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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 23/09/2021.

Category Analyst - Band 6 - Procurement Hub

Job Reference: 179-499-21-P

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Collaborative Procurement Hub
Fulbourn, Cambridge
£32,306 to £39,027 pa

About the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

At the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, we want to tell your story. We want to help develop your career. With us, the opportunities are endless.

We strive to deliver the highest quality and safest care for more than a quarter of a million people. We aim to provide the right care, in the right place, at the right time – whether in the hospital or community settings across west Suffolk.

We deliver high-quality services in a variety of settings including people’s own homes, care homes, day centres, schools, GP surgeries and health centres, as well as the Newmarket Community Hospital inpatient unit and clinics, and our main site, the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds.

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Key achievements

  • For the last two years the National Hip Fracture Database (NHFD) have rated us as the top hospital in England, Wales and Northern Ireland for meeting best practice criteria for patients treated for a hip fracture.

  • We’re among the top 10 hospitals in the country for hip, knee and joint replacement outcomes.

  • Our stroke services regularly achieve high ratings in the Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP) scores.

  • We consistently achieve high early detection of cancer, and cancer survival rates in the NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group area are the best in the east of England.

Category Analyst - Band 6 - Procurement Hub - 37.5 Hours per week - Permanent

The East of England NHS Collaborative Procurement Hub (the Hub) has an opportunity for a Category Analyst to join our Team. The Hub is a customer focused NHS organisation working in partnership with stakeholders to provide collaborative and bespoke strategic procurement services which deliver savings and efficiencies and reduce duplication.  


We are seeking an analyst with good organisational, planning and interpersonal skills to manage the data collection and reporting components of our Activity Based Income workstream. Working within our Data and Enablement Team you will also support the wider activities of the department.


This is an excellent opportunity for a candidate with experience of working with complex data sets who is seeking a more varied role which provides opportunities to consolidate tasks, standardise processes and positively improve the accuracy of ABI management information. The role incorporates data analytics; reporting; problem solving; developing and operating processes; supplier engagement and training. Once in post, developing a broad knowledge of our managed categories, markets and suppliers will be an essential requisite.


The successful candidate will be in regular contact with suppliers to facilitate the submission of data including providing training and advice. They will monitor compliance, validate submissions, investigate discrepancies, and actively engage with suppliers to resolve issues. They will collate, analyse and map multiple complex data sets to identify trends and discrepancies and produce financial reports to agreed timescales to inform monitoring, approval, and financial processes.  Developing and maintaining efficient business processes, you will work to tight timescales, scope, and develop data collection templates and liaise with system leads to feedback and inform improvements.


The right candidate will demonstrate knowledge and experience of all aspects of collating and manipulating complex data sets; analysing and interpreting data and reporting your findings in hard format and verbally. They will have experience of using: either SQL, PowerBI or Qlikview; MS Excel to an advanced level and an in-depth specialist knowledge of statistical and information data analysis.  With good planning and organisational abilities, you will possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills and demonstrate a commitment to working collaboratively and improving processes. 


This post will be based at the Hub offices in Cambridge.  We are currently developing a new working model for post COVID which is likely to include provision for some remote (home) working. There may be an occasional requirement to travel to other locations in England. 


If you have the necessary skills, experience, and qualities to help us to put patients first, please contact Darren McVee on 07950 959 437 for an informal discussion. 


The East of England NHS CPH is hosted by West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust acting as the employing organisation for all Hub team members.  

No Agency enquiries please

**In order to improve efficiency, all correspondence relating to this vacancy, including invitations to interview will be by email only, via NHS Jobs. Would you therefore please ensure you check your emails on a regular basis**


In submitting an application form, you authorise West Suffolk NHS FT to confirm any previous NHS service details via the Inter Authority Transfer (IAT) process, should you be appointed to the post.


CAR PARKING - This post does not entitle you to apply to park on the Hospital site.  The Trust offer parking off site at the Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club, which is serviced by a regular shuttle bus to and from the Hospital.  Details of the bus timetable can be found in the on-line starter pack.


If required to work on a weekend, the restriction does not apply Parking is allowed on site Saturday and Sunday please visit the car park office before you leave site and the car park team will validate your parking at the staff daily rate.


For posts that include “on call” duties successful candidates will be able to access on site parking for their ‘on call’ rostered days only. Please provide details of your on call days to the car park office who will validate parking at the staff rate on these days only.


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We are an equal opportunities employer, with a range of flexible working options.

The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. DBS clearance (Disclosure and Barring Service - Police checks) will be required for relevant posts.

Final Salary Pension Scheme and Life Cover.

Key Worker Living Housing Initiative available to applicable staff groups.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces community.

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