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Purchasing Assistant - Band 2

Job Reference: 339-KRM9354-D

North Bristol NHS Trust
Purchasing Assistant
Whitefriars, Bristol, BS1 2NT, Bristol
£17,460 to £18,702

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Purchasing Assistant


Fixed Term for 6 months (with possible extension)


Band 2, Salary Scale £17,460 to £18,702 per annum, Full time 37.5 hours /week


Bristol & Weston NHS Purchasing Consortium


Hosted by North Bristol NHS Trust


Bristol & Weston NHS Purchasing Consortium provides strategic sourcing services to 3 acute trusts and 2 Community Health providers.


With a spend profile of circa £500m, the Consortium is being realigned to drive maximum benefit for its sponsor trusts.


The Consortium is progressing a transformation programme to raise the profile of Procurement, increase savings performance and drive operational excellence.


Based at Whitefriars Bristol, you will be part of a team driving procurement excellence. With a strong focus on catalogue management involving considerable data analysis and manipulation the duties also include dealing with invoice queries and the processing of requisitions and purchase orders.


Responding to customer enquiries in accordance with laid down procedures and assisting with the contracting process when required, including the maintenance of records and the provision of statistical information. To ensure that efficient, effective purchasing and customer service is undertaken to meet the Consortium’s service level requirements to all customers.


You must be educated to GCSE standard, computer literate with good keyboard skills and enjoy working as part of a team in an open plan environment. Experience of working in a customer focused environment is essential, with good telephone and communication skills. You must have a desire to identify and implement process improvement, the ability to use your own initiative and work within agreed guidelines. Time management skills and a working knowledge of Microsoft Office packages such as Excel and Word are essential.


For an informal discussion about the post telephone Alistair Hardy on 0117 3429438

For further details / informal visits contact:

For an informal discussion about the post telephone Alistair Hardy on 0117 3429438

The following is applicable for ‘At Risk’ employees, who must meet the essential shortlisting criteria to be eligible for interview.

Those from within North Bristol NHS Trust who apply for this role will be considered for shortlisting in the first instance.
Those from within the BNSSG (Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire) who apply for this role will be considered in the second instance.
Those covered by the South West Employment Transition Framework who apply for this role will be considered in the third instance.
If no applicant is appointed from the above ‘at-risk’ pools, those from the open market will then be considered for shortlisting.
If you apply for this vacancy and have not received a communication from this Trust within three weeks of the closing date, please assume that on this occasion your application has been unsuccessful.

Please note that this Trust does not reimburse travel expenses relating to interview attendance.

If you feel you meet the requirements of the Disability Act / Two Ticks scheme and require further support/advice, please contact us on tel 0117 4141151.

This organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

The successful applicant(s) will normally commence at the minimum of the scale unless they have previous NHS service at the same band. Progression through the scale is by annual increments.

Please note that stringent pre-employment checks are undertaken on all successful applicants prior to commencement in post. Please refer to the ‘Information for Prospective Employees’ attachment for information relating to DBS charges.

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