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Category Tower Manager

Job Reference: 914-BSA1455-B

NHS Business Services Authority
£47,092 - £58,217 per annum

The NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) is the main processing facility and centre of excellence for payment, reimbursement, remuneration and reconciliation for NHS Dental Practitioners, Pharmacists, NHS Pensions and other affiliated parties.

You may already know about the Future Operating Model, which is the design of the future NHS Supply Chain service that will deliver clinically assured, high quality products at the best possible price. The model is based on a series of Category Towers, overseen by a management function called the ICC. Launching in April 2018, the ICC will deliver a world-class procurement and logistics service to purchase and deliver c£4.5bn of products per annum to the NHS.

The ICC will be a public sector organisation with a commercial mindset. It will share and support the aims and values of the NHS and generate cash releasing savings that can be reinvested into front-line services for the benefit of patients, staff and taxpayers.

This is a unique opportunity to join a newly launched procurement ‘Centre of Excellence’ providing the opportunity to make a real difference to the way the NHS procures its services and supplies.

The Role

  • Category Tower Managers will oversee contract and performance management of one of eleven Category Towers Service Providers across Medical, Capital and Non-Medical.
  • Post holders will be responsible for the overall spend of the Category Tower, or sub-set, and the development and delivery of strategy activities to increase market share with customer requirements at the core.
  • Collaboration with colleagues across the ICC to develop and deliver a change programme which will move the organisation’s performance and reputation to a new level will be key

The Candidate

  • Excellent commercial awareness, a relentless customer focus and the agility and flexibility to flourish in an ambiguous and growing landscape.
  • Demonstrable contract /category management experience with strong stakeholder and supplier management skills and the ability to influence at senior level.
  • Experience of working in a healthcare / medical environment would be advantageous but is not mandatory. We are open to candidates with both public and private sector experience.
  • We are particularly interested in hearing from candidates with specific experience of, or an interest in procurement within Cardiology or Orthopaedics product categories.

How to Apply

  • To apply for this role you must submit your CV and application to
  • Applications are not being accepted via NHS Jobs.

For further details / informal visits contact:

For an informal and confidential discussion, please speak with our advisors at Berwick Talent Solutions – email or call Zinu Kamaly on 0121 654 5934.

NHS Jobs messages:If you have a query relating to your application process please contact the recruitment team on or 0191 203 5008

Please be aware, any messages sent via NHS Jobs communications will be checked periodically and responded to by the recruitment team. For a more immediate response please use the email address or tel no above.

The NHSBSA values and respects the diversity of its employees, and aims to recruit a workforce which reflects our diverse communities. We welcome applications irrespective of people’s age, disability, gender, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or other personal circumstances.

We have policies and procedures in place to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and consistently at every stage of the recruitment process, including an invitation to the first stage of the selection process and consideration of reasonable adjustments for people who have a disability.

All new entrants to the NHS will be appointed on the minimum of the pay scale in line with Agenda for Change Terms and Conditions.

If you are applying to undertake this role on a secondment basis you should discuss this opportunity with your manager and have agreement to being released from your current role in principle, prior to submitting an application form.

We reserve the right to close any vacancies from further submissions when we have received sufficient applications from which to make a shortlist. Please ensure you apply without delay if you wish to be considered for this role. For help with completing your application form, please read the guidance notes attached to this advert.

If you are shortlisted for interview you will be required to provide proof of ID and the right to work in the UK. Failure to bring the required proof will mean that we may be unable to proceed with your interview.

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