Head of Procurement

Your World Healthcare
Chester, UK
23 May 2019
28 May 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Head of Procurement

Location: Chester

Job Type: Temporary

Duration of the role: 6 Months with possible extension

Band: 8a

Pay rate:

Job Purpose

To develop, implement and monitor the Trust's procurement strategy to support overall Trust objectives.

Develop, implement and monitor an annual strategic work plan. Ensure the Trust has contracts in place for the provision and procurement of all services with NHS and other providers including independent contractors and that these contracts are in line with national guidance and legal requirements.

Key Responsibilities
  • To lead the implementation of a local procurement strategy by promoting procurement best practice in line with The Clients objectives.
  • To define the procurement objectives in line with the procurement strategy.
  • To implement the Clients strategic procurement plan ensuring that performance systems are in place to meet key targets and governance requirements.
  • To meet annual savings targets in a sustainable manner without compromising on produce quality and ensuring operational requirements are satisfied.
  • To provide professional leadership to the Procurement Team and promote best practice and sound governance.
  • To develop a compliant, sustainable approach to effective purchasing, in an environmentally conscious and ethical manner.
  • To work in partnership with internal and external stakeholders to identify opportunities for procurement activity that will deliver value for money through cost savings and/or quality improvements.
  • To ensure maximum compliance with national and local contracts including those operating via external agencies.
  • To ensure compliance with The Clients procurement policies and Standing Financial Instructions and that all procurement activities operate in accordance with legal (EU legislation) environmental and sustainability requirements.
  • To implement, monitor and review procurement strategies for specific categories through detailed market/demand analysis to ensure continual improvement and innovation in service delivery.
  • To design and implement purchasing procedures and category management strategies within local directorates.
  • To manager internal and external relationships to ensure that the user experience is optimised by the use of modern applications such as supplier maintained electronic catalogues and automated reports.
  • To develop with Finance and systems staff full functionality for e-procurement activities.
  • To develop productive partnerships with appropriate external NHS and non-NHS procurement service providers to secure optimal delivery of the vision and benefits described in the The Clients Procurement Strategy.
  • To deliver against key performance indicators in line with corporate, directorate and team objectives.
  • To provide on-going professional and personal development opportunities to promote and embed a culture of continuous improvement across the team.
  • To be responsible for all aspects of line management including induction, appraisal and personal development as well as forward planning and work allocation.

  • Educated to degree level
  • Evidence of continuing professional and managerial development
  • Qualified to MCIPS professional level
  • Knowledge of procurement regulations and application to health services
  • Good knowledge of NHS contracts and payment and performance management systems
  • Clear understanding of the NHS, the role of providers and commissioning relationships
  • Good knowledge of the range of NHS contracts available and how NHS markets are developing
  • Good understanding of financial systems and processes including budgetary control
  • Recent experience negotiating, working on contracts either from purchaser or provider prospective
  • Experience in the management of European (OJEU) tendering procedures
  • Experience of successful working with clinicians and/or other autonomous professional groups
  • Leading a team and dealing with their full HR needs, including management of contractors
  • Contract management
  • Full understanding of contract terms and commercial legislation including Service Level Agreements

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