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Interim Category Manager

Michael Page Procurement & Supply Chain
Closing date
28 Jan 2022

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Contract Type
Full Time
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To assist in the provision of a procurement service that supports customers in developing opportunities and achieving value for money. To lead OJEU and non-OJEU tender and supplier contracting initiatives for assigned categories within the Procurement work plan using specialist analytical techniques and software to support the delivery of year-on-year cash releasing and cost avoidance savings.

Client Details

The Trust aims to provide local services for local people. It has developed its vision to reflect this commitment.

'To continue to be the major provider of acute/specialist services for the people of Worcestershire (and wider) with a strong reputation for providing outstanding, high quality, reliable, accessible and integrated healthcare for local people'

  • Support the Head of Procurement in ensuring all non-pay spend is governed by and subject to proficient procurement
  • Maintain overall understanding of Trust spend using a variety of data sources including Oracle, Bravo and supplier data to establish a detailed knowledge of Trust expenditure by Supplier, Site, Division, Department and Commodity
  • Engage and work closely with senior stakeholders who provide healthcare and support services to help identify improvements and changes in practice arising from supply market opportunities
  • Develop and maintain relationships with stakeholders to maximise Procurement performance
  • Provide expert strategic procurement advice to stakeholders
  • Develop robust category strategies
  • Leading on category management within one or more Categories under the direction of the Head of Procurement
  • Develop and implement Tender activity as directed by Head of Procurement with internal Divisional leads across the organisation at OJEU level
  • Lead, manage, evaluate and report the findings of trials as required
  • Producing a project plan for each procurement to highlight the key milestones, identify any barriers and alternatives to circumnavigate these problems to deliver the projects on time
  • Report agreed savings to the Head of Procurement as per department procedures to ensure timely reporting to the PMO
  • Ensuring that Divisional management and PMO are clear on progress with initiatives and aware of potential barriers/delays so action plans to overcome these can be put in place
  • Identify Quality Cost Improvement Initiatives (CIP) from spend and supplier analysis and dialogue with Divisional leads across the Trust as agreed with the Head of Procurement
  • Monitoring contracts to ensure contract governance is in place and coordinate supplier/stakeholder contract monitoring and improve performance to support the CIP agenda
  • Monitoring and maintaining contract compliance against Trust expenditure. Liaising with internal and external contacts to facilitate contractual coverage for non-compliant expenditure where formal agreements are not in place
  • Using the electronic tendering system and contracts finder portals
  • Working in conjunction with collaborative procurement organisations including, but not limited to NHS Supply Chain, Crown Commercial Services etc
  • Managing and promptly deal with complaints and concerns from Directorates on commercially sensitive and complex supply issues, using careful analysis and judgement and responding positively through the use of empathy, persuasion and negotiations to deliver effective resolutions to issues raised
  • Providing advice on Terms and Conditions of Contracting and procurement legal issues before, during and after award of contracts

  • Holds a professional procurement qualification or has relevant demonstrable senior procurement management experience
  • Proven experience of procurement/category management within a large organisation
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of Supply Chain Management, Contract processes and Contract Law
  • An ability to negotiate and persuade colleagues of the need to adopt best procurement practice

Job Offer
  • £350 - £450 per day
  • Flexible working - 2 days at Worcester and 3 days working from home
  • 6 months
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