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Procurement Business Partner

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Milton Keynes
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
5 Dec 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Procurement Business Partner

Department: Procurement Department

Band 6 �35,392 - �42,618 per annum

Hours: 37.5 per week, all MKUH roles will be considered for flexible working

***Recruitment & Retention Payments apply to this role***

10% of the annual salary at the pay point agreed by the Trust and the employee.

Provided the applicant remains in role, employees who are successfully employed to this role will be eligible for the following Anniversary payments at 12 and 24 months of service: of 5% of the annual salary

We are looking to recruit a dynamic individual to join our Procurement team in delivering a high-quality procurement service to the Trust. The successful candidate will have experience of conducting tendering processes within a public sector organisation and therefore have good knowledge of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.

You will be a skilled negotiator, able to influence and manage internal customer expectations as well as maintaining good supplier relationships. You will have excellent communication and presentation skills, be results focussed with a track record of savings and benefits delivery.

To find out more about this exciting opportunity please contact Lisa Johnston- Head of Procurement by email

Interview date: 15.12.23

Main duties of the job

  • Support the development, implementation and management of the procurement strategy and work plans to ensure compliance with and achievement of the trust's overall objectives
  • Contribute to the delivery of highly effective, compliant and customer focused procurement services which meets the Trusts procurement and materials management requirements, including the Cost Improvement Plan (CIP) targets
  • Support the development of promoting excellent customer relationships, balancing commercial and clinical considerations in the purchasing of products and services, and ensuring these are imbedded into contractual agreements
  • Support the development of excellent customer/stakeholder relationships and ensuring that best value solutions are adopted by the trust. Take the lead in developing key strategies for sourcing and contract management within allocated division spend area
  • Work with the Head of Procurement to monitor, measure and record the performance of the procurement and supply chain function against key result areas as outlined in the procurement strategy and work plans, and contribute to regular reports for trust committees and boards
  • To assist as directed in managing day to day procurement issues, attending meetings, seminars, and representing the trust at regional and national procurement forums.

About us

You can expect a warm welcome at Milton Keynes University Hospital, our staff are friendly and welcoming. We listen to each other and work together to embed our Trusts values and behaviours. At MKUH we appreciate our staff and reward them with an outstanding benefits package including:
  • Free on-site parking
  • Free tea and coffee
  • Great flexible workingopportunities
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Lease car scheme
  • Generous annual leave and pension scheme
  • On site nursery (chargeable)
  • Extensive staff health and well-being programme

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, in partnership with the University of Buckingham, is a University Teaching Hospital we conduct research and teaching on site to improve the care of our patients. The hospital is undergoing significant investment, and we are proud to be rated good by the CQC. Visit our website to catch up on our latest news.

MKUH is committed to equal opportunities and improving the working lives of our staff and as such we offer a range of flexible working practices. We promote an inclusive workforce and encourage applications from applicants from all backgrounds.

We reserve the right to expire vacancies prior to the advertised closing date once a sufficient number of applications have been received.

MKUH uses identification scanning technology to confirm the authenticity of documents all prospective employees of MKUH will have their original documents verified using this technology.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Work with line management and stakeholders to develop sourcing strategies for products and services within allocated division, and ensure delivery of established savings targets within the portfolio
  • Collaborate with other government agencies and NHS Trusts in identifying and establishing joint procurement initiatives that will deliver enhanced value for money.

  • The Trust is required to act in accordance with The Public Contracts Regulations 2015. It is a requirement of this role to ensure the Trust is compliant with all legislative and regulated requirements relating to contracting and procurement within the sector
  • To provide advice and guidance on procurement issues to all staff, ensuring that appropriate procurement processes are adopted in all cases and that published tender documentation is compliant with law, is fair and transparent, and promotes fair competition.

  • To ensure that the Trusts contracts register is managed and maintained in a timely manner, ensuring that data records are current and accurate.
  • Ensure that all contracts entered into by the Trust are fair and balanced, ensuring that risks are appropriately mitigated and/or apportioned appropriately and that any limitation in suppliers liability does not expose the Trust to unreasonable levels of risk

Financial Responsibility
  • Delivery of procurement savings in line with agreed targets defined in annual work plans and in-line with identified time lines
  • Responsibility for ensuring that Trust staff comply with the Trusts processes, policies procedures and regulations.

Communications and Engagement
  • Develop and maintain excellent relationships with other departments through regular contact and pro-active support, ensuring timely and effective response to all enquiries and requests for support
  • Develop and maintain regular contact with key suppliers and stakeholders to ensure current market knowledge is exemplary, and able to inform sourcing decisions.

Please refer to the attached Job Description for more information on the role.

Person Specification

Qualifications and knowledge


  • Degree level or equivalent qualification in a commercial based subject
  • Membership of The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply at appropriate level


  • Knowledge of Public procurement processes and regulations
  • Knowledge of contract law
  • Knowledge of purchase to pay systems and other e-procurement tools
  • Knowledge of the Carter Report into efficiencies within the NHS



  • Managing complex procurement projects including business case, options appraisal, tender documentation, tender evaluation, and contract award processes
  • Supplier Relationship Management, including supplier performance, continuous improvement, and management of supplier expectations
  • Customer Relationship Management, support to internal clients and delivery of agreed outcomes
  • Experience of consistently delivering savings and benefits targets
  • Market Analysis to support project decisions business case and options
  • Spend analysis and development of workstreams with identified priorities
  • Experience of using e-procurement tools including e-tendering, e-sourcing and reverse auctions
  • Experience of creating and managing e-catalogues to facilitate corporate discipline within procurement activity
  • Experience of interacting with senior executives, providing advice and guidance on procurement issues



  • People management skills, able to resolve issues in a positive and productive manner
  • Excellent negotiation skills, ability to deliver commercial advantage for the Trust, and resolve contractual disputes in an advantageous manner
  • Excellent Commercial awareness, able to spot opportunities and ensure these are exploited to the benefit of the Trust
  • Good IT skills able to use Microsoft office products to a good standard
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills. Ability to engage at all levels within the Trust
  • Good time management skills able to identify priorities and ability to delegate effectively
  • Good knowledge of contract law and ability to influence contract documentation to minimize risk for the Trust
  • Knowledge of Public Contracts Regulations and experience of managing procurement projects within closely defined processes

Personal and people development


  • Positive and enthusiastic approach
  • Inclusive Team focused supportive approach
  • Desire to learn, seeks continuous improvement
  • Leads by example and inspires others to achieve



  • Excellent written and oral communication Skills, able to engage at all levels within the Trust
  • Ability to use visual communication tools such as Microsoft Office Applications

Specific requirements


  • Able to perform the duties of the post with reasonable aids and adaptations

Employer details

Employer name

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Supplies Dept (Dept)

Milton Keynes


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