Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Member Company
26 days ago
Job Function
Head Of Finance


The closing date is 01 April 2024

Job summary

As a result of internal promotion an opportunity has arisen for you to take on a leadership role as the Head of Purchasing within awell-respected Procurement Team at the forefront of NHS Procurement.

The role provides management & leadership support to a team of procurement professionals deliveringbest-in-class support to the Clinical and Scientific Services (CSS) and Corporate Services areas of our Trust.

The support provided by the teams cover a diverse portfolio including clinical specialties within CSS ranging from Adult Critical Care and Anaesthesia to Imaging, Laboratory Medicine and Allied Health Professional services as well as Corporate Services including, but not limited to, Estates & Facilities (Hard & Soft FM), Human Resources, Workforce, Finance and Research & Innovation.

Let's tell you more about what the job involves and why this could be your next and best career move if you have the right skills, experience, and attitude to wow us and of course, to meet the needs and demands of the role.

Main duties of the job

The Head of Purchasing for CSS and Corporate is a key part of the senior management team. You will be responsible for an integrated procurement strategy serving the needs of the Trust and managing the procurement service across key Managed Services which operate across all MFT sites.

With good management capabilities, you will maintain oversight of the team, seeing to it that resources are being used to best effect and working cross-functionally to ensure that Value for Patient targets are on-track.

Using your well-developed analytical and problem-solving skills, you will enjoy coming up with creative solutions to complex challenges, including how best to engage with stakeholders to maximise their involvement in your initiatives.

There are times when conflicting priorities may present themselves, so prioritisation and time management of workload is a key skill. The post holds responsibility for undertaking complex and high value procurements and associated contract negotiations on behalf of the Trust. The post benefits from working collaboratively with Procurement colleagues across Greater Manchester as appropriate and the wider Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust.

You must be:

- CIPS qualified

- Educated to degree levelor equivalent

- have sound knowledge of UK legislation and statutory requirements

- have significant post qualification purchasing experience with demonstrable achievements at a senior level including the procurement of capital projects and equipment

About us

MFT is one of the largest NHS Trust In England with a turnover of £2.6bn & is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We're creating an exceptional integrated health & social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.

Bringing together 10 hospitals & community services from across Manchester, Trafford & beyond, we champion collaborative working & transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you'll benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of extraordinary.

We've also created a digitally enabled organisation to improve clinical quality, patient & staff experience, operational effectiveness & driving research, and innovation through the introduction of Hive; our Electronic Patient Record system which launched in September 2022.

We're proud to be a major academic Research Centre & Education provider, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. What's more, we're excited to be embarking on our Green Plan which sets out how MFT continues to play its part in making healthcare more sustainable.

At MFT, we create and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, provide equal opportunities for career development that are fair, open, and transparent, protecting your health and wellbeing and shaping the future of our organisation together.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience youll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the Supporting Documents heading. So that youre even more equipped to make an informed decision to apply to us, youll need to take time to read the Candidate Essentials Guide that sits with the Job Description and Person Specification. This document provides you with details about the Trust, our benefits and outlines how we care for you as you care for others. Most importantly, it also contains critical information youll need to be aware of before you submit an application form.

Diversity Matters

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply for this post. As an inclusive employer, we are here to support you. If you have any special requirements to help you with your application, email our team at

Were looking forward to hearing from you!

Person Specification

Education & Qualifications


  • CIPS qualified / Educated to Degree Level or equivalent


  • Good standard of other General Management Qualifications



  • UK/EU Regs & Statutory Requirements
  • First class category / NHS sector knowledge


  • Sound knowledge of public sector finance procedures, legislation and commercial law



  • Experienced in purchasing management with demonstratable achievements at a senior level, demonstrating success in achieving VFM and savings and experience in leading significant change management projects


  • Management experience within a large multi-functional organisation, NHS procurement and logistics management experience and experience of managing high-value contracts

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

Employer details

Employer name

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


Trafford General Hospital

Moorside Road


M41 5SL

Job ID: 72812151
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