Who we work with


Kind words from Our Clients
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AsclepiusClient
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Associated British Foods PLCClient
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ATOCClient
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BakkavorClient
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Bank Of IrelandClient
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Banner Managed CommunicationsClient
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Barnsbury Housing AssociationClient
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Belron UKClient
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Ben ShermanClient
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BiffaClient
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Bloom Procurement Services LtdClient
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bsi.Client
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BTClient
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BT OpenreachClient
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Caffe NeroClient
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CeladorClient
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CenturyLinkClient
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Charter PlcClient
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CostainClient
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Dukes GlobalClient
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EnnismoreClient
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eviivoClient
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Financial TimesClient
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Flight CentreClient
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Freemantle MediaClient
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FuseClient
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Generator GroupClient
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Global Brands GroupClient
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GUClient
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Guoman HotelsClient
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HitachiClient
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Holland & BarrattClient
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Hult International Business SchoolClient
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IMG EventsClient
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International HouseClient
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IntuitClient
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Jimmy ChooClient
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KlarnaClient
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KOOVS PlcClient
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Tim SmeatonManaging Partner & Founder
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LadbrokesClient
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Leonard Cheshire DisabilityClient
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LGCClient
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LifewaysClient
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Liverpool Football ClubClient
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LivingstoneClient
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Merlin EntertainmentsClient
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MoneycorpClient
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Montessori St NicholasClient
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Mustard Seed Impact LimitedClient
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NelsonsClient
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New England SeafoodClient
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NSL Services GroupClient
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OfiClient
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Piotr TeodorcyzkVP , Head of Global Procurement
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Olive GroupClient
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OptegraClient
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PfizerClient
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Pizza ExpressClient
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Post Office LtdClient
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Power to ChangeClient
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Pret A MangerClient
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Pure GymClient
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Rail Delivery GroupClient
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Royal British LegionClient
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SafetyKleenClient
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Save The ChildrenClient
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Smiths DetectionClient
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Sofa.comClient
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STA TravelClient
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StradaClient
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Stuart Peters LtdClient
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The Vintners' CompanyClient
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Think JamClient
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Warner Music GroupClient
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WH SmithClient
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William Bell LtdClient
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Wolverine WorldwideClient

Cedar's recruitment service is impeccable. Whenever we request candidates, the Cedar team go through all the CVs available to them and only send me relevant candidate profiles for the role. This saves me infinite amounts of time as I never have to review a CV or interview a candidate who is unsuitable for the role. The team are always on hand to give advice and give regular updates on developments with candidates - even when they are out of the office or on leave! The standard of the people they provide is extremely high and 99% of the time we recruit the candidate Cedar puts forward.

“I’ve worked with Cedar on a number of recruitment opportunities over the last few years which, in an industry where the maxim that ‘you are only as good as your last assignment’ is particularly relevant, is testament to the quality of service that they provide. Cedar has made a conscious effort to understand my management philosophy and the things that are important to me. They also take the time to understand the corporate culture and the environment into which I am looking to recruit. This results in an efficient recruitment process, a relevant short list and appointments that have a fighting chance of success.”

“I was very impressed with the level of service we received from the team at Cedar. From the outset, the approach was both personal and professional. Having met with Cedar initially, they understood exactly what I was looking for and were able to work within a short time-frame to provide suitable candidates for the roles I was looking to fill. The candidates were all very suitable, my only issue was having to make a choice given the quality of the individuals I had been presented with!

Cedar were responsive to any queries I had and provided information requested within the same day. Having experienced their service previously, I returned to Cedar as soon as I had a requirement for an additional resource, and again, the service was very efficient and the post filled within two days of my request. I would definitely recommend Cedar and will be using their services again should the need arise in the future.”

After struggling to recruit a Finance Manager with suitable restaurant experience, I was introduced to Cedar by our new MD and the step change in the both the quality of candidates and the focus/support from the team was immediately evident. They successfully placed a candidate, initially on a short term basis which subsequently became permanent. The professionalism and expertise that Cedar exude is impressive and is the reason why I haven’t looked elsewhere since that first recruit. From from both a business, and more recently a personal perspective, they offer impartial career guidance.

