Category Manager

Worcester Permanent £40,839 - £45,057
  • Flexible working
  • Competitive Salary

About Our Client

Our client is a large organisation, providing acute services from 4 establishments in Worcester to a population of over 575,000 people, as well as caring for patients from surrounding counties and further afield. They also manage a Surgery ward at a local Community Hospital.

Job Description

  • Support the Head of Procurement in ensuring all non-pay spend is governed by and subject to proficient procurement
  • Maintain overall understanding of Trust spend using a variety of data sources including Oracle, Bravo and supplier data to establish a detailed knowledge of Trust expenditure by Supplier, Site, Division, Department & CommodityEngage and work closely with senior stakeholders who provide healthcare and support services to help identify improvements and changes in practice arising from supply market opportunities
  • Develop and maintain relationships with stakeholders to maximise Procurement performance and nonpay efficiencies across the Trust
  • Documenting, communicating and influencing senior stakeholders to ensure effective 'buy-in' to the proposed category strategies
  • To lead on category management within one or more Categories under the direction of the Head of Procurement
  • Develop and implement Tender activity as directed by Head of Procurement with internal Divisional leads across the organisation at OJEU level
  • To produce a project plan for each procurement to highlight the key milestones, identify any barriers and alternatives to circumnavigate these problems to deliver the projects on time
  • Report any barriers to the progression of any projects following the departmental procedures after making every effort to progress prior to escalating
  • Ensure that Divisional management and PMO are clear on progress with initiatives and aware of potential barriers/delays so action plans to overcome these can be put in place
  • Identify Quality Cost Improvement Initiatives (CIP) from spend and supplier analysis and dialogue with Divisional leads across the Trust as agreed with the Head of Procurement
  • Monitor contracts to ensure contract governance is in place and coordinate supplier/stakeholder contract monitoring and improve performance to support the CIP agenda
  • Monitor and maintain contract compliance against Trust expenditure. Liaise with internal and external contacts to facilitate contractual coverage for non-compliant expenditure where formal agreements are not in place
  • Maintain an up-to-date understanding of Government and Department of Health directives such as the National NHS Procurement Strategy (Better Procurement, Better Value, Better Care) and other DoH initiatives that relate to the Procurement service
  • To work in conjunction with collaborative procurement organisations including, but not limited to NHS Supply Chain, Crown Commercial Services etc
  • Manage and promptly deal with complaints and concerns from Directorates on commercially sensitive and complex supply issues, using careful analysis and judgement and responding positively through the use of empathy, persuasion and negotiations to deliver effectives resolutions to issues raised
  • Provide advice on Terms and Conditions of Contracting and procurement legal issues before, during and after award of contracts
  • To advise customers and implement and legal or financial changes within EU, Public Contracts Regulations and Guidance and procurement thresholds

The Successful Applicant


  • Holds a professional procurement qualification or has relevant demonstrable senior procurement management experience
  • Proven ability to manage a team effectively producing year on year results
  • Good standard of General Education
  • Demonstrate evidence of continuing professional development and training
  • Demonstrate training which has assisted in the development of others and a positive and proactive approach to staff development
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of Supply Chain Management, Contract processes and Contract Law


  • C.I.P.S. or studying towards
  • Project management
  • Negotiation training
  • Report writing
  • Experience of procurement/category management in the NHS
  • Experience of advanced negotiation
  • Leadership and managerial experience
  • Knowledge of Medical and Non Medical products and the dynamics of the Healthcare market. Knowledge of the "Purchase to Pay" process
  • Understanding of EU Procurement procedures and legislation

What's on Offer

  • Our client is committed to investing in their staff to ensure that they retain and develop the right people, with the right skills, who care about and take pride in, putting patients first
  • Progression opportunities
  • Flexible working
  • Pension scheme
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