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Head of Purchasing

Job Description and Requirements

Job Summary

Responsible for ongoing management of purchasing strategy and activity and for ensuring optimal supplier performance and price. Develop and implement a strategy to ensure the function is operating in line with the objectives of the Hospital to add value, mitigate supply chain risk and deliver cost savings. Develop and maintain strategic supplier relationships and manage the development of contracts, contractual relationships and contract management to deliver continuous improvement in delivery of materials by the supply base.

Duties & Responsibilities


  • Ensure that purchasing strategies and processes are in place to meet business objectives and operational needs in terms of price, quality and delivery targets
  • Evaluate the challenges faced and take action to mitigate risks and develop opportunities
  • Take ownership of the purchasing policy, guidelines and any associated documents
  • Initiate and develop creative and innovative procurement processes (eProcurement)
  • Responsible for managing relationships and negotiating with key suppliers at a senior and strategic level
  • Negotiate contract terms with key suppliers to ensure value for money, quality standards and delivery terms with technical and operational input from stakeholders if appropriate
  • Create negotiation strategies and close deals with optimal terms
  • Forecast price and market trends to identify changes of balance in buyer - supplier power
  • Seek and partner with reliable vendors and suppliers
  • Develop an overall vendor base which creates and sustains a competitive advantage utilizing global market exploitation, leveraging spends and leveraging technologies
  • Develop, implement and maintain a supplier relationship and evaluation process to measure effective supplier performance and compliance
  • Ensure professional and consistent supplier management is applied across the supply base in line with the purchasing policy and the Hospital guidance
  • Responsible for developing the appropriate organizational structure, resource plans and culture to support the business objectives and customer deliverables
  • Input and hold responsibility for Purchasing and cost estimating budgets


Job requirements and qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration or relevant fields.
  • At least 8 years of related experience, preferably in hospitals/ healthcare.
  • Knowledge and experience with methods for process re-engineering.
  • Ability to analyze data and provide insights from data.
  • Critical thinker and problem-solving skills.
  • Management skills.
  • Great interpersonal and communication skills.