Graduate – Sustainability
Job Posted: 7 September 2023
Job Updated: 7 September 2023
Job Title: NHS Supply Chain Graduate Trainee
Directorate: Supply Chain – Sustainability
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 the 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 for direct emissions, whilst also achieving our target re indirect emissions too. 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 – Sustainability
As a Graduate Trainee you will play a key part within the Sustainability team. You will navigate through the programme on a rotational basis and provide support to the organisation that is relevant to Sustainability within NHS Supply Chain.
What does a Sustainability Graduate Trainee do at NHS Supply Chain?
You will experience different areas of the business as a Sustainability trainee, learning how a support function assists other teams in a matrix organisation, these rotations also support personal development, and understanding the breadth of knowledge and skills sustainability professional need to call upon. 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 – Sustainability you will work with senior leaders in the business to develop strategic plans that closely support the businesses goals. You will advise on the people solutions needed to deliver the business plans in line with our sustainability ambitions.
Our aspiration is to develop you into a Sustainability Professional.
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:
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 classification degree or above achieved within the last five years gained in Sustainability or Environmental Management or a relevant related degree where you have studied a sustainability-related topic.
Experience: Some work experience would be valuable; however, not essential as full training will be provided.
Skills: Excellent numerical, writing, computer literacy, communication, and presentation skills.
Personal Qualities: You will have a real desire to work in the NHS with the drive and ambition to become a senior sustainability professional.
How you’ll work
Hybrid working; a blend of home and office working, flexible and based on where you need to be to do the role..
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 providing 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 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.
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.