Category Lead – Medical / Clinical

Discipline: Procurement

Sector: NHS

Location: Essex

Type: Permanent

Date posted: 11/02/2022

Start: ASAP

Duration: Permanent

Salary: £67,509 - £77,719 per annum


Allen Lane are seeking a Category Lead – Medical / Clinical on behalf of Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust based in Essex, comprised of three large acute hospitals are located in Basildon, Chelmsford and Southend.

MSE Procurement 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.

The Role

The post holder will be recognised as a professional procurement lead for the Trust on high profile, high risk procurements within all medical/clinical spend. You will;

  • To lead on negotiations of complex, high value contracts for the procurement of capital and consumable items. To manage the implementation and development of procurement services for MSE to support the strategic approach to Category and Contract Management
  • To ensure relevant policies and procedures exist and are applied in order to ensure proper governance of procurement across MSE. Minimises risk and maintains compliance with relevant Procurement regulations and other regulations.
  • 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.
  • 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 manage 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 Trust’s procurement cost improvement program, operational metrics and corporate reporting

Required knowledge and experience.

  • Minimum of 5 years procurement and commercial experience – ideally with 3+years’ experience working within the medical / clinical stakeholders
  • Experience of managing contracts or budgets above £10m
  • Line Management experience.
  • Experience of developing complex contractual agreements
  • Experience in producing and understanding business plans, reports, contracts and service level agreements
  • Expert knowledge of procurement legislation , contract law and regulations & Fully conversant with NHS Terms
  • Experience of logistics, inventory control and supply chain management
  • Expert knowledge of best in class procurement practices

For further details please contact Becca Farnon at Allen Lane or click here for further details and how to apply >

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