“I have recruited several commercial finance professionals both on the interim and permanent side through Cedar.  I have continually been impressed with the quality of Cedar’s candidates and understanding they have demonstrated around match on cultural fit and skillset.  I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to anyone wanting to up-skill their finance team”

“We met with Cedar to describe the role and allow them to query, challenge and clarify as appropriate. Cedar also directly assessed the environment and expectations placed on a candidate and judged the support such candidate may realistically expect to receive in a very challenging situation. As a result, the shortlist of interviewees Cedar organised for us to meet within the week was outstanding and testimony to the care and attention received from the original investment! Prompt, focused, empathetic advice and service, couldn’t ask for more.”

"Cedar were incredibly responsive and took the time to understand our needs. Their advice was sound and the candidates high quality. Within 2 weeks of contacting Cedar, we had a Head of Finance in post who we are very pleased with. I’d thoroughly recommend them."

Belron UK recently engaged Cedar to support recruitment for an urgent interim requirement. Cedar quickly established our requirements, both technically and culturally and provided a shortlist of CVs along with succinct candidate profiles. This meant we were able to quickly appoint the right candidate for delivery of a key project and we will be working with Cedar again to fulfil other requirements across the business. It was a pleasure to partner with a professional agency who provided an outstanding service.

“Howard and his team at Cedar are a pleasure to work with. Throughout the recruitment process they put our needs first until we found the right candidate. Their approach is refreshing: it centres on building long-term relationships and not just about making quick gain in recruitment fees. I would not hesitate in using them again.”

“We had an urgent requirement to find an Interim Corporate Finance Analyst to be based in our High Wycombe office. The successful candidate needed to have a very specific skillset as well as extensive experience in a niche area of corporate finance and M&A. Due to our specific requirements and the location, we knew it may have been difficult for us to find the right candidate and we enlisted the help of Cedar. They completely understood what we were looking for but didn’t have a candidate who was immediately available for this location. Cedar quickly actioned an advertising campaign to attract the best talent in the market.

Cedar hit the nail on head – one candidate, one interview and the position was filled with in one week.

I was extremely impressed with their knowledge of the market and speed at which they delivered.”

​“Cedar successfully place two very good candidates with us, one for the Head of Sourcing and the other Customer Development Manager. The recruiter took the time to understand our needs and our pains and successfully came up with the right candidates within strict time constraints. I would happily use Cedar again for our hiring needs as they were not pushy, forceful, or salesy, which is a breath of fresh air”

February 2018

I have worked with Cedar for a short time but have quickly forged a very good working relationship. Cedar took the time to understand the needs of my business and worked quickly and accurately to fill any vacancies that they have worked on.

 

May 2018

I have been working with Cedar on couple of roles and they are an outstanding recruiter. I am so grateful for all the help that Cedar has given me and how patient the team have been with us. I would highly recommend Cedar for any candidate or company.

“Hugely impressed by the way Cedar go about their business in sourcing candidates and the matching process they go through which has proved to be an astounding success. We have over the course of the last 18 months brought in ten new people and it’s safe to say, the candidates we see from Cedar are always top of the pack. They are the ones that impress the most in the room and on the job, with some exceeding expectations and on the path to being our leaders of tomorrow. I’m genuinely really impressed in their methods on understanding the role, the recruiting manager and team and likewise candidates to really make sure the match it right.

We continue to deepen our relationships with them in areas such as devising recruitment and people strategies to make sure we ultimately make the right decisions and get the best for our business and its future; they have truly become a trusted partner of BT.”

 

I had the pleasure of being supported by Cedar across all levels of Finance recruitment from part qualified through to senior hires. At all the stages of the process, it was clear they had a fundamental understanding of the calibre of individuals we were after as well as working together with us to give useful insight and market knowledge. This allowed us to be competitive in market place when it came to top talent. I was impressed with the knowledge of the business they had and the strong relationship they had built with key stakeholders. They gave me the confidence t that they could inform and advise the business without my intervention. I would highly recommend Cedar and look forward to work again with them in the future.

