Louise has over 14 years’ experience in the procurement and supply chain industry and holds an executive personal network spanning multiple categories and industries. Her specialisms include tailored relationship management, bespoke sourcing solutions and matching best of breed talent with like-minded clients. Louise’s integrity has built long standing and trusted relationships with both clients and candidates whom she works closely with as a preferred delivery partner. Louise is passionate about the industry having gained significant achievements across multiple sectors and brings a wealth of knowledge to Cedar.
Project Manager - Highways and Tunnels
Our high-profile M&E organisation are looking for an ambitious and innovative Project Manager to work on all Highways/tunnelling projects. You will act as the main interface between clients and key stakeholders and ensure the project team safely deliver, on time, to stated quality, at minimum cost and to client satisfaction. You will have a proven track record of working in a client facing role and be responsible for developing the clients brief, delivering strategy and leading the design management, procurement and execution of all highways and tunnelling projects. Part of your role will be to challenge and seek improvement on the project deliverables and build rapport with clients to become a trusted partner for future business opportunities. An approachable and proactive attitude are key for this position and the successful candidate will be a pragmatic individual who is a natural business developer and leader that is considered a trusted advisor to both the business and the end client. Key areas - Supervising and developing a high performing team that strives for quality, safety, cost and schedule improvements at every opportunity with all delivery partners, Providing Day to day Management of workforce within the sector/individual projects to client system safety, project risk assessment and management process Developing and managing effective communication with both internal and external stakeholders to ensure that requirements are identified, assessed and appropriately integrated into the project Overseeing that the highest standards of health and safety are prioritised through all stages of the project Significant experience in managing clients, contractors and coordinating stakeholders Ability to carry out quality inspections and generate onsite solutions to site issues as they arise Adept with key project processes such as design principals and management, construction processes, procurement and tendering Understanding of the industry best practice Act as a Mentor/Coach for Graduates and Apprentices across projects PRINCE 2 Qualification HERS Authorising Officer A degree qualification in a related subject or equivalent is preferred Professional memberships of a relevant professional body or working towards membership is an advantage. Experience of working in a client-facing role for a primary contractor on Highways and Tunnelling projects is essential for this role.
Programme Portfolio Planner - SC Cleared (outside IR35)
Central Government client is looking for an SC cleared Portfolio Office planner to work flexibly across the Portfolio to drive effective planning activities in line with PPM best practice and to produce key planning artefacts. Key Tasks / outputs Produce a high level Portfolio level plan to ensure all key milestones are captured and align to lower level programme and project plans Create an integrated Portfolio Plan (MSP) highlighting assurance points, the critical path and dependencies across the Programme. Maintaining a portfolio delivery map and critical path to monitor project progress. Recognise and track interdependencies across change projects. Provide detailed planning support to Programmes within the Portfolio Ensure Project plans fed into the Portfolio Office conform to best practice guidance where available Work flexibly and collaboratively across the Portfolio to assist PMOs, providing assurance that their Programme plans are coherent and realistic Develop & mature project planning standards & best practice; advise on ongoing implementation. Carry out programme and project planning for the Programme, maintaining high level plans and detailed MSP plans on behalf of the Head of PMO Hold monthly meetings with internal and external workstream leads before the monthly returns are due Analyse monthly returns, update the plans and provide feedback ahead of engagement meetings Proactively engage with workstream leads if necessary Support the PMO to produce the monthly projects reports commission Contribute to Board papers if required Organise and facilitate planning workshops (ad hoc) Provide project planning consultancy to the Programme Provide project planning consultancy to emerging programmes & projects within the wider business Key Skills: Significant experience of creating and maintaining robust project and programme plans for large scale government programmes in line with PPM best practice Ability to generate Portfolio and Programme level timelines from a range of sources - from interpreting scarce data to detailed L4 planning data and, ability to interpret and convert Excel and Visual plans into MSP plans in line with industry standard best practice. Robust understanding of Assumption and Dependency management processes. Expert in Microsoft project and Microsoft Office/Google suite. PPM Qualification e.g. Prince2 & APMP. Significant stakeholder engagement skills including experience of facilitating plan development workshops, and running training sessions for PPM and non-PPM trained staff. Assisting with planning skills and knowledge transfer to civil servants. Desirable skills: Experience of planning in a Portfolio environment Experience of planning in a Project & Programme environment SC clearance is required.
Interim Procurement Manager (outside IR35)
Public Sector Health client are looking for an outgoing, driven MCIPS qualified Procurement Manager to support on indirect spend across the function. You will cover a range of goods and services for mainly Corporate Services and Estates and will be well versed in managing multiple OJEU/EU projects simultaneously. You will be a self-starter and have the drive and energy this role requires to devise not only a long term strategy for procurement in these areas, but the ability to win hearts and minds along the way! You will ensure that along with meeting the organisations core objectives, value for money and cost saving initiatives are met in accordance with OJEU and EU regulations. This will be a relatively small team but integral role, therefore you will require the ability to work autonomously and be self-sufficient. Key areas - ·Experience of working on Public Sector procurement projects in accordance with OJEU/EU regs ·Proven indirects procurement experience - categories must include Estates & Corporate Services ·Supplier management and contract negotiation within the Public Sector ·Must be enthusiastic and extremely driven ·Effective stakeholder management ·Ability to communicate at all levels ·MCIPS Qualified PLEASE NOTE this role will require you to work in the office 3 days per week.