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Senior Logistics Contract Manager (UKHSA)

Job Posted: 25 November 2022
Job Updated: 25 November 2022

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Job Title: Senior Logistics Contract Manager (UKHSA)

Function: Supply Chain (Logistics)

Location: UK based (with hybrid working from home options) 

Type: up to 15 month fixed term contract (to cover a maternity leave)

Salary: £57,000 – £70,000 per annum (plus on call allowance)

Closing Date: 9 December 2022

Due to an upcoming maternity leave, we have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Logistics Contract Manager to join our team. 

You will be responsible for managing the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) storage and distribution contracts, which includes the logistics management of the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Programme (PIPP); Emergency Preparedness Resilience and Response (EPRR); Childhood Vaccines; and Covid Vaccine storage and distribution services. Each of these contracts has a range of service level requirements that need to be monitored and managed on a day-to-day basis, which includes a 5-hour emergency delivery service.

You will have responsibility of an annual logistics contract spend of >£30m, plus the delivery of additional infrastructure projects to support storage requirements of Covid-19 vaccines. The logistic services provide a pharmaceutical delivery solution for circa 5,000 GPs and Hospitals weekly. 

You will work closely alongside UKHSA and will be their logistical expert and will ensure their large range of service requirements. The role will entail management of the current operational solution as well as developing future storage and distribution strategies in line with policy requirements.

This is a vital role for the UKHSA, and you will enjoy a high level of autonomy to make decisions. It is fast paced and dynamic; you will be required to respond quickly to meet the needs of fast-moving pharmaceuticals and complex logistics. In addition to this you will provide line management to a team of 5.

What does the Senior Logistics Contract Manager do at NHS Supply Chain?

  • Manages the stock holding and distribution of Covid-19 vaccine, childhood vaccine, PIPP and EPRR across the UK in line with UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) requirements 
  • Manages a total annual logistics operational budget responsibility of >£30m and performs weekly performance reviews with logistics provider, annual budgeting processes in line with contractual year and PO/invoicing management.
  • Logistics accountability for >£1bn stockholding in >55,000 pallet spaces across multiple locations and temperature regimes (-75°C to ambient temperature controlled) 
  • Daily management of operations with circa. 5000 deliveries per week at 99.5% target delivery performance and 5-hour emergency deliveries across the UK.
  • Manages logistics providers daily and monthly KPIs and reports to UKHSA via monthly business review meetings. Working in partnership with the logistics provider to establish root causes of performance issues and agree mitigating actions.
  • Lead and attend a range of meetings including daily operational status updates
  • Develops, prepares and implements distribution solutions
  • Is available 24/7 in line with Emergency Response on call rota and leads the response team
  • Supports UKHSA quality team to ensure operational solutions are in line with Good Distribution Practise and regulatory requirements are met. 
  • Manages the 3rd Party Logistics (3PL) provider

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

  • Specific experience of managing a logistics contract
  • Experience working within a logistics / operations environment
  • Experience managing warehouse and transport operations
  • Experience of managing large budgets (circa £30m) which require weekly management and achieving service key performance indicators
  • Knowledge of logistics and supply chain management 
  • Basic knowledge of GDP Guidelines
  • A proven track record of translating business requirements into solutions and services
  • Proven track record for identifying areas for improvement and efficiencies
  • Previous line management experience
  • Ability to utilise Microsoft Excel to create capacity models, operational and supply chain data analysis and interrogate high volumes of data across a range of reports
  • Capable of building relationships with a range of functions, clients and providers and be adept at changing communication style to suit the audience
  • Able to travel to SCCL (Nottingham, London) locations and depots across the country.

Please note that if successful you will be required to undergo Security Clearance (SC). For more details of what is required with this check please visit the National Security Vetting: Clearance Levels.

How you’ll work

In Spring 2022 we moved to 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 12% of your salary)
  • Cash car allowance
  • 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?

NHS Supply Chain (SCCL) is an organisation that procures and supplies ~£3.5bn of medical devices and consumables to the NHS every year, while driving strategy, standards, efficiency, and best practise across the entire NHS Supply Chain. 

We have big plans for the future. Guided by our Vision and Strategy, we are determined to be a proactive and collaborative partner that delivers financial and health benefits across the whole healthcare system.  

NHS Supply Chain requires clear, purposeful, and impactful transformation.  To deliver our strategy we are rebalancing our business model, implementing a new operating model, and refreshing our core technology. 

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: 
  • For an informal discussion about the role in confidence please email us at to arrange a call with the Hiring Manager.
  • A full role profile and person specification is available on request by emailing the above email address.

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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