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Senior Category Manager

Job Description

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Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals (BSUH) NHS Trust is a highly progressive, ambitious university teaching hospital and regional centre for a wide variety of specialist services. With an annual turnover of over £550m there is a clear determination to achieve the Trust’s strategic ambitions, including a £420m redevelopment and transformation of the Trust’s estate – the Teaching, Trauma and Tertiary (3T) Care infrastructure.

The Board is keen to ensure that maximum value is extracted from all commercial activities, while maintaining an absolute commitment to patient safety and quality. BSUH have embarked therefore on a radical transformation of their procurement department. The prime objective of this is to make the Trust more commercial in all its dealings with suppliers, providers and partners, such that there is greatly improved value for money delivered throughout the Trust’s supply chain. This will always be developed though with a clear emphasis and recognition on patient care.

This approach will look to merge best practice procurement and supply chain management from both inside and outside of the NHS, such that a truly ‘industry-leading’ service can be delivered.

Working at BSUH within Procurement, you will be responsible for leading the development and delivery of the Soft Services Category whilst working with the wider soft FM operational team in Facilities and Estates to create the most advantageous commercial arrangements for the Trust with circa £20m expenditure. You will be exposed to strategic procurement projects which will require Soft FM category expertise and strategic commercial acumen.

This is an opportunity to make your mark, by playing a central role in enabling best value and quality services to be provided to patients and staff.

This will involve the following challenges:

  • Developing and delivering a programme of a wide range of procurement projects across Soft FM and long term category strategies in areas such as:
  • Working on the full end to end procurement life cycle and managing key business stakeholders & complex procurement projects
  • Putting best practice procurement processes in place by using your Soft FM procurement expertise
    • Patient food
    • linen and laundry service
    • Catering
    • Cleaning
    • Waste

To be successful in this role the following experience will be essential:

  • A solid Soft FM procurement experience with an excellent track record of your previous achievements and savings to include:
  • Experience of running EU compliant tender processes
    • Patient food
    • Linen and laundry service
    • Catering
    • Property/leasing
    • Waste
  • A good exposure to EU Procurement Directives
  • Excellent category management skills and excellent knowledge of the end to end procurement life cycle with strategic project experience
  • The ability to engage and challenge senior stakeholders

Posts in the Trust are subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Criminal Records Bureau to check for any previous criminal spent and unspent convictions, reprimands, and cautions.

**Please note that appointment to this role will commence at the lowest salary point unless confirmed otherwise by HR Employment Services (Recruitment, Administration & Terms and Conditions) **

The closing date may be brought forward once sufficient applications have been submitted.

Vacancy reference: 379-SEP139-16

Closing date: 28th October 2016

Interview date: 2nd November 2016

Please ensure that you have read the Job Description attached before applying.

Applications for Tier 2 sponsorship are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications, however under the Residence Labour Market Test non-EEA candidates may not be appointed if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available. For further information please visit UK Border Agency website.

At BSUH we are committed to assisting our staff to achieve a better work-life balance through a variety of flexible working arrangements.

All staff members have a responsibility to treat all colleagues, patients and clients with respect, and to ensure that the work environment is secure, mutually supportive and free from harassment and discrimination. All staff members have a duty to report any incident which contravenes this to their line manager.

As a service provider the Trust ensures equality of access and delivery of our services through the provision of interpreter services, facilities for the disabled and sensitivity for patients' ethnic and religious differences and needs.

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust is a Smoke Free Trust. Smoking is not permitted on Trust Premises or grounds or in any Trust owned vehicle.

Please ensure you provide references for the last 5 years of your employment and that any gaps in your employment history are accounted for.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship (formerly a Work Permit)

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Visas and Immigration department requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

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