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Senior Commercial Procurement Specialist

Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pa
Closing date
26 Jun 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Working Full Time: 37.5 hours per week

Senior Commercial Procurement Specialist.
  • An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Commercial Procurement Services Team. You will report to the Commercial Procurement Manager and form part of a team which is responsible for developing and putting in place National Framework Agreements that can be used across the NHS and Public Sector as a whole. The role also includes providing external Procurement and Supply Chain Management services to client organisations both within the Health Services and wider public and private sectors.
  • You will be running EU compliant tender processes.
  • The role requires experience in public sector procurement and application of the Public Contract Regulations 2015.
  • In addition you will need to have the following skills:
    • Negotiation skills
    • Be able to act autonomously
    • Understanding of the current health economy
  • The candidate is required to have a knowledge of procurement principles acquired through either, MCIPS accreditation or actively working towards it (minimum level of 5 must have been achieved,) relevant degrees or experience.
  • The role requires you to undertake a wide range of duties, please read the full job description for more details.

Previous Applicants Need Not Apply

Main duties of the job

For full details for this role, please refer to the attached Job Description and Person Specification which outlines the requirements.

The Senior Commercial Procurement Specialist is responsible for: contributing towards the delivery of the Trusts Procurement Cost Reduction Strategy contributing towards the operational development of the commercial procurement strategy and the undertaking of wider commercial and procurement activities.

This includes the development of novel framework agreements to income generate and support the Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) engagement agenda. Further to this, the role also includes supporting the Director of Commercial Procurement in providing external Procurement and Supply Chain Management services to client organisations both within the Health Services and wider public and private sectors. Leading on any review projects within external organisations to support the generation of income into the Trust.

The Senior Commercial Procurement Specialist is responsible for the proactive management of commercial procurement projects and initiative delivery. The Senior Commercial Procurement Specialist is responsible for assisting the training and development of any junior commercial procurement member of staff.

About us

The Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust provides services to West Cheshire and to Welsh patients covered by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. The Trust works collaboratively within the wider Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership. Its services are provided from three locations:
  • The Countess of Chester Hospital: providing 438 general and acute beds.
  • Ellesmere Port Hospital: providing 56 beds as a rehabilitation, intermediate and outpatient facility.
  • Tarporley War Memorial Hospital: a base for community services which serve the local rural population.

The Trust employs over 6258 staff (headcount) which includes temporary bank staff and provides acute emergency and elective services, primary care direct access services and obstetric services to a population of approximately 407,000. This includes 357,000 residents in Chester and West Cheshire which includes Ellesmere Port and Neston as well as the Deeside area of Flintshire which has a population of approximately 50,000.

The Trust is a busy district general hospital and in 2022/2023, there were more than 503,342 patient attendances (inpatient, outpatient and diagnostic) ranging from a simple outpatient appointment to major cancer surgery. This is an increase of nearly 10,000 compared to the previous year when there were 494,387 patient attendances.

Job description

Job responsibilities

See Job Description for further details.

Recruitment selection processes are based on competence (see Person specification) and values.

Please note applicants will be required to pay for their DBS check. Costs are deducted from salary following appointment. The cost of the DBS application is �23 (standard) or �43 (enhanced), this cost will be deducted from your salary over the first three months of employment.

You are encouraged to enrol for the DBS Update Service. A small annual fee of �13 per year applies.

New entrants to the NHS will commence on the minimum of the scale stated above.

Applicants are advised to apply early as if a large number of applications are received for this post, we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the advertised date.

Good luck with your application.

Person Specification



  • Educated to Degree Level (or equivalent such as NVQ4, Graduate Diploma) within the appropriate specialism
  • Full Member of the Chartered Institute of Purchase and Supply, MCIPS accredited or actively working towards it. (Minimum Level 5 must have been achieved).
  • Evidence of continuing professional development through attendance of relevant courses. Should be able to demonstrate the latest knowledge of Procurement Legislation.


  • Additional professional development certificate such as ILM or PRINCE II

Knowledge and Experience


  • Significant experience of managing complex projects
  • Significant experience of procurement processes including undertaking complex Tender process at EU level.
  • Significant experience of working with a range of stakeholders at all levels of different organisations
  • Significant experience in negotiating with other parties within the public sector and private sector
  • Experience co-ordinating the production of all the documentation required for the procurement process in liaison with other parties


  • Experience being responsible for procurement information systems
  • Demonstrable success in managing change projects involving stakeholders
  • Understanding of the current issues impacting on the NHS in particular knowledge and understanding of the commercial health care landscape
  • Experience of developing and delivering training and development interventions
  • Experience of service redesign within the NHS

Skills and Abilities


  • Customer Service: Able to demonstrate impact and proactive customer relationship building
  • Communication: Highly developed interpersonal skills to communicate highly complex/sensitive information succinctly and in difficult environments: Ability to write clear reports appropriate for different audiences
  • Initiative & Problem Solving: Forward thinking with an innovative and creative approach to problem solving being assertive and influencing in negotiation
  • Leadership: Highly effective leadership skills with the ability to effectively lead, manage, develop, influence and inspire a team of stakeholders.
  • Relationship Management: Experience in developing effective working relationships with proven ability to manage conflict
  • Teamwork: Extensive experience supporting, coaching and being a team member
  • Quality & Professionalism: Successful confident, strategic thinker and forward looking having a flexible and adaptable approach
  • Organisation: Excellent level of planning and organisational skills with an ability to solve complex challenges.

Employer details

Employer name

Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Countess of Chester Hospital

Liverpool Road



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