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Procurement & Supply Chain

 

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The value of an effective procurement function – one that continues to evolve from focusing solely on savings to adding overall value through its strategic vision – is now fully recognised by the most successful companies.

Cedar understands that procurement and supply chain professionals often possess transferable skills that, in the right circumstances, can transcend background. That’s why we work with candidates from across all sectors, ensuring our clients have access to the highest-calibre talent however competitive the market.

However, the historic lack of a traditional career path means the number of suitably qualified and experienced procurement and supply chain professionals – particularly those able to build relationships and drive down costs through their ability to negotiate – remains limited.

And that’s where Cedar’s Procurement & Supply Chain Practice steps in. Our unrivalled talent pipeline helps us supply effective solutions across all aspects of procurement and supply chain appointments, both interim and permanent, and from entry level through to directors. Even when the market is particularly active, our experience and second-to-none contact book will ensure you have access to the best talent available. 

Specialisms:

We cover a wide range of procurement and supply chain roles including, but not limited to the following job titles:

  • Chief Procurement Officer
  • Procurement Director
  • Head of Procurement
  • Procurement Manager
  • Commercial Manager
  • Purchasing Manager
  • Sourcing Manager
  • Category Manager
  • Contracts Manager
  • Senior Buyer / Buyer
  • Procurement Analyst / Officer
  • Supplier Relationship Manager
  • Head of Supply Chain & Planning
  • Supply Chain Director
  • Supply Chain Manager
  • Logistics Manager
  • Demand Planners
  • Inventory Analyst
  • Material Planners
  • Supply Chain Analyst
  • Master Schedulers
  • Cost Engineers
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Louise Gapp

Director - Procurement

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Matthew Williamson

Associate - Procurement

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Matthew Langley

Director - Finance

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Procurement Manager - Global Marketing Digital & Media

Netherlands

Procurement Manager, Global Marketing Digital & Media Summary You will be responsible on a global scale for part of our external Digital Marketing & Media spend including amongst others digital agencies, MarTech, digital media. You will identify best in class external experts and engage these companies to deliver competitive advantage to the business. The role of the Procurement Manager - Marketing is to develop category strategies that drive cost savings, spend under management and strategic alignment with key internal stakeholders with combined spend of over £50 million. The role will utilize spend analytics, sourcing management processes and tools to develop category strategies, rationalize and select suppliers, manage key supplier relationships, as well as negotiate contract pricing, terms and conditions, assess continuity of business. Additionally, the Procurement Manager - Global Marketing Digital & Media will create category efficiencies that align with procurement processes and policies, while managing internal stakeholder engagement and customer service over multiple business segments. Key Challenges As this is a new position due to the transformation of indirect procurement, there is a lot of opportunity for the successful candidate to define the exact responsibilities and have the freedom to shape the role in accordance with the evolution of the organisation. The candidate is expected to achieve significant bottom line cost savings, within the defined business saving challenges, as well as providing procurement leadership and direction to the area/region/local team. Management of diversity of objectives between Central team and area/region/local teams. Professional Qualifications / Experience Proven Digital expertise, within Marketing, Media and/or Procurement, ideally with exposure across Digital Marketing & Media services. Expert in leading complex, cross-functional, sourcing projects and managing international sourcing and business teams. Degree qualified preferably in Procurement, Marketing, Finance, Business or other relevant discipline. Ability to work in a truly global organisation. Proven experience in working in a fast moving and result driven environment which demands to work under pressure. High degree of fluency of English is required for negotiations and internal communications. Knowledge of other languages is a plus. Unsurpassed negotiation techniques with exceptional interpersonal and relationship building skills

