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Procurement Business Partner

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Milton Keynes
£28,407 to £34,581 Per annum
Closing date
23 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Procurement Business Partner (Development Role)


Band 5 with development to Band 6

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

Do you have experience within procurement? Are you a hard worker, wanting to develop your career? Milton Keynes University Hospital are searching for a Procurement Business Partner. Starting at Band 5, you will be supporting our hospital procurement strategy, assist in day-to-day procurement issues and contribute to highly-effective procurement customer services. After two years, if you meet the competencies, you will be eligible to become a Band 6.

You will be based at Witan Gate and eligible for hybrid working, which means you'll be working two days a week at home and three days in the office. You're welcome to come in every day if you wish. Additionally, Witan Gate receive fantastic lunch time discounts at our local restaurants and have also recently opened an on-site caf.

We are needing the successful candidate to be able to manage complex procurement projects, have knowledge of purchasing/contract law, have excellent commercial awareness and be committed to our core hospital values, We Care, We Contribute, We Communicate, We Collaborate.

Interview Date

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.

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.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to attached Documents for further information.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.

By applying for this role, you accept if successful, that information from your application will be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Record (ESR) system. Your personal data may be transferred from the Trust to another NHS organisation where your employment transfers within the NHS. This is in accordance with the streamlining programme which aims at saving you time and improving efficiencies within the NHS when your employment transfers.

Upon commencing employment with the Trust, all employees (except Medical & Dental Staff on national terms and conditions) are subject to a probationary period lasting a period of six months with an option to extend for a further six months to a total of 12 months.

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



  • 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



  • 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


  • Managing complex procurement projects including business case, options appraisal, tender documentation, tender evaluation, and contract award processes.
  • 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

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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