Procurement

A job in procurement at St Andrew’s offers opportunities to work in a broad range of commodity and service categories, providing a sound basis for your future career progression, particularly in the healthcare or hotel services sectors.

The Procurement department works with clinical and operational teams across St Andrew’s to ensure that appropriate quality goods and services are procured at the right time and in the right place, and are obtained for the best possible value for money.

Our goal is to ensure the St Andrew’s supply chain operates in the most 'lean' way achievable and that we support all areas of the Charity in developing efficient and effective solutions for our goods and services needs. Our goal is to maximise the Charity’s purchasing power, creating an environment where patient care is effectively supported.

The Procurement function has three main elements.

  • The Tenders and Contracts team works across the Charity’s goods and services expenditure categories to achieve the best possible value for money contracts.
  • The Operational Purchasing team ensures internal customers' requirements are effectively processed into purchase orders with our suppliers, and provides day-to-day support on all supply chain matters.
  • The Stores and Distribution team ensures all goods arriving at the Charity are kept secure and delivered to wards and departments in a timely manner.

Roles in Procurement

St Andrew’s is an interesting and rewarding place to develop your procurement skills. The diverse range of goods and services procured by the Charity means that, whether working as a qualified procurement professional in the Tenders and Contracts team or in one of our operational support areas, you will gain a great deal of experience in the workings of a complex supply chain environment.

With 24 people in the Procurement department, there is a supportive and friendly environment, with opportunities for developing and diversifying your career path both within procurement and in wider Charity roles.

New employees will generally have some experience in a procurement environment but we provide a full induction and training programme to help individuals maximise their potential while working for St Andrew's. We are also able to sponsor team members seeking to undertake professional qualifications via the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS). There is also a full range of internal training courses available from our in-house Learning and Development team, which are suitable for all levels of staff.

Your first year with us

We expect new employees to learn a lot, work hard to understand our services and develop effective relationships internally and externally.

All new members of staff are expected to make a full contribution to developing the quality of our services, and new ideas and suggestions for improving the way we work are always welcomed via regular team meetings and through informal discussions.

Overall you can expect a stimulating and interesting work environment, a great team to work with, and lots of opportunities to fulfil your potential.