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Supply Chain Specialist

Job Reference: 918-HM3746

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT)
Central Planning Team - National
£33,222 to £43,041

Post Title: Supply Chain Specialist

Band: 7

Salary: £33,222 to £43,041 per annum

Hours / Contract: 37.5 hours per week / Permanent

Location: National – Any Main NHSBT Centre, to be agreed with successful candidate

Vacancy: 918-HM3746

This is a national vacancy and the location can be one of NHSBTs main centres, to be agreed with the successful applicant

Saving and improving lives is all in a day’s work for the members of NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT). Providing millions of units of blood every day, and enabling tissue and organ donations, our incredible staff work cohesively to ensure every donation is used to best efficiency. But more than that, our staff also strive for future excellence – looking for ways in which they can continue to improve their already meticulous services. It’s unique work and one that every single member of the team – from administrative support staff to frontline nurses – works together to achieve.

As the only organisation in the UK that provides organs, tissue and blood components, you will join NHSBT at an exciting time in our development. Working within the Central Planning Team on key areas surrounding supply of red cells and blood components, you will therefore control the national collection, manufacture and distribution of blood components and products, ensuring they are allocated appropriately and that waste is minimised. Maintaining accurate reports on blood component availability and expiry, your recommendations will ensure that we continue to develop our services. Working collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders such as stock holding units, you will plan for every eventuality on a countrywide basis, ensuring enough stocks are available to cope with changes in demand, and you will assist in the development and improvement of software tools to further enhance our specialist capabilities.

Based at any NHSBT site with possibility of some home working. You will be required to occasionally travel to other sites. As you will be working with spreadsheets and producing analysis of data, you will need to have good IT skills including Excel & word, plus knowledge of any other relevant Inventory Optimisation software. If you also have an understanding of Access, Business Objects, SQL or relevant Inventory Optimisation software would be distinctly advantageous. With the ability to produce quantitative reports and a post graduate qualification in a topic relating to the supply chain or equivalent experience in the field, you will have an understanding of blood products and be keen to develop your knowledge of factors affecting platelets and their distribution. You will also be competent in analysing stock and demand data, predicting needs and putting the relevant measures in place.

Supporting your career aspirations at every step of the way, NHSBT is committed to promoting staff internally so that we can continue to ‘grow’ a strong workforce of content employees who are happy to remain within the organisation for many years to come. As such, we will give you plenty of training and development opportunities, starting with a comprehensive induction programme and going on to include the potential to pursue your specific interests. With guidance and mentorship across the team, we strive to ensure every member of this dynamic unit enjoys the welcoming atmosphere that is nurtured within our walls. So join us today, and explore what you’re really capable of.

For informal enquiries please contact Kirk Beard at

The advert will close for applications at 23:59 on the evening of Wednesday 23rd January 2019 and interviews will be held on Tuesday 12th February 2019, subject to confirmation.

Take charge of your career, apply now.

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) offers a dynamic and friendly working environment where teamwork is highly valued. Personal development is also considered a priority and is supported through extensive training and development opportunities open to all employees.

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