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Category Specialist

Posted: 6 Oct 2020 Closes: 4 Nov 2020
Leicester, United Kingdom £38,890 - £44,503 per annum
Permanent & Full-time NHS_8wQ42f4FENK6

Category Specialist

Job Reference: 358-25588116-COR-A

Employer: Department: Procurement Department, County hall, Glenfield Location: Leicester Salary: £38,890 - £44,503 per annum

An exciting opportunity exists for a Category Specialist to work within the Procurement and Supplies Department of the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.

We are looking for a dynamic and experienced procurement professional to support the delivery of projects and improvement programmes that underpin the delivery of operational and financial performance targets. .

The post holder will provide a comprehensive procurement advisory and planning service to Clinical Management Groups and Corporate Directorates, supporting them to drive efficiency in clinical and non-clinical expenditure. Supporting the coverage of £220m of non-pay spend across the Trust, you will ensure strategies deliver value for money and improved services for designated Categories.

The post holder will manage a portfolio of projects within one or more Procurement Categories and achieve the most economic supply arrangements, whilst adhering to procurement rules and Trust governance. Key activities include;
  • Leading on specific sourcing programmes for defined projects, taking the lead on the allocated sourcing category or categories, and contributing significantly to the delivery of allocated procurement projects.
  • Engaging Clinicians, Managers and Stakeholders in the end to end process for product selection and supply of services, including demand challenge, transition and implementation planning and development of strategy, tender evaluation, award criteria, and ongoing contract management.
  • Assisting in the delivery of cost and efficiency savings across a large project range across CMG's, by analysing current spend information and undertaking complex market analysis or product usage and cost trends to develop procurement strategies. To ensure that CMG proposals for non-pay savings are robust and reported appropriately.
  • Promoting contract compliance across the Trust in particular where commitment contracts are placed, through escalation to the Senior Category Manager.
Your primary base will be County Hall; however frequent travel between UHL's hospital sites will be required.

** Previous applicants need not apply **

For further details / informal visits contact:

Palbir Gill - Senior Contract Manager

07870 815109

Vacancies will close early if a sufficient number of applications are received.

Applications are transferred to TRAC, by completing an application you authorise the transfer of your data. Emails regarding applications will be sent via TRAC.

UHL is an equal opportunities employer. We aim to employ a workforce that reflects the diverse communities we serve and where discrimination is outlawed, and staff and service users are equally valued and supported. We welcome applications from people from all backgrounds who match our job criteria.

We welcome applications from members of our black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, as we have identified that UHL has an under-representation of BAME employees at band 7 and above.

Applicants who have a disability and meet the essential criteria will be interviewed if indicated you wish to be considered under the Disability Confident Scheme. If you require any reasonable adjustments please make the recruitment services team aware as soon as possible. Appointments will be made on merit.
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COVID 19 Risk Assessment

Due to Covid 19 we have introduced a staff risk assessment into our pre-employment process.

This is intended to ensure you are able to safely perform your duties in any of our work areas, and if you have been identified as being vulnerable to coronavirus. Our main aim is to reduce risk and to ensure the safety of all new starters as well as current staff, patients and visitors.

If it is identified that you are within a vulnerable category, we will endeavour to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate this.
Tier 2 Sponsorship

We welcome applications from individuals who require Tier 2 sponsorship. NON-EEA candidates may not be appointed if a suitable EU/EEA candidate is successful. As it is unlikely the Trust would be able to satisfy the Home Office Visa requirements.

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