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Band 5 Assistant Category Manager

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year
Closing date
27 Jun 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We're on the lookout for a pro-active, self-motivated and ambitious Assistant Category Manager to join our growing award-winning team based at offices in Regent Court- Edgbaston, Birmingham.

Working within the Birmingham and Solihull Procurement Collaborative (BSOL PC) team hosted by UHB, you will be responsible for providing dedicated procurement support to the five Trust's of which BSOL PC are responsible for.

In this role you will interface with various stakeholders at all Trusts within the BSOL Procurement Collaborative for the Corporate functions. You will be responsible for supporting the development and implementation of methodologies to facilitate and monitor contracts. Whilst ensuring all procurement activity is undertaken in accordance with public procurement legislation and Trust standing financial instructions.

You will effectively provide support to the Category Manager who will manage the internal operations and resources to enable the delivery of saving targets and work-plans.

You will be expected to build and maintain professional relationships, implement change and enable the Procurement department to continuously improve the service delivered to stakeholders.

You shall form part of a team spanning multiple Corporate categories where you shall work collaboratively to utilise initiative and share knowledge that feeds into the ICB/Trust/Department strategy.

Main duties of the job

*Please Note : For a detailed job description for this vacancy, please see attached Job Description*

About us

We are recognised as one of the leading NHS Foundation Trusts in the UK. Our vision is to Build Healthier Lives, and we recognise that we need incredible staff to do this.

Our commitment to our staff is to create the best place for them to work, and we are dedicated to:

Investing in the health and wellbeing of our staff, including a commitment of offering flexible working where we can Offer our staff a wide variety of training and development opportunities, to support their personal and career development objectives.

UHB is committed to ensuring that our staff are treated fairly and feel that they belong, by creating a kind and inclusive environment. This is about equity of opportunity removing all barriers, including discrimination and ensuring each individual member of staff reach their true potential, achieve their ambitions and thrive in their work. This is more than words. We are taking action. Our commitment to an inclusive culture is embedded at all levels of the organisation where every voice is heard, driven by our diverse and active staff networks, and at Board level by the Fairness Taskforce led by our CEO. We nurture a culture which empowers staff to challenge discriminatory behaviours and to enable people to bring their 'whole self' to a kinder, more connected and bold place to work.

University Hospitals Birmingham is a Smoke-Free premises hospital.

Job description

Job responsibilities

*Please Note : For a detailed job description for this vacancy, please see attached Job Description*

Person Specification



  • *Good Standard of General Education.
  • *Educated to degree level and/or or extensive relevant experience.
  • *Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) level 4 or working towards


  • *Studying for or willing to study for Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) levels 5 & 6.



  • *Experience of working in a Procurement background and/or supply chain Environment.
  • *Experience of manipulating highly complex data to produce automated reports.
  • *Experience of using databases and analytics tools.
  • *Experience of working in a pressurised environment.
  • *Working within a team
  • *Working within a results driven environment.
  • *Sound knowledge of contract management and law
  • *Negotiation skills
  • *Supply chain management.


  • *Experience of working in public sector procurement ideally the NHS.
  • *End to End Supply chain management.
  • *Awareness and use of Business Intelligence Tools (QlikView/Cognos/Business Objects).
  • *EU procurement.
  • *Contract law.
  • *Project management.

Additional Criteria


  • *Excellent numeracy and literacy skills
  • *Excellent analytical and problem solving skills
  • *Good keyboard skills
  • *Good telephone skills.
  • *Excellent prioritisation and organisation skills.
  • *Effective verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • *Customer orientated.
  • *Good Time Management skills and ability to meet deadlines.
  • *Results driven.
  • *Change management.
  • *Good presentation skills.
  • *Excellent decision making and problem solving skills.
  • *Use own initiative.
  • *Flexibility to work at different locations.
  • *Flexible approach to working times.
  • *Evidence of commitment to Continual Professional Development (CPD).
  • *Flexibility to work at different locations.
  • *Flexible approach to working times.
  • *Evidence of commitment to Continual Professional Development (CPD)


  • *Professional communication skills and an ability to understand and impart a wide range of complex, sensitive and specialized information at all levels.
  • *Ability to support and supervise the day-to-day work of more junior staff.
  • *Ability to work flexibly across multiple trust sites.
  • *Can use own initiative to develop new ways of working/offer solutions

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust


Regent Court

Second Floor, 14, George Road


West Midlands

B15 1NT

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