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Who are we?

Our Procurement Solutions team is responsible for the procurement, development, delivery and day-to-day management of the NHS Shared Business Services Framework and Dynamic Procurement Systems (DPS) portfolio.

The team follows the principles of Category Management and is split into four categories:

  • Business Services
  • Construction & Estates
  • Digital & IT
  • Health

The Category teams are supported by the Sourcing & Compliance and Quality Assurance teams who ensure our framework agreements comply to PCR 2015, our own internal stringent policies and procedures, and that they reflect procurement best practice.
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We manage approximately £3bn of spend and support over 500 customers across the NHS and wider public sector.

We're successful because of our people

In the Procurement Solutions team, we make sure our people reach their full potential by providing training and development opportunities, including the opportunity to apply for professional qualifications support. We encourage innovative thinking and take pride in our culture of productivity, not presenteeism.

For the fourth year in a row, we have been certified as a Great Place To Work®, with employees particularly praising our approach to flexible working, recognition and reward initiatives, and our focus on wellbeing and diversity.

Hear from some of our colleagues

Sourcing Manager
Tell us about your career journey so far...
I started my career at NHS SBS as a Service Delivery Manager on Transactional Procurement. I worked alongside amazing people, both internally and externally. A general interest, desire to learn and gain knowledge of procurement processes and strategies led me to apply for a CIPS qualification when the opportunity arose through NHS SBS.

In September 2023 I became a Sourcing Manager. I have learnt so much in a short space of time and continue to learn each day. I have built some fantastic relationships and have two mentors (one internal and one external) which is helping me to develop my skills to reach my career goals.

What do you enjoy about your role?
Every day is different, it's fast paced and there is so much to learn. The opportunities are endless and I'm supported to pursue my personal development.

NHS SBS is recognised as a Great Place to Work, what do you think make it so great?
The people, the opportunities, the social values, the company goals, the support and training, the volunteering opportunities, the opportunities to join different groups to have your say and be listened to are just some of the reasons NHS SBS is a Great Place to work.
Commercial Advisor
What learning opportunities have you had at NHS SBS?
I've had great opportunities to further develop my leadership skills as well as mentoring and coaching members of our team.

What do you enjoy about your role?
The client facing part, meeting customers and looking to support them meet their priorities and challenges.

What do you think make NHS SBS different from other companies in the industry?
I like that we are part owned by the Department of Health, which makes me still feel part of the wider NHS family.

NHS SBS is recognised as a Great Place to Work, what do you think make it so great?
For me personally, it's the people I work with. I also feel valued, listened to and most of all empowered by my line manager, which motivates and inspires me in my work. NHS SBS also has such a great focus on people's 'wellbeing', including a flexible approach to the working week, which really supports you in achieving a good work/life balance.

Senior Construction Specialist
Hi, I'm Anjub and I'm classed as the subject matter expert for Construction within Procurement Solutions. I see it as being able to 'speak the language of construction' while working on procurement projects.

I joined in 2021 as I wanted to help support the NHS and also create a better work-life balance for myself. I started as an Architect for private sector clients, then moved to Development Management. Now I'm delivering strategic procurement projects and frameworks for the public sector.

Variety is the spice of life, and no two days are the same here. We're internationally recognised and working at high standards. It's fast-paced with lots of opportunities for self-development and growth. There are lots of open doors for learning and I'm currently undertaking my CIPS training to better understand Procurement.
I enjoy working here as there are great people who are team-orientated and respect each and every one’s background and ability.
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