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Supplier Development Manager – Technical

Job Posted: 16 November 2023
Job Updated: 16 November 2023

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Job Title: Supplier Development Manager – Technical

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: Salary: £ £51,340 with potential to rise to £60,400 over a 3-year period.

Closing Date: Friday 1st December 2023


NHS Supply Chain are recruiting for a Commercial Supplier Development Manager


Purpose of the role


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 Technical role you will bring your expertise and commitment for Supplier Continuous Improvement planning & metrics to establish strategies in line with national and international best practice




Support the creation of our Supplier Development Playbook (including toolkits, processes and associated documentation) to communicate and govern the continuous improvement ethos required to meet the needs of our NHS

Lead a pipeline of projects driving increased productivity, quality & safety, aligned to Category Strategies and NHS priorities.

Ensure key lessons learnt from all projects and audits are fed back to enhance our Category Management

Champion Lean / Continuous Improvement across the organisation to increase engagement and help empower problem solving at source in collaboration with our OpEx team

Meet NHS Supply Chain Commercial standards in all aspects of operational assessments, audits and reporting

Represent NHS Supply Chain as required in professional and industry forums

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

















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


Educated to Degree level in a relevant specialism or equivalent level, with knowledge and experience of similar roles ideally gained within regulated industries.

Good understanding of Project Management principles supported by experience of leading projects from Ideation through to Implementation

Desirable – Project Management certification

Working knowledge of Lean principles and the importance of best practice, with the drive for further development in this field

Desirable – Certification in Manufacturing & Operational Excellence and Quality

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, with a natural bias to ‘right first time’.

Determination to drive change in a complex matrix organisation.


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

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