Cognos Report Developer

Job Posted: 5 October 2021
Job Updated: 5 October 2021

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Job Title – Cognos Report Developer
Function – Business Intelligence (Finance)
Location – Alfreton or Nottingham, with working from home options
Type – Permanent (full time, 37.5 hours per week)
Salary – £40,000 – £50,000 per annum
Closing Date – 19 October 2021
Due to a retirement, we have a rare opportunity to join our Business Intelligence team as a Cognos Report Developer. NHS Supply Chain is a £2.1bn turnover healthcare / supply chain business which has ambitious growth plans in place and is set to increase its market share from c. 50% to 80% over the next 2-3 years.
Underpinning this journey is our technology capability: it is our systems and technology that has supported the whole NHS through the pandemic. We are at the start of an ambitious and significant architectural refresh of our systems, leveraging industry leading technology to replace our ERP, eCommerce and supporting systems with cloud based systems, whilst we continue to support the technology that will eventually be replaced. 
Reporting to the Senior Business Intelligence Developer, you will play a key role in the continued development and support of Business Intelligence solutions within NHS Supply Chain, driving the business towards a culture of data driven decision making and helping users gain valuable insights into the performance of the business. 
What does a Cognos Developer do at NHS Supply Chain?
  • Supports in managing the Business intelligence reporting software and supporting data warehouse.
  • Develops and delivers Business intelligence solutions in accordance with business reporting requirements.
  • Documents reporting requirements and report specification documents.
  • Documents and assists with the creation of solution design documents.
  • Conducts testing of newly developed solutions and assists users in performing UAT.
  • Translates business reporting requirements into technical solutions that helps to support decision making through the analysis of measures and metrics used by the business. 
  • Investigates, diagnoses and resolves technical reporting issues to ensure the continued performance of the solutions. 
  • Conveys technical solutions to non-technical colleagues.
What skills, qualifications and qualities do I need to be successful?
  • Significant specialist experience using IBM Cognos 10 and above, including Framework Manager.
  • Demonstratable Report studio development experience using both relational and multi-dimensional data.
  • Experience with the development of metadata modelling using Cognos Framework Manager/Cognos Data Modules.
  • Demonstratable experience of SQL (ORACLE/SQL server).
  • Experience of BI/Data Warehouse concepts and standards.
How you’ll work:
Currently, all SCCL offices are closed until September 2021, so, for now, our colleagues are all working from home. From Spring 2022 we will move to hybrid working; a blend of home and office working – 2/3 days in the office and 2/3 days at home. From September 2021 we will be learning hybrid working together, so you can expect to travel to the offices perhaps once or twice a week.
In return for your passion, enthusiasm and hard work you will be rewarded with an attractive salary and benefits package, consisting of:
  • Performance led annual bonus scheme
  • 27 days holiday plus bank holidays, with the option to purchase up to an additional 5 days
  • Generous contributory pension scheme (up to 12% of your salary)
  • Flexible benefits scheme – you will be able to choose from a variety of benefits such Life Insurance, Critical Illness Cover, Income Protection, Health Cash Plan, Dental Insurance and additional pension contributions that suit you
  • 3 days paid Volunteering Leave
  • Access to the Blue Light Card and NHS Discounts
  • Flexible working options
  • National Annual season ticket purchase scheme
  • Eye Care vouchers
  • Employee Assistance Programme
NHS Supply Chain, who are we?
We are part of the NHS family, managing more than 8 million orders per year across 94,000 order points and 17,465 locations. We deliver over 28 million lines of picked goods to the NHS annually and our systems consolidate orders from over 930 suppliers. We proudly deliver supply chain excellence and best value to NHS customers and patients through innovation, service and clinical expertise.
Our customers are at the centre of everything we do, we will ensure we continue to deliver the products and services needed by the NHS, both now and in the future. Our priorities for 2021/2022 focuses on the following areas:
  • Customer: we will anchor our business on the needs of the NHS by supporting NHS trusts to deliver safe and excellent patient care and through continuing to build the services the NHS needs.
  • Resilient: we will further strengthen the resilience of our supply chain by continuing to invest in key tools and capacity that build resilience and performance, across the end to end supply chain.
  • Safe: we will deliver clinically assured, safe products that support improved outcomes for patients and users.
  • Sustainable: we are committed to supporting the NHS objective of becoming the world’s first net carbon zero national health system through reducing single use plastics, supporting the circular economy, reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and improving human rights and labour standards.
  • Efficient: we will ensure we have a high performing workforce and highly efficient organisation.
Supply Chain Coordination Limited acts as the management function for the NHS Supply Chain. By 2023/2024, we aim to save the NHS £2.4bn by leveraging the scale of the NHS to drive savings and provide a standardised range of quality assured clinical products.
Other Information
  • SCCL is a not an NHS organisation, you will join on SCCL terms and conditions. 
  • For more information on SCCL and the NHS Supply chain please visit: 
  • For an informal no-obligation discussion in confidence about this role, please contact our recruitment team at  

NHS Supply Chain is an equal opportunities employer

SCCL is a company Registered in England and Wales, with company number 10881715, to act as the management function of the NHS Supply Chain.

SCCL values and respects the diversity of its employees and aims to recruit a workforce which reflects our diverse communities. We welcome applications irrespective of people’s age, disability, gender, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or other personal circumstances.

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