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Strategic Category Lead - HR & Professional Services

St George's Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£66,718 to £76,271 a year pa inc HCAS
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Provide a proactive procurement service to the Division(s) that you work with, covering strategic advice and operational matters operating as a recognised and serviced business partner, ensuring that the service is efficient, cost effective and responsive to the changing needs of the Divisions and wider NHS
  • Deliver a strategic procurement service for identified categories - including strategic supplier relationship management
  • Deliver demonstrable cash releasing savings annually as part of the Services' cost improvement programmes and meet key performance and efficiency targets, reporting to the Head of Commercial Procurement - Non Clinical
  • Design and implementation of tender processes, sourcing strategies and contracts to ensure that maximum quality and value for money is obtained
  • Provide Category leadership and development to a team of 4 (2 Category Managers, and 2 Deputy Category Managers)
  • Support the delivery of the NHS and SWL Workforce and Corporate Strategy including robust commercial agreements to deliver value

Main duties of the job

Strategic Procurement
  • Responsible for developing and implementing category strategies for the HR & Professional Services space, through detailed demand/market analysis and a recognised Strategic Sourcing process, to ensure continual improvement and innovation in sustainable service delivery.
  • Provide a strong and effective business management support from Procurement at Directorate Management level and associated operational activity, directly influencing non pay expenditure to ensure value for money.
  • Deliver a strategic procurement service for identified categories.
  • Influence and engage stakeholders and suppliers to maximise value.
  • Develop a wide understanding of the market within which the category sits - understanding and leveraging key developments, supplier capability and spend profiles
  • Manage and co-ordinate all activities, agencies, suppliers and personnel to successfully implement robust and deliverable category strategies, including where necessary undertaking a number of strategic projects, from initial scoping through to contract award.
  • Carry out procurement for high value, detailed contracts and be able to develop appropriate evaluation methods and interpretation thereof. Carry out procurement for highly detailed high value contracts that require analysis, comparison and assessment.
  • Identify and develop opportunities for strategic supplier partnerships supporting long term high quality service delivery and cost reduction initiatives.

About us

South West London Procurement Partnership was established in 2021 to provide procurement services to our customers and patients across South West London. We look after over �1.4bn of non-pay spend for 5 organisations, c.30,000 customers and ensure that over 1m patients get the goods and services they need to be provided with excellent care. Our aim is to provide world class commercial and operational procurement services to ensure that not only do we provide the excellent care our patients need, but that the organisations we serve contribute to their local communities beyond medical care - by focusing on quality, sustainability and social value as anchor institutions.

SWLPP manages the provision of all goods and services, ensuring that our customers get true value for money, in a compliant, sustainable and innovative way.

We provide strategic category and contract management procurement services, logistics and data analytics. We are at the forefront of ICS procurement development and play a key part on the shaping of the national procurement agenda.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job Description. The above is a reasonable outline but please contact us to discuss further if required.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Experience


  • CIPS Level 6 or MCIPS
  • 3+ years experience in procurement and negotiation
  • Evidence of continuous professional development


  • Corporate services procurement experience
  • 3+ years of managing people
  • Experience of public sector procurement

Knowledge and Skills


  • Knowledge of Commercial and Contract Law
  • Ability to manage and coordinate large and complex projects


  • Knowledge of Excel and procurement systems



  • Self-starter demonstrating leadership qualities
  • Ability to operate in a high pressured environment

Employer details

Employer name

St George's Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Blackshaw Rd


SW17 0QT

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