"I approached Cedar to assist in the recruitment of a temporary Accounts Payable Assistant for my team. From the beginning, the team were friendly, professional and ready to help. They met with me at my office so they could get a real idea of what I needed in my team. They were professional, to the point and worked swiftly. The quality of candidates and the CVs they sent across were great and I felt reassured they had really listened and understood what an ideal candidate looked like for me. Within a week I had someone placed who was capable, well presented and ready to work – what more could you ask for?

I can’t thank Cedar enough for all their help and will certainly work with them again in the future not only for temp roles but for perm roles too."

“Cedar has been my personal agency of choice for the last 10 years and we instructed them exclusively to help in the recruitment of our Finance Manager. Due to the strict confidentiality surrounding the hire, Cedar exercised the upmost discretion when discussing the role with potential candidates and allowed us the use of their offices to conduct all interviews and discussions privately. We gave Cedar a very broad brief for the person we required, both in terms of experience and part-time / full-time contracts. By clearly understanding our business, Cedar gave sound advice on our options and provided a shortlist of very viable candidates. The quality provided was exceptional meaning we only needed to interview three candidates. This made our time investment to find the right person minimal and the process from initial meeting to offer stage took just three weeks. I would recommend Cedar for their efficient and highly effective service and will be using Cedar for any future hires we make.”

Recruitment Challenge : Finding people from the right vertical 

Roger Castle from CenturyLink explains that his biggest recruitment challenge is finding people from the right vertical –  finding both commercial experience and the right sector experience for the role.

 

“Having known Howard Bentwood for a while, I can see his approach to recruitment has come through in Cedar. It can be easy for most recruitment professionals to achieve the basics in finding a candidate, however, Cedar spend time ensuring that they fully understand both a business and the position on offer. This means that Cedar is more likely to find a candidate that fits best and stays. Putting that together with some sensible discussion ensures the job gets done effectively.”

“I met with Cedar as we were struggling to fill the Interim Project Accountant position despite using other recruitment agencies for a number of weeks. After discussing our brief in detail with Cedar we were confident they understood the urgency of the project and knew exactly what skills/ experience we were looking for. They also understood the type of personality we needed to fit into our existing team. Cedar sent thought a shortlist of fantastic candidates who were immediately available that same afternoon. After a quick and efficient interview process we hired our perfect candidate and she started working with us on the Monday – the end to end process took  just 4 working days. Cedar have access to an impressive database of interim candidates who are available at speed.”

“When I needed an interim Financial Controller at very short notice for my client, Dukes global, Cedar were the obvious choice. They were able to quickly understand the specific requirements that we had and within 48 hours, I had been sent five good quality CVs and had interviewed two candidates. The candidate we chose has provided excellent support to the business. Great service from Cedar.”

“Working with the part-qualified and transactional finance team at Cedar was a real pleasure. They took the time to understand the business’ culture and the specific requirements of a challenging role.  That care was evident in the quality of the candidates’ CVs and continued when I met them in person during the interviews. One thing I particularly appreciated was that the team was always available by phone or email and they dealt with things quickly. I look forward to working with Cedar again in future and would recommend them without hesitation.”

“We enlisted the help of Cedar for the recruitment of two Financial Controller Positions on both a permanent and interim basis, and they did a great job. Cedar knows their candidates extremely well and by listening to our requirements they were able to fully understand exactly what we were looking for. As a result, Cedar was able to deliver two excellent candidates who could not only undoubtedly do the job but who were also a brilliant fit for our company. I would have no hesitation in recommending Cedar and would definitely use them again when we are looking to recruit in the future.”

“We first tried Cedar when we needed a high quality candidate, fast. They didn’t disappoint, and unlike many other agencies we had tried, provided us a highly credible shortlist of suitable candidates. We could have filled the role several times over. Since then, Cedar hasn’t disappointed and each time we’ve needed to add to the team, Cedar have delivered credible candidates. They seem to know the candidates they represent well, and they have handled each of our engagements with swift efficiency, which has taken the pain out of recruiting for senior candidates. Happily recommend Cedar to anyone who doesn’t enjoy the recruitment process.”

