Future Hospital Procurement Lead (Construction/Infrastructure) | NHS | Plymouth/Flexible

We have been retained by University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust to find its next Procurement Lead to support the Future Hospital programme announced by Boris Johnson 18 months ago as well as additional developments that will help integrate health and wellbeing services across the city.

This is an exciting time for the Trust as these developments are central to its plans to improve the quality of care for a population of around 500,000.  Use of Modern Methods of Construction and considering the NHS ambition to be Net Zero by 2040 add additional interest to the role and the projects.      

Reporting to the Head of Commercial Services, you will be responsible for a number of key schemes to include:

  • The phased development of our Derriford hospital site, starting with a large new build project – a £126m unscheduled care hospital. Further schemes include a planned care centre and a mix of new build and major estate refurbishment over the next decade.
  • The construction of new estate within the community including a new Health and Wellbeing Hub in Plymouth city centre and the roll out of a new diagnostic hub.
  • Several enabling projects including temporary decant facilities, civils works and wider infrastructure developments at and around the hospital site.

The purpose of the role is three-fold:

  1. Responsible for all procurement, commercial and contract management activities associated with the future hospital programme.  This includes tendering, evaluation and contract implementation of complex and significant infrastructure and works projects, utilising innovative public contracts regulations.
  2. Lead, develop and support all future hospital procurement activities. This will involve the development and implementation of a future hospital procurement strategy, the management of all future hospital procurement activities and reporting of an agreed work plan. Ensure governance and compliance with all relevant procurement legislation, realisation of savings, identifying areas for opportunities and bringing added commercial value and benefit of the department and the Trust.
  3. Be the main customer contact for all future hospital procurement activity for the department and the Trust, providing procurement and contractual advice and deputising for the Head of Commercial Services.

You will form part of a progressive team of individuals who are rated the #1 procurement team in the NHS league tables for excellence. There is a real sense of autonomy and an output driven culture that the CPO has created and instilled into his team and the results speak for themselves. Learning and Development are at the forefront of importance and by joining this organisation you will have access to the Procurement training academy and all its resources.

Skills and experience needed for this role:

  • Proven experience of tendering, evaluation and contract implementation of complex and significant infrastructure and works projects.
  • Proven experience of managing a forward thinking, proactive, procurement process or team.
  • Demonstrate highly developed theoretical and practical knowledge at an advanced level with experience and expertise in procurement management, procedures, relevant legislation and policies.
  • Commercially astute both in terms of leading on the negotiation of procurement projects but also developing business models.
  • Proven experience of negotiating contracts in a large organisation and a track record of achieving significant cost reductions.
  • Proven track record in managing complex projects and processes.
  • Demonstrate awareness and understanding of procure to pay and catalogue management systems.
  • Demonstrate excellent written & oral communication skills at senior manager level.
  • Experience of operating a category management approach to sourcing.
  • Politically astute and able to build robust networks.

The role does not require you to have OJEU experience although it would be a ‘nice to have.’ The CPO is very flexible on this as most of his team (himself included) came from the private sector initially. What matters is the complex, large scale infrastructure projects experience and the soft skills to build strong rapport and relationships both internally and externally.

Benefits of the Future Hospital Procurement Lead role:

  • £53,168 – £62,001 base salary
  • Access to generous NHS Pension scheme
  • Access to company car scheme (NHS Fleet Solutions)
  • 27 days Annual leave rising to 33
  • Relocation package to be discussed upon application

Where you perform your role is up to you but given the nature of the role, you will want to be on site as required to see the build develop and broker those key relationships. Plymouth is a beautiful part of the UK, and if re-locating is an option for you, we can discuss a re-location package to support this.

Click here to read or view our Big Interview with Andy McMinn, Chief Procurement Officer at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust.

Below is a video the Trust have put together highlighting the development stage.

Shortlisting will take place during the 1st 2 weeks of April followed by behavioural profiling and a panel interview to take place on the 5th of May.

If you want to work in an environment where everything you do has the purpose of saving lives and improving the health of the nation, you won’t find a better Trust to carry this out!

How to apply:

To discuss the Procurement Lead role in more depth please contact Hayley Packham at Procurement Heads by emailing your CV to hayley@procurementheads.com or call +44 7780 043157. Enquiries are all handled confidentially.

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