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Category Manager

NHS AfC: Band 7

Main area
Supplies & Procurement
NHS AfC: Band 7
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (none)
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Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust
£40,057 - £45,839 pa
Salary period
08/02/2022 23:59

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Important Information: University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust does not pay travel expenses for candidates attending interviews.


Job overview

We’re delighted to offer a new exciting opportunity for a Non-Clinical Category Manager within Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust. The Non-Clinical Category Manager is a role within WHT that will provide support across the organisation for all aspects of procurement and will drive forward the strategic agenda of procurement for the organisation (including IT, corporate, special projects and other non-clinical central functions).

Main duties of the job

Role Summary

Responsible for defining the approach and leading delivery of procurement and routine purchasing to the customer base, ensuring compliance with EU legislation, UK Law and Trust Standing Financial Instructions.

To be responsible for the efficient and effective delivery of Procurement Services to the total customer base in order to meet needs, maximise value for money opportunities and improve procurement related process efficiencies. This also includes addressing central government supply chain related objectives such as sustainability, carbon reduction and environmental targets etc.

To develop best practice procurement strategies for the department, ensuring effective implementation and measurement of delivery.

To work closely with the Procurement team at Walsall and the ISPD, Capital Contract Managers, Deputy Director of Procurement & Head of Procurement to ensure overall co-ordination and achievement of the Integrated  Supplies and Procurement Department Business Plan, Strategy and objectives.

Working for our organisation

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust is one of the largest and most modern in the country. We serve around three million people and we’re highly regarded for our facilities, teaching and research. The Trust has around 1,450 inpatient beds across two sites in Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford. Our 11,000 strong workforce provide emergency treatment, planned operations and medical care from Royal Stoke University Hospital and County Hospital in Stafford.

We are the specialist centre for major trauma for the North Midlands and North Wales. We have put together a wide range of development packages aimed at ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their potential. Our goal is to be a world-class centre of achievement, where patients receive the highest standards of care and the best people come to learn, work and research.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

For more information on working for the Trust, please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification.

For more details on the post, please contact Gillian Farr (see contact details)  

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Education to a high standard of education. Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Qualified including relevant training and personal development history with experience in operational supply chain management/general purchasing (or relevant equivalent qualification)
Desirable criteria
  • Management or Leadership qualification e.g. NVQ Level 5


Essential criteria
  • Operational and Strategic Supply Chain management experience
  • Knowledge of implementing change to supply chain management/operational systems
  • Experience of managing and developing staff to meet the changing needs of the service Specialist strategic procurement knowledge acquired through MCIPS and practical experience including experience of stock/materials management systems selection, implementation and management and general purchasing experience.
  • Staff and resource management experience and knowledge, acquired through NVQ in Management and practical experience.
  • Evaluation and management of clinical and non-clinical product selection processes.
  • Excellent presentation skills with ability to disseminate essential and complex information to multidisciplinary groups.
  • Computer literate and working detailed knowledge of basic computer packages e.g. Microsoft Office and Internet based systems
  • Excellent verbal and written skills (inc. report writing)
Desirable criteria
  • Project Management experience.
  • Up to date knowledge of EU procurement directives and legislation, contract law and purchasing legislation
  • Knowledge of NHS financial / operational procedures and budget management
  • Experience of managing suppliers/contracts


Essential criteria
  • Ability to analyse complex information, interpret and/or present in a clear, comprehensive format relevant to the stakeholder
  • Responsible for ensuring value for money in the provision of operational supply chain management and routine purchasing on behalf of the customer base.
  • Responsible for evaluating financial and purchasing data to ascertain the most appropriate supply chain route for various categories of commodities for the customer base.
  • Able to work independently with little supervision.
  • Ability to lead teams and facilitate meetings
  • Ability to manage own and team’s workload including appropriate delegation of tasks
  • Project management and leadership skills, with the ability to use own initiative and work under pressure. Ability to understand and be able to manage the effects of change
  • Ability to influence senior members of staff, and gain credibility, in a clinical and management environment.
  • Strong Interpersonal skills. Customer orientated Resource management
  • Good keyboard skills required
  • Prioritisation skills which include being:- Methodical, numerate, problem solving, motivated, ability to use keyboard skills, written communication, presentation skills, negotiation, influential, innovative, assertiveness with tact and diplomacy.
  • The post holder will sit, stand or walk throughout the day
  • Substantial levels of concentration required to deal with complex information
  • Work patterns will be unpredictable as the post holder will be expected to be reactive to operational supply chain / routine purchasing issues as they arise
  • The post holder will be exposed to and will have to deal with conflict with other staff including senior Trust staff where decisions may require compromise
  • The post holder will also be responsible for managing staffing issues, which may include conflict among staff groups, managing employees sickness or disciplinary issues that require unpopular decisions or sensitive issues to be addressed.

Personal Qualitites

Essential criteria
  • Methodical, innovative, assertive with tact and diplomacy. Strong team worker
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Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Gill Farr
Job title
Deputy Director of Procurement
Email address
Telephone number
07826 340992

If you have problems applying, contact

University Hospitals of North Midlands - Royal Stoke
Springfield Building, Floor 2 (Trust HQ)
Newcastle Road
Stoke on Trent
Office: 01782 671437 OR VOIP: 01782 228396