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Senior Category Manager - Clinical

Job Reference: 044-PR-SCM

King's IFM
Denmark Hill

We are King’s FM and we deliver leading edge services in Supply Chain, Procurement and Managed Services to King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Our aim is to make a better NHS, achieve cost savings and deliver greater efficiencies, giving back valuable patient facing time to clinical staff by investing in specialist procurement and supply chain resources.

Our ambition is to drive the organisation forward in both the development of our teams and achieving more savings and greater efficiencies.

We are a private company and our employee package includes a bonus scheme, pension plan and excellent opportunities for your progression and development. It is a tremendous prospect for enthusiastic, positive and engaging individuals who want to be part of our organisation which aims to lead the way for other NHS organisations.

With our Procurement Department growing we have a great opportunity for a Senior Category Manager (Clinical) to join us in delivering cost savings for KFM.

Reporting into a Head of Procurement you will line manage a Category Manager and take responsibility for a delegated clinical category or categories having a value of circa twenty million to thirty million pounds of annual expenditure.

Acting as an ambassador you will foster a highly professional and responsive client service approach and act as the main point of contact.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Developing procurement strategy and implementing strategic sourcing and strong stakeholder management to maintain the lowest costs and strengthen existing relationships with key suppliers.
  • Review, negotiate, re- negotiate and draft contracts for cost optimisation and deliver savings targets to support the performance improvement programme. Implement change and improvements and support and enable staff to deliver, enhance expertise and build procurement capability.

You will be required to lead the development of the team’s annual work plan and develop associated policy and be responsible for delivering agreed procurement targets as well as take responsibility for the purchase of goods and furthermore you will be required to deliver portfolio of high value contracts in complex and/or commodity areas and control risk as well as manage the production of the required deliverables, control and assess risk.

With support from a Category Manager you will be responsible for 1 of the 2 following groups:


  • Acute and emergency care

  • Dental

  • Pharmacy

  • Post-acute, planned medicine and outpatients



  • Theatres and anaesthetics

  • Therapy, rehabilitation and allied clinical services

  • Women’s health

  • Planned surgery, ophthalmology and optometry


Successful candidates will be required to have a Degree, as well as to have MCIP (or equivalent experience) and to have evidence of continuing professional development. Furthermore you should have expertise in developing procurement strategy and mid to long term operational plans, and a proven track record of delivering cost reductions.

King’s FM values and respects the diversity of our 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.

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. Please ensure that you provide details of your previous employers covering the last 2 years along with full contact details and email addresses for all your referees.

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

Please note that King’s FM is unable to offer sponsorship to any non-EEA applicants.

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