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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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Interim Senior Procurement Manager

East London

Cedar have been engaged to support an NHS Trust based in Central London who are on the look for an Interim Senior Procurement Manager on a 3-6 month interim engagement. This role will require you to be based on-site and is INSIDE IR35 with a maximum day rate of £272.50 on offer. Candidates applying for this role must be available immediately or on a 1 week notice. The successful candidate will manage the full end to end tender process for a range of goods/services for the Trust to ensure procurements run are compliant with OJEU/PCR regulations. You will also be required to ensure the effective delivery of the procurements to planned deadlines and ensure they provide value for money which meets customer expectations. Candidates applying MUST HAVE: Ideally be MCIPS qualified or qualified to degree level in i.e. Procurement/Supply Chain Experience of working in a similar role in the NHS or similar Healthcare environment Experience of running end to end OJEU procurements in the Public Sector (ideally the NHS) Experience of running Further Competitions would be advantageous Strong stakeholder and supplier management skills

Sourcing Specialist

England

Cedar have been engaged to support a Private Sector Healthcare organisation who are on the look for a Sourcing Specialist, based in the North West, with a salary of up to £30,000 per annum on offer. The successful candidate will support the delivery of a range of Sourcing Services to support Health clients in both the Private and Public Sector. The Sourcing Specialist will report into the Sourcing Manager to help deliver a wide range of sourcing activities, to agreed project timescales, which include; category research, supplier engagement, specification development, ITT processes, award and contract management. Candidates applying MUST HAVE experience which covers: Educated to degree level or demonstrable other experience/qualifications (i.e. CIPS) Experienced in supporting the delivery of strategic sourcing and/or category management projects OJEU process knowledge Experience within the Healthcare markets would be advantageous Strong stakeholder management and communication skills

Interim Senior Contracts Officer

Bristol

Cedar have been engaged to support a Fortune 500 company who are on the look for 2 x Interim Senior Contracts Officers on a 12 month Fixed Term Contract. These roles will be predominantly based in Bristol, with a mixture of onsite/offsite working, with a salary of up to £44,000 on offer. The role of the Senior Contracts Manager will be to: ensure 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. develop both junior staff and both professional/personal knowledge to keep up to date with i.e. EU and Commercial Procurement Practices/Regulations 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 negotiate contract terms, conditions and prices for Procurement activity with a view to delivering value for money/savings ensure Commercial MI is accurate and up to date and submitted on time help develop internal tools, process and procedures for both internal Candidates applying MUST HAVE experience which covers: CIPS Level 4 or above Experience in a role covering either Procurement, Category Management, Contract Management or Commercial Management Understanding of MOD procurement processes would be advantageous Experience of working in a similar role in the MOD or NHS/Medical Equipment environment would be advantageous Experience using eProcurement tools and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) Strong written and verbal communication skills with the ability to work as part of a team and engage with Stakeholders Ideally hold a driving licence to be able to facilitate supplier visits

Commercial Manager

Bristol

Cedar have been engaged to support a Fortune 500 company who are on the look for a Commercial Manager. This is a permanent role which will be based both in Bristol and from Home with a salary of up to £50,000 on offer. This role will report into the Head of Commercial and will be responsible for a number of Contract & Commercial professionals to: ensure 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 negotiate 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 or IACCM qualified Experience in a role covering either Procurement, Category Management, Contract Management or Commercial Management Understanding of MOD procurement processes would be advantageous Experience in the Public Sector and/or Defence industry would be ideal Ideally have hands on experience and understanding of running OJEU/PCR compliant Procurements Strong written and verbal communication skills with the ability to work as part of a team and engage with Stakeholders Ideally hold a driving licence to be able to facilitate supplier visits

Category & Contracts Manager

Essex

Cedar have been engaged to support a Public Sector client, based in the East of England, for the recruitment of a number of Category & Contracts Managers. These are permanent roles with salaries ranging from £40,000 up to £48,000 on offer depending on experience. Please note these roles will be home based until March 2021 - flexible working arrangements will be in place once plans to return to the office have been announced. The Category & Contracts Manager will support stakeholders across the business to understand requirements for goods and services and assess the market to determine an appropriate strategy for each spend area along with actively managing strategic suppliers and their contracts. The role will focus on delivering results in a specific functional area and will be responsible for leading the development, maintenance and implementation of category strategies, ensuring alignment to commissioning objectives with the focus on developing and implementing innovative approaches/solutions to deliver complex projects to enhance levels of service and minimise spend. The role will require you to work collaboratively within and across functions to deliver best possible outcomes for customers and will require you to maintain and nurture relationships with other teams to support and deliver annual plans. Please note there is no line management responsibilities with this role. Candidates applying for this role MUST HAVE experience covering: Ideally MCIPS qualified (or working towards) or equivalent qualifications or work experience Knowledge of and experience using Category Management methodologies to deliver cost savings or service improvements Understanding of PCR2015 and experience of running end to end OJEU Procurements would be advantageous Experienced in managing multi-million-pound contracts, ideally in the Public Sector, would be advantageous Strong negotiation and stakeholder management skills