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National Contracts Manager

Job Reference: 918-AM5135

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT)
£37,570 to £43,772 pa

Save lives with your negotiation capabilities.


Combining compassionate care with cutting-edge treatments and world-leading research, the medical teams at NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) are dedicated to providing an outstanding service for every man, woman and child who needs them. And behind these skilled individuals stands an equally skilled and dynamic team of administrative and support staff who make their work possible. These people play a crucial role in saving and improving lives every single day – and it is this team that we would like you to consider joining.


Joining our Blood Centre in Filton, Bristol, you will negotiate and manage a variety of estates and services contracts and framework agreements that are crucial to the ongoing success of NHSBT. Based in our state-of-the art building – which is the largest blood manufacturing centre in the world – you will take responsibility for a broad cross-section of clients, ensuring they are providing value for money and that all contractual requirements are being met. Managing a small team, you will inspire both Buyers and Senior Buyers to achieve optimum results.


It goes without saying that NHS contracts fall under public scrutiny and that we must therefore ensure a high quality and high value service is being achieved at all times, including meeting savings targets. As such, you will use the results of internal and external audits to promote a culture of continuous improvement, using your knowledge of Public Procurement Regulations and OJEU Directives to ensure we’re legally compliant at all times. 


Our procurement team work at a dynamic pace, seeing the contract process through from beginning to end. You will therefore have experience of purchasing and complex contracting on a large-scale in a similarly fast-paced role, with evidence of ongoing professional development. Ideally qualified to degree or NVQ level 4 standard (or in the final stages of one of these qualifications) in Business Studies or Procurement, it would be beneficial if you were a Member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply or are working towards full membership – though this isn’t strictly necessary. Professional in your approach, with outstanding communication and people management capabilities, you will also have a full driving license and will be capable of using IT procurement systems including Excel, PowerPoint and Oracle Financial.


If you’re ready for your career to take on a fast-paced trajectory, then there really isn’t a better place to do it. Benefitting from our extensive induction and training programme when you join us, you will then be exposed to a multitude of career enhancement opportunities thanks to our ‘Shine’ learning and development strategy. Furthermore, you will be amply supported within the role, with the highly desirable NHS pension scheme, plus the option to apply for the role in either a part-time or job-sharing capacity. We want you to flourish when you join us, so if you have the determination to see a project through its entire lifecycle, we’d love to hear from you.


For further information please contact Shirley Phillips, National Purchasing Manager at

Closing date for applications is 23:59hrs on Sunday 02 February 2020

Interviews will take place on 18 February 2020 (subject to confirmation)



Take charge of your career and 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.

We’re an inclusive organisation that reflects the diverse communities we work with and positively encourage applications from all sectors of the community.

Three small words, one big difference - Caring, Expert and Quality.

Together we'll save and improve more lives than ever

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