“Cedar managed our most recent senior finance recruitment project. After taking a full briefing, they supplied candidates who matched the candidate specifications in terms of skill set and cultural fit. Cedar delivered on this important project in a highly efficient and professional manner and showed a level of enthusiasm and creativity above and beyond what I would call industry standard. I would have no hesitation in recommending them for any senior recruitment project.”

“I approached Cedar to find a special candidate to help build a growing team. In an extremely tight timeframe, Cedar used their immense experience and connections to locate a benchmark candidate who fit culturally into our business and who had all the required skills. The biggest players on the market couldn’t get anywhere near to matching such a candidate and I believe we got the best person on the market at the time. What I also like about Cedar is their proactively and their confidence to tell you how it is, which not only minimises wasting time, but also adds value to the recruitment process.”

“We retained cedar to help us find a high calibre CFO. Cedar met with our senior management team to fully understand the complexities of both the organisation and role and to get a real sense of our culture. They provided us with expert guidance on how we should approach the candidate market and then quickly created a strong short list from which we subsequently hired.

 

Cedar pride themselves on being true consultants and genuine value adding partners. We were very impressed by the quality of the candidates they presented and the pace at which they worked. Cedar’s thoroughness and consultative advice through the process gave us a great sense of confidence that this critical hire was being managed by true professionals.

 

I will work with cedar again and would have no hesitation in recommending them to any business looking to recruit senior finance and procurement professionals.”

“Due to Generator Group’s continued success and future growth plans, I engaged Cedar to support us with the recruitment of an Interim Procurement Transformation specialist. I was impressed with their understanding of what Generator, as a group, were looking to achieve and valued their advice and guidance on the skill-set required to transform procurement within our business internationally. Cedar is well networked within their niche and quickly provided a shortlist of  senior candidates with deep knowledge of our market which we subsequently hired from. I would not hesitate to recommend Cedar”

“We have partnered with Cedar now for a few recruitment projects and every time I have been extremely impressed by Cedar's ability to source high quality candidates. Cedar have demonstrated his deep knowledge of our business by sourcing candidates who are not only a close fit technically, but also from our industry. Cedar always keeps me well briefed on the status of all candidates throughout the interview process and I feel they are a genuine business partner. It has been a pleasure to work with the team at Cedar as I have found them to be highly professional, genuine, consultative as well as having a good sense of humour! I would have no hesitation in recommending Cedar.”

“Cedar is a very customer focused, reliable and professional partner when it comes to sourcing talent. I’ve worked with them on a number of roles at GU and they demonstrated not only their speed of response but also the ability to present true talent.

They are quick to understand the needs of the client and marry this up with a deep knowledge of the finance talent pool.

I liked them and their grounded approach to the business.  They develop long term relationships based on trust and performance. I’ve have already recommended them as a very professional firm.”

“We commissioned Cedar to fill a challenging Senior Strategy Manager role which required a very specific set of competencies. Cedar not only provided a fast and efficient service but were a pleasure to work with, responsive and accommodating of our recruitment timescales. They identified relevant individuals in a highly  professional manner and constantly demonstrated a clear commitment to succeed. I would not hesitate to recommend Cedar and will be working with then again in the future.”

 

“We worked with Cedar on a challenging position that other recruiters had struggled to fill. They quickly understood the brief and sourced high quality candidates. We are very pleased with the process and outcome.”

Having worked with a number of other recruiters over the years, Cedar were a refreshing change and a real delight. Their attention to detail, ensuring that candidate and client were a perfect fit, was second to none.

"We worked with Cedar to fill a finance role on our team, we needed a high potential candidate with more than just a great CV. Cedar helped us fill the role quickly by understanding not only the technical requirements but also our company culture. They helped us find multiple candidates who fit our team and had the skills needed to succeed and grow in our organization."

