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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 22/05/2020.

Purchasing Manager

Job Reference: 349-COR-179-20

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
£38,890- £44,503 per annum

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the UK, employing over 20,000 staff.

We are responsible for running a family of nine hospitals across six separate sites, providing a wide range of services from comprehensive local general hospital care through to highly specialised regional and national services.

We are the main provider of hospital care to approximately 750,000 people in Manchester and Trafford and the single biggest provider of specialised services in the North West of England. We are also the lead provider for a significant number of specialised services including Breast Care, Vascular, Cardiac, Respiratory, Urology Cancer, Paediatrics, Women’s Services, Ophthalmology and Genomic Medicine.

Our vision is to improve the health and quality of life of our diverse population by building an organisation that:

  • Excels in quality, safety, patient experience, research, innovation and teaching
  • Attracts, develops and retains great people
  • Is recognised internationally as a leading healthcare provider

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for you to explore your potential with one of the most innovative Procurement teams in the NHS

At Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, we are part of the most important integrated health and social care transformation ever attempted in the UK, which has brought our nine hospitals together to deliver a Single Hospital Service that is both sustainable and high-functioning. With a large population to care for, it is of vital importance that we create a cost-effective and efficient service that can accommodate the needs of this generation and the next, and as such, we are challenging ourselves to find better ways of working. A crucial element of this mission stems from our procurement processes – and it is here that we need your input.

Joining our team in the Finance and Procurement Business Unit – a space that has been created to encourage flexible working, with modern facilities that will make your life more rewarding – you will provide a valuable level of support to senior colleagues as you contribute to a designated Hospital Group / Managed Clinical Service or Category Purchasing portfolio and take on individual projects. From seeking out savings that will contribute to performance targets, to providing data analysis that will enable better procurement decisions to be made, you will take on a wide range of duties and no two days will be the same. This may include mini tender processes, negotiating with suppliers and identifying new business opportunities. There is a broad array of variety and responsibility in this role, so you will thrive in our team if you have the ability to see a challenge through to completion, enabling purchasing projects to be delivered on time and within budget.

As you will need to take responsibility for procedural compliance and team leadership, you will need to have substantial strategic purchasing experience within a private or public sector organisation. Committed to achieving full membership of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS), it would be beneficial (though isn’t strictly necessary) to have some knowledge of procurement within the public sector. Crucially, you will have exceptional communication and partnership skills, with the capacity to work directly with procurement and supply chain colleagues. You will also be highly organised, and you will be adept at using PowerPoint to support your presentations.

We’re determined to provide our local people with a level of medical excellence that matches their varied needs.


For further details / informal visits contact:Jonathan Hilton, Deputy Director of Purchasing or Yvonne Winskill, Senior Purchasing Manager or 0161 537 2332

Yvonne Winskill, or 0161 537 2321

We may decide to close this vacancy earlier than the published closing date if sufficient applications are received.

Trust policy requires that the cost of submitting & processing the successful applicant/s DBS application be recovered via salary deduction in the first 3 months following start in post. The amount of £29.50(standard disclosure) or £47.50 (enhanced disclosure) If you wish to withdraw once a DBS application has commenced you will be still liable for payment.

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of race, age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership are encouraged to apply for this post.

Please be aware that all roles at MFT(except Medical and Dental posts) are subject to a probationary period.

If you have any personal requirements that will enable you to participate in our recruitment process please contact a member of the Recruitment Services by phone on 0161 276 6198

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