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Principal Category Manager

Sopra Steria
Closing date
15 Jun 2022

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Contract Type
Full Time
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Do you have an understanding of Digital & IT categories and clinical use of IT?Are you looking to be part of a organisation which directly supports our wonderful NHS?If you procurement category professional looking for a new challenge, join us as a Principal Category Manager, supporting a number of upcoming and exciting projects!Leading a team, you will take responsibility for a delegated category with a portfolio of sourcing categories. You will enjoy a challenge, developing specific strategic sourcing programmes/strategies across our client base and will lead the delivery of a number of projects within key markets.With your track record, skills and determination, you will deliver a highly professional and responsive client service approach. We promise you a rewarding experience, making a difference to everyone touched by the healthcare system.What you will be doing:
  • Works closely with internal teams to ensure cohesive strategies in the delivery of portfolio framework agreements.
  • Undertakes market research to drive change and innovative procurement alongside Engagement and Consultancy Teams
  • Initiates and co-ordinates research to support the development of strategic sourcing strategies.
  • Works with other government agencies and local public services to identify areas for product/service standardisation across health and government related service settings e.g. home care, schools, prisons, defence etc.
  • Reviews and negotiates draft contracts for category area and provides expert additional knowledge and skills to all clients (be the thought leader in the field).
  • Develops, maintains, and manages professional relationships across internal and external stakeholders
  • Leads multiple sourcing activities and develops collaborative relationship management regimes with NHS and public sector suppliers, ensuring maximum return on investment on commercial spend across the whole of the public sector.
  • Establishes and ensures effective processes to enable collaborative purchases, trials, and long-term plans for delivery of Digital & IT product and services to allow for standardisation using evidence base and innovative practice across the health economy of the region.

What you will bring:
  • Solid background within a category management role
  • Experience and/or knowledge of working with the Public Sector
  • Knowledge of UK Public Contracts Regulations
  • Understanding of Digital & IT categories and clinical use of IT
  • Line management experience
  • CIPS qualified/working towards

It would be great if you had:
  • Working knowledge within the NHS

If you are interested in this role but not sure if your skills and experience are exactly what we're looking for, please do apply, we'd love to hear from you!

Employment Type: Full-time, 12 month FTC Location: UK (travel to Salford office once per month)Security Clearance Level: DBSInternal Recruiter: KatieSalary: up to £50,000 per annumBenefits: £5,400 car allowance, 25 days annual leave with the option to buy additional days, private medical, life assurance, pension, and generous flexible benefits fund

Although this role is advertised as full-time, we support many ways of working and can offer a range of flexible working arrangements. So, if you're interested and need to work flexibly, we encourage you to apply and talk to us about what might be possible.

Loved reading about this job and want to know more about our company?This year NHS SBS has been ranked in the top 40 large companies to work for in the UK and our unique partnership between the Department of Health and Sopra Steria means that we are market leaders in corporate service delivery with around 40% of the NHS using one or more of our products. With unrivalled knowledge and experience, we provide high-quality, value-for-money finance, procurement and employment services to the NHS, helping them overcome any challenges they face in the back office.Our vision is to help the NHS save money and enhance quality, providing a real-life impact where the changes we make can improve health, innovate to save lives, and deliver better outcomes.Do you want to part of our journey?
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