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Supplier Development Manager – SRM/SDM01

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

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Job Title: Supplier Development Manager – Commercial

Function: Supplier Relationship Management/ Commercial

Location: Any NHSSC location will be considered. (Nottingham, Chester, Leeds, Sheffield or Alfreton)

Type: Permanent

SCCL Grade: Hay Grade 17


Salary: £51,993 with potential to rise to £56,187 over a 3-year period.

Closing Date: Wednesday 29th November 2023


NHS Supply Chain are recruiting for a Commercial Supplier Development Manager


What does a Supplier Development Manager do at NHS Supply Chain?


Our goal within the Supplier Development Team will be to engage and work both internally with our Categories and associated Functions and externally with our Supplier base,

outside of the contracting process, to increase our supply chains capability and capacity in line with our NHS Supply Chain Vision.


You will support building our action plan to increase quality and value, through ongoing improvements in key areas of Manufacturing & Logistics, Innovation & Social Value.


In the Commercial role you will bring your experience & passion for Manufacturing & Supply Chain and Procurement expertise together, partnering with Categories and other key internal stakeholders to help deliver increased efficiency and resilience in category strategies.




Support the launch and ongoing communications around our UK Manufacturing Strategy

Work with Category Leads to feasibility assess opportunities where UK make could improve supply agility and value using end-to-end supply chain analysis, defining intended benefits and metrics.

Work with Sustainability and Resilience teams on supplier risks to assess if the UK Manufacturing base could be an effective alternative, defining all relevant trade-offs and possible mitigations.

Support the Innovation and SRM teams to ensure that all definitions of UK manufacturers are well placed to meet our future needs, in collaboration with the Technical Supplier Development Manager

Utilise appropriate project management methodology to structure, resource and lead the delivery of change, including post implementation evaluation on behalf of key stakeholders.

Meet NHS Supply Chain Commercial standards in all aspects of Value Based Procurement and Financial assessment and reporting.

Engage with and maintain working knowledge of the UK Manufacturing base, creating a network of contacts and events in order to track evolving opportunities in the market.

Support the implementation of our SME engagement ladder principles, working with the Categories and Performance & Risk teams to track the growth in representation as defined in DHSC / NHS Supply Chain Social Value targets.

Represent NHS Supply Chain as required in DHSC, Standards Agencies, Trade associations and other forums.

Be in a position to attend site visits and meetings across the UK as needed, subject to reasonable notice.

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


Educated to Degree level or equivalent with knowledge and experience of relevant specialisms.

Desirable – Experience within regulated industries, prioritising safety, and quality

CIPS Membership

Working knowledge of Project Management principles supported by demonstrable experience of leading projects from Ideation through to Implementation

Desirable –Project Management certification

Strong understanding of Lean principles and the importance of best practice

Proven ability to persuade and influence effectively at all organisational levels, utilising strong interpersonal, analytical and presentation skills.

Strong financial modelling and cost analysis skills

A collaborative approach to problem solving.

Relevant experience of risk management, corporate governance and quality management systems.

Determination to drive change in a complex matrix organisation.

Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.



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


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


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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