Category Specialist

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust


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Job summary

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust provides services to the residents of Southend, Basildon and Chelmsford. It was formed in April 2020 by the merger of University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust, and Basildon & Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The procurement function acts as a centre of excellence for all Procurement & Supply Chain activities across the new group. It manages the provision of goods and services to all departments (clinical and non-clinical) on a daily basis, contracting for the provision with several thousand suppliers. The service performs a strategic business management role,managing £370m of non-pay expenditure in support of its stakeholders across the group.

Main duties of the job

To be a key support to the Category Lead(s) by providing guidance, advice and programme management of all agreed local Procurement activities and planned strategies that have been agreed by the MSE Procurement Directorate.

To be a Provide a proactive procurement service to the Care Group or Corporate Division(s) that you work with, covering both strategic advice and operational support.

Be recognised a professional procurement lead for the Trust on high profile, high risk procurements. To lead on negotiations of complex, high value contracts for the procurement of capital and consumable items.

About us

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust is now one of the largest trusts in the country, serving a population of 1.2 million people. Our newly formed Trust, comprising acute hospital sites at Broomfield in Chelmsford, Basildon and Southend, is determined to provide the best health services for its local population. We are a well-led, high-performing and innovative organisation working in the best interests of the people we serve.

With a workforce of approximately 15,000 staff, we can now do more and go further in delivering health services to our local communities.

Our ambition is to deliver excellent local and specialist services, to improve the health and wellbeing of our patients, and provide a vibrant place for staff to develop, innovate and build careers.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Provide specialist training for staff from own or other disciplines on own subject area, when required

Support the Trusts budget holders in the control of expenditure through the provision of accurate, timely and appropriate information.

On occasion deputise for the Category Lead or Senior Category Manager as and when required.

Responsible for supporting the development of procurement strategies for allocated categories, through detailed demand/market analysis and a recognised Strategic Sourcing process, to ensure continual improvement and innovation in sustainable service delivery

Person Specification



  • Degree or equivalent level of knowledge gained through work experience
  • MCIPS - Corporate member of Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (By examination) or working towards advanced stage


  • Member of the institute of logistics

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Employer details

Employer name

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust


Britannia House

Southend on Sea


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For questions about the job, contact:

Tracey Leforte

Date posted

22 February 2022

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 7


£40,057 a year per annum



Working pattern


Reference number


Job locations

Britannia House

Southend on Sea


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