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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 25/05/2021.

Category Manager Home based with travel

Job Reference: J316-CAT-MAN-MANCH

Collaborative Procurement Partnership
Tower 4
£37,346 - £45,730

Category Manager Tower 4

(£37,346 - £45,730) depending upon experience.

Home based with travel.

Do you look at things differently? Are you looking for a procurement position where you can make an impact, drive change, and grow your career?

We are looking for an experiencedCategory Managerto deliver a world class service to the NHS and provide creative, cost effective solutions for their toughest challenges.

We are very proud to be part of the NHS Supply chain family. We were formed in 2018 and are investing heavily in our people, our systems and our processes - there has never been a better time to join us.

About Us:

At CPP we ensure that the NHS can access the products it needs at the right time and right price - from bandages to wheelchairs, and from gloves to surgical implants.

We do this by delivering cost-effective procurement initiatives to source and supply surgical medical equipment and consumables from all over the world at the keenest prices. The savings we make directly benefit the patient.

All products we source are robustly clinically tested so that quality is never compromised, and we distribute to NHS trusts and healthcare organisations across the UK.

The role:

In this role you will be responsible for the efficient and effective delivery of procurement services.

We are looking for an experiencedCategory Manager to deliver a comprehensive service to NHS Trusts by providing a quality migration support service for our Orthopaedics Category.

You will foster a highly professional and responsive client service approach and act as the main point of contact for the category, building and maintaining strong relationships with all key stakeholders along with developing Spend Efficiency Reports and agreeing pricing and implementation for NHS Trusts.

This will include: -

  • Manage the evolving orthopaedic market category across a number of NHS trusts.
  • Roll out savings delivery and market penetration at pace.
  • Be the expert for your category area with a detailed understanding of the market, industry trends, product/service options and best practice.
  • Ensure stakeholder and supplier engagement, in development of the category strategy to identify product innovation, best practice, process improvement and efficiency opportunities.
  • Manage supplier relationships during the strategy stage/sourcing process.
  • Participate in supplier business reviews and review market trends/technologies as they arise in assigned categories.
  • Manage the contracting cycle for commitment contracts under our national Framework Agreements.
  • Manage performance against programme targets and ensure best value for money.
  • Support the National Category Manager in the delivery of category plans (timescale, business revenue & margin, supplier management etc).

Who you are:

  • 3-5 years’ experience of managing the whole procurement lifecycle is essential - you could be a Category Manager, Buyer, Contracts Manager, Purchasing Officer or Procurement Manager.
  • Results focused, responding naturally to pressure and demanding deadlines.
  • Strong analytical skills combined with excellent Excel knowledge.
  • Able to demonstrate good commercial acumen, attention to detail and previous category knowledge.
  • An exceptional communicator and stakeholder manager with the ability to build and maintain an extensive network of contacts within the category.
  • Have a clean driving licence and willing to travel.

The Rewards:

  • Business car lease scheme (for roles with business miles of +4000 per annum).
  • Workplace pension contributions.
  • Employee Assistance Programme.
  • Health cash benefit.
  • 25 days’ holiday entitlement & 8 bank holidays.
  • The opportunity to purchase additional holidays.
  • Death in service benefit.
  • Cycle to Work Scheme.
  • Salary sacrifice car scheme - open to all employees.
  • Excellent opportunities for career development.
  • A friendly, supportive and energetic working environment.

We reserve the right to close adverts early should we receive sufficient applications. Please apply for this job as soon as you can, if interested

Candidates selected for interview will be contacted after the short-listing process, usually within 2 weeks.


A face to face Interviews is not currently permitted therefore, an interview will be conducted via Microsoft Teams.

We regret we cannot contact everyone who is not selected for an interview, therefore if you do not hear from us within 21 days after submitting your application, please assume you have not been successful on this occasion.




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