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Principal Technician- Purchasing, Supply and Logistics

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year p.a. pro rata
Closing date
1 Dec 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you ready to take the next step in Pharmacy leadership? We are looking for a Registered Pharmacy Technician who is highly capable, motivated and ambitious to contribute to the safe and effective purchase of medicines and the management of the Pharmacy Stores Team.

You will be part of a dedicated team committed to improving patient care through effective medicines procurement and supply. You must have extensive experience of hospital pharmacy within the Stores and Procurement setting or previous experience of managing a dynamic team.

Your leadership skills and expertise will help to shape the future of the purchasing and supply function of the store to include automation and service improvement. To help us achieve this you must be able to demonstrate core leadership and organisational skills as well as the ability to inspire and motivate others in the team.

We strive to develop the knowledge and skills of our workforce to enable them to advance personally and professionally and this is that ideal career development opportunity! Therefore, recruiting the best talent to fulfil this role is key.

Main duties of the job

The position of Principal Technician- Purchasing Supply and Logistics will deputise for the Lead Pharmacy Procurement Specialist- Medicines and be responsible for and have the relevant experience in the following
  • The Operations and Logistics of purchasing, distribution, stores and invoicing.
  • Experience in developing and supporting teams.
  • Service improvement within purchasing, distribution, stores and invoicing.
  • Strong understanding of MHRA regulations, WDA license requirements, and Good Distribution Practice (GDP) standards.
  • Substantial experience in pharmacy procurement and supply chain management within a healthcare setting including contracts and frameworks.
  • Registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council

About us

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust comprises Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Rosie Hospital in Cambridge. With over 11000 staff and over 1100 beds the priorities of the Trust focus on a quality service which is all about people - patients, staff and partners. Recognised as providing 'outstanding' care to our patients and rated 'Good' overall by the Care Quality Commissioner, is testament to the skill and dedication of the people who work here. CUH's values - Together - Safe, Kind, Excellent - are at the heart of patient care, defining the way all staff work and behave. The Trust provides accessible high-quality healthcare for the local people of Cambridge, together with specialist services, dealing with rare or complex conditions for a regional, national and international population.

CUH is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves. We value our differences and fully advocate and support an inclusive working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential. We want to ensure our people are truly representative of all the communities that we serve. We welcome applications for all positions in the organisation irrespective of people's age, disability, ethnicity, race, nationality, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity status or social economic background.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Applicant Information Pack (combined Job Description and Person Specification) for key duties and responsibilities.

This vacancy will close at midnight on 29th November 2023

Interviews are due to be held on 8th December 2023

Benefits to you

We offer development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including on-site leisure facilities, shopping concourse, day nurseries and access to a great transport system with easy access to airports and rail travel.

Please note if you would like to discuss the required hours of this role further, you should approach the contact given. In some cases alternative working hours will be considered.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces.

Person Specification



  • Registration with General Pharmaceutical Council
  • Minimum qualification NVQ3 Pharmacy Services, BTEC Pharmaceutical Science or CGLI/Apothecaries Hall pre 1985 certificates or equivalent.
  • Post graduate certificate in Purchasing or management or a related area or a portfolio demonstrating equivalent through experience and relevant short courses taught at postgraduate level.


  • Association of Pharmacy Technicians (APT(UK)
  • PRINCE 2 or formal project management qualification



  • Hospital pharmacy experience or equivalent relevant area of practice
  • Experience of working in medicines procurement
  • Experience of working in pharmacy distribution and purchasing related area
  • Experience of stock control management
  • Experience of pharmacy computer systems for ordering, invoicing, stock control and manage pharmaceuticals.
  • Working in a customer-focused environment
  • Experience of managing teams
  • Experience of line management and people management
  • Experience of undertaking audits.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) to create documents and spread sheets and extract information.


  • Working with electronic prescribing and administration systems
  • Cost Improvement Plans
  • Experience of working with senior healthcare professionals outside of Pharmacy within the Trust.
  • Experience of working with medicines suppliers.



  • Knowledge of Pharmacy stock control procedures.
  • Knowledge of Pharmacy computer systems.
  • Audit techniques
  • Evidence of continuing professional development


  • Knowledge of all regulations and legislation relevant to pharmaceutical purchasing and distribution.
  • Knowledge of the requirements of national organisations involved in Pharmacy Distribution & Purchasing.
  • Risk assessment



  • Communicate complex and sensitive information on pharmaceutical purchasing and pricing issues with NHS supplies and Procurement staff and those from Finance.
  • Use presentational aids.
  • Communicate effectively in both written and verbal formats with staff and patients.
  • Analyse highly complex information relating to drug pricing and contracting issues.
  • Make sound judgments.
  • Be flexible in responding to demands of the service.
  • Concentrate on complex matters (drug ordering, invoice approval, updating of drug files, drug query answering, clinical prescription review, checking of dispensed prescriptions) despite frequent interruptions.
  • Be methodical in approach.
  • Have experience of disciplinary matters and be able to impart results from them to staff in an appropriate and considered manner.
  • IT skills (Microsoft Word, Excel)


  • Analyse complex information relating to medicines and their uses.

Additional Requirements


  • The ability to understand and behave at all times, towards patients, visitors and colleagues according to the Trust values of safe, kind, excellent.

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Addenbrookes Hospital-Division B

Hills Road



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