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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 18/02/2020.

Procurement Officer, Band 3

Job Reference: 152-S168.19

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
Sentinel House, Nuffield Industrial Estate
£8,026 to £8,872 p.a.

Want to be part of the new NHS? Health and Care organisations in Dorset are at the forefront of transforming services to provide excellent, patient-centred care.

Dorset HealthCare recently achieved an Outstanding CQC status and is a dynamic forward-thinking Trust operating throughout Dorset.

Dorset HealthCare plays a pivotal role in the strong partnership of public sector organisations across Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole. Our community and mental health trust has a caring and committed workforce of around 5,500 staff, serving a population of over 700,000 people.

We are looking for proactive, positive, respectful, supportive, reliable and trustworthy people to join us at Dorset HealthCare – we’re the biggest provider of healthcare in Dorset and offer exciting opportunities for people with a range of skills. We want to be better every day – do you?

‘This is an exciting time for us as we continue improving and adapting. I have seen some great innovation, fantastic teamwork and a real willingness to look at how we can do things differently’ – Eugine Yafele, Chief Executive (May 2019)


The Procurement Department is looking for a customer-focused, methodical, enthusiastic buyer with good communication and negotiation skills to join our small friendly team for 16 hours a week Monday and Tuesdays

This position involves working with all services across the trust to procure goods and services at the best value for money so delivering a trusted and compliant procurement service

The successful applicant will work as part of the busy operational purchasing team and will be required to be involved in the day to day purchasing and supply needs of the Trust, ensuring that critical supplies of medical and related goods are purchased in a timely manner and to the rigorous standards of the NHS.

This is a crucial role and one which requires the successful candidate to have a determined approach to their work, balancing cost and quality issues. The overriding aim is to guarantee the needs of our wards, services and departments are always delivered on time, to maintain patient care. The Procurement Department also takes a leading role in identifying and reporting on cost improvements and the activity of the Buyer is central to this process.

Overarching duties will be the purchasing of goods and services utilising the Purchase to Pay eProcurement system whilst seeking opportunities to save money or add value. You will deal with queries and requests for information on a daily basis and will need to build and maintain sound customer and supplier relationships.

The successful candidate will be given 1 to 1 training in order to get them up to speed of working within a busy purchasing office environment. He or she should be numerate and have a good general level of education.

The successful candidate must also be familiar with Microsoft Outlook and Excel.

Personal skills and qualities required by the successful candidate will include good verbal and written communication and negotiating skills, a flexible approach to work and an ability to work within a team.


For further details / informal visits contact:

Donna Payne, Senior Operational Buyer on 01202 277273

Our vision is to be Better Every Day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Our behaviours bring our values to life and constantly remind us that how we do things at Dorset HealthCare is as important as what we do. They are:

  • Proactive
  • Positive
  • Respectful
  • Supportive
  • Reliable and Trustworthy

Our staff benefits:

  • Dedicated career pathways
  • Opportunities for continuing professional development
  • An excellent preceptorship programme for newly qualified Nurses and AHP’s
  • Comprehensive and structured induction programme and training
  • Monthly pay plus enhancements for night, weekend and bank holiday working
  • NHS Pension scheme
  • Health & Wellbeing service
  • Holiday pay of up to 33 days, plus bank holidays pro rata, dependent on service
  • NHS discounts
  • Trust beach huts located along the famous Sandbanks coastline
  • Salary sacrifice scheme including:
    • Work related learning
    • Childcare vouchers
    • Car and Cycle scheme
    • Home technology equipment
    • Buying and selling of annual leave


Before applying for this post, please refer to the Application Guidance’for further guidance on the recruitment process.

It is sometimes necessary to close vacancies before the closing date due to an exceptional response - please apply for this vacancy as soon as possible.

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