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Category Manager - Public Sector / Healthcare


Salary: £45000 per annum

Location: Burton upon Trent

Job Type: Permanent

Posted: 16/03/2021

Job Ref: 123104043


Category Manager – Public Sector / Healthcare
Burton Upon Trent
Circa £45k
Some flexible working

The business is a thriving private sector organisation. The business is a provider of vendor-neutral, flexible, scalable managed services to the NHS, Health Boards and private healthcare organisations in the UK and Europe and to the wider public sector in the UK. The business provides its clients with a choice of supplier, choice of equipment, and choice of service, which enables resolution to their challenges using best in class commercial solutions and technology.

As a procurement Category Manager you will deliver a combination of sourcing projects and contract management activities across a number of clinical categories. Working with key customer, internal and supplier stakeholders you will deliver effective supply solutions and vendor platforms aligned to customer needs while ensuring value and cost saving targets are achieved. This will be supported by structured contract management activities and supplier relationship management to ensure quality and delivery through the vendor network and to ensure contractual savings benefit is achieved and contractual agreement adherence. The position will include a lot of project working, experience of the delivery of multiple sourcing and contract management projects would be an advantage.

We are seeking in this case applicants with proven experience of category management activities to include the development of category plans within public sector procurement, working under OJEU regulations. Healthcare or medical sector experience is an advantage but not essential.

Key accountabilities in the role include but are not limited to:
•Undertake strategic sourcing activities in line with business practice ensuring that these are undertaken with due regard to business policy and legal requirements.
•Manage all stakeholders in terms of meetings and communications to ensure a high level of commitment is secured during the sourcing process.
•Deliver category supply strategies that are aimed at delivering key business objectives while satisfying the operational needs of stakeholders.
•Deliver contractual relationships on behalf of stakeholders that meet business objectives and operational requirements.
•Proactively manage the supply base to ensure that appropriate relationships and contractual relationships are in place at all times.
•Undertake supply market research to ensure that the required participants and products/ services are continually in scope.
•Undertake financial analysis to ensure that best value is achieved at all times.
•Proactively manage the post-contractual environment to ensure that all terms and conditions are being applied and related benefits secured.
•Meet business contractual, savings and participation objectives are met on a continual basis. Where these are not being met, provide and deliver a plan to meet said objectives.
•To manage risks and conflicts to derive benefits for both public and private customers
•Execute the category specific workplan.
•Engage, support and agreement for the strategy from key stakeholders so that implementation and compliance are optimal; promote the effective management of suppliers to sustain value throughout the life of the contract.
•Provide advice, guidance and service on categories to stakeholders.
•Define and manage key supplier relationships to deliver breakthrough performance in cost, service and quality, including technical input to negotiations on strategically significant contracts and negotiation and management of third party service providers.
•Support the development of annual departmental cost savings targets for the annual budget process; develop and agree the annual procurement plan with directors and departmental heads.
•Utilise the existing savings reporting mechanism with finance which is understood and accepted by the user departments. Produce regular reports on performance and provide comprehensive management information and in-depth analysis when requested including spend analysis, savings secured and potential savings for forecast and budgets.

The Ideal Candidate:
•Prior proven experience delivering procurement sourcing and contract management within
the public sector.
•A relevant degree
•MCIPS or some CIPS based training

The position is available immediately for the right candidate with all interviews being undertaken via COVID safe processes (zoom, Teams etc). For more information or to apply now please do submit your CV to Phil Bloomer of Procurement People by clicking the apply now button.

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