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Senior Category Buyer

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 £35,392 - £42,618 Per Annum
Closing date
10 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Exciting opportunity to work within the Clinical Procurement team at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust as a Category Manager.

The job role is very varied, offering daily challenge with rarely 2 days being the same. Main responsibility includes the management of procurement activity for the capital equipment rolling replacement programme. This often supports improved patient services, added value and technical innovation with clear benefits to the patients of Derriford Hospital and the wider healthcare community.

The successful candidate will have access to best-in-class procurement training to support the Head of Clinical Procurement with the delivery and management of the Procurement Category Management (CM) non pay savings programme.

***Preference will be given to internal Trust staff, as well as 'Priority' and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon who are able to display recent relevant experience as dictated by the Person Specification.***

Main duties of the job

The desired candidate will have fantastic communication skills with the ability to build relationships and provide a professional procurement service.

Required to regularly meet and engage with stakeholders at all levels within the organisation to ensure procurement support and equipment delivery is co-ordinated for multiple projects across a developing hospital site. Best practice procurement processes followed for compliance with internal and external governance requirements and demonstrated evidence of value delivered as an output of each procurement activity.

The desire to become a category expert is essential along with ability and confidence to lead procurement strategies and co-ordinate resource to meet conflicting deadlines.

Demonstrable experience in the development of sourcing strategies is required to ensure further strategies can be developed for designated spend categories.Evidenced engagement with external bodies to include framework providers and regional peers to ensure all procurement activity is conducted in line with public sector procurement processes.Staff management responsibility is a key part of the role and the required job holder will help support individual development and display the respected qualities of good leadership.

About us

We are a people business - where every member of staff matters and can make a difference. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Joining University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust means becoming part of a team of dedicated staff, who are committed to leading the way through innovation, clinical excellence and great customer care. The Trust has great opportunities for career development in a highly progressive working environment. We offer all of this in a vibrant, modern city with a historic reputation for adventure. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL COMMUNICATION WILL BE ELECTRONIC, PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT REGULARLY. If you have any issues with applying online and need additional support including reasonable adjustments with the application process please contact the recruitment team on 01752 432100. We recognise that work life balance is important for our colleagues and so we invite requests from applicants around less than full time/flexible working for our advertised roles. Please contact the recruiting manager to discuss this prior to your application submission. We commit to giving this full consideration in each case. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply for our roles, as diversity strengthens our teams. It is sometimes necessary to close vacancies before the closing date. If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been shortlisted.

Job description

Job responsibilities

1. Responsible for developing sourcing strategies for designated spend categories

2. Is expected to manage their own and any staffs delivery of recurring savings and inflation management

3. Responsible for tendering, contract management and negotiation within designated spend categories

4. Provide monthly summary activity and risk reports to the Senior Procurement team of non-pay savings progress against agreed targets

5. Support the department in creating a positive Procurement brand and identity, that ensures the corporate Procurement function is valued and the first stop for all commercial activity

6. Responsible for ensuring all Procurement is conducted in line with the procurement strategy, Trust SFIs, SOs, and UK law

7. Develop and deploy sourcing strategies that deliver cost savings, drive out waste and improve patient care e.g. New technology introduction, managed services, product and supplier standardisation and rationalisation

8. Support Scan for Safety (GS1) implementation, Lord Carter review programme and Success Regime delivery as required

9. Liaise with collaborative partners in assessing collaborative opportunities within areas of responsibility

10. Assist in the development of collaborative work plans through identification of local opportunities which may have broader strategic potential

11. Oversees the successful implementation of regional-wide projects that fall within designated categories

12. Manages markets, suppliers and product research to inform sourcing and trust strategy development

13. Is fully conversant with the Trusts SFIs, SOs and SOD and provide relevant training to internal and external stakeholders where appropriate

Please see job description attached for full details of the role and the main responsibilities you will undertake.

Person Specification

Knowledge & Experience


  • Demonstrable procurement experience including ability and experience to produce tenders, quotations, tender evaluations and drafting contracts in accordance with UK legislation, Trust Standing Financial Instructions and Standing Orders
  • Proven knowledge of negotiation tools and techniques and financial adjudication of complex high value contracts
  • Understanding of the commercial mechanics of the NHS, or transferable knowledge from the private sector


  • Demonstrable experience in managing services related procurement projects



  • Degree within related field or demonstrable relevant experience
  • Studying towards or gives a commitment to obtain a Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) Professional qualification (Graduate or Advanced Diploma in Procurement & Supply) or relevant equivalent qualification


  • Professional Diploma in Procurement & Supply
  • MCIPS registered



  • Proven excellent communication skills, written and verbal, with ability to demonstrate fluency, clarity and effectiveness at all levels
  • Proven influencing. High level of attention to detail / accuracy
  • Ability to prioritise workload, instruct and direct others


  • Demonstrable experience in delivering presentations

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust


University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

Ground Floor | Brittany House | 1 Brest Road | Derriford



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