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Inventory Management Advisor

Job Posted: 4 May 2023
Job Updated: 31 May 2023

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Job Title: Inventory Management Advisor

Function: Strategy, Comms & Change

Location: Mobile – Flexibility required

Type: Permanent

Job Ref: 456

Salary: £59,925 rising in increments to £70,500 in year 3 

Closing Date: Friday 30th June 2023


We have an exciting opportunity within NHS Supply Chain for an Inventory Management Adviser to join our new In-Hospital Services team. The Inventory Management Adviser will act as an expert on best practice inventory management within a hospital/healthcare environment and advise both the organisation and our customers. They will be confident in talking externally in public forums about inventory management best practice and will help to set standards and guidelines for the NHS to enable the effective and consistent governance, management, and visibility of medical and clinical consumables, to enable improved cost and safety outcomes for the NHS.


What does a Inventory Management Adviser do at NHS Supply Chain?


  • Works within the NHS healthcare industry to promote and drive adoption of industry best practice inventory management
  • Works as subject matter expert with customers and colleagues in the inventory management field to map, deploy and embed sustainable healthcare supply chain processes with a primary focus on inventory management
  • Provides authoritative specialist advice
  • Is nationally mobile and can adapt to, and quickly assess, a range of operational systems, processes, infrastructure, and environmental factors to inform best practice recommendations.
  • Quickly builds trusted relationships with stakeholders at all organisational levels and is persuasive in promoting good practice and industry leading approaches to process design, change management and continuous improvement
  • Documents complex ‘as is’ and ‘to be’ states and describes the changes required to migrate from one to the other, including definition and capture of measures of success
  • Delivers operational recommendations with simplicity and clarity to improve supply chain outcomes, value for money and improved clinical safety
  • Has strong knowledge of complex supply chains and cross-industry supply chain best practice, to contribute to the development of the inventory management strategy with the NHS or hospital supply chain environment
  • Applies knowledge of industry and the marketplace to advance the organisation’s goals
  • Interprets and applies key financial indicators to make better business decisions
  • Manages own and reporting individuals’ performance, taking appropriate actions to ensure achievement of agreed objectives.
  • Develops and delivers multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences.
  • Holds self and others accountable to meet commitments
  • Autonomously plans and prioritises work to meet commitments aligned to organisational and programme deliverables
  • Consistently achieves results, even under tough circumstances
  • Uses compelling arguments to gain the support and commitment of others
  • Secures and deploys resources effectively and efficiently
  • Builds partnerships and works collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives.



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

  • Master’s degree or equivalent level of specialist knowledge
  • Substantial general work experience with comprehensive job-related experience in own area of expertise
  • Experience of planning and managing resources to deliver predetermined objectives (3 years minimum)



How you’ll work


This role will be mobile, you will be working from home, and travel to the Trusts. Flexibility will be required to work around our NHS customers’ availability and clinical priorities.


In return for your passion, enthusiasm, and hard work you will be rewarded with an attractive

the 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 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


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:


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.

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