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Apprentice Buyer (Grade A)

Grade A

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Grade A
Fixed term: 24 months (Start Date: September/October 2023)
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (Mon-Fri 8:30am - 4:30pm (Different start/finish times may be available))
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Airedale General Hospital
£20,669 pro rata per annum
Salary period
30/06/2023 23:59

AGH Solutions is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust. We are proud of our NHS heritage, and proud to be supporting Airedale’s clinical services.

We provide a wide range of services from traditional facilities management and estate maintenance, to sterile services, wheelchair engineering and procurement, to clients both within and beyond the NHS.

Job overview

The Procurement department at Airedale General Hospital is part of AGH Solutions LTD, a wholly owned subsidiary of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust.

The Procurement team pride themselves on providing excellent customer service to their customers and we aspire to be the best we can be, assisting clinical areas in providing the best clinical care to patients and users within the hospital and community.

We are looking for an individual who is passionate about sustainability and how influencing changes in the way we work and live can have a positive impact on individuals, communities and the wider environment.

You will have good communication skills, be computer literate on basic software systems such as Microsoft Office

Main duties of the job

Your main responsibilities will be strategic analysis of key purchasing data to support positive sustainable buying decisions and the development of a sustainable ethos across the entire procurement process.

You will be completing a CIPS (Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply) qualification in Procurement which includes the following modules:

  • Team Dynamics & Change
  • Ethical Procurement & Supply
  • Socially Responsible Procurement
  • Contract Administration
  • Procurement & Supply Environments

AGH Solutions is committed to allowing its employees to work dynamically with a combination of working on site and remotely, where possible.

Working for our organisation

AGH Solutions was born out of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, a hospital and community services trust based outside Keighley, West Yorkshire.
We are privileged to operate in a beautiful part of the country. The clinical services we support reach far up into the Yorkshire Dales, across the Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven patch. We are also lucky to have excellent transport links to Leeds, Bradford, Manchester and beyond. Leeds city centre is 25 minutes by train from Keighley.

We provide a wide range of services, from traditional facilities management and estate maintenance, to sterile services, wheelchair engineering and procurement.

Our vision is to bring you a flexible, responsive, high quality, value for money service.

Our NHS heritage means we work to the values and ethics of the NHS, and to those of Airedale NHS FT specifically

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

For further information and full details of the job role please see the attached job description and person specification.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Good level of general education
Desirable criteria
  • Experience in a Procurement environment


Essential criteria
  • Good understanding/experience of negotiation practices.


Essential criteria
  • Experience in delivering cost reduction savings
  • Good analytical skills and mathematical orientation.
  • Experience in using a purchase to pay system, such as Oracle.
Desirable criteria
  • Ability to use common software packages i.e. Microsoft Office

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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Further details / informal visits contact

Emma Critchley
Job title
Contracts Manager
Email address
Telephone number
01535 294882