however we would look for demonstrable evidence of professional capability and development i.e. CIPS

Social Value Advisor

Birmingham

Cedar are supporting a Private Sector client who are on the look for a number of Social Value Advisors based in Birmingham. These roles are permanent positions with a salary ranged from £25,000 up to £28,000 on offer. The roles will be a mainly home based with occasional travel required to the office. Working as part of a wider, Social Value focused, team you will be required to onboard, manage and expand on project accounts with a wide range of clients in both the Private and Public Sector. You will be required to support clients, develop social value reports to track outcomes, analyse project performance and metrics and provide ongoing client relationship management. Please note that this role does not require any business development as it will be focused on managing existing relationships. Candidates applying MUST HAVE experience which covers: Educated to a degree level is required as a minimum Strong customer service experience, ideally managing key client relationships Strong communication skills and comfortable working with senior management Understanding and passion for Social Value would be advantageous Experience in a Procurement position would be advantageous

Commercial Manager - General Supplies

Bristol

Cedar are supporting a Fortune 500 company who are on the look for a Commercial Manager covering General Supplies. This is a permanent position which will be based predominantly based from Home and will require occasional travel on-site in Bristol (expected to be 1 day per month) with a salary of up to £45,000 on offer. This role will report into the Senior Commercial Manager and will be responsible for: ensuring commercial activity is performed to the highest standards and maintained to be able to provide advice to internal/external stakeholders, conforms to EU Procurement Regulations and internal Policies/Procedures and is monitored to ensure continuous improvement with the overall aim of obtaining best value for money. proactively participate in development and implementation of Category Strategies to ensure these fully satisfy requirements which may also include drafting and issuing ITTs/ITNs, contracts etc. and manage the associated procurement process up to and beyond contract award effectively manage contracts by building strong working relationships with both contractor, customer and colleagues where necessary negotiating contract terms, conditions and prices for Procurement activity with a view to delivering value for money/savings Candidates applying MUST HAVE experience which covers: Ideally MCIPS and/or IACCM qualified (or working towards) Experience in a recent role covering either Procurement, Category Management, Contract Management or Commercial Management in the UK Public Sector or services into the Public Sector Hands on (recent) experience running OJEU/PCR compliant Procurements (defence sector experience would be advantageous but is not required) Strong written and verbal communication skills with the ability to work as part of a team and engage with Stakeholders

Commercial Manager

Bristol

Cedar are supporting a Fortune 500 company who are on the look for a Commercial Manager covering Medical Equipment and Clothing. This is a permanent position which will be based predominantly based from Home and will require occasional travel on-site in Bristol (expected to be 1 day per month) with a salary of up to £50,000 on offer. This role will report into the Senior Commercial Manager and will be responsible for: ensuring commercial activity is performed to the highest standards and maintained to be able to provide advice to internal/external stakeholders, conforms to EU Procurement Regulations and internal Policies/Procedures and is monitored to ensure continuous improvement with the overall aim of obtaining best value for money. proactively participate in development and implementation of Category Strategies to ensure these fully satisfy requirements which may also include drafting and issuing ITTs/ITNs, contracts etc. and manage the associated procurement process up to and beyond contract award effectively manage contracts by building strong working relationships with both contractor, customer and colleagues where necessary negotiating contract terms, conditions and prices for Procurement activity with a view to delivering value for money/savings Candidates applying MUST HAVE experience which covers: Ideally MCIPS and/or IACCM qualified (or working towards) Experience in a recent role covering either Procurement, Category Management, Contract Management or Commercial Management in the UK Public Sector or services into the Public Sector Hands on (recent) experience running OJEU/PCR compliant Procurements (defence sector experience would be advantageous but is not required) Strong written and verbal communication skills with the ability to work as part of a team and engage with Stakeholders

Senior Contracts Officer

Bristol

Cedar are supporting a Fortune 500 company who are on the look for a Senior Contracts Officer. This is a permanent contract position which will be based from Home but will require occasional travel on-site in Bristol with a salary of up to £35,000 on offer. The role of the Senior Contracts Officer will be to ensure commercial activity is; performed to the highest standards and maintained, conforms to EU Procurement Regulations and internal Policies/Procedures and is monitored to ensure continuous improvement with the overall aim of obtaining best value for money. You will be required to pro-actively participate in developing and implementing Category Strategies to ensure these fully satisfy requirements - this may also include drafting and issuing ITTs/ITNs, contracts etc. and manage the associated procurement process up to and beyond contract award. You will also be required to negotiate contract terms, conditions and prices for Procurement activity with a view to delivering value for money/savings and to ensure Commercial MI is accurate and up to date and submitted on time Candidates applying MUST HAVE experience which covers: Strong background in roles covering Procurement, Category Management, Contract Management and/or Commercial Management Experience managing end to end OJEU/PCR2015 tendering/procurements in the UK Public Sector Experience specifically working with the MOD or NHS/Medical Equipment would be advantageous

