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Job Reference: J12-WHHT40558

NHS Professionals - Non-Clinical
Welwyn Garden City
£11.76 per hour

We are looking for someone to help provide the support for the staff in the Procurement Team.


West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust provides acute healthcare services to a core catchment population of approximately half a million people living in west Hertfordshire and the surrounding area. They have four aims as part of their vision; To deliver the best quality of care to their patients, to be a great place to work and learn, to improve their financial sustainability and to develop a strategy for the future.


Would you like to be part of a Trust that value, recognise and celebrate staff members? Who work as a team to provide a high-level service? If yes, West Hertfordshire Hospital Trust is the place for you.


We have a temporary assignment for a Buyer available at Gate House, Welwyn Garden City within the Procurement Department.

The working hours for this role are between Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm with a rate of pay £11.76 per hour.


The main duties and responsibilities:


The list of duties set out below aims to outline the range of tasks and responsibilities and is, therefore, not exhaustive.

  • Processing purchase orders and requisitions in accordance with Trust standing orders and standing financial instructions.
  • To ensure that the appropriate buying system is used for each of the Trusts (Oracle for East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, Agresso for Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust and NHS Hertfordshire, Integra for West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust and Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust).
  • To source products and services as required by Trusts and monitor supplier performance.
  • To review sources regularly to ensure best value for money is obtained at all times.
  • To make full use of national, regional and local contracts and to implement tenders as agreed by Hertfordshire NHS Procurement.
  • To provide advice on product ranges, alternatives, features and benefits. This includes new order enquiries, product information, order status and prices, visits to wards and departments regarding supplies issues.
  • To assist in the preparation of quotations and waivers for orders up to and including £50,000 in accordance with Trust standing financial instructions.
  • To ensure compliance with Trust purchasing procedures, standing orders and standing financial instructions for all transactions including checking requisitions for correct authorisation and account codes before logging on to purchasing systems.
  • To assist in the maintenance of the department online catalogue and provide appropriate and relevant information and procurement advice to Trust staff as required.
  • To assist Trust staff in the controlling of budget expenditure through the provision of quality supplies management information, for example savings on purchases made.
  • To keep accurate and up to date records of savings and contribute to overall Trust savings plans.
  • To co-operate with the introduction of electronic procurement systems into the Trusts.
  • To participate in, and co-operate with, purchasing efficiency initiatives as and when introduced.
  • To process, and administer Trust maintenance contracts in accordance with agreed procedures.
  • To liaise with all the finance departments generally in relation to procurement, contracting and systems as appropriate and relevant, including clearing invoices and using notifications on the Oracle system.
  • To assist in capital project purchasing, including participation in relevant project groups.
  • To attend meetings on and off site to discuss new projects/requirements.
  • To expedite orders and organise goods/returns and credits.
  • To process NHS Supply Chain requests on the SOLO system as required.
  • To hold a Trust corporate purchasing card and use it within agreed procedures and ensure all relevant documentation is available for statements as well as keeping clear records of all transactions.
  • To use the telephone and internet to place purchase card orders.
  • To provide advice or demonstrate own activities/workplace routines to new and less experienced colleagues in own work area.
  • To ensure the H&S/Fire Standards of equipment purchased. Liaise with clinical products advisor and other members of the multi-disciplinary team and medical devices group in order to procure clinically effective products and equipment. This will involve, for example, checking product standards with suppliers and obtaining pre-purchase questionnaires for approval.
  • To collate customer specifications and requirements in order to invite competitive quotations for products, equipment and services.
  • To maintain purchasing/contracts data on computerised purchasing system using keyboard skills. To maintain accurate records and ensure that purchasing requisition records are filed in an appropriate and timely manner.

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We look forward to hearing from you soon.





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Please note that you will be contacted via e-mail throughout the recruitment process, so please check your e-mails regularly.

We regret we cannot contact everyone who is not selected for an interview, therefore if you do not hear from us within 21 days after submitting your application, please assume you have not been successful on this occasion.

Successful applicants will be contacted after the closing date.

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