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Interim Senior Category Manager

Job Description

We are working with an NHS organisation who are seeking to appoint an Interim Senior Category Manager for a short term assignment of c3 months initially.

The role will start ASAP and be remunerated at Band 8b under the NHS Agency Capped rates. The organisation is based in the South East of the UK and hybrid working is available.

This is a key role for the organisation and previous experience in a similar role within the NHS is essential.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Manage the implementation and development of procurement services for the organisation to support the strategic approach to Category and Contract Management;

  • Provide a proactive procurement service to the Care Group or Corporate Division(s) required, covering both strategic advice and operational support;

  • Work closely with the Care Groups and Corporate Divisions to support them in reducing non-pay expenditure through the identification and realisation of cash releasing and cost avoidance financial savings in current and future financial years;

  • Lead on negotiations of complex, high value contracts for the procurement of capital and consumable items;

  • Manage and develop the implementation of Category Management processes within the Trust and develop the procurement and supply chain function to ensure the provision of the best possible service to the Trust, measured by procurement and supply chain efficiency and cashable and non-cashable savings;

  • Ensure relevant policies and procedures exist and are applied in order to ensure proper governance of procurement minimises risk and maintains compliance with relevant Procurement regulations and other regulations;

  • To take professional responsibility for all aspects of Category and Contract management within areas of responsibility;

  • Undertake audits and assurance of procurement processes, savings delivery and suppliers;

  • To monitor and measure the performance of the procurement and supply chain team against key result areas and produce regular reports as directed;

  • Drive the development, management and delivery of the procurement cost improvement program, operational metrics and corporate reporting;

  • Ensure compliance with all statutory and local policies/standards and procedures throughout the procurement process. Update policies to reflect best practice and change in external legislation and internal governance;

  • Lead and develop strategies on new initiatives with emphasis on income generation and efficiency opportunities;

  • Strategic lead in the development of new supplier services.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent level of knowledge gained through work experience;

  • MCIPS – Corporate member of Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (By examination);

  • Experience of managing contracts or budgets above £10m;

  • Fully conversant with NHS Terms and Conditions of Contract;

  • A sound understanding of contract law;

  • Minimum of 5 years procurement and commercial experience;

  • Significant previous experience of managing a procurement function within a complex organisation;

  • Proven experience in the areas of:

  • Project management; negotiation; contract management; cost and price management; and procurement legislation.

If you are interested in the role, please email Toni Coates with a copy of your updated CV to along with your availability and rate understanding in line with the above.

If you do not receive a response within 72 hours (3 working days) of receipt, please assume that on this particular occasion, your application did not meet the client’s requirements for this specific role.