Senior Buyer - Global Marketing

Netherlands

Senior Buyer - Global Marketing Summary You will be responsible on a global scale for part of our external Marketing spend including amongst others creative agencies, content production, digital agencies, artwork & design agencies. You will identify best in class external experts and engage these companies to deliver competitive advantage to the business. The role of the Sr Buyer - Marketing is to (co-)develop category strategies that drive cost savings, spend under management and strategic alignment with key internal stakeholders with combined spend of over £25 million. The role will utilize spend analytics, sourcing management processes and tools to develop category strategies, rationalize and select suppliers, manage key supplier relationships, as well as negotiate contract pricing, terms and conditions, assess continuity of business. Additionally, the Sr Buyer - Marketing will create category efficiencies that align with procurement processes and policies, while managing internal stakeholder engagement and customer service over multiple business segments. Responsibilities / Accountabilities Develops and drives implementation of regional and global sourcing strategies for selected categories. Works closely with selected organisations in understanding needs, objectives and priorities to optimise total cost, quality and service while outsourcing. Key Challenges As this is the replacement of a position due to the transformation of indirect procurement, there is a lot of opportunity for the successful candidate to define the exact responsibilities and have the freedom to shape the role in accordance with the evolution of the organisation. The candidate is expected to achieve significant bottom line cost savings, within the defined business saving challenges, as well as providing direction to the area/region/local team. Management of diversity of objectives between Central team and area/region/local teams. Professional Qualifications / Experience Proven Procurement expertise, within Indirect Services Procurement, ideally with exposure across Marketing services. Expert in leading complex, cross-functional, sourcing projects and collaborating with international sourcing and business teams Degree qualified preferably in Procurement, Marketing, Finance, Business or other relevant discipline. Ability to work in a truly global organisation. Proven experience in working in a fast moving and result driven environment which demands to work under pressure.

Procurement Manager - Global Marketing

Netherlands

Procurement Manager - Global Marketing Summary You will be responsible on a global scale for our external Marketing spend including amongst others creative agencies, content production, digital agencies, artwork & design agencies. You will identify best in class external experts and engage these companies to deliver competitive advantage to the business. The role of the Procurement Manager - Marketing is to develop category strategies that drive cost savings, spend under management and strategic alignment with key internal stakeholders with combined spend of over £50 million. The role will utilize spend analytics, sourcing management processes and tools to develop category strategies, rationalize and select suppliers, manage key supplier relationships, as well as negotiate contract pricing, terms and conditions, assess continuity of business. Additionally, the Procurement Manager - Marketing will create category efficiencies that align with procurement processes and policies, while managing internal stakeholder engagement and customer service over multiple business segments. Key Challenges As this is a new role due to the transformation of indirect procurement, there is a lot of opportunity for the successful candidate to define the exact responsibilities and have the freedom to shape the role in accordance with the evolution of the organisation. The candidate is expected to achieve significant bottom line cost savings, within the defined organisations saving challenges, as well as providing procurement leadership and direction to the area/region/local team. Management of diversity of objectives between Central team and area/region/local teams. Professional Qualifications / Experience Proven Category Management expertise, within Indirect Procurement, ideally with exposure across Marketing services. Expert in leading complex, cross-functional, sourcing projects and managing international sourcing and business teams. Degree qualified preferably in Procurement, Marketing, Finance, Business or other relevant discipline. MBA advantageous Ability to work in a truly global organisation. Proven experience in working in a fast moving and result driven environment which demands to work under pressure. High degree of fluency of English is required for negotiations and internal communications. Knowledge of other languages is a plus. Unsurpassed negotiation techniques with exceptional interpersonal and relationship building skills

