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Category Manager

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust
Southend on Sea
£50,952 Per Annum (Pro Rata for Part Time)
Closing date
24 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and dynamic individual to join our team.

The successful postholder will 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.

You will provide a proactive procurement service to the Care Group or Corporate Division(s) that you work with, covering both strategic advice and operational support. Be a recognised professional procurement lead for the Trust on high profile, high risk procurements.

You will lead on negotiations of complex, high value contracts for the procurement of capital and consumable items. To manage the implementation and development of Procurement services for MSE to support the strategic approach to Category and Contract Management

Main duties of the job

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.

Provide specialist training for staff from own or other disciplines on own subject area, when required. Ensure the appropriate level of cover is provided, arranging on call and 24 hour working where appropriate. Be active and visible participant in MSE Procurement Directorate and support the development of a strong culture of teamwork. Provide support, guidance and 360 feedback through 1-2-1 meetings, development and team building. Assist in supporting the new and dynamic team to deliver professional procurement managed services to MSE Group and where applicable to wider regional organisations. Actively support a culture of collaboration, flexible cross-team working and a commitment to delivering high quality service for all customers. Work to the targets & objectives identified and agreed with the Senior Category Lead.

About us

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust is now one of the largest in the country, with a workforce of approximately 15,000 who serve a population of 1.2 million people.We work together, and in conjunction with MSE Health and Care Partnership, to deliver excellent local and specialist services, to improve the health and wellbeing of our patients in a compassionate way, and provide a respectful, but vibrant place for staff to develop, innovate and build careers.From facilities through to consultant specialists we want to be the best, to achieve this we need to recruit not just those who are the finest in their field but also those who have the potential to be. Yes, experience is important but so is outlook - if you are dynamic, forward-thinking and enthusiastic we want you to join us.

We not only offer you a good working environment with flexible working opportunities, but also the opportunity to develop your career with access to appropriate training for your job and the support to succeed and progress.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached a full job description setting out the details of the role and responsibilities.

We look forward to your application.

Person Specification



  • Masters degree or equivalent gained through work experience
  • MCIPS - Corporate member of Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply


  • Member of the institute of logistics

Knowledge & Experience


  • Expert knowledge of best in class procurement practices
  • Experience of business development and tender processes
  • Experience of developing complex contractual agreements
  • Experience in producing and understanding business plans, reports, contracts and service level agreements

Communication Skills


  • Ability to clearly communicate finance and non finance issues
  • Ability to produce business critical written documentation such as business cases/strategies

Employer details

Employer name

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust



Comet Way

Southend on Sea


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