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Category Support Officer

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
23 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Our Team is growing! We are looking for five additional Category Support Officers to come and join our Category Management Teams. You will be working directly to one of the eight Category Managers supporting them to deliver a first class procurement service.

This is a great opportunity for a developing procurement professional to join the Procurement team at NUH and really make a difference. We are one of the largest teaching Trusts in England and have a forward thinking procurement strategy to support a busy acute Trust.

We are offering hybrid working with the option to work from home up to three days per week.

You will be joining a large, friendly and supportive team which offers great opportunities for career progression.

If you are looking to develop your procurement career in the NHS please review the Person Specification to see how your skills can transfer. If you feel you match those requirements we'd love to hear from you.

We are Team NUH: Trust, Empower, Ambitious, Mindful, Nurturing, United & Honest. These are the qualities that we look for in a candidate, to drive innovation, meet the needs of our patients, using our resources wisely.

Main duties of the job

In addition to the below summary you need to familiarise yourself with full job description and person specification documents attached to this advert.

The post holder will be responsible for undertaking specific sourcing projects for defined categories, across NUH and other NHS organisations as required.

Additionally, the post holder will be expected to take a wider customer service role and champion Procurement as Business Partners throughout NUH.

You will be responsible for managing a range of procurement projects, working closely with trust managers and stakeholders to develop, deliver and manage contracts.

The holder of this post will be a Category Support Officer and accountable to a Category Manager.

You will be studying towards MCIPS and have the discipline to work from an agreed work plan with deadlines.

This is an excellent opportunity to develop your procurement career in a dynamic, challenging and high profile environment.

About us

We are an award winning Trust with an award winning Procurement Team! We have a national and international reputation for many of our specialist services, including stroke, neurosciences, cancer services and trauma. We are at the forefront of many research programmes and new surgical procedures.

You would also be joining one of the largest teaching Trusts in England. With 17,000 staff, we are one of the biggest employers in the city with a central role in supporting the health and wellbeing of our local population.

Our Procurement Team is growing in order to be able to fully support the organisation and deliver a first class service. We have a number of new roles in addition to our already large team, which creates great opportunity for progression.

We currently have a Director of Procurement and Supply Chain, Head of Supply Chain and a Head of Procurement. Within the Procurement Team we have:

2 x Deputy Head of Procurement (New roles, currently being recruited)4 x Senior Category Managers1x Clinical Procurement Matron8 x Category Managers1 x Assistant Category Manager2 x Category Support Officers (With 5 additional being recruited)3 x Clinical Procurement Specialists

The Operational Procurement Team consists of Buying Team (10) and a Data Team (2).

The Category Management Teams are split into Clinical, Non-Clinical, Capital and Operational/Systems.

You would be supported by highly qualified, experienced, friendly and supportive team and have a wealth of peer support.

Job description

Job responsibilities


Leading assigned procurement activities, delivering savings and other optimal outcomes of a tactical (cost reduction) and strategic nature in a challenging healthcare environment.

To deputise for a Category Manager as required


Running procurement exercises independently and supervised, managing multiple stakeholders and reporting and presenting in both written and verbal formats.

Supporting the category management strategy, delivering effective procurements and supporting the management of key supplier relationships to deliver breakthrough performance in cost, service and quality

Working with Senior/Category Managers to seeking out and engage appropriate internal and external stakeholders to provide the information and insight to support the development of the strategic options for the category

Supporting Senior/Category Managers with the negotiation and completion of contracts to support the category strategy

To be a member of the Procurement team delivering a coordinated work plan in a timely manner across the Trust and ensuring that procurement best practices are fully represented and best value achieved at all levels

Person Specification

Training & Qualifications


  • Knowledge of professional purchasing principles acquired through degree or Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) (or part) or knowledge and or experience of up to date Procurement procedures and practices


  • Knowledge of Public Sector Contract Law
  • Knowledge of Public Sector Procurement
  • Full membership of CIPS



  • Experience or knowledge of managing and motivating staff
  • Experience of using electronic procurement systems
  • Experience of supplier and stakeholder engagement in the management of contracts
  • Knowledge and experience of leading/supporting procurement competitive exercises


  • Experience of NEXUS and Integra ICE
  • Experience of analysing, interpreting and presenting complex information
  • Experience in training both individuals and groups to lead change.
  • Knowledge of the NHS working environment (or similar)
  • Experience of supporting OJEU value tendering projects

Communication and relationship skills


  • Managing stakeholder and staff interaction with tact and sensitivity, while keeping the best interests of the Trust at the core of the outcome
  • Ability to demonstrate effective negotiation skills
  • Explains complex and procurement-specific information to staff and suppliers in a way that is understandable to the audience
  • Ability to manage differing and sometimes conflicting demands for time and resources for self and others
  • Offers appropriate advice and help with sensitivity


  • Awareness of Freedom Of Information Act and Data Protection Act and similar policies

Planning and organisation skills


  • Possess the ability to prioritise own and others workload.
  • Co-ordinate multi-disciplinary meetings and training events, liaising with other directorates / departments and external organisations.
  • Formulates plans and monitors progress regularly to ensure that deadlines and targets are met


  • Flexible with the ability to generate and respond positively to change

Physical skills


  • Advanced keyboard use
  • Visits to other departments across the Trust will be required.
  • Willing to work at short notice at either Campus

Other requirements specific to the role


  • Has a customer focused perspective

Commitment to Trust Values and Behaviours


  • Must be able to demonstrate behaviours consistent with the Trust's We are here for you behavioural standards.

Employer details

Employer name

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trusts


City Hospital

Hucknall Road



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