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Job Title

Senior Category Manager

RecruiterMichael Page Procurement & Supply Chain
Industry SectorHealthcare & Education, Public Sector & Not For Profit
Salary£40,000 to £48,000 per annum
LocationsEast Midlands, Nottinghamshire
Contract TypePermanent
Job CategoriesPurchasing / Procurement Jobs
Date Posted12 June 2018

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Running a strategic sourcing programme for clinical and non-clinical categories

Developing a category management team and driving best value through strategic procurement

Client Details

Held in extremely high regard in the local community. One of the largest and most successful health care organisations in the country with highly ambitious savings targets and a very successful procurement team. This is a very unique and efficient procurement function trusted and highly thought of by all levels, including board level.

  • Running complex OJEU procurement's, managing senior stakeholders and reporting back
  • Implementing category management strategy and managing key supplier relationships
  • Leading large and complex procurement activities, delivering against savings and other optimal outcomes of both a tactical and strategic nature
  • Gaining competitive advantage by identifying best proactive and utilising spend within the assigned categories
  • Proactively seeking out and engaging with appropriate internal and external stakeholders to provide insight and support to those category areas
  • Working closely with a central support team to ensure best possible outcomes
  • Leading negotiation and completion of contracts that are complex to support the overall category strategy
  • Using your own initiative and being responsible for making decisions that benefit the department and wider organisation
  • To advise and support the senior leadership and director team on design and provision of service
  • To ensure compliance across contracts and pursuing procurement excellence through effective procurement projects
  • To be an effective member of the senior procurement management team delivering coordinated work plans in a timely manner
  • To chair or be a member or group committees as required by leadership
  • To take ownership of unresolved problems/queries that are escalated through the category management team and ensure these are resolved to agreed timescales
  • To undertake any other duties that may be required


The successful candidate will be a CIPS qualified, senior procurement professional who can evidence their own continued professional development. They will have experience in supply chain management as well as taken part in purchasing procedures and workshops. They will be highly proficient with e-tendering systems and other contract management software as well as the full office suite.

They will have 3 or more years experience at a senior level in public sector procurement with extensive hands on experience applying the current EU Public Procurement Directives and the Public Contract Regulations through the use of ER compliance competitive tendering. They will have experience in people management and have experience in providing strong leadership in a complex and dynamic environment. They will be commercially minded and have experience managing complex projects on time and within budget. They will have significant experience in end to end procurement processes and within that have experience of negotiation, strategic sourcing methodologies, supply chain theory, contract law and dispute resolution, advanced data analysis, finance and leasing knowledge along with risk assessment experience.

The successful candidate will have the ability to communicate at a senior level with both internal and external stakeholders. They will have the ability to negotiate and influence at all levels and stages of the procurement process. They will be able to demonstrate credibility throughout. They will have developed interpersonal skills and be able to demonstrate credibility through that skill set.

They will have the ability to analyse complex requests and determine the urgency of the situation and react appropriately. They will have the ability to present new and/or complex information to internal and external stakeholders. They will be able to influence clinical and non-clinical professionals of all levels to achieve compliance of the procurement.

They will have exceptional planning and organisational skills as well as the ability to implement organisational strategy and policy. They will be able to manage multiple complex projects and make clear and concise recommendations for future requirements. They will be able to evidence their ability to prioritise and plan their own work and the work of others including their team.

Job Offer
  • An extremely competitive salary
  • Opportunity to progress
  • Discounted health benefits
  • Access to fitness facilities
  • A Blue Light Card which provides access to a plethora of national benefits
  • Local discounts with organisations like Boots and other large local brands
  • An award winning pension scheme
  • A role that allows you to guide and implement strategy
  • Harmonised Holiday entitlement of 27 days + bank holidays, increasing with service length
  • Occupational health support services
  • Access to free advise on child care and tax credits in the event of required maternity/paternity leave
  • Flexible retirement scheme

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