Skip to main content

This job has expired

Head of Supply Chain

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Cambridge Bio Medical Campus
£70,417 to £81,138 a year
Closing date
4 Jun 2024

View more

Other Health Profession
Band 8C
Contract Type
Full Time
The role encompasses a range of responsibilities, listed below. However, the initial task for the Head of Supply Chain will be to facilitate a safe and seamless transition of the materials management service, transitioning it from an outsourced provider to an in-house managed service. This will be followed by the implementation of an ambitious improvement program which will include the unifying the separate materials management teams and operations across the Trust and creating a unified Supply Chain operations function. The Trust is fully committed to this program with executive support from Trust leadership, and is actively working on designing a new and enhanced operating model for Supply Chain supported by a comprehensive improvement plan centered around core enablers of People, Process and Technology. This role provides an exciting opportunity to play a leading role in owning, shaping and delivering this new operating model and creating a patient centric Supply Chain for the Trust.

Main duties of the job

Our Supply Chain and Materials Management function plays a vital role in our Trust's operations. This team is integral to supporting the delivery of of high-quality, safe patient care. We are entering an exciting phase of development, with significant investments aimed at creating a patient-focused supply chain to meet the needs of our clinicians and patients. This role is crucial in shaping this future and leading the team throughout this journey. Tim Glenn, Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Finance Officer.

About us

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is the UK's leading heart and lung hospital, delivering care to more than 50,000 patients a year in its new state-of-the-art hospital in Cambridge. We perform the most heart and/or lung transplants in the UK and carried out the UK's first successful heart transplant in 1979. It also offers emergency heart attack treatment, sleep centre care and is one of just five centres nationally for those in severe respiratory failure.

Based on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus the largest centre of medical research and health science in Europe the Trust is at the heart of treatments of the future. Royal Papworth became the first hospital trust in the country to be rated outstanding in all five areas assessed by the Care Quality Commission - a rating it still holds today. The Trust holds its values of compassion, excellence & collaboration at its core, and all colleagues joining the team are expected to uphold these in their day-to-day roles & interactions. Royal Papworth is proud of its diverse workforce and encourages people to embrace their individuality.

The Trust values difference and welcomes all applications irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy & maternity, race, religion & belief, sex and sexual orientation. Providing they meet the minimum post criteria, applicants with disabilities will be offered an interview.

For a street view tour:

Job description

Job responsibilities

On this page you will find a Role Profile which provides information about the hospital and full details about the role. We recommend that you review this and refer to it as you complete your application. Please include how you will meet the Trust Values Compassion, Excellence and Collaboration. If you would like more information about the role or working at Royal Papworth Hospital, please get in touch with the contact for this role.

Person Specification



  • A degree or equivalent qualification in relevant supply chain discipline or equivalent extensive knowledge and understanding gained through supply chain experience at a senior level.
  • Specialist knowledge acquired through post-graduate courses and experience to masters equivalent level plus in-depth managerial, financial, and strategic knowledge
  • In depth specialist knowledge and understanding of logistics and supply chain management practice at the strategic and operational levels, in a variety of sectors.


  • Chartered Fellow or Member of relevant professional body (CILT, CIPS, CMI).
  • MSP, Prince 2 or other recognised programme or project management qualification.
  • Continuous improvement certification e.g., Lean, Six Sigma.



  • Evidence of success and achievement in various strategic, senior roles.
  • Previous experience of leading and managing a supply chain function within a large and complex organisation, including budget responsibility.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the use and development of supply chain information management systems.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to forge effective professional relationships at all levels.
  • Experience in managing performance review, promotion readiness and performance concern processes.
  • Ability to remain tactful and diplomatic and communicate effectively with stakeholders even when under pressure
  • Ability to manage complex and unpredictable work demands.


  • Previously worked in an NHS, Public or Private Sector supply chain management environment.
  • Understanding of the NHS financial / business models, processes, and markets.
  • Experience of managing outsourcing and outsourced contracts (3PL/4PL) and transitioning activity to outsource / inhouse.
  • Experience and knowledge of innovative supply chain practices from a variety of industries and adapt them to the public sector context.
  • Demonstrated success in optimising team performance, fostering collaboration, and ensuring a seamless integration process while achieving desired outcomes.

Additional Criteria


  • Please provide evidence of your commitment to uphold the Trust's values: Compassion, Excellence, Collaboration
  • Evidence of commitment to professional CPD.
  • Willing to work flexible hours, from time to time, to meet the needs of the role and service

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Papworth Hospital

Papworth Road

Cambridge Bio Medical Campus



Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalised job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert