Purchasing Administrator

Everyone who needs it should receive first aid from those around them. No one should suffer for the lack of trained first aiders.'

About Us

St John Ambulance is the nation’s leading first aid charity. Every year, 400,000 people learn how to save a life through our training programmes, including hundreds of thousands of young people. First aid is such a simple skill, but it has an incredible impact.

We provide a wide range of products and services to the community such as our workplace and community training, first aid support at events and our vital work with the emergency services with our ambulance operations. We generate around £100m per annum which we reinvest in delivering and campaigning for better access to first aid for everyone.

We are also passionate about campaigning to raise awareness of first aid so that everyone has access to lifesaving knowledge through our award-winning ad campaigns such as "The Chokeables" which is credited with saving at least 54 babies lives and recently won the Charity Film of the Year Award 2017.

About the Role

The role of Purchasing Administrator sits within a small newly formed centralised team picking up purchasing activities that used to sit with regional teams. As part of the procurement department this role reports into a team leader and is mainly responsible for ordering products from key suppliers in an efficient, accurate, and timely manner, following requests from internal stakeholders - employees/volunteers. The post holder will also be responsible for identifying opportunities to consolidate orders and to recommend process improvements to help SJA obtain better value for money. Key duties include control of the purchase order process, authorise, or obtain authorisation for purchases, and liaise with management, employees, volunteers, and suppliers on purchasing issues.

The successful applicant will essentially have experience of working within a purchasing role (or similar), with a high level of prioritisation and planning skills, and preferably with strong customer service focus. This is a role which needs you to be able to manage queries appropriately and fulfil purchasing requests in alignment with St John Ambulance protocols and policy, therefore you will be used to managing challenging requests and customers with diplomacy and tact.  Please refer to the Job Description for further information on this role and its requirements.

Successful candidates will be shortlisted and invited to interview. You will need to meet the essential requirements of this role to be considered for interview.

Working at St John Ambulance - More than one way to save a life

We are a constantly evolving team of over 2,000 employees and 15,000 volunteers, together we’re united by our goal of saving lives through essential first aid services, first aid training and campaigning, to ensure that no one suffers from the lack of first aiders.

We believe that every team member is key to our success whether they work in Ambulance Operations, Marketing, Training or HR and our values of Humanity, Excellence, Accountability, Responsiveness and Teamwork are embedded in everything we do.

We believe in setting our people up for success in a collaborative and positive environment where we are constantly open to change and new ideas.


Closing Date:   25 April 2018

Interview Date: 5 May 2018


If you are a current St John Ambulance employee, please use this link:  https://candidate.sja.org.uk/71584SJC

If you wish to apply for this role and are an External Candidate or SJA volunteer, please click here

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Job Information

Job Role
Finance & Shared Services


Salary Description
£16,010 - £17,780

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