Senior Demand Planner

London, England

Senior Demand Planner Purpose To lead and manage the Demand Planning activities, support Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) and to act as the integration point between the local market and the group demand planning function. The Demand Planner will need to work closely with representatives from marketing, sales, and finance in order to successfully manage the customer demand being placed on the business and to play a lead role in all forecasting related activities to come up with a clear statement of demand in volume and value by SKU. The Demand Planner is the integration point between the local functions of sales, marketing and finance, and the Group Demand Planning organisation and is responsible for ensuring that the highest quality of demand is communicated to the Supply Chain Function on a monthly basis. Key Responsibilities * Collect and collate market and customer intelligence and make it available to all involved in the forecasting process, and support the local functions with analysis to support the creation of the demand plan. * Interact with Sales, Marketing, and Finance to understand demand forecast drivers, historical sales trends and uplifts from promotional activities, and ensure assumptions are documented. * Monitor SKU levels and performance and recommend future SKU rationalization initiatives. * Review and analyse monthly forecast accuracy results * Carry out root cause analysis on major forecast variances, monitor trends in forecast error and implement forecast changes resulting from the monthly review * Advise and assist the sales teams with analysing the forecast accuracy data and use the findings to improve future forecasts. * Work with Group Demand planner and sales/marketing team to achieve agreed forecast accuracy targets * Review of previous month's actual demand and identification of any anomalies * Work with Sales and Marketing team to integrate market intelligence into forecasts and ensure assumptions are clearly documented * Collaborate with marketing functions to ensure all future promotions and new listings are included in the forecast and that all assumptions are clearly documented. * Analyse statistical data from forecasting tool in order to ensure this adds value to the forecast * Collaborate with Sales/Marketing to monitor promotional effectiveness and use findings to improve future forecasts and build key learnings into future promotions. * Review and agree a monthly updated unconstrained forecast with a horizon of 18-24 months by facilitating a collaborative planning process with Sales, Marketing and Finance. * Ensure that the monthly forecast upload is completed in accordance will relevant monthly deadlines * Use and maintain the Demand Planning Software as the primary forecasting tool while providing additional system support to the sales functions. * Identify exceptional/unplanned demand and work with Group Demand Planner to manage * Ensure effective use of end-consumer sales data to improve forecast accuracy * Work with sales teams and customers to identify stock levels at key retailers and distributors on a monthly basis * Assume responsibility for key measures. e.g.: region Forecast accuracy, volatility and bias Essential * Excellent analytical skills. * Excellent numeracy with proficiency in statistical and forecasting fundamentals. * Strong commercial understanding. * Strong knowledge of demand planning processes * Minimum 2-3 years of current demand planner experience. * Good communication and presentation skills. * Highly organised and able to prioritise. * Strong Influencing skills * Ability to work well under pressure and to strict deadlines * Clear understanding of forecasting and inventory management as well as the financial and operational impacts. * Problem solver with ability to build and improve efficient processes. * Advanced MS Excel (Pivot tables, formulas and functions) and PowerPoint * Attention to detail and must be able to work to extreme accuracy. * Ability to work collaborativley across functions and at all levels of the organisation. * Proficiency with software system including sales forecasting applications

Energy Procurement Manager

Slough, Berkshire

Manage Budget of ~ 40MM GBP Three main workstreams: 1. Supply (LEAD): Energy sourcing Rate optimization Budget development Risk management Commodities forecasting & intelligence 2. Efficiency (SUPPORT) Metering, monitoring & analysis Technologies Certification services Microgrid & resiliency Benchmarking 3. Sustainability (LEAD/SUPPORT) Renewable electricity and heat Carbon footprint tracking Compliance management NEO Network Key Responsibilities: Energy: Accountable for driving the sourcing and contracting strategy of Energy spend through an optimized supplier base that will generate competitive advantage for the organisation's Health operations world-wide. Develop a sound relationship with key suppliers/consultants at top management levels. Ensure that suppliers treat the organisation as preferred customer and Energy supplier management will be shared with RB senior management. Works closely with Engineering and Sustainability management teams in understanding the needs, objectives and priorities to improve cost, service and quality of spend covered. The candidate should: Strive to be recognised as indisputable source of value by stakeholders Manage and monitor Procurement performance. Promote the total cost of ownership approach within the business Lead implementation of Supplier Relationship Management & suppliers evaluation processes Enforce compliance of Procurement processes with organisations policies. Motivate suppliers to consider the organisation as preferred customer in presenting innovation and cost efficiency projects. Lead implementation of tools (Spend Management, eRFx, eContract etc.) and process improvements. Provide assumptions on key trends and projects in pipeline for budgeting and plan purposes in alignment with Finance and budget owners.