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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 13/04/2021.

Procurement Specialist

Job Reference: 188-OTH2031

Wessex procurement Limited
Royal South Hants Hospital, Southampton
£31,365 - £37,890 pa


We are looking for a Procurement Specialist to lead on a portfolio of procurement contracts and projects across Clinical category areas. With a responsibility to manage staff, share best practice and collaborate within the team to identify services that would increase efficiency of service. You’ll need to have significant experience of negotiating with suppliers and customers in a large organisation and a track record of achieving significant cost reductions.


This is a permanent role working 37.5 hours per week (Monday-Friday). The Team has achieved Level 1 accreditation as awarded by the NHS Skills Development Network as part of the Department of Health National Standards of Procurement. The team who are based in Southampton and Basingstoke work together to share knowledge and achieve the best possible outcomes for the two host Trusts.


Responsible for the purchase of goods and services by delivering contracts. Fostering a highly professional and responsive client service and build collaborative relationships with all stakeholders to deliver work plans and savings targets. Implement change and support and enable staff to deliver and continuously improve the service.


Working closely with Procurement Managers and Procurement department leads and with clinical and corporate departments across the host Trusts to deliver savings against a challenging Cost Improvement Programme.


Wessex NHS Procurement Ltd is a joint venture subsidiary of University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. WPL provides end to end Procurement and Supply Chain services, including strategic sourcing, value creation, tendering, contract and inventory management, distribution and materials management in to hospitals in Basingstoke, Winchester, Andover and Southampton. All our hospital locations offer nearby green spaces, local historical attractions and National Parks right on our doorstep.

WPL recognises and rewards staff, as an employee you are our greatest asset. Our employees are eligible for all standard NHS terms and conditions of service including a generous NHS pension scheme and a wide range of competitive benefits and services, including access to numerous discounts on goods and services and support for your wellbeing from our occupational health team.

As a company we offer flexible work locations across the trusts hospitals and flexible working patterns will be considered against the needs of the service. We offer learning and development opportunities to progress and be promoted in your career as we believe you deserve the support to do your job to your best ability.


Work as a senior member of the procurement team participating in the development and implementation of customers’ procurement strategies

Pro-active review and development of selected areas of non-pay spend

Responsible for the commercial management of specific category areas

Lead procurement processes by delivering a portfolio of contracts, including managing production of required deliverables and control risk


Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Purchasing & Supply or able to demonstrate an equivalent level of knowledge, skills and experience

Significant experience of negotiating with suppliers and customers in a large organisation and a track record of achieving significant cost reductions

Demonstrable experience of running competitive tenders/quotations

Able to use initiative and work independently


Interviews will be held on Monday, 26 April 2021

Should you have any queries, please use the contact details below to get in touch.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Name Simon Wright Job title Procurement Manager Email address Telephone number


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