Buyer (Procurement Team)
- Are you an experienced Buyer with NHS or Healthcare experience?
- Can you work in Shrewsbury, Shropshire for up to 4 months, and likely to be longer? (Please Note: Our client will consider home working which is to be discussed at interview).
Buyer - Procurement Team
Working location: Head office and not on site at a Hospital
Job Type: Temporary
Duration: This is expected to be for four months and likely to be longer
Working from home: Our client would consider home working and this will be discussed at interview stage
Some travelling would be required for this role
PAYE INC - £14.00-£17.50 per hour depending on skill and experience or
Umbrella - £16.30-£19.90 per hour depending on skill and experience
Working days and hours: Monday to Friday, 37.5 hours
Reporting to Senior Buyer
The post holder will be expected to support the Senior Buyer in the delivery of the procurement programme within the geographical Procurement Division. They will strategically manage a proportion of the non pay spend within the respective sub division and actively identify and deliver areas of opportunity. The role involves leading a number of complex, high spend projects/tenders to deliver benefits to the Trusts within the region. Referring completed projects to the Senior Buyer for the final approval. The role involves working independently to agreed work plans set by the Senior Buyer and Head of Procurement.
- To deliver a detailed work plan that has been agreed by the Senior Buyer in consultation with Head of Procurement
- To research projects, prepare specifications, invite, evaluate and activate tenders and quotations, negotiate and place orders and contracts in respect of purchasing activity
- To provide technical and professional procurement advice and quality information on purchasing issues, trends and expenditure to customers, managers and staff. . This includes advice on purchase options such as Lease, hire or buy.
- To organise and manage product user groups and any associated product trials / research. Analyse departmental expenditure and advice action to ensure all spend adheres to Trust SFIâ€™s/SO.
- To build and manage commercial relations for a portfolio of suppliers.
- To develop and manage a supplier development programme aimed at identifying opportunities for joint working to drive greater efficiencies
- To identify and manage procurement research projects that will deliver a benefit to the Trusts
- To ensure the highest levels of customer care to both internal and external customers.
- To manage relevant, electronic product catalogues, contract and savings databases.
- To prepare detailed proposal documents outlining supply chain options. This will often require the use of complex data and market analysis using spread sheets and the use of presentations.
- Prepare, disseminate and distribute data for national, collaborative and network procurement activity
- Ensure compliance with the organisationâ€™s purchasing procedure manual and other relevant documents.
- The post holder may be required to act to Senior Buyer duties by arrangement.
- Review procurement and contracting methods to ensure the appropriate supply chain is being used.
- Negotiate contracts that demonstrate value for money to customers and flexible outcomes, tailored to meet specific customer needs.
- To ensure that the Trustâ€™s risk management policies and controls assurance standards are complied with.
- Maintain a high level of contact with customers on the work programme through management meetings and other appropriate customer liaison mechanisms.
- Authorising, expediting and answering all invoicing discrepancies appropriate to commodity areas
- To hold debrief meetings with both successful and unsuccessful suppliers.
- To review and optimise supply chain arrangements such as stock levels delivery frequency, product range, availability and pricing policies.
- Project management of contract implementation.
Qualifications, Experience and Skills
- Must have CIPs qualification/ appropriate relevant experience
- Strong level of procurement experience
- Working towards Membership of the Institute of Purchasing & Supply, suitable NVQ or relevant experience
- Knowledge of procurement, for example, EU Procurement Directives, Negotiation, developed through short courses, self experience & self study
- IT Skills to standard ECDL level
- To work effectively as a member of the Divisional Procurement Purchasing Team to ensure delivery against the team objectives and work plan
- To participate fully in team initiatives and to identify own training needs and development opportunities in conjunction with the line manager.
- Deal with internal and external issues as required
- Ensure that the Senior Buyer is kept informed of developments and is aware of the budgetary impact of any procurement projects
- Must be able to meet the travel requirements of the role
- Key skills include strategic thinking, ability to analyse complex data, influencing and negotiation skills, communication both verbally and written at departmental levels