Category Specialist

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 a year Per Annum (Pro Rata for Part Time)
Closing date
29 May 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

To be a key support to the Category Lead(s) by providing guidance, advice and programme management of all agreed local Procurement activities and planned strategies that have been agreed by the MSE Procurement Directorate.

Main duties of the job

Responsible for supporting the development of procurement strategies for allocated categories, through detailed demand/market analysis and a recognised Strategic Sourcing process, to ensure continual improvement and innovation in sustainable service delivery.Proactively engage into clinical and non-clinical networks both within Essex and beyond to influence the value chain through standardisation of products and services.

About us

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust provides services to the residents of Southend, Basildon and Chelmsford. It was formed in April 2020 by the merger of University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust, and Basildon & Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.The procurement function acts as a centre of excellence for all Procurement & Supply Chain activities across the new group. It manages the provision of goods and services to all departments (clinical and non-clinical) on a daily basis, contracting for the provision with several thousand suppliers. The service performs a strategic business management role, managing �370m of non-pay expenditure in support of its stakeholders across the group.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Support procurements for high value, detailed contracts and be able to develop appropriate evaluation methods and interpretation thereof.Carry out procurement for highly detailed high value contracts that require analysis, comparison and assessment.Identify and develop opportunities for strategic supplier partnerships supporting long term high quality service delivery and cost reduction initiatives.Prepare specifications, award criteria, draft Service tenders and quotation documentation all in accordance with Service Standing Financial Instructions and Standing Orders, and current EU Procurement Legislation and UK Public Contract Regulations with particular reference to goods and services. Use and develop electronic media for tender and contract management.Issue tenders in a timely manner to meet the agreed Purchasing & Contract Work Plan.Work with NHS collaborative procurement agencies and other Services on joint projects and tenders, mini-competitions, procurement groups etc.

Person Specification



  • Degree or equivalent level of knowledge gained through work experience
  • MCIPS - Corporate member of Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (By examination) or working towards advanced stage


  • Current driving licence
  • Member of the institute of logistics

Knowledge & Experience


  • Experience of letting contracts through tender processes
  • Experience of developing complex contractual agreements
  • Proven experience in the areas of: Project management; negotiation; contract management; cost and price management; and procurement legislation

Communication Skills


  • Ability to produce business critical written documentation such as Business Cases/Category Strategies.
  • Ability to engage with stakeholders to shape requirements in line with existing procurement regulations

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