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Meet Rhedyn


Rhedyn joined UK SBS in 2016 for a placement year as part of her BA (Hons) Logistics and Supply Chain Management course at the University of South Wales (USW). We have a long-standing partnership with USW and regularly have students working alongside our experienced procurement professionals. We are passionate about developing and retaining our next generation of talent so the partnership is mutually beneficial. The placement provided Rhedyn with an opportunity to demonstrate her talent and she’s now a permanent member of our team.

Starting out

I joined the Construction & Facilities Management team in Procurement. It was a bit daunting at first, Construction & FM was alien to me and I was surrounded by colleagues with a lot of industry knowledge and public sector procurement experience. Even though I had been studying this for 2 years, I knew I had a lot to learn and the real experience was my way of learning. It didn’t take me long to settle in - the team were welcoming and had prepared a development plan for me. I started small – assisting on tender processes and built up to managing my own tenders of differing values and complexity.

I enjoyed being part of this team and learnt so much in the 12 months, I came back in my final year of University and joined the team permanently. Since then I’ve been promoted to Category Specialist and continue to develop myself.

UK SBS really supports the development of its people

I feel like I’ve come a long way since my placement – personally and professionally – and with the support of my colleagues and the company I’m well on my way to being a procurement professional as I complete my Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply qualification and put that theory into action. I couldn’t have asked for a better start in my career and I’ve been able to achieve this close to home.

What have been your highlights

I’ve developed my analytical skills by doing supply market analysis and supporting colleagues with procurement strategy. I really love the variety and challenges of project work. I’ve been working on several exciting construction projects and procuring facility management services for UK Research & Innovation and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The collaboration with different colleagues and clients has given me a great insight into the different roles and viewpoints in the procurement process and I feel much more confident in taking a lead role in delivering these projects.

Considering a career in public sector procurement?

I think procurement is a career where you never stop learning and challenging yourself and that’s part of the reason I started this journey. Procurement is a fast-growing profession and comes with a high degree of responsibility. The variety of work is attractive – no project or sector is the same – so you will always have new challenges.

If I could offer any advice to someone starting out it would be to prepare, listen and develop while taking time to understand the dynamics of your area. This will help you to build relationships, not just within this organisation, but across government organisations.

Professional qualifications such as Chartered Institute Procurement & Supply will provide you with a foundation for your career and is a desirable qualification to have – but as I discovered there is no substitute for real experience.​​​​​​

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