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Junior Buyer

Job Reference: 846-07541-GG-A

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust
Trinity House, Ashford
£17,460 - £18,702 pro rata per annum

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust provides wide-ranging NHS care for people, in their community, in a range of settings including people's own homes; nursing homes; health clinics; community hospitals; minor injury units; a walk-in centre and in mobile units.

We are one of the largest NHS community health providers in England, serving a population of about 1.4 million. We employ 5,000 staff, including community nurses, physiotherapists, dietitians, and many other healthcare professionals.

Our vision is to deliver excellent services which improve the health of our communities. To do this we need to have outstanding people who share a common set of values and aspirations.

Our values (CARE) demonstrate that the Trust acts with integrity and professionalism. CARE stands for:

  • Compassionate

  • Aspirational

  • Responsive

  • Excellent

After applying via NHS Jobs, your submitted application will be imported into our preferred Third-party recruitment system. All subsequent information regarding your application will be generated from You will not be able to track the progress of your application or receive messages through the NHS Jobs website, and furthermore, as an employer, we will not be able to respond to any e-mails sent to us via the NHS Jobs website. By applying for this post, you are agreeing to Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust transferring the information contained in this application to its preferred applicant management system. If you are appointed to a post information will also be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Records system.

The Procurement Team are looking for a Junior Buyer to join the team to deliver excellent customer service in dealing with telephone and email queries to our customers, ensuring that queries are resolved efficiently and effectively in a timely manner.

To be responsible for the provision, effective management and delivery of a responsive efficient and professional buying service to our organisation. To proactively identify buying patterns and trends where procurement can add value and make efficiency and contribute to Trust cost savings.

To ensure that orders are raised through both electronic systems (Supply Chain and Agresso) providing clear details of goods and service requirements, and adhering to Standing Financial Instructions (SFIs). Challenge requisitioners when requisitions are received in Agresso, and not completed appropriately. If SFI limits are exceeded, the quotation process must be used to adhere to Trust policy of transparency, value for money and open and fair competition.

To obtain value for money for the goods and services purchased by using existing contract arrangements, carrying out competitive quotations and negotiating improved terms wherever possible.

To understand the Trust’s Standing Orders and Standing Financial Instructions as they relate to Purchasing and ensure compliance with other relevant policies and procedures.

To assist with delivering training across Kent Community Health NHS Trust (KCHT) sites, for both electronic systems, Supply Chain and Agresso.

Successful applicants are required to have the qualification level specified in the person specification in order to carry out the job, however, we do welcome applicants from individuals wishing to further their knowledge and skills and to gain this recognised qualification, which we will support. So if you do not have the essential qualification for the role, this may not be an automatic barrier to you being offered an interview.

If you are successful at interview but do not have the essential qualification for the role, we will employ you as trainee and will support you to gain this qualification. You will develop new skills and knowledge whilst working with an established team, gaining valuable work experience and continuing to get paid. Once you receive the qualification you will automatically move into the position advertised.

Details on pay and course length can be found in the documents attached to this job advert. Please note that if you are coming from an NHS organisation this chart does not apply and the usual Trust salary on appointment policy will be followed.


Interviews are scheduled for the 4th February 2019.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Kieran Jessup - 01233 667707

As a dynamic organisation, with a fast changing service provision we take a flexible approach in terms of what we are able to offer. This means that we reserve the right to change the hours detailed in this advert to full time or part-time to meet the service requirements. Please note that the salary stated is based on full time working and will be pro rata for part time working.

For Agenda for Change posts based within the Dartford, Gravesham & Swanley areas of Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust also receive 5 per cent high cost area allowance on top of basic salary, subject to a minimum payment of £1,000 and a maximum of £1,733. Please note that this element does not apply to bank positions.

We are committed to a policy of equality in all our employment practices and strive to eliminate unfair discrimination, harassment, bullying and victimisation. Equality of opportunity is a high priority within the Trust. The Trust will not unlawfully, unfairly or unreasonably discriminate or treat individuals less favourably on the grounds of gender, marital status, sexual orientation, religion or belief, disability, age, race, nationality or ethnic origin.

Please contact us if you need the application form in an alternative format.

In cases where we receive a high volume of applications for a post, we may bring the closing date forward. Therefore you are advised to submit your completed application form as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

We regret we cannot contact everyone who is not short-listed for an interview, therefore if you do not hear from us in 21 days after the closing date, please assume you have not been successful on this occasion.

All information you supply in support of your application for employment should, to the best of your knowledge, be true and accurate. The Trust reserves the right to contact and share information with the NHS Protect if they suspect any information to be deliberately misleading.

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