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Assistant Buyer

Grade B

Main area
Procurement Department
Grade B
Flexible working - Up to 25 a week
Job ref
Calderdale and Huddersfield Solutions Ltd
Employer type
£19,380 per annum
Salary period
21/04/2021 23:59
Interview date

Calderdale and Huddersfield Solutions is a new dynamic organisation working in partnership  with a strong organisational and personal development focus.

With approximately 5700 employees and a turnover of £352 million, the Trust provides a comprehensive range of secondary care services to the people of Calderdale and Huddersfield and has an exceptional reputation for service delivery.

The Foundation Trust aims to design and implement services, policies and measures that meet the diverse needs of our service, population and workforce.

Job overview

The successful candidate will be joining our organisation at an exciting time. CHS is an exceptional place to work with many amazing teams of hard working and dedicated staff, delivering high standards of estates, facilities and procurement services to Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust and other customers. We have made significant changes in the way we work to meet the challenges of the changing NHS. This is a new organisation, wholly owned by the Foundation Trust, and the Board has full accountability for the delivery of high quality, cost effective services. The Trust itself has plans for a significant reconfiguration of its services, supported by a recent announcement of £196m of capital funding. Obviously this is an exciting time for us as we develop our commercial strategy and are set for growth.

Main duties of the job

We now have an opportunity for an Assistant Buyer to help to develop and enhance the delivery of our patient focused services strategy. The post will work within the Buying Team within CHS which plays a vital role in ensuring that effective procurement services are delivered to the Trust.

Working for our organisation

Calderdale and Huddersfield Solutions Ltd (CHS) went live operationally on 1st September 2018. The company provides estates, facilities and procurement services to Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust (CHFT) and other customers. The company employs 450 staff in a wide range of functions, ranging from cleaners and porters to engineers and procurement specialists. CHS is in the process of developing an exciting and innovative commercial strategy which envisages significant growth and development over the next three years.

We are ensuring that the organisation is fit for purpose by introducing and embedding new skills and behaviours. The four key behaviours underpinning the whole of our strategy are:

We put the patient first

We ’go see’

We work together to get results

We do the must-do’s

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

As part of a locally based Procurement and Supplies team the post holder will:
 Assist in the administration of the procurement department including purchase to pay activity, meeting
scheduling etc.
 Help to ensure that goods and services are obtained in the most cost effective manner, in accordance
with the Trust’s Financial Procedures.
 Provide a source of information and advice to customers and generally act as a key point of contact for
both internal and externalstakeholders.
 Maintain appropriate purchasing (and other) records on behalf of CHS/theTrust. 

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • 5x A*-C Grade GCSEs (must include English & Maths)
Desirable criteria
  • Vocational courses appropriate to the post


Essential criteria
  • Experience of business administration processes
Desirable criteria
  • Previous experience in the NHS or other large organisation in a purchasing role
  • Commercial focus or business background
  • Experience of a customer service environment

Knowledge & Skills:

Essential criteria
  • Good written, verbal and analytical skills
  • Computer literacy utilising Microsoft Office applications
  • Ability to use telephone in a professional confident manner
Desirable criteria
  • Knowledge of P2P processes
  • Knowledge of Trust procurement systems
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Further details / informal visits contact

Thomas Wareham
Job title
Operational Procurement Lead
Email address
Telephone number
07827 808 992
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