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Senior Procurement Category Manager

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rata
Closing date
5 Mar 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
With a proven track record of success, we are seeking a highly skilled and experienced procurement professional to join our Procurement leadership team

You will play a critical role in shaping and executing our procurement category strategy to ensure delivery of cost-effective goods and services that deliver savings and value to our stakeholders the wider organisation and our patients . This position requires a strategic thinker with excellent leadership skills, a deep understanding of procurement processes, and the ability to drive results in a complex and challenging environment.

Main duties of the job

A member of the leadership team of the Procurement department, contributing to the overall strategy. Providing support to the Head of Procurement and substituting for this role as required
  • Influence the direction of procurement on a category and Trust wide basis, by representing the Procurement Team on Regional and National procurement consultative working groups i.e. to foster increased collaboration and leverage purchasing power.
  • Ability to identify new procurement opportunities which will leverage quality and value for the Trust.
  • Provide guidance and manage time pressures leading complex tenders through a inclusive approach which accommodates the requirements of customers within agreed timelines
  • Leading the category team to plan, prioritise and deliver the procurement workplan realising quality and financial benefits to the organisation

About us

Nottinghamshire Healthcare employs over 10,000 colleagues who help #MakeADifference every day. We provide intellectual disability, mental health, community health, forensic and offender healthcare services across Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire. Care is delivered from over 120 sites within the community from acute settings and across low, medium and high secure environments including prisons.

As one of the largest mental health and community trusts in the East Midlands and one of the biggest employers in Nottinghamshire. We are also home to national and regional services such as the National High Secure Deaf Service and the Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health.

We are committed to flexible and agile working, including the opportunity to join our bank.

Your health and wellbeing is our priority and as such we invest significantly in this via our in-house Occupational Health Service, Staff Counselling Service and Health and Wellbeing Team.

We offer a number of employee-led staff networks, including Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) groups, our Green Champions Network, Freedom to Speak Up Network. Health and Wellbeing Champions Network and Menopause Champions. We provide care to a diverse range of communities and are passionate about supporting diversity and inclusion in the Trust.

If you believe in our values of Trust, Honesty, Respect, Compassion and Teamwork, then we would love to hear from you!


Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To design, communicate and embed strategic sourcing and category management principles across the procurement team
  • Lead complex procurement processes and ensure that arrangements are commercially sound and represent the best interests of the Trust.
  • Delivery of agreed savings identified on the Procurement Workplan.
  • Lead and embed effective Contract Management principals across the Procurement Team developing and maintaining Service level agreements and key performance indicators.
  • Line Management responsibility of staff for the procurement categories that they lead on
  • Apply considerable professional judgment when leading on specific procurement activity and when advising senior managers, colleagues, staff and customers on the resolution of complex and strategic procurement issues, in accordance with procurement obligations / regulations including UK Procurement directives
  • Lead in identifying areas to improve quality and reduce costs on Trust wide non pay spend
  • Provide tender and contract management mentoring, guidance and support to Procurement Category managers
  • Provide tender and contract advise including all aspects of UK Procurement law to senior Trust stakeholders
  • Understanding of the wider procurement landscape and categories areas to deliver innovative opportunities to the Trust
  • Lead multi-disciplinary Trust wide procurement project teams at all levels

Person Specification



  • Achieved MCIPS (Level 6 Professional Diploma in Procurement and Supply)
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent


  • MBA



  • Evidence of continuous professional development


  • Training on UK Procurement Regulations



  • Significant professional procurement experience at senior level
  • Experience of delivering results and leading transformational change with a strategic procurement environment
  • Experience of developing robust stakeholder relationships at a senior level


  • Experience of leading a procurement category and developing specialist procurement expertise
  • Procurement experience in an NHS environment



  • Appropriate risk management
  • Excellent customer service
  • Effective people management
  • Knowledge of all aspects of the Procurement life cycle


  • Specialist knowledge of public sector procurement law and contract law including public sector regulations
  • Knowledge of public sector financial regulations and procedures.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of public sector policy environment in terms of Best Value, NHS Procurement Regulations



  • Presentation/ facilitation/teaching skills
  • Effective negotiation skills
  • Good keyboard skills and fully conversant with Microsoft Office packages including Word and Excel


  • Experience of electronic tendering portals

Employer details

Employer name

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


200 Lichfield Lane


NG18 4RG

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