Associate Director Of Procurement

17th March 2023
6th April 2023
Job Type
Salary (£)
£67,064 - £77,274


Job overview

SCW is flexible in terms of your working base within our South of England office network, including homeworking options as part of working patterns. As part of your role, you will be expected from time to time, to travel to a range of SCW and customer sites.

The post holder will take a leading role in the team’s provision of an efficient, effective and high quality professional and well-co-ordinated procurement service, capable of meeting all statutory, regulatory and NHS requirements and ensuring alignment with the activity of the organisation.

Main duties of the job

The Associate Director of Procurement (Commercial and non-clinical) is a leadership post within SCW, with responsibility for the strategic and operational development of the services and supporting the Deputy Director of Procurement to shape and manage the current and future direction of the services. The post holder will manage a portfolio of services to both SCW and its customers, ensuring that all statutory, regulatory and NHS requirements are met.  These services currently include:

  • Non-Clinical Procurement Service
  • SCW Commercial team

The Commercial Team provides commercial capacity and capability to support and advise managers and staff across SCW to drive maximum benefit and efficiencies from contracts.  With the Head of Commercial as your direct report, you will oversee delivery of an effective commercial service supporting and advising colleagues across SCW, whilst managing a team to deliver effectively and efficiently all commercial activity.  The SCW Commercial team also owns and maintains SCW’s internal contract registers and standard contracting suite.


The Non-Clinical Procurement Service delivers a high performing end to end procurement service to SCW and various external customers, ranging from order processing through to complex project procurement.  The Non-Clinical Procurement Service also has a broad role in supporting the governance of the organisation and interacts regularly with NHS England and others to aid of this.

Working for your organisation

Our award-winning Procurement team of c.70 people, provides procurement expertise to NHS organisations across the South of England, predominantly NHS England and Integrated Care Boards. Our project portfolio is interesting and diverse, ranging from primary care services or prison healthcare through to immunisations programmes, patient transport services, digital solutions for health and a whole range of other fields, such as consultancy and professional services.


Due to wide-ranging expansion of our work portfolio and customer base, we have recently recruited to a number of procurement roles in our extremely supportive, proactive and professional team.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

This role is suitable for an experienced individual who would like to take a senior leadership role in an established, proactive and professional team.  The post holder will:

  • Lead business development for the two services and own internal and external account management responsibilities. Align activity with SCW’s wider account management and support multi-disciplinary service promotion.
  • Be a credible, visible and authoritative adviser on commercial contracting and procurement issues to senior executives.
  • Support the development and delivery of commercial strategies requiring supplier innovation, senior stakeholder engagement, and/or market building/shaping on behalf of external and internal customers.
  • Play an active role in SCW’s Senior Leadership Team, in particular contributing to the wider commercial development of SCW.
  • Operate effectively in a flexible and demanding environment whilst having regular contact with internal and external stakeholders. This will often include the need to engage with them over sensitive, complex, contentious legal and confidential issues.
  • Take a leadership role within SCW on commercial and procurement governance issues, including supporting senior colleagues throughout the organisation on business case development.  This will also include being a key contact with NHS England colleagues.
  • Support the development and management for the budget and ongoing monitoring of expenditure, ensuring the appropriate documentation is available for scrutiny. Furthermore, constantly strive for value for money and greater efficiency in the use of these budgets, taking into consideration that they operate in recurrent financial balance year on year.
  • The post requires a commitment to travel the geography covered by SCW.
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