Having worked with Cedar for a number of years they have become the first port of call when I am looking to fill a position.  They have consistently delivered a selection of high-quality and well-vetted candidates to the business and most importantly candidates who are appropriate for the role on offer.  Clearly, a lot of thought and time goes in to this process and it is the mark of a great agency when the candidates are not only very targeted to the role but well prepared for the interview.

I have sourced both interims and permanent candidates and on the interim side, Cedar has the bench to be able to provide quality individuals quickly and efficiently.  The absolute key to our relationship has been the deep understanding by Cedar of our business, what we are looking for in people, and being able to provide candidates who fit the roles and culture of our company.

“Working with Cedar as a candidate and client has been an excellent experience. As a candidate, I was provided with a thorough briefing of a potential client’s background and requirements, which helped to properly prepare for the all-important initial meetings. Conversely, when I required additional resource, Cedar were quick to understand my requirements and provide an outstanding choice of candidates who could hit the ground running and work under tight deadlines. An excellent service all round from Cedar.”

“Cedar quickly and efficiently supplied us with two shortlists of international candidates, from which we hired two exceptional people. Cedar provided consultative advice throughout the process and their transparent approach helped us secure our chosen candidates. I was deeply impressed with their full understanding of our requirements and the speed at which they worked without sacrificing quality. I would thoroughly recommend them.”

Recruitment Challenge: finding quality candidates with the right cultural fit

Richard Kozlowski, Jimmy Choo, discusses his biggest recruitment challenge: finding quality candidates with the right cultural fit quickly.

 

Cedar quickly understood our needs and requirements and was very responsive and thorough during the entire process presenting us with relevant candidates. It was a pleasure to work with Cedar.

"I have used Cedar over the past ten years as both a client and then a candidate. They are always my first call as nine times out of ten they will come out on top. They seem to really understand the roles they are recruiting for and the candidates they have, which not only gets a great result, but often means they do it with the fewest potential candidates saving everyone’s time."

We engaged Cedar to assist us with a particularly specific brief. Their attention to the process was excellent, the candidates were all of high quality and they gave good quality advice to us throughout the search.  Having worked in the industry I know first-hand how much effort they put into the search. 

​“We engaged Cedar to assist us with a particularly specific brief. Their attention to the process was excellent, candidates were all of a high quality and they gave good quality advice to us throughout the search. Having worked in the industry I know first-hand how much effort they put into the search. Well done and thanks”

“Professional, excellent listeners and understand the exact needs of their customers. The Cedar team always go the extra mile and provide solid consultative advice. These are just a few reasons that I would not hesitate to recommend Cedar when looking for procurement talent or indeed for anyone looking to progress their own career.”

“We instructed Cedar to help us with the appointment of an Interim Group Corporate Finance Manager. They quickly understood our brief and set to work sending us CVs for five high calibre individuals. We conducted three interviews from this shortlist and subsequently offered the role to an excellent candidate. The entire process was completed in just five days. We were extremely impressed not only with the quality of the candidates but the speed at which they could be provided. I would not hesitate to recommend Cedar’s interim practice.”

Cedar have greatly assisted me in building the team I need to deliver the business requirements in a challenging environment. The team have taken the time to get to know me and my requirements achieving a high level of successful recruitment. They are dependable and high in integrity, and go the extra mile to support me and they work hard to make recruitment for me as smooth as possible. They never complain when I give them an impossible task and, when I was in need of immediate short term staffing assistance; the team were quick to help. They are very effective at their job and it’s a pleasure to recommend Cedar as accomplished recruiting professionals.

“Having dealt successfully with Cedar in the past, I was confident in appointing them to deliver this project and they again exceeded expectations. From start to finish they delivered a consultative and value added service, the culmination of which has meant we hired three great candidates. I have no hesitation in recommending Cedar.” 

“We recently retained Cedar to help us find a high calibre finance director within a very tight timescale. Cedar provided a shortlist of 5 excellent candidates within 10 working days, each one of which could have performed very well in the role. They managed the search process effectively and efficiently, ensuring that we were able to appoint our preferred candidate. I would have no hesitation in referring Cedar to any business looking to hire Senior Finance Professionals.”

