Graduate – Marketing
Job Posted: 7 September 2023
Job Updated: 7 September 2023
Job Title: NHS Supply Chain Graduate Trainee
Directorate: Strategy, Marketing and Change
Location: Hybrid working across any of the SCCL offices Nottingham/Leeds/Sheffield/Chester/Alfreton
Salary: £27,625 with the potential to rise to £32,925 over 3 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 – Communications
As a Graduate Trainee, you will play a key part within your allocated directorate of Strategy, Marketing, and Change. You will be working for the Marketing and Communications directorate and will navigate through the programme on a rotational basis and provide support to the organisation that is relevant to delivering change projects within NHS Supply Chain.
What does a Communications Graduate Trainee do at NHS Supply Chain?
You will experience different areas of the business as a Communications Associate including a 12-month placement, a 9-month placement, and a 3-month placement – Communications (Internal & Change, Corporate, Customer, Supplier, and Public Affairs); Marketing, Stakeholder and Events; and Web Development, Digital and Design. 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 a Graduate Trainee Communications Associate, you will work with senior leaders in the business to deliver strategic projects that closely support the business goals. You will support large projects needed to deliver the business plans and will eventually lead on smaller projects with appropriate support, guidance, and training.
Our ambition is to develop you into a Communications / Marketing professional.
Why join NHS Supply Chain (SCCL)
There has never been a better time to join NHS Supply Chain, to make a difference, and to 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 2050 net zero target.
Transforming and modernising our operations and logistics network/capability
Transforming and modernising NHS Supply Chain’s ability to grow and scale new products, services, and offerings to positively impact outcomes by driving standardisation and innovation.
Changing ways of working across marketing, customer communications, digital, stakeholder, corporate communications, and internal communications to develop a single, seamless 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: 2:2 classification degree or above achieved within the last three years gained in any degree subject.
Experience: A marketing or Communication module as part of your degree would be helpful but not essential as full training will be provided.
Skills: Excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to work well with people, skills in marketing and communications, and excellent written and verbal communication. Highly organised and proactive. Good attention to detail, creativity, and digital design skills.
Personal Qualities: You will have a real desire to work in the NHS with the drive and ambition to become a Communication Associate and we will support you to achieve this through completion of a relevant professional qualification.
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 The Difference
To apply for a place in 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 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.
NB: Please make sure before applying for the scheme that you have read all the scheme information; you have the relevant qualifications for the role and that you decide if this scheme is right for you.
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: www.supplychain.nhs.uk
For an informal discussion about the role in confidence please email us at Careers@supplychain.nhs.uk
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.
Our policies and procedures reflect our commitment to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and consistently at every stage of the recruitment process.
SCCL reserve the right to close any vacancies from further submissions when we have received sufficient applications from which to make a shortlist. Please apply without delay if you wish to be considered for this role.
If you are shortlisted for interview you will be required to provide proof of ID and the right to work in the UK.