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Procurement Manager - Band 7 - Procurement Hub

Job Reference: 179-093-19-P

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
East of England NHS CPH
£33,222 to £43,041 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 Manager - Band 7 - Procurement Hub - 37.5 hours per week - Permanent

The East of England NHS Collaborative Procurement Hub (the Hub) has an exciting job opportunity for a Procurement Manager to join our team in Cambridge. 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 Corporate Procurement Category Management Team providing strategic procurement support to NHS organisations in the East of England and occasionally in other regional areas. This role will have a specific focus on the developing digital and technology agenda in the NHS. Your activities will include developing innovative frameworks for a broad ranging remit including: Technology; Estates & Facilities; Managed Services and statutory and non-statutory service frameworks. You will proactively lead a portfolio of projects including: identifying stakeholder requirements; analysing data; managing the procurement process from inception through to contract award; benefits tracking; supporting customers with framework implementation and contract management. Stakeholder engagement is critical to our success and you will regularly communicate with customers and suppliers, including planning and delivering presentations to large groups. Working seamlessly with our procurement partners you will support joint initiatives and strategies often impacting across multiple regions.


The successful candidate will be a member of CIPS or an appropriate professional institute or have relevant experience. You will have strong procurement project management experience covering the entire procurement lifecycle with excellent communication skills and a demonstrable ability to manage large and complex stakeholder groups, develop procurement strategies and be highly analytical. Previous experience of working within a non-clinical procurement category, preferably including digital and technology, is essential and you will have a sound knowledge of EU procurement legislation.

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 you have the necessary skills, experience and qualities to help us to put patients first, please contact Sandra Atik on 07983 339079 for an informal discussion or to arrange a visit.



Closing date for all applications will be 20 March 2019

Interviews will take place on 04 April 2019


The East of England NHS CPH is hosted by West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. The Trust is the employing organisation for all Hub team members. The post is based at the Hub’s offices in 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.


To view the Job Description and Person Specification for this position, please click on the Job Description link (below). You should use the Additional Information section of your application to state how you meet the requirements of the Person Specification.


All applicants should click on the link entitled “How will my application be processed?” prior to submitting their application form.


The closing date for this vacancy may change if we receive a strong response. Please ensure that you apply for any post you are interested in as soon as possible.

We will endeavour to notify you on the progress of your application. Please note that this could be via email or post; therefore you should ensure you regularly check your email account for new messages.

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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