Deputy Head of Procurement

Hays Specialist Recruitment Limited
16 Apr 2017
16 May 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

NHS Deputy Head of Procurement (CIPS level 6)

The overall purpose of the role at a strategic level is to plan, develop and implement appropriate procurement sourcing strategies for organisations £300m pa non-pay expenditure on products and services in order to deliver significant levels of savings in support of the efficiency programme.

The role includes

  • Challenging and influencing both the level of demand, and the specification of demand from the perspective of a thorough understanding of the supply market.
  • Engaging and working closely with the senior stakeholders and practitioners who provide healthcare and support services to help identify improvements and changes in practice arising from supply market opportunities.
  • Documenting, communicating and influencing Divisional Management Groups, Commercial Executive Members, and other senior stakeholders to ensure effective "buy-in" to the proposed category strategies.
  • Putting in place the most appropriate commercial arrangements to help ensure the right quality and least total cost to the Trust.
  • Developing and managing key relationships.
  • Helping to ensure the arrangements work as intended.
  • Taking timely decisions that display expert leadership and instils high levels of confidence.
  • Implementing and developing a number of Trustwide procurement systems.
  • Trust wide educational support to Executives, General Managers and Clinical leads in matters relating to procurement policy, strategy and legislation.
  • The Deputy Head of Procurement will manage the Senior Category Managers, Clinical Matron and Supply Chain Manager roles. Additionally, the Deputy Head of Procurement will act in a Deputy capacity for the Head of Procurement in the event of absence or unavailability to ensure the continued provision of a full service. Also will be expected manage a number of direct reports and will take responsibility for their appraisals and ongoing development consistent with national expectations and in line with the Trusts Procurement strategy.

Training and Qualifications

  • Professionally qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) (equivalent to a Post Graduate degree)
  • MBA or similar qualification
  • Evidence of Continuous professional development (CPD)
  • Evidence of having undertaken:
    • supply chain management training
    • EU Procurement legislation training
    • additional specialist procurement courses
    • Demonstrable advanced IT skills including specialist software for contract management, e-tendering, e-auction, mathematical, logical formulas and functions and to generate accurate charts/graphs and good knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.
    • Leadership skills training and project management training


  • Substantial experience in a senior procurement management(or equivalent) role (at least 3 years) within a large and complex organisation
  • Experience of managing large budgets and delivering extensive cost improvement programmes leading to multi-million £ savings (£7m per year)
  • Demonstration of solid achievement in their current role.
  • Expert and extensive hands on experience of current EU procurement directives and UK legislation.
  • Expertise in managing complex projects to time and on budget.
  • A track record of delivery of significant savings
  • Experience of applying principles of change management
  • Knowledge of health service management, including interpretation and application of national policy frameworks and the political environment within which they are applied.
  • Experience in people management - ability to influence and lead people in a complex and dynamic organisation

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