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Procurement Officer

Job Reference: 384-RDM-007

Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Healthcare Partners Limited
3 Frederick Snager Road Guildford
£23,023 - £ 29,500.00 pa +HCAS 5%

Based in Guildford, the Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (RSCH) is a leading general hospital with 500+ beds and specialist centre for cancer services and treatment. The RSCH serves a population of 320,000 for emergency and general hospital services and up to 2 million people for cancer services. The hospital has an annual income of £339 million. We employ over 4000 staff, making us the second largest employer in Guildford..

Our vision is to provide nationally celebrated, community focussed healthcare.

Every year the RSCH sees around 280,000 outpatients, admits 61,000 patients for treatment and 70,000 patients attend our A&E department. The Trust is also a centre of excellence and training for minimal access surgery.

Join us… We are one of the top 40 hospitals in the country and amongst top 100 Employers in the country.

An exciting new managed healthcare services organisation, Healthcare Partners Ltd (HPL), has been created which will transform the delivery of interventional, support and facilities services to the Royal Surrey County Hospital Trust and other potential customers. The aim is to deliver significant operational, quality and financial benefits in procurement, contracts, medical equipment and servicing, through a full managed service provision. HPL is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Royal Surrey and a new business model which we want to develop as a leading service provider in its field.

We are looking for an enthusiastic experienced Theatre Buyer to join our buying team within Supply Chain Services which comprises 27 people.

This role is banded as 5 on Agenda for Change terms or equivalent salary on HPL terms and conditions.

You will be accountable and responsible for

  • Supports the Supply Chain and Performance Manager in the delivery of an efficient and effective procurement service to meet the non-pay requirements of the Trust.

  • Assist with the delivery of a strategy for managing procurement within the Trust.

  • Manage the SBS Auto Create function and Purchase Order notifications

  • Support the Category Managers in maintaining the procurement work plan.

  • Ensure best practice and best value for money for the area and promote the service to all users.

  • Provide procurement data for information and/or analysis to Trust staff.

  • Under direction of the Senior Category Managers actively investigate non-Medical-Surgical product ranges procured for the Trust and develop action plans to standardise and rationalise products for increased savings and efficiencies.

In addition you will work in a theatre procurement team where you will be required to raise orders, seek “best buy” opportunities and experience buying a full range of goods and services an acute Trust require.

As part of the Category Managment function you will be the first point of contact for information on a wide range of products and recommend supplier and sourcing options and keep abreast of new product developments and help identify where these may be of value to the Trust. You will recommend cost savings opportunities and will deliver value for money and efficiencies by adopting best practice buying principles.

A good knowledge of theatres and particularly orthopaedic implants, instruments and managing loan sets is vital to this role as is managing suppliers’ representatives to be on site to assist with surgical procedures.

You will be educated to a minimum of A level and ideally have CIPS level 4 or above, be working towards this or have equivalent experience in a procurement and supply chain capacity.

You will possess:

  • 3 years sound track record of purchasing or advising on purchasing decisions in a large, complex organisation

  • Experience of analysing complex data (ideally procurement data)

  • Experience of purchasing in an environment where obtaining stakeholder agreement through influence rather than mandate is required.

  • Negotiation skills

A willingness to be flexible team player and to be prepared to cover other areas to your normal responsibilities at times of holiday or sickness is essential.

If you are interested in applying for this post please use the links provided to access the full job description/person specification and apply online.

In order to streamline recruitment within our Trust some of our vacancies may expire prior to the advertised closing date. This is in line with the Department of Health's policy.


Unfortunately we are not always able to acknowledge each application. If you do not hear from us within four weeks of the closing date, please consider that you have not been shortlisted on this occasion.

The Royal Surrey Hospital NHS Foundation Trust aims to ensure that no job applicant or employee is unfairly disadvantaged on the grounds of race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status/civil partnership, religion/belief or trade union status. The Trust is committed to the employment and career development of people with disabilities. To demonstrate our commitment we use the Disability Symbol which is awarded by the Employment Service. As a symbol user, we guarantee an interview to anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the job they are applying for.

The trust aims to treat all applicants fairly in regards to any disclosure of conviction revealed at the application stage. Having a criminal record will not necessarily bar you from working with us. This will depend on the nature of the position and the circumstances and background of your offences. If you currently reside outside of the UK we will require documentary proof of security/police clearance, in English.

The Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has a safeguarding policy for both adults and children and is committed to all safeguarding legislation and current standards.

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