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IT/Corporate Senior Category Manager

Job Reference: 379-CHFAUG001-19

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust
Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton
£44,606 - £50,819 per annum

About our Trust

Our Trust is rated as ‘Outstanding for Caring’ by the CQC – fundamental to this is the way that we value and respect our staff. At every level, we value the diversity of our colleagues and actively champion an inclusive culture. We believe that everyone without exception should feel free to be their authentic self in the workplace.

We understand that work is only one part of life. We are committed to helping our colleagues achieve the best possible work/life balance. We proudly offer supportive, inclusive and family friendly employment and flexible working policies. We have a wide range of professional services and employee networks to help our colleagues be at their best - and find support if they need it.

Our Trust is already a Disability Confident employer and we are holding ourselves to account through the Workplace Disability Equality Standard (WDES). Our work on promoting equity and inclusion for our Black, and Minority Ethnic (BME) colleagues continues to be driven by engagement with the WRES (Workforce Race Equality Standard) and the WRES Experts Programme.

In 2019, we committed ourselves to becoming a Stonewall Top 100 LGBTQ+ Employer. We also support the national ‘Veteran Aware’ scheme and are an ERS Gold accredited Hospital who welcomes applications from all members of the Armed Forces communities.

For our patients, we do everything we can to deliver fair access to all our services. This includes providing interpretative and other services to meet the needs of disabled communities. We're careful to show sensitivity towards ethnic, cultural and religious differences. Our staff uphold these values and so help our care to get better all the time.

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals (BSUH) NHS Trust is a highly progressive, ambitious university teaching hospital and regional centre for a wide variety of specialist services. With an annual turnover of over £550m there is a clear determination to achieve the Trust’s strategic ambitions, including a £420m redevelopment and transformation of the Trust’s estate – the Teaching, Trauma and Tertiary (3T) Care infrastructure.

The Board is keen to ensure that maximum value is extracted from all commercial activities, while maintaining an absolute commitment to patient safety and quality. BSUH have embarked therefore on a radical transformation of their procurement department. The prime objective of this is to make the Trust more commercial in all its dealings with suppliers, providers and partners, such that there is greatly improved value for money delivered throughout the Trust’s supply chain. This will always be developed though with a clear emphasis and recognition on patient care. This approach will look to merge best practice procurement and supply chain management from both inside and outside of the NHS, such that a truly ‘industry-leading’ service can be delivered.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Senior Category Manager to join the team to lead and develop the IT and Corporate Category. This role offers the right candidate an opportunity to join a team of procurement professionals that are focused on ensuring our services support managers in delivering excellent patient outcomes, whilst meeting the challenging financial targets that the NHS are facing.

You will be responsible for leading the development and delivery of the IT and Corporate Category whilst working with the wider operational teams to create the most advantageous commercial arrangements for the Trust with circa £20m+ expenditure. You will be exposed to strategic procurement projects which will require expertise in the Category and strategic commercial acumen.

The successful candidate will have experience negotiating high-value/complex contracts, establishing supply chains and managing stakeholders at all levels of the Trust. They should be pro-active, flexible and resilient. A strong delivery focus is required, with excellent interpersonal, data-analysis, planning and organisational skills. Strong stakeholder engagement and management skills are essential as is a ’can do’ attitude, with a talent for ‘making it happen’. You can expect to work autonomously and effectively in a fast-paced environment, whilst maintaining the support of key stakeholders.

To be successful in this role the following demonstrable experience and skills will be essential:

• Developing and delivering long term Category strategies and a programme of a wide range of procurement projects across both IT and Corporate Category with an excellent track record of previous achievements and savings

• Delivery of the full end to end procurement life cycle and managing key business stakeholders & complex procurement projects • Putting best practice procurement processes in place by using your Category and procurement expertise

• A good exposure to EU Procurement Directives and experience of running EU compliant tender processes • Strong ability to engage and challenge senior stakeholders

• Supplier relationship management with the ability to influence the supply base in order to influence it now and in the future with the aim of obtaining maximum supplier contribution


For further details / informal visits contact:

For further details / informal visits contact:

Steve Adeyemo-Phillips

Head of Procurement


General information for applicants

Salaries for substantive posts will be offered to successful candidates in alignment with the NHS Agenda for Change terms and conditions. All our substantive colleagues will also receive an annual appraisal. For substantive colleagues appointed after 1 April 2019, this guides their progression through the salary steps. Please note this does not apply to Bank only applicants.

As part of our commitment to a safe working environment, we undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service check on all new employees where the role is eligible for a criminal record check . We make offers in line with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1975.

We may also use our substantive adverts to build our Bank staff. If you are unsuccessful at interview for a substantive role but meet the BSUH specification for that role you may be offered a bank post. Please note our Bank hourly rates are outlined on a separate payscale.

Applications for Tier 2 sponsorship are welcome for those that meet the Visa and Immigrations eligibility criteria. Please note our Bank only roles are not eligible for Tier 2 sponsorship. These will be considered alongside all other applications. Under the Residence Labour Market Test, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available. For further information please visit the website searching for Tier 2.

Please apply as early as you're able for this role. Sometimes, we receive exceptional interest, and close adverts earlier than specified. If you are not successful in this application, we may be able to offer you a position through our Bank. Do keep watching our 'Current Vacancies' and apply for the next suitable position.

Further Information

Specific information about this role is in the documents accompanying this advertisement.

For further more information, or help with the application process, please contact the HR Employment Services Team on 01444 448692 /448616 or by email:

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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