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Lead Divisional Buyer

NHS AfC: Band 5

Main area
Procurement (Lead Divisional Buyer)
NHS AfC: Band 5
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Cross Bay
£25,655 - £31,534 per annum pro rata
Salary period
28/11/2021 23:59

''A great place to be cared for; a great place to work''

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay has been nationally recognised as the UK’s most inclusive NHS organisation. As such we have a firm commitment to strengthening the diversity of our workforce, and therefore welcome and encourage applications from likeminded people who can support our ambition to become effortlessly inclusive. We are particularly keen to hear from protected groups – including BAME, LGBT+ and people with a disability.

Job overview

The Procurement & Supplies Team provides services to both University Hospitals Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust and North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust.

The Lead Divisional Buyer role within the Procurement & Supplies Department is seen as a key role and an opportunity for candidates to join a vibrant, highly driven Procurement Team, based across numerous sites within both Trusts.

The Lead Divisional Buyer role is required within the Non-Clinical Team focussing primarily on the areas of Estates & Facilities and Digital (IT) and is a key Procurement lead for this designated work stream. The role briefly consists of leading on self-identified and allocated projects under the direction of the Integrated Procurement Manager, delivering against agreed timescales and outcomes for the specified areas across all or some of the Trust’s within the scope of the Integrated Procurement Team.

 Responsible for Sourcing and procuring of goods, equipment, materials and services meeting customer requirements, Ensuring compliance with Public Procurement legislation, UK law, Trust Standing Financial Instructions and NHS Procurement guidance.

 To identify and deliver savings and cost reduction opportunities.

Main duties of the job

  • Lead a range of Estates & facilities and Digital (IT) procurement projects including planning and selection strategies; tendering and commercial dialogue. Involving close engagement with staff, including clinicians, finance and external stakeholders to achieve a cost effective procurement of materials and/or services.
  • Plan, negotiate and deliver a cost reduction work plan for materials and/or services, working closely with clinical/non-clinical staff including senior managers and external stakeholders without compromising quality of service.
  • Assess and advise financial implications of Contract awards to all stakeholders, reporting formally on the implications of supplier, service and product changes. Influence key internal stakeholders to accept any recommended product/service changes or if no agreement, escalate to the relevant senior team member.
  • Provide professional advice to clinical/non-clinical staff including senior managers in respect of the procurement process, including Public Procurement legislation, UK law, Trust Standing Financial Instructions and NHS Procurement guidance.
  • Responsible for the tendering of complex and high value contracts typically from £100k to in excess of 5 million for services and materials, ensuring value for money and Statutory procurement requirements are adhered to and achieving clinical sign off or all procurement decisions.

Working for our organisation

We operate from three main hospitals - Furness General Hospital (FGH) in Barrow, the Royal Lancaster Infirmary (RLI), and Westmorland General Hospital (WGH) in Kendal, as well as a number of community health care premises including Millom Hospital and GP Practice, Queen Victoria Hospital in Morecambe, and Ulverston Community Health Centre.

FGH and the RLI have a range of General Hospital services, with full Emergency Departments, Critical/Coronary Care units and various Consultant-led services.

WGH provides a range of General Hospital services, together with an Urgent Treatment Centre, that can help with a range of non-life threatening conditions such as broken bones and minor illnesses.

All three main hospitals provide a range of planned care including outpatients, diagnostics, therapies, day case and inpatient surgery. In addition, a range of local outreach services and diagnostics are provided from community facilities across Morecambe Bay.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

To read more information about the advertised role, and the main job duties/responsibilities please open the Job Description and Person Specification located under the supporting documents heading. You can also read more information about University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay visiting our website https://www.uhmb.nhs.uk/

Person specification

Education & Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • CIPS (Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply)
  • GCSE A level or equivalent Mathematics & English
  • ECDL qualification or equivalent
  • Evidence of personal development via completion of Procurement and/or Business/Organisational focussed courses
Desirable criteria
  • Degree Level Business Studies or equivalent


Essential criteria
  • Substantial experience within a strategic Procurement environment at a Lead/Senior Buyer level
  • Experience of leading and negotiating high value complex procurement projects
  • Current up to date understanding of public procurement directives and legislation
  • Current up to date understanding of contract law
  • Knowledge and experience of tender process, producing specifications and tender documentation in accordance with customer/client requirements
Desirable criteria
  • NHS or public sector background in Procurement
  • Knowledge & experience of procurement within Estates & Facilities and/or Digital (IT)

Skills, ability & knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Ability to analyse complex information, interpret in a clear, comprehensive format
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to engage with and influence clinical/non-clinical stakeholders at senior level
  • Able to work independently and use own initiative with minimal supervision
  • Able to work under pressure, planning and prioritising to meet changing demands and timescales

Personal Qualities

Essential criteria
  • Confidence to establish positive working relationships with key stakeholders at all levels
  • Able to influence, be assertive with tact & diplomacy
  • Happy to have a 'blended' approach to work, being able to work from home whilst also being able to work from/attend any site location depending upon project/operational needs
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Applicant requirements

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Lucy Morrison
Job title
Integrated Procurement Manager
Email address
Telephone number
Additional information

Paul Dowell (Deputy Head Procurement)

Phone: 01539 716632

Mobile: 07721 642739