Senior Category Manager

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 Southend 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

We are recruiting for a dynamic individual to provide a proactive procurement service to the Care Group or Corporate Division(s) that they work with, covering both strategic advice and operational support.

The successful candidate will work closely with the Care Groups and Corporate Divisions to support them in reducing non-pay expenditure through the identification and realisation of cash releasing and cost avoidance financial savings in current and future financial years.

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 regular updates to the Director of Procurement & Supply Chain, that the Department operates within set budgets

To take professional responsibility for all aspects of Category and Contract management within areas of responsibility.

To undertake audits and assurance of procurement processes, savings delivery and suppliers

To manaqe and develop the implementation of Category Management processes within the Trust and develop the procurement and supply chain function to ensure the provision of the best possible service to the Trust, measured by procurement and supply chain efficiency and cashable and non-cashable savings.

To monitor and measure the performance of the procurement and supply chain team against key result areas and produce regular reports for the relevant procurement groups and the Executive Management Team.

Drive the development, management and delivery of the Trusts procurement cost improvement program, operational metrics and corporate reporting.

Ensure that the Trusts is compliant with all statutory and local policies/standards and procedures throughout the procurement process. Update policies to reflect best practice and change in external legislation and internal governance

Lead and develop strategies on new initiatives with emphasis on income generation and efficiency opportunities. Strategic lead in the development of new supplier services across the Trusts

Represent the Trusts at a national level and influence the NHS procurement landscape for best outcome for the Mid and South Essex hospitals

Person Specification



  • Master's degree or equivalent level of knowledge gained through work experience
  • MCIPS - Corporate member of Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (By examination)


  • Current Driving License
  • Member of the Institute of Logistics

Knowledge & Experience


  • Project management qualification
  • Experience of business development and tender processes
  • Experience of 1st line reporting to executive level
  • Experience of managing contracts or budgets above £10m

Certificate of Sponsorship

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Employer details

Employer name

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust



Britannia House, Comet Way

Southend on Sea


Employer's website (Opens in a new tab)

For questions about the job, contact:

Tracey Leforte

Date posted

10 June 2022

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 8b


£54,764 to £63,862 a year Per annum



Working pattern


Reference number


Job locations


Britannia House, Comet Way

Southend on Sea


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