Materials Lead

Posted 28 March by BMI Ending soon

BMI St Edmunds Hospital in Bury St Edmunds is part of BMI Healthcare, Britain's leading provider of independent healthcare with a nationwide network of hospitals & clinics performing more complex surgery than any other private healthcare provider in the country. 

We have an opportunity for a Materials Lead to join their team of staff in the Materials department.

This is a FULL time role for 37.5 hours a week. The role holder will be required to cover a flexible shift pattern.

Applicants should meet the following criteria:

  • Maths, English GCSE at grades A to C or equivalent functional skills level 2 evidence
  • Proficient in the use of a PC, including the use of software and systems
  • Proficient user of MS Excel and Outlook
  • Effective leader with the ability to motivate and empower within the team.
  • Experience of utilising purchasing/inventory systems
  • Strong interpersonal skills with evidence of effective communication       
  • IT GCSE at grade A to C or equivalent functional skills level 2 evidence
  • Being a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply would be an advantage

Duties of this role include:

  • The Materials Lead will contribute to the Hospital’s success by providing leadership and direction on all materials, services and purchasing related activity across the relevant site(s).
  • This role will ensure all aspects of the materials service as defined by the Procurement & Supply Chain Committee are realised through the continuous improvement of purchasing, stock management services, compliant processes and education of key stakeholders within the hospital with regards to supplies and inventory management.
  • The Materials Lead will be responsible for developing the role of the Materials Team including maximising the effectiveness of the resource. They will work closely with the hospitals Heads of Department (HODs), Central Procurement & Supply Chain, Finance and their corporate colleagues to achieve the best service, value and quality of product made available at the right time.
  • Provide a comprehensive and agreed Materials services to hospital departments ensuring materials are available in the right location, at the correct quantity within an appropriate lead time.
  • Effectively manage the hospital stock and all inventory processes by understanding and setting the levels within the hospital to meet their actual and planned activity levels and advising on the appropriate stock items and suppliers to achieve best value and quality.
  • Provide a Pick to Case Service, ensuring products are accurately selected and made available to an agreed lead time in accordance with Theatre list planning. To regularly review and continuously improve the service in conjunction with the Theatre Manager.
  • Responsible for the total stock budget on site (excluding pharmaceuticals) – working with HODs on stock levels, oversee P2P processes compliance to ensure that KPI’s are met and where possible beaten:
  • To be a key enabler in the uptake and compliant use of the contracted ranges of product.
  • Provide an efficient and effective service to key stakeholders and internal customers throughout the hospital – working to internal service level agreements.

Please see attached role profile for further detailed information on the responsibilities and accountabilities of this vacancy.

Salary & Benefits:

BMI Healthcare offers a competitive starting salary and offers access to a wide range of employee benefits, including:

  • BMI Healthcare Scheme
  • Childcare Vouchers
  • Staff Pension Scheme
  • 25 days holiday per annum


If you would like to apply for this opportunity, please complete our brief online application form and ensure to upload the most recent copy of CV.  We aim to respond to your application within 14 days of the closing date.  

Reference: 34515103

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