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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 17/07/2020.

Procurement Manager

Job Reference: 202-A-20-12625

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
Ambulance Radio Programme
£45,753 - £51,668 plus Inner London Weighting

Job Summary


The Procurement Manager will provide strategic direction and delivery of robust, innovative and effective procurement to contribute to the success of the Ambulance Radio Programme (ARP)


To do this, the role holder will deliver an efficient Procurement Service to the wider DHSC, ARP, CRS and MDVS teams and other Pan-Government Clients and Stakeholders including NHS Ambulance Trusts. Leading on specific projects within a portfolio of project and programmes, which delivers high value and cost-effective savings to a range of Clients. Be responsible for the management for the procurement services, ensuring key milestones, aims and objectives are met, and delivering the commercial service to client, including the provision of finance/contract management support, market and supplier communications and systems/tools/data related support. As well as the provision of effective administrative support and customer support as required.


Represent the ARP at a national level on all aspects of procurement and procurement strategies. Ensuring key links are maintained with stakeholders nationally, whilst working closely with Pan-Government procurement teams to ensure cohesive strategies in the delivery of products and services to the ARP, and the NHS Ambulance Trusts.


The Ambulance Radio Programme (ARP) is hosted by the South Western Ambulance Service. It delivers radio based mobile communications services to all English Ambulance Trusts.ARP is now working with a National cross government programme entitled the Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme (ESMCP) which has been established with the remit of delivering the future national mobile communication capabilities for all emergency services. ESMCP is hosted by the home office and has representation from all the emergency services. Two new programmes have been established Control Room Solution (CRS) and Mobile Data Vehicle Solutions (MDVS). Both Programmes will need to closely adhere to the timescales of the ESMCP delivery to ensure critical communications are maintained.


Main duties and responsibilities for the role include (but are not limited to):




The postholder needs to nurturing key relationships whilst maintaining both internal and external networks; managing relationships with the Department of Health and Social Care, specific trust-based procurement staff as well as a wide range of internal and external stakeholders. Developing and maintaining strong stakeholder engagement through structured and planned stakeholder visits, acting as a key point of escalation if necessary.


Presenting and receiving highly complex information in a manner with removes barriers to understanding, as the role is responsible for the procurement management function in a number of Pan-Government and inter-organisational Commercial Groups and Boards. Advising and supporting other members of the senior management team on developing long-term partnerships, successful market engagement and strong supplier relationships to deliver cost savings to the ARP Budget. Implementing the communication and engagement strategy with a detailed plan for each specific Procurement/Trust, monitoring progress against plan. Reviewing the effectiveness of own and corporate communication.


Analysis, Problem Solving and Judgmental Skills


The postholder will need to make judgements and offer an expert opinion after interpreting, comparing and analysing a range of highly complex facts and data. Managing the ‘procurement pipeline’ process, proactively evaluating and assessing information from internal and external sources.


Planning and Organisational Skills:


Formulating business cases and plans taking into account global and longer-term strategies whilst considering the overall organizational aims and policies, where the outcome may be uncertain. The postholder will also work proactively to implement, review and lead on marking initiatives and to communicate with key staff.

Knowledge, training and experience:

Educated to Degree level within a business-related subject area or equivalent experience (at least to CIPS level 4)

Highly developed specialist knowledge across a range of business supporting service functions, underpinned by theoretical knowledge and relevant practical experience.

Procurement or risk assessor training.

Equivalent demonstrable experience in a procurement management role , preferably in or working closely with the NHS or similar commissioning environment, with an ability to credibly negotiate and engage at board level.

Experience of being responsible for several services covering national and multi-strand financial and physical services (including management of staff, budget at this level and authorised signatory)


What we offer in addition to a competitive salary is that you can look forward to the following benefits:


  • 27 days annual leave entitlement increasing with service
  • NHS Pension Scheme
  • A range of NHS Discounts covering, for example, shops, restaurants, gym, mobile phones, and insurance

At South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) every team member matters, we have a culture where everyone is valued for being themselves. Our aim is to work together to promote the most inclusive environment possible, which attracts people from the widest possible range of backgrounds and experiences to enrich the work that we do together, for the benefit of all of our employees and patients and communities we serve. We offer flexible working opportunities, inclusive policies and a range of feedback mechanisms to support individual needs and to enable a positive, welcoming environment in which our people and their careers can thrive.

As the first Ambulance Trust in the Country to be registered as a NHS Foundation Trust (FT) SWAST offers consistent high-quality, locally responsive and trusted care to the residents and the transient population of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.

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South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust reserve the right to close this vacancy early, should we receive sufficient applications.

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