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Apprentice Buyer

Southern Health NHS Fo
Competitive salary
Closing date
4 Dec 2021

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Southern Health is one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health, adult and child community health and learning disabilities

Join our new intake of procurement apprentices!

We are looking for an apprentice to join our lively procurement team as an Apprentice Buyer. You will be supported to study for the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) Level 4 Diploma as part of this role. CIPS Level 4 is a vocationally related qualification recognised generally as the standard for the procurement profession or you may opt for the L3 Business Administration BTEC

This opportunity will provide you with a qualification, a good working knowledge of operational procurement, financial awareness, and NHS experience.

The role involves the day to day processing of orders for goods and services requested by the Trust's staff. You will be on the constant look out for savings opportunities whilst ensuring that the Trust is buying safe and fit for purpose goods. The role involves creating and maintaining catalogues for regularly purchased items. You will have a lot of interactions with staff and suppliers making the job both busy and interesting. Part of the role is also to support staff when there are problems with delivery or pricing.

You will have a confident telephone manner and be tactful and assertive, able to support staff to get the goods they need and be able to work effectively with external suppliers.

A car is not essential for this role but you need to be able to reliably get to the office at Tatchbury Mount SO40 2RZ.

There is free parking on our attractive rural site just off Junction 2 of the M27.

NHS pension and Blue Light card discounts

Once you have completed your apprenticeship successfully and if there is a position available you may be offered a permanent role.

Closing Date for Applications: 3rd Dec

Interview Date: 9th/10th Dec

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A DBS check is required by the Employer for this post. The Employer will undertake an initial check at the appropriate level on appointment. As a condition of employment you are required to register with the online DBS update service and maintain this registration throughout employment; costs associated with this will be reimbursed, subject to taxation in line with guidance from HMRC.

Any personal information you provide will be treated in the strictest confidence and in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.


Southern Health Foundation Trust (SHFT) is committed to promoting the welfare and safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk of abuse and neglect. As an employee, you are accountable to ensure that you know to how to respond when you are concerned for the safety of a child, young person or adult at risk, applying the principles of the Family Approach to ensure evidence based analysis, risk management and appropriate action and escalation. SHFT require staff to work effectively together using the Family Approach to achieve better outcomes for adults, children and families. The Trust will support you in this duty by providing ongoing training, support and advice and have a Corporate Safeguarding Team who can be contacted for guidance and the provision of safeguarding supervision.

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