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Senior Category Manger

Job Reference: 384-LC-HPL109

Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust
Healthcare Partners Limited
Guildford, Surrey
£50,479 to £53,719

Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust is a friendly, supportive, busy but welcoming acute and community Trust that is ambitious about developing our services and your career.

Our compassionate, caring and friendly colleagues make up our Royal Surrey family and are at the heart of what we do. We all have a passion for learning, continuous improvement and excelling together through innovation, research and development. There are over 4,500 members of our Royal Surrey family.

We are clinically led and provide joined up care by bridging the gap between hospital and community services alongside regional specialist cancer care. Our main acute hospital site is in Guildford with community hospital sites at Milford, Haslemere and Cranleigh. We provide adult community health services in the community and homes across Guildford and Waverley.

We have received an overall ‘Good’ rating from the CQC, with our Maternity services deemed 'Outstanding'. We also received a rating of 'Outstanding' for medical care and end of life care. We are investing in our colleagues through our new health and wellbeing programme and a commitment to supporting professional development as well as investing more than £45 million in our physical environment and new equipment in the next few years.

There has never been a better time to join us.

Healthcare Partners Limited (HPL)

- Do you fancy working for working for the NHS and contribute indirectly to patient care; in a fulfilling worthwhile career?
- Do you like negotiating, trying to attain the best deal and save money?
-Are you creative and innovative?
-Are you interested in being part of one of the country’s biggest employers, NHS, with a huge range of job opportunities?
- Do you want to be part of a friendly team who will support you to learn on the job?
- Do you want a varied, creative, and fast-paced job; that can offer career progression?

HPL is an exciting and progressive organisation delivering a fully managed service for Procurement, Supply Chain, Medical Equipment and Technical Servicing and Consultancy Services to Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust and other healthcare providers. The focus is to deliver significant operational, quality and financial benefits in procurement, contracts, medical equipment and servicing, through our managed service provision and play a leading role across the newly formed Integrated Care System.

The Role
After broadening our range of services under HPL’s remit, we are looking to expand the team with a number of procurement roles both fixed term and permanent, from Assistant Category Managers through to Senior Category Managers to join our ambitious procurement delivery team. This is an exciting opportunity for individuals who are both passionate with the Health Service and Procurement and who want to work as part of a successful progressive and supportive team.

The following roles are being advertised:

  • Senior Category Manager (8a)
  • Category Manager (7)
  • Assistant Category Manager (Band 6)
  • Category Support Officer (Band 5)
  • Junior Buyers (Band 3) (Fixed term 6-12 months)

 All of the roles will provide professional procurement advice and support within non-clinical categories.

For the Senior Category roles (Senior Category Manager and Category Manager Role) we are looking for very experienced technical procurement experts with a strong knowledge of HR & IT categories from a public sector background.

With all roles we are looking for a strong natural leaders, who can take ownership for a range of projects and categories and able to drive change with strong influencing skills. Ideally someone with NHS experience or a background in Public sector Procurement. In addition the other essential attributes that we are looking for are as follows:

  • Strong Public Sector experience, ideally within the NHS
  • Ability to follow governance and processes
  • Appetite to deliver and achieve savings
  • Excellent customer service skills and a professional manner
  • A leader and someone who wants to progress in their career
  • Competent and confident with minimum direction required
  • Agile and flexible and highly resilient under pressure
  • Creative
  • Enthusiastic with bags of energy

Part of the required background is an individual with knowledge across the range of non-clinical spend areas in particular but in addition an understanding of the OJEU processes and high value and complex procurement's.

All of the roles will frequently require the post holder to engage with end users and projects teams and be able to work to tight deadlines.

Those wishing to apply for the Senior Category Manager and Category Manager Roles will be accountable and responsible for:

  • Running complex OJEU procurement's, managing multiple senior stakeholders and reporting and presenting as required via Prince 2 methodology in both written and verbal formats
  • Implementing a category management strategy, delivering effective procurement's and supporting the management of key supplier relationships to deliver breakthrough performance in cost, service and quality.
  • Leading large and often complex procurement activities, delivering savings and other optimal outcomes of a tactical (cost reduction) and strategic nature in a challenging healthcare environment. Accordingly you will be able to demonstrate change management and stakeholder management skills across decentralised business units.
  • Seeking out and engaging appropriate internal and external stakeholders at or up to Board level to provide the information and insight to support the development of the strategic options for the category.
  • Leading the negotiation and completion of contracts often of a complex nature to support the category strategy.
  • Be the Managed Healthcare Services Company’s expert for the specific procurement spend category with a detailed understanding and analysis of the market, industry trends, product/service options/ best practice. This will include benchmarking with other healthcare providers, and considering end user feedback to support sourcing initiatives.

Skills & Experience required

  • OJEU (desirable) and/or major and large scale procurement experience
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Extensive experience of managing high value and complex projects
  • Good data & analytical skills
  • Good project management skills
  • Category management experience and knowledge
  • Ability to analyse and proactively manage categories of spend and projects.

Working hours are 37.5 a week between 08:00 and 17:00, subject to meeting the needs of HPL’s clients. The role involves driving between sites to conduct work in Community partner sites, so a full UK driving licence is required.

The function is changing and now is the time to join the business and join our development. You will work in a fast-paced commercial function and be responsible for the day to day clinical change.  We are fundamentally looking for strong clinical leaders with a can do positive attitude who can make change and put customers at the heart of everything they do.

A willingness to be flexible team player and to be prepared to cover other areas to your normal responsibilities at times of holiday or sickness is essential.

All applicants should express which role they are interested in applying for and state their necessary experience and competences levels they feel they have for the role.

If you are interested in applying for this post please use the links provided to access the full job description/person specification and apply online.

The Royal Surrey is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

Reasonable adjustments to the interview process can be made for any candidates with a disability.


  • The closing date given is a guide only. There may be some occasions where we have to close a vacancy once sufficient applications have been received. It is therefore advisable that you submit your application as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
  • Please ensure you check your emails regularly as this is how we will communicate with you throughout the recruitment process.
  • If you have not heard from us within three weeks after the closing date, we regret that this usually means that your application was not successful.
  • In submitting an application form, you authorise Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust to confirm any previous NHS service details via the Inter Authority Transfer (IAT) process should you be appointed to the post.

The Trust aims to treat all applicants fairly in regards to any disclosure of conviction revealed at the application stage. Having a criminal record will not necessarily bar you from working with us. This will depend on the nature of the position and the circumstances and background of your offences. If you currently reside outside of the UK we will require documentary proof of security/police clearance, in English.

The Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust has a safeguarding policy for both adults and children and is committed to all safeguarding legislation and current standards.

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