David Bridgford, Corporate Finance Director at Merlin Entertainments discusses how finding candidates with the right cultural fit is a key challenge for the business.

“We retained cedar to help us manage a critical senior finance hire. They took a very comprehensive briefing, gave great advice on how best to approach the market, and then delivered a high-quality shortlist populated with candidates who had both the right skillset and the right personalities .

The whole process took only 6 weeks from project sign-off to offer and we secured a great candidate much quicker than I expected. I would have no hesitation in recommending Cedar as a genuinely value-adding recruitment partner”

"Cedar helped me to recruit permanent finance professionals in my previous company who went on to become part of the talent pool. At Montessori St Nicholas, being commercial and financial is key to a Charity with trading subsidiaries that fund its social impact programmes. The team at Cedar put forward the right people, first time for both interim and permanent finance roles and are key to helping me build the finance team that we need for the future. For me, an ingredient to achieving that success is knowing that Cedar is a partner and not just a service provider".

"We engaged with Cedar for the hiring of a Finance Manager in one of our portfolio companies. The team I worked with demonstrated a deep understanding of the role's needs and great professionalism throughout the process. What we liked the most about Cedar was that, despite the very narrow brief of the role, they managed to introduce a very diverse set of suitable candidates, each of whom had unique strengths to contribute, beyond the role's requirements. The diversity of the candidates introduced contributed to us being even more confident in our final candidate choice. We would highly recommend Cedar as Recruitment Consultants. Thank you very much for your support in this, I look forward to working with you again in the future!"

“We have worked with Cedar now on a number of roles and have found the service in terms of regular contact, and quality of candidates to be of a very high standard. I was impressed with the time they took to understand our recruitment requirements and they found a candidate that met our needs and was a perfect fit for the team.

I would certainly be happy to recommend Cedar as I would be confident the service would be exemplary.”

“Despite a very specific and challenging brief Cedar managed to present a good range of top quality candidates for our consideration. They maintained a heavy involvement in each stage of the selection process and were always attentive to our needs. The quality of their advice, their candour and a consistent drive to focus on client requirements sets them apart from their competition.”

 “Our most recent hire nearly didn’t happen. Only through the tenacity and insight of Howard and his team at Cedar were we finally persuaded to interview the candidate who we eventually hired, otherwise his CV could still be sitting on the ‘unlikely to be appropriate pile’. Cedar offer a genuinely consultative service and I would have no hesitation in recommending them”

​ofi is a global leader offering naturally good food & beverage ingredients and solutions.

Pioneers at heart they operate at the forefront of consumer trends to provide food & beverage manufactures and retailers with products and ingredients that will delight their customers. Making a positive impact on people and planet is part of that delight.

At every stage, from plant to palate, ofi take care of the ingredients. With deep-rooted presence in the countries where our ingredients are grown, we are closer to farmers, enabling better quality, and more reliable, traceable and transparent supply.

Supplying products and ingredients at scale is just the start. They add value through their unique manufacturing footprint and complementary portfolio of natural, delicious and nutritious products.

The Cedar team are brilliant and gifted recruiters, who really care, listen and focus, to best understand their clients' needs; and amazingly translates them into customized research. They know how to get the best out of people! What really impressed me, is just how efficient and polished the process is. It’s without hesitation that I recommend Cedar if you are looking for the best Recruiters.

“I came to know Cedar when they placed me as a candidate a number of years ago, and have used them a number of times since then. They have always taken the time to understand the dynamics of the role and culture of the team and the organisation. They also understand that time is precious, and have always provided high quality shortlists and well briefed candidates. They are my first ‘go to’ option when I am recruiting in the UK, and have placed a number of successful people with me.”

“Cedar has placed a number of strong candidates within our Finance team and we can always rely on their promptness, quality and professionalism.”

“We worked with Cedar while recruiting for a senior finance position. I think two things separated Cedar from the rest; first was their ability to match candidates with the position; and second was the quality of discussion we had with them. It was really about finding the best person for the role rather than them selling a person into a position. It was our first engagement with Cedar and we will definitely be using their services again.”

