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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 19/02/2020.

Senior Purchasing Manager

Job Reference: 321-CORP-SPM-B7

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
OUH@Cowley, Unipart House Business Centre, Oxford
£37,570 - £43,772 per ann

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the country. It provides a wide range of general and specialist clinical services and is a base for medical education, training and research.

The Trust comprises four hospitals - the John Radcliffe Hospital, Churchill Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Headington and the Horton General Hospital in Banbury.

Our values, standards and behaviours define the quality of clinical care we offer and the professional relationships we make with our patients, colleagues and the wider community. We call this Delivering Compassionate Excellence and its focus is on our values of compassion, respect, learning, delivery, improvement and excellence. These values put patients at the heart of what we do and underpin the quality healthcare we would like for ourselves or a member of our family. Watch how we set out to deliver compassionate excellence via the OUH YouTube channel.

Many of our recruitment programmes use Value Based Interviewing to identify those who have the skills we seek, who share our values and who are able to deliver compassionate excellence from the outset. We know that this makes a significant difference to your job satisfaction and above all the outcomes and experience of our patients and their families.

Are you an experienced and effective purchasing/buying or procurement manager?

Do you enjoy finding and implementing better ways of doing things?

Do you enjoy leading teams?

Are you looking for a great career move?

Then we are recruiting professionals like you in the Oxford University Hospitals Trust Procurement and Supply Chain Team!

This is a great time to join our team: we are innovative and inclusive, and we believe in investing in our people. We are forward-thinking, and while cost reduction is always important, our focus is on service improvement and customer support. The successful applicant will have an eye for detail, a good understanding of financial systems (especially Oracle), and a belief in continuous improvement.

As well as ensuring the delivery of a high level of day-to-day transactional service performance, the successful applicant will:

· Lead, manage and develop the Purchasing Team to improve and sustain team and individual performance and instil a culture of continuous improvement.

· Develop and implement an ‘intelligent purchasing’ capability, compiling and analysing data and trends and work closely with users and colleagues to enable improvements in procurement and supply chain practice, including savings delivery.

· Work closely with internal and external stakeholders in the development and implementation of Purchase to Payment (P2P), e-Invoicing and other finance and procurement systems.

· Develop and implement a customer-focused purchasing support function to educate and assist users and other stakeholders across Trust, to enable the effective use of Oracle and related systems.

· Maintain compliance with Trust SFIs, policies and processes.

We work closely with our clinical and strategic procurement colleagues and users across the Trust and an important part of your role you will be to develop and manage relationships with key stakeholders, including our clinical teams and suppliers, so excellent communication and interpersonal skills are critical to the success of these roles.

Closing Date: 19th of February 2020

For further details / informal visits contact:

For further details or an informal conversation please email Steve Harpum on

No unsolicited recruitment agency telephone calls or emails.

Please note that this post is subject to a 6 month probationary period. If you currently hold a contract of employment with the Oxford University Hospitals, this will not apply. This statement does not apply to Medical staff or Executive Appointments.

Please make sure that you read the job description and person specification attached below, and that your statement in support reflects this as your application will be judged against these criteria.

When providing employment reference details please provide correct work related email addresses so references can be sought promptly when we are looking to progress your application. Your first referee will need to be your line manager, supervisor or clinical lead from your current or most recent post or place of study. This information is essential if your offer of employment is to be confirmed.

Candidates selected for interview will be contacted after the short listing process, usually within 2 weeks. (Please note that shortlisting times vary when applying for a Medical position within the Trust) The majority of correspondence will be via the e-recruitment system, therefore you should check your emails regularly including junk mail folders in web-based email products.

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