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Assistant Category Manager - Procurement Team

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year per annum
Closing date
4 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We currently have an Assistant Category Manager position vacant within our growing and proactive Procurement Team here at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust.

This is a challenging but rewarding role and provides the successful candidate with a fantastic opportunity to join the NHS and make a difference in a strategically important area of our organisation.

You must hold either a Graduate Diploma in an appropriate subject or have equivalent experience, along with good commercial awareness and an understanding of the procurement function.

In addition, you'll have excellent communication skills to be able to work effectively with key stakeholders within the team and other colleagues across the Trust.

Main duties of the job

The Assistant Category Manager will undertake procurement projects as directed by the team leads, and this will be for both goods and services contracts.

Along with the rest of the team, you will ensure that all contracts are procured in a compliant manner and will maximise any efficiencies, benefits or improvements that are available to ensure that the Trust is able to evidence and demonstrate value for money.

You will need to develop, and maintain, relationships with decision makers in end-user departments to ensure that procurement projects are conducted in a timely manner and are completed to the highest possible standard.

Due to the changing landscape that the Trust operates in, you will continuously strive for best practice, whilst also bringing innovation to help the procurement team evolve and progress on its journey.

About us

Our Trust is situated in the beautiful county of Lincolnshire and is one of the biggest acute hospital trusts in England, serving a population of more than 700,000 people. We provide acute and specialist services to people in Lincolnshire and neighbouring counties. We have an annual income of �643 million (20/21) and we employ nearly 8,500 people.

Our Board have recently agreed a new vision statement - Outstanding Care Personally Delivered - stating their ambition for our Trust to be among the best.

We also have a five year Integrated Improvement Plan setting out how we will achieve our strategic objectives, for patients, services, people and partners, the last recognising that our future success depends on our ability to ensure the Lincolnshire healthcare system is successful in achieving its ambition to help people live healthier lives and provide care closer to where people live.

Our latest CQC report increased our ratings for being effective and well-led from 'Requires Improvement' to 'Good'. Our rating for caring remained as 'Good'.

This is in recognition of the huge amount of work that our amazing staff have done to improve the quality of care for our patients in recent years.

We are committed to helping our staff balance their work and home lives and ensure they feel supported, valued and appreciated.

Job description

Job responsibilities

What should you do next?

Have a look at the job description and if you like what you see then apply today. Dont miss this fantastic opportunity to work with a great team in a supportive environment within a great institution. Your NHS needs you!

Person Specification



  • Business Degree or the Diploma in Procurement & Supply from the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (or evidence of active study towards this qualification), or recent relevant equivalent experience.


  • Post Graduate Education.

Previous Experience


  • Understanding of Public Sector and/or Procurement procedures


  • Experience in a large and complex commercial organisation.
  • General experience in establishing commercial contracts.
  • Dealing with Suppliers at all levels.
  • Experience of providing a high level of customer service.
  • Experience at operating as part of a small team.

Evidence of Particular: Knowledge/Skills/Aptitudes


  • Commercial Awareness.
  • Low level tendering & contracting.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Able to influence others using persuasion and interpersonal skills.
  • Computer skills to include word processing, spreadsheets and databases.
  • Awareness and Knowledge of the dignity in care agenda.
  • Ability to evidence/demonstrate key values and behaviours in line with the Trust framework


  • Negotiation Skills.
  • Customer Service Skills.
  • Analytical Skills.

Specific Requirements


  • Ability to produce clear concise information.
  • Able to travel as required to other trust sites, other trusts, and suppliers.


  • Ability to complete tasks according to objectives and on time.
  • Flexible approach.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

Employer details

Employer name

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust


Beech House



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