“Cedar has assisted us in a number of senior financial recruitment campaigns. They take the time to understand what the critical drivers are for a candidate to succeed within our business and provide strong consultative advice on the most effective ways to secure the best talent available in the market. I would have no hesitation in recommending Cedar as a genuinely value adding recruitment partner.”

Recruitment Challenge: Attracting talent with commercial finance experience

Nick Sambridge, Finance Director – IT and Transformation, explains that his biggest recruitment challenge for Post Office Ltd is attracting senior finance professionals with commercial experience.

“The Qualified Finance Team at Cedar possess a deep knowledge of the charity sector and have a wide and varied network of well-qualified individuals at their fingertips.   What I valued was that they took the time to understand our organisation and the requirements for the role which made the candidates presented to us already a good fit.  This was also helpful if they felt a candidate particularly shared our values and the same passion for what we do.

Having a partnership with Cedar significantly improved our time-to-hire and by working with them exclusively, they delivered the perfect candidate in just 2.5 weeks.  I will continue to use them in the future and would also recommend them.”

I have worked with Cedar on both sides of the process, having been headhunted for my current role and they also found me some great candidates for my team. Cedar is the most proactive recruiter I have come across in a long time, always transparent, honest, and great work ethics.

​"Pure Gym Group were experiencing significant challenges with direct sourcing for a Procurement Manager within a newly created Global Procurement Function, and a vacancy to support our Danish and Swiss business. Due to significant time pressures, we had a reluctance to start engagement and briefing to new recruitment agencies who did not have knowledge of our business and therefore we reached out to Cedar who we collaborate regularly with in the UK as we were aware they had also had European arm.

The team was able to step in immediately, fully understanding the brief and our culture, and within a week had provided a number of very strong candidates. Within 2 weeks we had concluded the process and recruited the perfect person for this role, with all expectations exceeded, for this crucial time-critical role.“

Recruiting in Procurement was new for me coming from a Finance background and having previously managed a stable procurement team.

Cedar has helped me to recruit two roles in my new Procurement team: an interim IT Procurement Manager and a permanent Procurement Analyst and on both occasions Louise has made the process as easy and efficient as possible.

For the interim IT Procurement Manager, after discussing my requirements, they sent me the CV of the perfect candidate who was available on short notice and experienced in the area. They organised a meeting with the candidate within days and even the culture matched my organisation. I hired the candidate immediately for a start on the following Monday. The candidate is doing a great job in her role and is an asset to the team.

For the Procurement Analyst, I asked Cedar for help after having a bad experience with another recruitment agency due to the specific nature of the role.

They provided a short list of candidates that were spot on and despite one candidate disappointingly accepting an offer somewhere else, the new recruit is starting this week.

Cedar’s ability to understand requirements both technically and in relation to procurement competencies along with Cedar’s effective processes have delivered success for my team.

2022 -

I've used Cedar for recruiting into my team for several years, with them having placed more than half of my current team. They take the time to understand not only the technical requirements but also the personal requirements so that all candidates I see from Cedar are a good team fit as well as having the relevant experience and skills. I can always rely on Louise and her team!

2021 -

Cedar has helped us with a number of Procurement appointments recently. The candidates have always been of the highest standard, which illustrates their understanding of our needs and in-depth knowledge in this field. This together with a friendly and flexible approach makes me proud to partner with them. I highly recommend Cedar to anyone looking for a recruitment partner.

2018 -

I’ve used Cedar for recruiting into my team for several years now, with them having placed more than half of my current team. They take the time to understand not only the technical requirements but also the person requirements. All the candidates I see from Cedar are a good team fit as well as having the relevant experience and skill. I can always rely on Cedar!

 

2017 -

Cedar have placed me and recruited into my team on several occasions. They take the time to understand both role requirements and personal fit and always find me the best quality candidates for roles I’m recruiting. They are honest and personable and genuinely one of the best procurement recruitment consultancies out there.Cedar have placed me and recruited into my team on several occasions. They take the time to understand both role requirements and personal fit and always find me the best quality candidates for roles I’m recruiting. They are honest and personable and genuinely one of the best procurement recruitment consultancies out there.

