Head of Operations

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust


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Job summary

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust provides services to the residents of Southend, Basildon and Chelmsford. It was formed in April 2020 by the merger of Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust, and Basildon & Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The procurement function acts as a centre of excellence for all Procurement & Supply Chain activities across the new group. It manages the provision of goods and services to all departments (clinical and non-clinical) on a daily basis, contracting for the provision with several thousand suppliers. The service performs a strategic business management role, managing £370m of non-pay expenditure in support of its stakeholders across the group.

Main duties of the job

Play a key role in promoting the procurement operations team in MSE as a service for both internal and external customers. Ensure that the Operations team is able to support the expansion of the procurement service to others.

Drive a culture of customer centricity within the Procurement Operations team

To manage the implementation and development of procurement services for MSE to support the strategic approach to Systems & Supply Chain

Responsible for the development and execution of the Procurement Information Systems strategy. This will provide strategic direction in the provision of systems and processes that are required to transform the delivery and ongoing development of the procurement and logistics function in MSE.

About us

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust is now one of the largest trusts in the country, serving a population of 1.2 million people. Our newly formed Trust, comprising acute hospital sites at Broomfield in Chelmsford, Basildon and Southend, is determined to provide the best health services for its local population. We are a well-led, high-performing and innovative organisation working in the best interests of the people we serve.

With a workforce of approximately 15,000 staff, we can now do more and go further in delivering health services to our local communities.

Our ambition is to deliver excellent local and specialist services, to improve the health and wellbeing of our patients, and provide a vibrant place for staff to develop, innovate and build careers.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The ideal candidate will have experience in a procurement environment as well as extensive experience of procurement team management and specialist experience of logistics management.

Person Specification



  • Doctorate degree or equivalent level of knowledge gained through work experience
  • Member of Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) or appropriate professional institute or relevant experience.

Knowledge & experience


  • Minimum of 5 years' experience in a procurement environment
  • Extensive experience of Procurement team management
  • Minimum of 3 years specialist experience of logistics management.
  • Experience of running and developing the use of e-purchasing systems

Certificate of Sponsorship

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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

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust



Southend on Sea


Employer's website

https://www.mse.nhs.uk (Opens in a new tab)

For questions about the job, contact:

Tracey Leforte


Date posted

22 February 2022

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 8c


£65,664 a year per annum



Working pattern


Reference number


Job locations


Southend on Sea


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