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Graduate – Business Architecture

Job Posted: 15 November 2023
Job Updated: 15 November 2023

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Job Title: NHS Supply Chain Graduate Trainee

Directorate: Strategy and Business Architecture

Location: Nottingham

Contract: Perm

SCCL Grade: Hay Grade 13

Salary: £27,625 with the potential to rise to £32,925 over 2 years

Closing Date: 31st January 2024.


NHS Supply Chain has opened applications for their 2024 Graduate Scheme Programme.


At NHS Supply Chain, you don’t have to be a health practitioner to make a difference to patients. Our purpose is to deliver supply chain excellence and best value to NHS customers and patients through innovation, service, and clinical expertise.


The NHS is the biggest organisation in the UK. And it relies on billions of medical devices and specialist items every year to provide expert care. We’re here to buy safe, quality products that are exactly what our practitioners need.


At the same time, we’re working towards becoming the world’s first net-zero national health system by 2040. To achieve this, we’re constantly innovating and using data and technology to drive our efficiency.


What if you could use your skills to make a difference in the world? We’re looking for the brightest brains to work in essential areas across the business. This year, we have a variety of fantastic graduate opportunities, and we’d love to talk with you about them.


Make your Work Count.  Begin a rewarding career at NHS Supply Chain.


Graduate Trainee – Strategy and business Architecture


As a Graduate Trainee you will play a key part within your allocated directorate of Strategy and Business Architecture.  You will navigate through the programme on a rotational basis and provide support to Strategy and Business Architecture within NHS Supply Chain.  


What does a Strategy and Business Architecture Graduate Trainee do at NHS Supply Chain?


You will experience different areas of Strategy and Business Architecture, 24 months in 4* 6-month placements within Market Insight, Business Architecture, Process Architecture and Strategy.

You will be allocated a mentor for the duration of your programme and the opportunity to gain 2 -way feedback on your programme over the 2-year period.


With the support from others in the team, as Graduate Trainee – Strategy, you will work with senior leaders in the business.


Our ambition is to support you to develop into a Strategy Analyst.


Why join NHS Supply Chain (SCCL)


There has never been a better time to join NHS Supply Chain, to make a difference and contribute to our overall purpose and vision.  We continue to transform our business, whether we are:

Creating and implementing the sustainability strategy and implementation plan for the NHS supply chain enabling the overall system to make significant progress toward the 2045 net zero target.

Transforming and modernising our operations and logistics network/capability

Developing, creating, and implementing the Centre of Excellence for Procurement & Contract Management

Transforming and modernising NHS Supply Chain’s ability to grow and scaling new products, services, and offerings to positively impact outcomes by driving standardisation and innovation

Developing a single, seamless internal communication capability

Dynamic Horizon scanning (opportunities and risk) and ideation cycle to accelerate growth

Helping create and drive a culture of using data and data driven insights to support operational and strategic decision making as well as improving customer and supplier experience.


You can guarantee that your contribution will make a fundamental difference to what we are and what we do. 

What skills, qualities, and qualifications do I need to be successful:


Qualifications: 2:1 degree or above achieved within the last three years.


Experience: A Business, Economics or related Management degree or Consultancy experience


Skills: Excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to work well with people, strong analytical skills, numerical, writing, computer literacy, communication, and presentation skills.


Personal Qualities: Desire to work in or to support the NHS with the drive and ambition to become a Strategy Professional


How you’ll work


Hybrid working; a blend of home and office working 2/3 days in the office and 2/3 days at home.


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 6% employee / 12% employer contributions of your base salary)

Access to 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

2 days paid Volunteering Leave

1 day paid Wellbeing Leave

Long Service Awards

Access to the Blue Light Card and NHS Discounts

Flexible working options

National Annual season ticket purchase scheme

Eye Care vouchers

Access to a free 24/7 Employee Assistance Programme


NHS Supply Chain, who are we?


We are a part of the NHS family, and our role is to source, deliver and supply healthcare products, services and food for NHS trusts and healthcare organisations across England and Wales. We make sure the products we supply are always safe, quality assured and delivered efficiently.


We’re always listening to the people who use our products, so that we’re aware of the changing needs across the NHS. In all, we serve every NHS Trust and operate a national network of distribution centres. We also manage relationships with more than a thousand suppliers, delivering more than 8,000,000 orders each year to more than 17,000 locations.


And by doing all of this on behalf of the NHS, this gives NHS staff more time to focus on their main priority of proving excellent patient care.


Our, Purpose, Vision and Strategy are clear. We provide direction, leadership, and commercial focus to improve health outcomes.


Vision: To make it easier for the NHS to put patients first


Purpose: Our role is to support the NHS to save lives and improve health



Be Authentic

Be Inclusive

Be Driven

Be Enterprising

Be The Difference


Application Process


To apply for a place on the graduate scheme, you will need to make an application following the link below.  You will be required to upload your CV, Personal Statement and Degree Certificate (If you already have this).


Once we have your details and have reviewed your application you will be required to complete a verbal and numerical reasoning tests along with a personality questionnaire. 


Applicants will be shortlisted and those successful at this first stage will be invited to an initial interview held via Microsoft Teams. Finally, all candidates who are selected following the Teams interview will be invited to attend a regional assessment centre. This will include a group exercise, presentation, and competency-based interview.

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