Leading managing agent Rendall & Rittner has appointed Jason Wakefield as Head of Procurement, a role in which he will have strategic overview of procurement across the company’s portfolio to continue to improve service and value for clients.

Jason is a highly experienced professional with over twenty years in procurement, including fourteen years working specifically in facilities management. He joins Rendall & Rittner from student accommodation provider, UPP, where he led the procurement function for ten years. Prior to that he was Procurement Manager at Telereal Trilluim (formerly Land Securities Trilluim).

His new role at Rendall & Rittner will focus on how the group buys common services and goods across its nationwide property portfolio, which includes over 80,000 residential units under management. The company already has some industry-leading bulk purchasing initiatives including its largest contract with Ecotricity, Britain’s greenest energy provider. Other than utilities, bulk procurement covers items such as lifts and insurance.  

Jason commented: “I’m excited about my new role at Rendall & Rittner as I believe there is a real opportunity to differentiate Rendall & Rittner in the marketplace by the way we procure. I have the advantage of coming from a slightly different sector, so I can take a fresh look at how we buy things strategically. We have a responsibility to manage clients’ money carefully; delivering services that offer value for money whilst mitigating supply chain risk. We are also keen to bring more sustainability into the supply chain.”

Rendall & Rittner manages one of the largest and fastest growing portfolios of residential properties in the UK, spanning a wide range of development types of all sizes and ages including large urban landmark schemes, mixed-use developments and retirement living. It is leading the market in making procurement choices that not only benefit clients and lessees, but also prioritise the environment. Its £14 million contract with Ecotricity over the last year has meant that 93% of properties are supplied with completely renewable electricity and the communal areas of the developments have a carbon neutral gas supply. 

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Rendall & Rittner also has a long-standing partnership with Delphis Eco, the UK’s leading manufacturer of environmentally friendly cleaning products. Its cleaning staff and contractors have been using these products for several years, resulting in an estimated saving of 477 tons of CO2 emissions each year.

Richard Daver, Managing Director of Rendall & Rittner said: “We are delighted to welcome Jason to the team as he will play a pivotal role in making strategic choices for the business on how and what we purchase. Driving excellent service is fundamental to all areas of our business. When it comes to procurement, ensuring high levels of service for our clients goes hand in hand with finding best value, reducing risk and leading by example by making choices that benefit the environment.”

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