Interim Category Manager - Technology

England

Cedar are supporting a Public Sector client who are on the look for an Interim Category Manager to cover their Technology category. This is a part time opportunity and we are looking for someone who is open to work 2-4 days per week depending on procurement activity requirements. This is an interim contract that is INSIDE IR35 and will run until mid-July 2021 (plus potential extension) on a day rate of up to £310 on offer. This role will be home based but may require occasional travel into the office in line with government guidance. The successful candidate will be required to attend steering group meetings representing procurement, work with project manager to plan procurement activity, facilitate the procurement activity within e-tendering system to include supporting business with writing of tender packs (requirements, bid rules, evaluation criteria, etc), supporting bid evaluations, moderation and awards. Candidates applying MUST HAVE: MCIPS qualified or working towards CIPS or relevant experience in Technology Procurement Sound knowledge of procuring Technology relating Goods and Services Commercial knowledge within ICT and Technology contracts Knowledge of PCR2015 with evidence of providing Value for Money in the Public Sector

Senior Category Manager - Estates & FM

England

Cedar are supporting a Public Sector organisation who are on the look for a Senior Category Manager for their Estates & Facilities category. This is a permanent role with a salary of up to £60,000 per annum on offer plus a £5,400 car allowance and additional benefits (total package c£67k). This role will be home based permanently but will require c2 days per month on-site at the clients offices based in the North West. The successful candidate will work in a regulated environment and will focus on creating, delivering and managing complex OJEU compliant framework agreements; designed to satisfy client demands and meet future needs. You'll also support the development of key short and long term strategic plans to generate solid growth pipelines across your portfolio. A confident communicator, you'll build and manage internal and external stakeholders and develop strong supplier relationships. Candidates applying for this role MUST HAVE experience which covers: MCIPS qualified or an alternative Technology institution (i.e. IHEEM, IMECHE, IEE, RICS, RIBA, CIOB, CIBSE, PRINCE2, MSP, ITIL v4) Experience working within a similar role in the Public Sector (i.e. in Procurement, Commercial, Category, Framework Management) within the Estates and Facilities category Experience using Government Frameworks and selling benefits of agreements to Stakeholders

Assistant Category Manager

Essex

Cedar are supporting a Public Sector client based in Essex who are recruiting for several Assistant Category Manager positions. These roles are on an initial 12 Month Fixed Term Contract (FTC) with the potential to convert to a full time permanent position with a salary range between £30,000 up to £38,000 on offer. These opportunities will be home based, in line with current government guidance, and may then revert to a mix of home and office based (confirmed as 1-3 days in the office when required). The Assistant Category Manager will report into the Head of Procurement and the role will have no line management responsibilities. Successful candidates will manage the delivery of sourcing processes in a compliant and timely manner and will be directly responsible for contracts assigned with a maximum value of up to £25m to achieve continual innovations and Value for Money (VfM). Candidates will also be responsible for assisting in strategic management of smaller contracts to ensure service level agreements and key performance indicators are monitored. Candidates applying for this role MUST HAVE: CIPS qualified (or working towards) or equivalent qualifications/work experience Understanding of Category Management methodologies to deliver cost savings and/or service improvements Understanding of running Procurements in the Public Sector in line with PCR and OJEU regulations would be advantageous Supplier negotiation and stakeholder management skills Experience in categories covering areas such as ICT, Waste Management, Corporate Services, Social Care (Adult & Children Services) and Property/Constructions would be advantageous.

Category Manager

Essex

Cedar are supporting a Public Sector client based in Essex who are recruiting for several Category Manager positions. These roles are on an initial 12 Month Fixed Term Contract (FTC) with the potential to convert to a full time permanent position with a salary range between £40,000 up to £48,000 on offer. These opportunities will be home based, in line with current government guidance, and may then revert to a mix of home and office based (confirmed as 1-3 days in the office when required). The Category Manager will report into the Head of Procurement and will have no line management responsibilities. Successful candidates will work with key stakeholders to scope out requirements for a range of goods/services and assess the market to determine the best approach for spend. You will lead the development, maintenance and implementation of category strategies, ensure there is alignment to organisational objectives with a focus on implementing innovative approaches/solutions to deliver complex end to end project and procurements in line with OJEU/PCR2015 and internal policies. You will also be required to manage strategic suppliers and their contracts and to negotiate all commercial and/or contractual terms to achieve positive outcomes. Candidates applying for this role MUST HAVE: Ideally MCIPS qualified (or working towards) or equivalent qualifications/work experience Experience and understanding of Category Management methodologies to deliver cost savings and/or service improvements Experience running end to end Procurements in the Public Sector in line with PCR and OJEU regulations would be advantageous Strong experience of negotiating with Suppliers and managing stakeholders Experience in categories covering areas such as ICT, Waste Management, Corporate Services, Social Care (Adult & Children Services) and Property/Constructions would be advantageous.