Senior Category Manager - Band 7

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year Per annum
Closing date
11 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Senior Category Manager - BAND 7

An exciting opportunity has become available for an exceptional procurement professional to join our growing Procurement Team at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust as a Senior Category Manager based in the vibrant university city of Lincoln.

The post holder will support the Head of Category and colleagues within the Procurement Team as well as key stakeholders from the Corporate & Digital divisions to develop, lead and deliver a complex programme of work with particular focus on the Trust's Corporate and/or Digital portfolio.

The post holder is expected to seek the best commercial outcome in the procurement of goods and services. The post-holder will also be expected to contribute to the development and delivery of divisional Category Strategies and ensure procurement programmes are delivered compliantly within the bounds of EU, National and Trust regulations and policy.

Main duties of the job

You will be an experienced and pro-active procurement specialist who possess excellent communication and influencing skills. You will be able to develop strong relationships with colleagues, stakeholders and suppliers and be able to work at pace in a dynamic environment. You will also possess good computer and analytical skills to manage and process data, and you will be able to summarise findings and make recommendations to others to support the delivery of identified procurement outcomes.

As well as procurement programme management, the post holder may also have line management responsibilities and will therefore be able to lead and manage people to support delivery of the Corporate and Digital procurement work plan.

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

The post will be full-time, and the successful applicant will be based at Beech House, Lincoln, although with a flexible working approach (post Covid-19) The post holder must be able to travel to other ULHT sites to fulfil their procurement duties. The post holder will play a key role in implementing ULHTs vision & strategy for Procurement, delivering the aspiration to become Best in Class.

Please see the attached Job description and Person Specification for full details.

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



  • oEducated to Degree Level or equivalent managerial experience and knowledge
  • oFull Membership of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (MCIPS) or recent relevant equivalent experience
  • oEvidence of Continued Professional Development
  • oExperience working at a Masters level within a business environment


  • oRecognised business development qualification (e.g. programme or project management)

Previous Experience


  • oSignificant working knowledge of Procurement
  • oDemonstrable purchasing and supply management at a senior level.
  • oBudget and general management.
  • oDeveloping and implementing complex strategies and policies.
  • oExpert knowledge in EU Procurement legislation procedures, procurement and contract management.
  • oStaff management and supervision.
  • oExperience in engaging with key internal stakeholders and external suppliers


  • oDemonstrable purchasing and supply management at a senior level in the NHS.
  • oChange management in a medium to large organisation.
  • oProject management skills.
  • oExperience of working in a complex, busy and demanding environment / workplace
  • oKnowledge and experience of business planning environment
  • oKnowledge and experience in the use of E-Tendering systems (e.g. Due North)

Knowledge, Skills, Aptitudes


  • oExcellent written and verbal communication skills, Excellent interpersonal skills
  • oAbility to analyse, manipulate and present complex information using a range of analytical and IT skills.
  • oAbility to make judgements involving complex facts or situations which require the analysis, interpretation and comparison of a range of options
  • oFocused and disciplined, able to manage competing pressures and deliver within set deadlines
  • oAbility to communicate complex information and concepts to all levels of staff including senior clinicians and senior managers
  • oAbility to maintain detailed records, processes and systems
  • oExcellent time management skills, Planning and Organisation skills, Negotiation skills, Commercial awareness
  • oAble to work flexibly and effectively as part of a team in a challenging environment
  • oAble to influence others using persuasion and interpersonal skills
  • oLeadership and team building skills, Supervisory skills, Customer focussed, Self-Motivated, Flexible approach, Eagerness to embrace change
  • Ability to evidence/demonstrate key values and behaviours in line with the Trust framework


  • oCommitment to training and development, leadership and coaching
  • oRepresent the directorate at appropriate meetings
  • oAble to support the implementation of Procurement Strategy
  • oKnowledge of the commercial NHS Terms and Conditions and supporting schedules
  • oHas understanding of the local Lincolnshire Health and Care work programme
  • oHas an understanding of the NHS priorities and the impact on service provision.
  • oHas an understanding of wider NHS Procurement Strategy

Specific Requirements


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

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) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust


Beech House

Witham Park



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