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Ben Whyatt

Ben Whyatt

Ben Whyatt

Public Sector 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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Social Value Lead


Cedar have been engaged to support a Local Authority who are on the look for a Social Value Lead on an 18 month Fixed Term Contract. The successful individual of Social Value Lead will be responsible for bringing together all activity related to the Authority's Social Value Strategy and will be responsible for: Lead on the development of a Social Value Procurement Policy and ensure appropriate training/support is in place. Educating internal teams and external partners to ensure delivery of social value and priority areas to the Authority. Ensuring Social Value priorities are embedded into Commissioning and Business planning through stakeholder engagement and will act as a central point of knowledge for the Authority on the Social Value Act and best practice within the Public and Private Sector. Ensure the Authority achieves their Social Value Performance Targets Provide oversight to all Social Value Projects, across the entire Authority, and ensure links are made to aid delivery of objectives Develop a Contract Management approach to ensure Suppliers commitments are delivered and incorporated into performance reporting and provide Supplier Engagement Coordination for new procurement projects and existing strategic suppliers Create a network to develop a joint Social Value approach The successful candidate MUST HAVE the following experience: Ideally MCIPS qualified (CIPS desired), educated to a degree level with a relevant professional qualification or equivalent demonstrable work experience with evidence of continuing professional development. Track record in delivering significant change within an organisation and complex projects Knowledge of Procurement including; Category Management, Sourcing and Contract Management in a large, complex, business critical environment with evidence of using continuous improvement techniques to lead the improvement of key elements of supplier performance, deliver value added opportunities, innovation and the mitigation of contract and supplier risks. Extensive negotiation and influencing skills appropriate to multi-million-pound contracts and experience of planning and delivering successful negotiations.