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Deputy Director of Purchasing - Clinical

Manchester University NHS Foundation
£70,417 - £81,138 pa
Closing date
23 Mar 2024

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Specialist Area
Purchasing, supply (main)
Job Level
Director / Head / VP / CPO
Healthcare, Human Resources
Contract Type
Full Time
CIPS Membership
CIPS member, Non CIPS member

Deputy Director of Purchasing - Clinical

NHS AfC: Band 8c

Main area: Procurement

Grade: NHS AfC Band 8c

Contract: Permanent

Hours: Full time - 37.5 hours per week

Job ref: 349-COR-V6050729

Site: Trafford General Hospital

Town: Manchester

Salary: £70,417 - £81,138 pa

Salary period: Yearly

Closing: 06/03/2024 23:59

Job overview

The Deputy Director of Clinical Procurement is a key role, reporting to Commercial Procurement Director, and as a senior leader within the procurement team, you’ll shape the development and delivery of the Procurement Strategy. With day-to-day responsibility managing the Purchasing Team, you’ll provide an effective and proactive purchasing service to all clinical areas across MFT.

Based in our new state-of-the-art offices at Trafford General Hospital, you’ll be responsible for managing the operational and strategic purchasing activity that takes place in our clinical areas. What’s more, you’ll ensure that opportunities and risks across all aspects of the trust’s commercial procurement portfolio are fully considered and consistent with the overall Trust strategy. As part of this, you’ll safeguard compliance with Standing Financial Instructions, UK legislation and Public/NHS Procurement Policy, leading on statutory compliance and working to procurement regulations/standards and non-statutory standards, health & safety guidance, infection control and FR regulations.

So, if you have the right skills, knowledge and experience, with values to match ours we’d love to hear from you.

Main duties of the job

Educated to degree level or with equivalent experience and CIPS qualified, you’ll lead on the performance management of the Clinical Purchasing Teams.

With sound knowledge of procurement legislation and statutory requirements, you’ll lead on significant high value strategic projects, ensuring they are completed in an efficient and effective manner, providing the highest possible standards of service delivery within the budget allocated.

In addition, you’ll have significant post qualification purchasing experience with demonstrable achievements at a senior level preferably within the healthcare sector, as you’ll support the procurement and contract management of insourced and outsourced clinical services as needed by the Trust.

Through engagement with clinicians and senior operational leaders you’ll promote the benefits of effective procurement by influencing them to embrace innovative alternatives to contribute towards the overall strategic aim of improving quality of care and treating more patients for a lower overall cost. You’ll provide professional procurement advice to Trust budget holders and support members of your team to develop their skills to do the same.

Working for our organisation

MFT is one of England’s largest NHS Trusts 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.

Bringing together 10 hospitals & community services from across Manchester, Trafford & beyond, we champion collaborative working & transformation, encouraging our over 28,000 workforce to pursue their career goals.  We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you’ll benefit from an extraordinary scale of opportunity.

We’re also creating a digitally enabled organisation to improve clinical quality, patient & staff experience, operational effectiveness & driving research & innovation through the introduction of Hive; our new Electronic Patient Record system, launching in September 2022.

We’re proud to be a major academic Research Centre & Education provider, offering a robust infrastructure to facilitate high-quality research programmes. Moreover, we’re excited to be progressing our MFT Green Plan along with our vison to become an Anchor Organisation, creating new jobs, promoting healthy lifestyles, developing skills and contributing to a zero-carbon environment for the benefit of the local neighborhood.


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


Detailed job description and main responsibilities


To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience you’ll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the ‘Supporting Documents’ heading.   So that you’re even more equipped to make an informed decision to apply to us, you’ll 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 you’ll 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

We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

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