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Senior Category Manager

Leeds and York Partnership NHS Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 a year Per Annum
Closing date
10 Apr 2024

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Specialist Area
Category management
Job Level
Public Sector
Contract Type
Full Time
CIPS Membership
CIPS member, Non CIPS member

Senior Category Manager

Healthcare Services and Pharmacy Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

The closing date is 10 April 2024

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Job summary  

North of England NHS Commercial Procurement Collaborative (NOE CPC) is based in Sheffield and hosted by Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LYPFT). Our aim is to deliver best value procurement outcomes for the NHS through collaborative working. As an NHS organisation NOE CPC brings together a wealth of experience, understanding and knowledge, providing collaborative procurement and commercial solutions to the wider NHS and is one of the leading players in collaborative procurement within the NHS in England. Reflecting our leading role within NHS procurement we are pleased to have been appointed as an NHS-England Accredited Framework Host

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Senior Category Manager to join our established Category Procurement Team at NOE CPC in the following roles;

Senior Category Manager (Healthcare Services and Pharmacy)

  • Reporting to the Procurement Director you will be responsible for leading the Healthcare Services and Pharmacy Category Procurement Team

Main duties of the job  

The Senior Category Manager will be responsible for leading and developing this category team. You will be responsible for development of the category strategy, and delivery and execution of a sourcing plan. This will include responsibility for the effective management of an existing portfolio of framework agreements and ensuring timely delivery of procurement projects against NOE CPC's workplan in line with our NHS customer requirements. A pro-active focus on delivery of best value outcomes for NHS is essential. Working with the Procurement Director you will work to expand and enhance NOE CPC's impact in the Healthcare Services and Pharmacy category areas through development of a category management approach including category strategy development and work-planning. Activity will include extensive engagement with NHS and other key stakeholders.

We are looking for highly motivated, enthusiastic individuals wanting to make a positive difference in the NHS. The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate strong personal skills, a sound understanding of public procurement, together with both experience and enthusiasm for the particular category area for which they are applying. They will also be a good communicator, have a strong customer focused ethos, and broad commercial acumen.

About us  

The Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LYPFT) is the main provider of Mental Health and Learning Disability services in Leeds. We also provide specialist inpatient services in York and some highly specialised services across the country. As a teaching trust with strong links to local universities, we are a centre of excellence for teaching,research and development.

There are many benefits of working for LYPFT including fantastic employee wellbeing support, 27 - 33 days annual leave, flexible working and remote working arrangements, the NHS Pension Scheme, coaching, support and opportunities for career development and training and education support alongside a range of exclusive discounts and payment schemes including for cars, extra leave days and more NHS Discount Offers.

We also have an incredible bank department, offering variety of roles in nursing, allied health professions, healthcare support worker and administration clerical. Permanent employees are automatically added to bank.

Applicants should be aware that for any individual who requires a visa to work in the UK, the Trust provides sponsorship for registered healthcare practitioner roles only. This is an essential requirement of the role, and the Trust is unable to offer you a role if you are unable to meet Trust requirements for sponsorship and Home Office requirements for a visa.

Job description Job responsibilities  

As part of the NOE CPC Category Procurement Team you will need to be able to:

  • Lead the delivery of complex procurement projects, in line with the Public Contracts Regulations
  • Support a category management approach in order to deliver cash releasing savings and sustainable total cost reductions for NHS in this category area.
  • Have considerable knowledge and expertise within this specialist category area.
  • Have a strong customer focus, commercial acumen and a pro-active approach
  • Have a sound approach to contract and supplier management in this category area
  • Build excellent working relationships with peers, colleagues, customers and other external stakeholders at both operational and senior levels.
  • Have a hands-on approach and a results focused mentality.

This role will work closely with and support the Procurement Director and other Senior/Category Manager(s) and will be required to build relationships with senior level and expert stakeholders in this category area, to manage the category procurement team, together with a portfolio of agreements, and to support new procurement activity in this field. The role will include extensive engagement with both NHS and supplier organisations in order to ensure procurement solutions are established which genuinely meet and continue to deliver against the needs of the NHS. Team management skills, together with experience and a passion for this particular category area are highly desirable although not a necessity.

To find out more about working for NOE CPC, our team ethos, and NHS values please visit; Jobs | NOE CPC

The role is based in Sheffield and allows for flexible/hybrid working, and will require periodic travel to other NHS organisations, suppliers and other stakeholders nationally.

For a further discussion regarding this role, please contact Steve Sercombe on 0114 212 7441 or 0789 178 3829

Person Specification Qualifications Essential

  • Degree/MCIPS

Experience Essential

  • Senior level procurement experience in public or private sector Evidence of working with diverse stakeholder groups (for example, customers/clients/suppliers)

Knowledge Essential

  • Category specific background & expertise

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Employer details Employer name Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Address Don Valley House


S4 7UQ

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