Procurement Roles (various)

£32,029 - £45,591
05 Jun 2020
26 Jun 2020
Contract Type
Full time

Northumberland County Council provides a huge range of services across one of the largest counties in the UK. Local Government’s ongoing challenges and the diversity of our residents means we have to work smarter. That’s why we want bold, creative and agile thinkers who can help us move forward and innovate. 
The Council is on an extensive transformation journey and we are proud to call ourselves the place for prosperity and innovation. We are a county that boasts international leaders in industry, investment-ready locations, welcoming communities, a rich history and proud heritage, and globally significant tourist attractions, culture and landscapes. 
For further information about working for Northumberland County Council, please click here: 

The Service: 
Providing strategic procurement for Northumberland County Council and Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust; the Shared Procurement Service is a ground-breaking collaboration between the local authority and the Trust. It’s aim is to provide a sustainable and cost effective procurement service which helps drive economic benefits and service quality for all stakeholder organisations. 

The Roles: 
The Contracting function comprises two teams; Clinical, Health and Wellbeing and Corporate, FM and Environment.  
- Senior Procurement Specialist (Fixed Term - 12 months) - Clinical, Health and Wellbeing (£41,675 - £45,591)
- Senior Procurement Specialist - Corporate, FM and Environment (£41,675 - £45,591)
- Procurement Specialist x 2 - Clinical, Health and Wellbeing  (£32,029 - £35,934)
- Procurement Specialist x 2 - Corporate, FM and Environment (£32,029 - £35,934)  

Please state in your application which role(s) you would be interested in. 

The team is a well-established team which has positive relationships across both the NHS and Council. We operate in an agile environment meaning that the successful applicants can be flexible in their work location. The central procurement office sits in County Hall, Morpeth but there are a range of other working sites available across Northumberland and North Tyneside and a mix of office and home-working is also offered. 
The team has a commitment to work-life balance and Senior Managers who understand the importance of flexibility.  

About the Roles 
The post-holders will be responsible for the delivery of a defined number of procurement projects across the two stakeholder organisations. As the roles cross both local authority and NHS, expertise in Local Authority and/or NHS procurement is desirable but not essential. We have an excellent record of developing our staff with varied experience and therefore applicants from other sectors are also welcomed. Further details can be found in the job descriptions linked above. One thing that the successful applicants will have in common is the ability to draw on a well-developed set of procurement skills and commercial business acumen, working with a range of different stakeholders to provide an excellent service. We are keen to promote staff progression and to recognise achievement and the Council offers a range of recognition programmes accordingly. 

Those joining the Shared Procurement Service will have a unique opportunity to make a real contribution to shape the direction of this new service. Successful applicants will be proactive and enjoy being challenged by new areas and activities; demonstrating a high level of attention to detail, they will also possess excellent communication and team working skills.

Key Benefits: 
- A competitive salary (see above for details)
- Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme
- A wide range of staff benefits including a competitive annual leave provision, salary sacrifice schemes including holidays, lease cars, cycle to work and childcare vouchers.
- Flexible working arrangements, including a generous flexi-scheme

Essential requirements:
- For full details see the job descriptions

Please note that successful applicants for the Senior roles must be able to attend an interview/assessment centre on Tuesday 14th July 2020 (date to be confirmed for other roles)

For further information about these vacancies, please contact Pam Hindhaugh, Corporate, FM and Environment (T:07976 886600) or Emma Losh, Clinical, Health and Wellbeing (T:07825 088949) for an informal discussion.

We would also be happy to welcome applications for the Clinical, Health and Wellbeing posts from existing NHS staff looking for an external secondment opportunity, as a way to develop their skills and experience in a shared procurement service. Please state this on your application form if this is the case and confirm that your current organisation would be happy to support this.

For guidance on completing your application and for information about our Equality and Diversity principles, please see attached notes.

If you have a disability and would prefer to apply in a different format or would like us to make reasonable adjustments to enable you to attend an interview please email

Closing date for applications is midnight on June 26th 2020