 

"I have been working with Cedar over the last ten months, firstly as a candidate from Dubai looking to relocate back to the UK and then as a customer looking to bring on high caliber team members. Cedar looks after the best interests of their candidates and customers and have been very supportive. The candidates put forward have filled both permanent and temporary roles."

"Following a failed open recruitment process for a media and marketing procurement manager, Cedar were recommended to me by another charity and I was very happy with the service I received. Cedar matched us with a high calibre candidate who had the technical skills and cultural fit that we needed. I am very happy with the appointment."

“We instructed Cedar to help us hire a Financial Analyst – Global Operations position as we were not finding candidates with the right skill-set coupled with the right cultural/personality fit for our business. We also had an urgent need to fill the role and ideally wanted a candidate on-board within three months. Working with Cedar was a revelation, they sent through three excellent CVs and we met with two great candidates and took both through the final stage interviews resulting in us making an offer to a truly excellent candidate.  Cedar offer a very fast, efficient and highly communicative service. The whole process took just 10 days – a great experience!”

It’s been a pleasure to engage with Cedar on our most recent hire. The role had been vacant for some time and other agencies had struggled to provide candidates for us. The Part-Qualified team at Cedar however, were able to arrange a shortlist of candidates within a matter of days of me reaching out to them. Interviews were arranged promptly and each candidate was an excellent skill match. I’m happy to say we’ve now filled the role with someone who is making a real difference to our organisation. I look forward to a continued working relationship with Cedar and would highly recommend them to others.

“I have worked with Cedar as both a client and a candidate and both experiences were positive. They listened and consulted on each occasion giving honest and insightful advice. Most recently we recruited a senior finance individual through Cedar on a project basis which allowed me to forget about the recruitment process once I had briefed the consultant. Our short list of candidates was a good combination of the necessary skill level and the right personality fit into our team; something we feel is very important to our business. The interview process went smoothly and we are very happy with our new recruit who has made a great start and fitted in well with the team.”

Recruitment Challenge: Finding candidates who understand the complexities of a multi-site business 

Jackie Freeman , Strada, explains that her biggest recruitment challenge is finding candidates who understand the complexities of the financial analysis for a multi-site retail business.

“We worked with Cedar on our search for a Finance Director to bring into the business on an interim basis to cover maternity leave. We had a very specific and detailed brief which Cedar understood. The five candidates that were shortlisted were very well known to Cedar and they had already been vetted as a suitable fit for our company and culture as Cedar took the time to get to know us. We took three through to final stage and quickly offered a candidate who was a good fit for our business. I would happily recommend Cedar.”

​"I was impressed with the responsiveness of the Cedar team. Our recruitment was completed to a tight timescale and we are very pleased with the appointment we made." 

​“It was a pleasure to work with Cedar to find a full time CFO. We were looking for a very specific type of candidate, which they very much understood and definitely delivered on. From our initial consultation, through to the selection, shortlist and negotiation, they made everything very simple and straight forward.”  

​I've experienced working with Cedar as a candidate and most recently, through my employer getting some new team members in and I can say the experience has been great each time.

The team focused on ensuring the fit was right on each occassion, rather than "throwing a lot at the wall and seeing what sticks". They answered all of my many questions and made sure I felt completely comfortable and supported along the way, I could not fault anything!

​“We chose to retain cedar on a critical and urgent recruitment campaign. We found them to be structured, efficient and genuinely consultative throughout the entire process and were impressed with the candidates that they introduced to us. Cedar talk about the importance of business partnering their clients and this was clearly the case when we worked with them. I would have no hesitation in working with them again or recommending their services to others.”

Cedar has been exceptional, always on point, and readily available to jump in with assistance. I can always rely on them to be there and get the job done.

​Hats off to you on this one. The candidate you supplied is a great advert for Cedar. 

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