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Senior Purchasing Manager

Job Reference: 349-COR-632-20

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
Strategic Purchasing
Finance & Procurement Business Unit, Trafford General, Manchester
£45,753 - £51,668 £45,753-£51,668 per annum

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the UK, employing over 23,000 staff.

We are responsible for running a family of ten hospitals across seven 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.

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, soon to be ten with North Manchester General Hospital due to become part of the Trust on 1st April 2021, to deliver a Single Hospital Service that is both sustainable and high-functioning, 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 state of the art modern facilities that will make your life more rewarding – We have two roles available, in one 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.. Occasional visits to the office and Trust sites will be required. 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.

The other roles sits within our Capital/Operational Team where you will manage a team with a range of responsibilities from purchasing key medical equipment, equipping new wards to ensuring we are getting best value for money on our maintenance. The Trust has many upcoming transformational projects coming up including redevelopment of A&E and redevelopment of the North Manchester General Hospital site and you will play a key role in ensuring the success of these projects by delivering effective capital procurement.

Please specify in the Supporting information section of the application which role you are interested in or if you wish to be considered for both positions.

It will require someone with a wide range of skills and attention to detail but a role which allows you to see the clear benefits of the work in the transformational projects you will work on.

Currently these roles will be predominantly home based, with IT equipment provided and a full support package in these challenging times

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 clinical product procurement or capital equipment procurement within the NHS. Crucially, you will have exceptional communication and partnership skills, with the capacity to work directly with clinical stakeholders and 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:

NameJonathan HiltonJob titleDeputy Director of PurchasingEmail addressjonathan.hilton@mft.nhs.ukTelephone number07790970095Additional contact information

For further information please contact :

Hospital/MCS role

Jonathan Hilton - Deputy Director of Purchasing


Mobile: 07790 970095

Capital Role

Simon Donovan - Head of Purchasing - Capital


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.

We welcome applicants from the Armed Forces Community.

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

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