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Procurement Specialist - Band 8a - Procurement Hub

Job Reference: 179-090-19-P

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
East of England NHS CPH
£42,414 to £49,969 pa

About West Suffolk Hospital & Community Services

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (WSFT) provides hospital and community health care services to the population of west Suffolk and is an associate teaching hospital of the University of Cambridge. We serve a predominantly rural geographical area of roughly 600 square miles with a population of around 280,000.

We work hard to make West Suffolk Hospital and our community services a great place to work. A high performing Trust, our most recent CQC results gave us an overall rating of ‘Outstanding’ – the highest possible rating. We are very proud to be one of a very few acute trusts in the country, and currently the only one in the east of England, to hold this accolade.

WSFT is developing and promoting an inclusive culture. This means we embrace all people irrespective of, for example, race, religion or belief, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, pregnancy, maternity or disability. We will strive to give equal access and opportunities to all and get rid of discrimination and intolerance. We will do this both as an employer and as a service provider.

We regularly receive positive feedback in NHS staff surveys in a range of key areas, consistently scoring in the top 20% of Trusts nationally against seven criteria:

  • recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive treatment

  • satisfaction with the quality of work and patient care they are able to deliver

  • agreeing their role makes a difference to patients

  • feeling recognised and valued by managers and the organisation

  • satisfaction with the level of responsibility and involvement they are given

  • satisfaction with resourcing and support feeling the organisation takes an interest in and action on health and wellbeing.

When applying for jobs, please ensure you read the advert carefully to identify whether the job you wish to apply for is based at the main hospital or at one of our community locations.

Come and join us and be part of, what we think, is the best hospital in the east of England.

Procurement Specialist - Band 8a - Procurement Hub - 37.5 hours per week - Permanent

(post will either be located at our offices in Cambridge or a homeworker) 

The East of England NHS Collaborative Procurement Hub (the Hub) has an exciting job opportunity for a Procurement Specialist to join our team. The Hub is a dynamic organisation, employing professionals from both the public and private sectors. The Hub provides strategic purchasing support, procurement expertise and commercial skills to NHS and public-sector organisations and works in partnership with other regional procurement hubs to harness the benefits of cross-regional collaboration and reduce duplication of effort.


You will play a pivotal and front facing role within our dedicated Workforce Category Team providing strategic procurement support to NHS organisations predominately based in the Midlands and East of England. You will develop innovative frameworks covering a broad ranging remit from agency staffing through to workforce services and systems and provide significant support to customers to reduce spend on temporary staff; develop and manage effective supplier relationships and work with NHS HR Directors and regional workforce groups to develop supporting strategies. Working seamlessly with our NHS procurement partners your role will be integral to managing joint initiatives and developing strategy for adoption across the combined customer bases.   


The successful candidate will be a member of CIPS or an appropriate professional institute or have relevant equivalent experience. You will have strong procurement project management experience covering the entire procurement lifecycle with the demonstrable ability to manage large and complex stakeholder groups and develop strategy.  Knowledge of the agency staffing market would be desirable and you will have a sound knowledge of EU procurement legislation.   It is expected that the postholder will spend a significant proportion of their time in the Midlands: the base for this post is subject to agreement.  The Hub is active within a range of categories and you may also be required to work in other category areas to meet organisational priorities. 

This is an excellent opportunity for an individual looking to take on their next procurement challenge. If this sounds like you, then we would like to hear from you.


If you have the necessary skills, experience and qualities to help us to put patients first, please contact Chris Goody, Head of Workforce on 07983 339080 for an informal discussion or to arrange a visit.


Closing date for all applications will be 19 March 2019

Interviews will take place on 03 April 2019


The East of England NHS CPH is hosted by West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.  The Trust is the employing organisation for all team members.  The Hub Office is located close to Cambridge.  


**In order to improve efficiency, all correspondence relating to this vacancy, including invitations to interview will be by email only, via NHS Jobs. Would you therefore please ensure you check your emails on a regular basis**


In submitting an application form, you authorise West Suffolk NHS FT to confirm any previous NHS service details via the Inter Authority Transfer (IAT) process, should you be appointed to the post.


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We are an equal opportunities employer, with a range of flexible working options.

The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. DBS clearance (Disclosure and Barring Service - Police checks) will be required for relevant posts.

Final Salary Pension Scheme and Life Cover.

Key Worker Living Housing Initiative available to applicable staff groups.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces community.

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