Head of Service - Logistics & Supply Chain

Band 8c

Main area
Lancashire Procurement Cluster
Band 8c
Full Time 37.5 Hours Per Week
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Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital
East Lancashire Area
£56,665 to £69,168 per annum (pro-rata)
27/02/2018 23:59

At East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust our vision is to be widely recognised for providing safe, personal and effective care.  We currently provide high quality services and treat over 600,000 people across East Lancashire and the surrounding area. We employ over 7,000 staff, many of whom are internationally renowned and have won awards for their work.

At East Lancashire Hospitals Trust, our vision is to be widely recognised for providing safe, personal and effective care. We currently provide high quality services and treat over 600,000 people across East Lancashire and the surrounding area. We employ over 7,000 staff, many of whom are internationally renowned and have won awards for their work.

The LPC is a new ground breaking shared service which is creating a step change in procurement and supply chain maturity for the member trusts; Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS FT, East Lancashire NHS Trust and Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS FT. It is fundamentally re-shaping the role of procurement across the local health economy to ensure the service is fit for purpose and can deliver value and customer satisfaction in a sustainable manner.

The LPC is hosted by ELHT but staff are based across all three organisations. The vision is to deliver an excellent procurement, logistics and supplies service which focusses on continuous improvement, delivers value for the Trusts in terms of savings and efficiencies and improves outcomes for patients.

The “go live” date was the 1st November 2017. The LPC has tremendous support from the Trusts who invest in our services because they recognise the strategic nature of the procurement and supply chain function. The shared service model is aligned with Lord Carter recommendations and demonstrates that the Trusts in the North West are leading the way in terms of innovation and best practice.

We are now looking recruit a Head of Service for Logistics & Supply Chain so that we can deliver the expectations of our customers and take the organisation to the next stage of development.

The senior management roles are fundamental in terms of developing strategy, leading customer relations, establishing a consistent corporate culture and developing standardised, efficient and effective business processes. The successful candidate will be at the heart of developing the Procurement and Supply Chain Strategy, shaping the future of the LPC, and creating an innovative and nationally recognised centre of procurement and supply chain excellence in the North West.

The Head of Service role will have the focus and the autonomy to work strategically with colleagues, peers and clients, and focus on their specialism to drive improvement and delivery of objectives. The logistics and supply chain teams across the three Trusts are at significantly different stages of maturity and this is reflected in the investment, resources and remit of the three teams. The challenge for the Head of Service in this area will be to develop a strategy which is aligned to national initiatives such as “Scan4Safety”, harmonises service delivery across the three Trusts and modernises existing systems to deliver a return on investment.

Experience will be demonstrated through a strong background in procurement, stock control/management, or logistics.  A proven track record of transforming services, delivering sustainable savings and exceeding customer expectations is essential.

Applicants are sought from across the private and public sector; the successful applicant will bring new learning, best practice and customer focus.  It is important that we recruit the best possible candidates, recognising that innovation and continuous improvement will be key to delivering sustainable NHS services for the future.


  • you are ready to “make a difference”
  • your ambitions match those of the LPC and
  • you believe that you have the vision, commitment and skills to deliver innovation and transform services in the NHS

we would like to hear from you.

Link attached to view the vacancies in more detail:

For an informal chat and to request a confidential copy of the LPC Final Business Case please call Sharon Robson, Director of Procurement on 07850 541842 or Mike Doyle, Deputy Director of Procurement on 07834 327 338.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 27th February 2018. Selection interviews will be on Wednesday 7th March 2018 and final interviews will be Friday 9th March 2018.

Previous applicants need not apply.

Please ensure you check the email account from which you apply regularly as we may use this to contact you regarding your application.

Only those applicants who demonstrate clearly how they meet our person specification will be shortlisted for interview.

We reserve the right to close any vacancies from further applications when we have received a minimum number of applications from which to make a shortlist. Please ensure you apply without delay if you wish to be considered for this role.

The Trust is committed to creating a well managed, flexible working environment that supports staff and promotes their welfare and development. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity; we value the contribution of individual talent, skills, knowledge and experience and aim for a workforce demography representative of the local community. We operate Zero Tolerance to aggression, violence, bullying and harassment. We will make reasonable adjustments to ensure our recruitment and selection process is accessible to all. Flexible Working applications will be considered. The Trust operates a No Smoking Policy.

Should you require a reasonable adjustment to our recruitment process please contact a member of Recruitment Services on 01254 732075 at the earliest opportunity to ensure that measures can be put in place to enable your application for this post.

Please Note: new entrants to the NHS will normally commence on the first pay point of the relevant band.

This job advert will close as soon as sufficient applications have been received. Please apply for this job as soon as you can, if interested.

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Sharon Robson - Director of Procurement - 07850 541842 or Mike Doyle - Deputy Director of Procurement on 07834 327338

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