Director of Procurement
North Bristol NHS Trust
Location – Bristol

The Role

The Director will be responsible for leading the Bristol & Weston NHS Procurement Consortium to ensure that it operates within public sector policy, the NHS legal framework and an internal operating budget of c£2.1 million to successfully achieve its objectives. This shall include the delivery of demonstrable and incremental cash releasing savings, which will form part of the cost improvement plans of the member organisations. The key purposes of the role are:

Key Responsibilities:

• Lead a modern procurement and supply organisation that is focused on delivering benefits from service consolidation and the procurement power of the three acute trusts and two social enterprises that form the Bristol and Weston NHS Procurement Consortium. Maintain a strategic focus that does not lose sight of the long-term goals for delivering a ‘best in class’ supply chain and that raises the standards of NHS procurement to make real improvement to the bottom line of each member organisation and local health economy.

• Deliver a high quality and effective procurement service to meet the needs of the Procurement Consortium members through the determination of annual priorities that are cognisant of and aligned to the future operating model for NHS procurement.

• Initiate key performance indicators for the service in line with the nationally established core measures.

• Engaging and influencing development of national policy and initiatives on behalf of the consortium members.

• Accountable for the financial management of the Procurement Consortium’s c£2.1m operating budget, rebasing annually to determine the apportionment of costs for member organisations to fully represent the service provision and which is the subject of an approved Service Level Agreement.

• Responsible for influencing c£250m non-pay expenditure plus capital equipment budgets, determined annually.

• As the non-pay lead, produce annual plans with key stakeholders that deliver real and sustainable cash releasing savings that positively contribute to the cost improvement programmes of member organisations.

• Ensure that proper control is exercised, and value for money obtained in the procurement of goods and services, compliant with the EU Public Procurement Rules applicable to public authorities (as defined by the Public Sector Procurement Directive 2004/18/EC).

• Produce, implement and deliver a procurement and supply strategy that is focused on value and efficiency and which influences Corporate Business Plans, objectives and the non-pay spend and controls of the member organisations through consolidated procurement. Continually review and refresh for relevance, through benchmarking with internal and external market leaders to explore ways of improving efficiency and operational effectiveness.

• In accordance with the NHS eProcurement Strategy, introduce procurement systems and processes that are GS1 and PEPPOL complaint and which provide robust management, control and assurance for the source to pay process and which improve data, information and transparency to support internal governance.

• Embed clinically lead procurement programmes that are developed to drive out waste and unnecessary cost, whilst maintain and improve the quality of care to patients.

• Produce a sustainable procurement policy and strategy that maintains the balance between financial, social and environmental factors, integrating environmental health social political and economic issues into procurement decisions and to ensure that procurement is conducted complaint with the principles of fair and equitable trading and corporate and social responsibility.

• Maintain a resilient and sustainable procurement service that remains fit for purpose and which supports the development needs of all staff involved in procurement and supply matters.

• Undertake any other assignments as allocated by the Chief Executive or Finance Director from the member’s organisation(s).

The Candidate

Essential criteria

• Minimum of 5-10 years’ experience as a senior procurement practitioner and leader, working at executive/senior management level.

• Proven experience in managing a diverse team of c20 + personnel.

• Commercial and contractual astute with a record of achieving demonstrable savings.

• Experienced in change management and transformation programmes that are aligned to non-pay improvement.

• Proficient in supply chain management, fully conversant with the principles of Lean, just in time (J.I.T.) processes, managed inventory solutions, supply channel redesign and process re-engineering.

• Computer literate, with experience of electronic supply management, cataloguing and source to pay information systems.

• Educated to Degree / Masters level with a relevant professional qualification and experience.

• Highly motivated and innovative thinker with excellent leadership and inter-personal skills to help challenge and influence key decision makers. Expertly breaks down issues into understandable segments and remodels them to form sound decisive arguments.

• Relationship management; the ability to communicate and present clearly and concisely at all levels i.e. Executive and Non-Executive Directors, Senior Clinicians, Suppliers and providers of business solutions.

• Expert in advanced negotiation, contract management and associated methods and techniques.

• Change and transformation programme management, proactively working to manage out risk.

• Ability to lead, coach and manage an operational team, motivating and dealing with confidential matters in a sensitive manner.

Desired criteria

• Proven experience in advanced negotiation with a thorough understanding of the rules that govern EU Public Procurement.

• Member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply is preferred.

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